*I received a free copy of The Baller from Tantor Media via . This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Narrator: MacKenzie Cartwright, Sean Crisden
Published by Tantor Media on 12 April 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Length: 8h 49m
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.
The Baller was a hot story – the sports reporter and the professional football player started off on the wrong foot – but once they got it right, they got it good!
Delilah was my kind of character! In The Baller, she was a sports journalist, and she covered football. She thought she was incapable of loving anyone, because of her past, but Brody made her so mad she knew her emotions worked, at least. The first time Brody and Delilah met, she was all ready to interview him. After a game, in the locker room, and to see what she was made of, he dropped his towel. Right before she went on air.
Brody was the king of one-night-stands, and he didn’t want to change. Not now, not ever. He had someone from his past who had turned him off from relationships, and he really didn’t want to make himself suffer anymore heartache. The Baller was a quite light-hearted story, even if it dealt with some heavier themes as well. The story is character-driven, and I enjoyed getting to know Delilah and Brody both.
Delilah was a strong woman, and I think she had to be in such a male-dominated world. She knew her football, and apart from her job, she had a great friend… and possibly Brody to keep her feel alive.
Brody was the best player of his team. And he knew it – the cocky man didn’t have to do much to have women swarm him. Apart from Delilah, who frowned and turned him away more than once.
Writing style :
Brody and Delilah both got their chapters, and they were narrated by MacKenzie for Delilah, and Sean for Brody. The pace was nice and fluid, and the story was well done.
So many feels! I felt so sad for Delilah and Brody and what they had been through in the past. And there was some drama brought to the present as well, that made me hold my breath wile listening, that’s how invested I was in their happiness.
Overall, I really enjoyed the narration, however, in conversations, I found the male narrator to have a horrible voice when he did the female part of the dialogue. I will definitely listen to both narrators again, though.4 hot and heavy stars to The Baller by Vi Keeland #audiochallenge #bloggershame Click To Tweet
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2017 Blogger Shame
- Audio Challenge 2017