Friday, January 22, 2016

Blog Tour, Excerpt and Review ~ The Baller by Vi Keeland @ViKeeland

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Meet Brody Easton in THE BALLER!
A standalone Contemporary Romance novel by
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Vi Keeland
A standalone Contemporary Romance novel
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From New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, Vi Keeland, comes a sexy new novel.
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.


  5 Stars
Vi Keeland scored a winning touchdown in her latest and best work yet…The Baller and Brody Easton is the man! 

I loved this flirty and fun romance. The smoking hot cover is just a prelude to all the goodness wrapped up inside:
Brody ~ A snarky and sexy hero whose dirty mind, one-liners and come-ons had me giggling and swooning;

Delilah ~ A heroine who tries to fight the attraction, but happily fails;
A hint of drama and an emotional twist that had me all teary-eyed; plenty of laughter as this couple wittily banter back-and-forth in both the bedroom and locker room.

Most importantly, moments of scorching hot passion as Brody and Delilah find their way into each other’s hearts, overcoming past sorrows, only to fall blissfully in love.

From the very beginning, I was enamored with Brody. I couldn’t help it…I’m such a sucker for a cocky, overly confident bastard with an affectionately sweet heart. Since the moment these two met, flirtatious mind-games began and sexual tensions escalated, as Brody was determined to have Delilah. The only thing is, he’s a self-proclaimed ladies’ man who avoids commitment at all costs. (And boy, does he have his reasons). However, the more time spent with the feisty Delilah, the more Brody was willing to let go of his past heartbreak, take a huge chance, and step out of his comfort zone. I just swoon whenever a hot shot, macho bad-boy changes his ornery ways once smitten with the heroine. Brody goes all out, holds nothing back, as he works his way into Delilah’s (and my) heart.
I adored his wit, his sense of humor, his coquettish ways and his sensitive side. Brody was just one of those characters whose charms and bigheartedness struck a chord within me ~ Honest, loving, beyond patient (particularly when Delilah flaked out) and truly committed ~ all the traits I look for in a hero. Yeah he was an arrogant bastard and extremely conceited, but in playful way that was so compelling, he had me gushing.
Delilah’s a sportscaster making her way in a field dominated by men. Trying to prove her worth, she faces off against one of football’s most notorious players. For her efforts, she was rewarded with a full view of Brody’s package, and oh it’s a sight to behold.
And thus began the chase. From flustered beginnings, Delilah soon learns what she’s up against, but nothing prepared her for the intense attraction. Brody charged into her life, giving all of himself, in hopes of helping Delilah to let go of the painful loss from her past. It was a challenge seeing how hard she resisted and fumbled, taking her sweet-ass time opening her heart to Brody’s affections. However, between his persistence, fortitude and dedication, Delilah was left with no choice but to give in as she fell completely head over heals in love.  
Devouring this read in one sitting, The Baller had me hooked from beginning to end. Told in dual points of view, Vi Keeland tells a beautiful, yet comical second chance at romance story filled with lots of sizzle. Brody was so mouthwatering sexy, he made this fun read amazingly spicy hot. I’ll miss some pretty memorable secondary characters that wormed their way into my heart as well, especially Brody’s two older friends, Marlene and Grouper – I love them wholeheartedly. I truly enjoyed this couple’s journey and always looking forward to more from this author.    

ARC received in exchange for an honest review

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.”

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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!

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