the Baller by Vi Keeland


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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Kara’s Review

When I began reading this, I was skeptical as I thought to myself: this is going to be another journalist/athlete Insta-love story. Well, I should never doubt Vi’s style. I love the depth of Brody’s character we witness from his interactions with Marlene. He’s not just the arrogant athlete in front of a camera. He’s experiencing pain and grief, while protecting and caring for those he loves. The fluidity between Delilah’s and Brody’s chapter was smooth and beautiful. Vi has a way of throwing you a bone at the end of a chapter, just the right amount to tickle that angst to make you keep reading. I didn’t have to be told twice. I couldn’t put Delilah and Brody down as I kept wanting to see what was to come. The sexual innuendos and banger had me giggling. Indie-what a great friend to have in your corner. I’m so glad Delilah has her. And if I could, I’d steal her. My favorite of all things from The Baller is that Brody and Delilah both have to find the strength within themselves to let go of the past and fight for their futures. Each of their journeys are unique and powerful. We wouldn’t have experienced this without getting both of POVs throughout this novel. This book was read with teary-eyes through several scenes. I’m hopeful there will be more in a possible Baller series, as id love to see more of Delilah and Brody, and hopefully get to experience Indie’s story as well. Give this a try and find your next book crush! Rating: 4 stars

Caryn’s Review

Vi Keeland has a talent for writing a story with the perfect amount of everything you could need, want, and ask for in a story and you get all that and more with Brody Easton.
He is sex and swagger with a quick wit and charm that will have you swooning and smiling like a fool throughout.
“What kind of flowers were delivered?”
“Roses. They’re beautiful. Thank You”
“What asswipe sends a woman like you ordinary roses?”
“You mean…they’re not from you?”
“No. And the guy who sent them had his secretary send that crap and didn’t give it any thought. Probably has an account at the florist and a standard order. Guy’s a dick”
And that’s just a taste of this sexy as sin, dirty talking, towel dropping, possessive charmer that is Brody Easton. The man is irresistible I tell you!
Add the just as witty Delilah…
“Well aren’t I the lucky one?”
“You are. Have dinner with me?”
“That’s right. No”
“I don’t date players”
“You went out with that kicker from the Saints last year”
“I said I don’t date players, not I don’t date athletes”
And that ladies…is how it’s done.
Their witty banter is only a part of what makes Brody and Delilah so great together and you’ll easily be caught up in them as they get to know each other.
The Baller is a fun, sweet, just the right amount of angst, fast paced read.
Fall in love with Brody Easton and see how easily he becomes your next Book Crush ~ 4 ~ Stars

Karen’s Review

The Baller is an absolute for a fun, fast and sexy read mixed with heart-warming and endearing. Superbowl MVP, quarterback Brody Easton is a cocky, player (and we’re not talking football) with a dirty mouth and all the goods to go with it.
Delilah doesn’t seem like the plastic female sports reporters that I am used to seeing and she is funny, witty and smart. She works hard and has earned her place. She goes toe-to-toe with Brody and is able to hold her own. Their banter is fabulously smart and sexy.
Vi Keeland has put the perfect amount of everything in the Baller – it’s funny, smart, sexy, surprisingly emotional and with a touch of angst.
I loved the story being told multiple points of view which really helped me see the characters develop and get a feel for what was going on in their head. This was especially poignant when we see Brody’s visits with Marlene. This is when I truly fell for him, wise-ass an all. Not only does he melt panties, he’ll melt your heart. The scenes between Brody and Grouper were just as touching and so vivid. I honestly felt like I was sitting there watching the back and forth and couldn’t help but have a perma-smile on my face.
Give this a try and see if the Baller can be your next Book Crush – he sure is mine! 4.0 Stars.
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About the Author:

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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