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22 January 2016

❤❤ THE BALLER by Vi Keeland Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway ❤❤

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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


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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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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.”

Well, that was an interesting turn of events. The first half of this book was spot on. I was invested, intrigued, ready for more.... then, we hit 52%. While i can appreciate bringing in another point of view, by the end of the book I struggled with it. Let alone the person it belonged to was already a person you have been given information on and you don't really all. I started to read this new POV and was like, wait ..what..who?? How ??

I loved watching Brody evolve. And while at the end  he said changing him from being an asshole would be hard, I don't feel like she tried to change him at all. Any time she had a concern, it was a valid concern that any woman would have had. Once he committed to what he wanted, he committed 100%, just like with a game. He put the same amount of determination and effort into it. 

I didn't like Willow, I'm not going to lie. So her being around, kind of pissed me off. Like a lot. Especially how this was written and you are lead in a direction as to where the story is going. And I started to get mad. Delilah fought against his advances for so long, and so well, despite what she wanted and this is how this is going to go down!??! Like legit, I was getting mad. I guess you can look at getting two different ways. You can look at it as I didn't agree with that aspect of the story. I have a strong opinion on it, and isn't that the point of a story? To write something that will resonate with people and make you think and react and form an opinion? Or you can look at it like Vi wrote a book, and some parts of that book evoked strong emotions in me. Her words, her time, her ideas, struck something in me that, granted it wasn't a good reaction, but it was a strong reaction. That too, isn't that the point of a story?

Any way, while I can't say I love the way this whole book was delivered, I still thought it was good. I will say, by the end, I loved Brody and kind of didn't like Delilah. Who knew my feelings would sway that way!

I gave this 3 stars

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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!

Additional Books by Vi Keeland

Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)

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MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)
Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter Series, Book One)
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Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter Series, Book Two)

Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter Series, Book Three)

The Cole Series (2 book serial)

Belong to You (Cole Series, Book One)
Made for You (Cole Series, Book Two)

Standalone novels
Cocky Bastard (Written with Penelope Ward)

Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)

First Thing I See
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