The Baller by Vi Keeland ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@ViKeeland)

I grabbed The Baller when I signed up for a mailing list, it was a read I've been wanting to dive into for a while now. I mean, look at that cover, who wouldn't want to read it? 😜
The Baller
Title: The Baller
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Sports Romance
Published: January 17th 2016

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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.

I generally like sports romances, and I was really hoping to love The Baller, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. I found it hard to connect with the characters and they fell for one another too hard and fast.

Delilah was a sports reporter, trying to get make it in an industry where she was overshadowed by an older male reporter. She interviewed Brody and he sure made their first interview interesting, but she made her break when she caught him in an emotional state. The more time they spent together it was apparent they were falling for one another, and the sexual tension was off the charts.

Delilah spent a lot of the time not liking Brody, but seemed to cave to his demands quickly. I did like how she was willing to fight for what she wanted professionally and wouldn't back down. Brody was a self absorbed person—only focused on his career and having fun. He irritated me the most, especially when he showed his vulnerable side, then would turn back into the jerk that he was.

I've read a few books by Vi Keeland, and they are mostly hit or miss for me. I do love her work the most when she pairs up with Penelope Ward, those books I cannot get enough of! So although I didn't love this particular read, it won't stop me from picking up more of her work in the future!
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Here are a few teasers to showcase the sexual tension between Delilah and Brody.

“Oh, and Delilah?”
“You can leave your grandmother’s clothes at home. It’s not going to stop me from wanting to fuck you up against the wall.”

Kindle Arc Loc 872

“What’s it going to take to get you underneath me, Delilah?”
I swallowed. He wasn’t teasing to get my attention this time. No, he was dead serious and watching me intently, waiting for an answer.
“I like you. You’re full of yourself and direct. But despite all that, I actually really enjoy spending time with you. I’m just not looking for a physical-only relationship. I need more than that.”
“Like what?”
“I don’t know. Dating. Going out together. Exclusivity. I need to spend time with someone, other than just in his bed. Like talking to them during a movie.” I forced a smile. “It’s just who I am.”

Kindle Arc Loc 1075
Originally inspired by YA Bound
Vi KeelandVi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over one hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Hot Asset by Lauren Layne ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@_LaurenLayne)

I think I've found a new author to devour and I loved every moment of reading this book. I'm looking forward to getting to know Ian's friends a little better, and the women that own their hearts!
Hot Asset (21 Wall Street, #1)
Title: Hot Asset
Author: Lauren Layne
Series: 21 Wall Street #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 22nd 2018

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A sexy agent hounds Wall Street’s hottest new wolf in an exhilarating novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

Ian Bradley is the definition of a Wall Street hotshot: seven-figure salary, designer suits, and a corner office. His drive off the floor is just as potent. Every woman who knows him has felt the rush. But now he’s met his match in Lara McKenzie—a woman with the power to bring Ian to his knees.

An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case—the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading—could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one. Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger.

She’ll do anything to prove he’s guilty. He’ll do anything to prove he’s not. But it’s only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal. Now, taking down Ian has become more than business for Lara. It’s become a pleasure—and there’s more at risk than she ever dreamed.

I haven't read anything by Lauren Layne before, but I can tell you now that I'm kicking myself! Hot Asset was a fabulous read that I struggled to put down... but alas, I must sleep, work and parent... but outside those times, I devoured Hot Asset!

I really enjoyed seeing Ian meet his match in Lara. He was a bit of a player, but once they met I could see him change. Even though they were on opposite sides, I could see their attraction growing! I liked that Lara was passionate at times and let her guard down, and that despite how it may get Ian in trouble, he would push Lara to her limit!

The enemies to lovers is probably one of my favourite traits in a read, however the mystery behind the investigation pulled me into the story, as well. I liked how the chemistry between Ian and Lara was there all the way through the investigation. Lauren Layne sure knows how to build a world and create a cast of characters that I cannot wait to see more of!  

I have a couple of teasers for you today... I just loved these two together!

I reach out my right hand. “Ian Bradley.”
She ignores the hand and nods. “Nice to meet you.”
I lean forward and whisper, “This is the point where you give me your name.”
She leans forward and whispers back, “This is the point where you take the hint that I’m not interested in what you’re offering.”
Challenge accepted.

Kindle Page 6

“For what it’s worth,” he says, not looking at me as a cab pulls to a stop in front of us. “When I make out with you, it won’t be against the wall of a seedy club. And I will definitely remember it.”

Kindle Page 119

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Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies, in nine languages. Lauren's work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She’s based in New York City.

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