Friday, January 22, 2016

review || THE BALLER { blog tour } by Vi Keeland

C.Scott Publishing | January 18, 2016 | Sport Romance


The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room.
It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster.
The famed quarterback decided to bare all.
And by all, I don’t mean he told me any of his secrets.
No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question. On camera.
The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby—screwing with me.
When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me.
But I don’t date players.
And it’s not because I’m one of the few women working in the world of professional football.
I’d date an athlete.
It’s the other kind of player I don’t date.
You know the type. Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid.

Brody Easton was the ultimate player.
Every woman wanted to be the one to change him.
But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for.
Turned out, I was that girl.
Simple right?
Let’s face it. It never is.
There’s a story between once upon a time and happily ever after…
And this one is ours.
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{ about vi keeland } .

Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

{ excerpt } .

A new song had just started, and I was enjoying his company when a voice behind me said, “Can I cut in?” 

My head whipped around, even though I had no doubt whom the gravelly voice belonged to. 

Michael was gracious. “I hate to share. But I suppose I have been hogging the most beautiful woman at the event.” He let go of my hand and stepped back with a gentlemanly nod. “Thank you for the dance, Delilah.” 

Again Brody Easton had caught me off guard. Before I knew it, I was dancing with the arrogant jerk. He wrapped his arms around me and pulled my body tight against his. Way tighter than Michael had held me. 

“Good to see you again, Lois Lane.” 

The man had balls; I had to give him that. I looked him straight in the eyes. “Nice to see you with clothes on, Easton.” 

“Do you prefer me without?” 

“I prefer you on the other side of the room.” 

He chuckled. It was a hearty laugh. “That’s what happens sometimes when you decide you want to hang out in the men’s locker room.” 

I tried to pull back, but he tightened his grip and held me in place. I craned my neck. “Let go of me.” 



“That’s right. No.” 

“I can scream at the top of my lungs.” 

“I’d like to hear you scream.” His tone made it clear he meant he wanted me underneath him while I was doing the screaming. 

“You’re an asshole. You know that?” 

“I do. You asked me that yesterday. For a reporter, you should really try changing up your questions more frequently.” 

My eyes bulged. 

Easton shifted his hand down to the small of my back before twirling us around the dance floor. Figures the prick can dance. 

“Are you seeing anyone?” 

“You can’t be serious?” 

He ignored my comment. “Would you like to have dinner tonight?” 

“We just ate.” 

“Dessert at my place, then?” 

I couldn’t help but laugh. “Did you hit your head at the game yesterday?” 

“On a diet, huh?” 

“Yeah. That’s it. I don’t want to go to your place for dessert because I’m on a diet.” 

“Well, that’s just a shame.”

{ review } .

If you love cocky, smart-mouthed alphas, Brody Easton is definitely your guy. And as you unwrap his layers, getting past that attitude, you'll learn just how great of a guy Brody truly has the ability to be.

When the man loves, he loves -- and it's laced in his thoughts and words. He just covers it extremely well with the dropped towels and piss-off comments. When he sets his mind to something, he certainly carries through, so watching as he pushes and pulls Delilah along was comical at times, and down-right frustrating at others.

Delilah obtained the coveted interviewer position for the Steel football team -- a position that many of the men in her organization wanted. Where she could crumble with the pressure and crude comments, she showcases a fierceness and strength -- even as Brody tries to make her stumble.

Both these characters have deeply rooted reasons for keeping the opposite sex at arm's length, and it was surprising to see which one moved forward first -- but the advice they give the other was extremely insightful, even a bit more than one would think for the character.

I loved Brody and Delilah's story -- and their epilogue was extremely cute. And sweet, can't forget sweet.

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