The Baller: A down and dirty football novel
By Vi Keeland
March 23, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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.
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.
Delilah can hold her own and the scenes between her and Brody in the locker room are funny and refreshing. There is definitely physical chemistry there, and once they hit the sheets – or wall, door, whatever – the reader better be prepared to hang on for the ride because it’s a hot one.
Of course, once his first love Willow showed up with hopes of reclaiming Brody? Nope, not happening – wasn’t going to like that broad no matter what she did. She needed to get booted and thankfully Brody did just that. He realized (whew!) what he had with Delilah.
Really was taken with the scenes between Brody and Grouper and Marlene. Even though Brody has a dirty mind and a dirty mouth – and absolutely no filter, he is really a compassionate guy deep down. In the beginning, one easily believes he’s an immature and arrogant a**, but as the story progresses, his emotions and maturity come to light. Delilah’s final evaluation sums it up: “Brody Easton, the man who’d entered my life like a storm, had turned out to be my calm. How was that for irony?”
When you start the book, you probably wouldn’t predict how much the couple evolves and matures – how they start out versus how they end up in the epilogue are night and day based on first impressions.
My favorite part was the epilogue. Brody and Delilah turn into such a cute and sweet couple – still passionately in love, but so domestic. There was just so many touching things about the epilogue that made me swoon.
It’s a fast and easy read. The supporting characters, such as Delilah’s friend Indie and Grouper, add depth to the story, and Brody? It might be hard to take him home to introduce to the parents because he has no filter, but I’d be willing to overlook that based on his other attributes – and heart.