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The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel by Vi Keeland

The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel Book Cover The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel
by Vi Keeland
Contemporary Romance
January 18, 2016


From New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, Vi Keeland, comes a sexy new novel.

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.

Val’s Review

3.75-4 stars

This was a very cute, very decent sports romance…That said, this about sums it up beyond that:

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In other words, by next week, I fully expect to have forgotten practically everything about this book, with the exception of two things that really irkedstuck out to me:

1) As I said in a status update, one of the main characters here, Marlene, watches The Price is Right (every day apparently). For those who don’t know what that is, it’s a famous, long running game show that films on the west coast of the US. And I used to watch it every single day when off school during the summer.

However, in one scene of this book, Bob Barker is mentioned as being on screen. Which is great… Except Bob Barker hasn’t hosted the show since 2007. So either they were watching taped re-runs or Drew Carrey (the current host) has suddenly morphed into a 92-year old man who cares about the spay and neutering of the pet population.

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Another thing? At one point, the credits of the show are supposedly rolling and immediately after it’s mentioned as being 1pm or something…

Except, whelp, the Price is Right films in LA. And airs at 10am. Meaning it would be over at 11am and not 1pm.

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Re-runs? Perhaps. Taped previously? Perhaps. Still took me out of story? Indeed.

2) Two of the characters have a conversation about how one of them thinks it’s lame that they have “bi-weeks” in the NFL.

Well, if they are referring to when a football team has on off-week, namely during play-off season – which IS what they are referring to here – then it is BYE-WEEK. Not a “bi-week…”

Loose definition:

“Each NFL team has one “bye week” during a normal season; this is placed on the team’s schedule between Week 4 and Week 12. The NFL has used the bye week since 1990 so as to extend the 16-game regular season schedule to span 17 weeks. The 1993 NFL season spanned 18 weeks with each team having 2 bye weeks.”

Now, are both of these things completely unimportant to the story line?

Yes.

But did these things still annoy me?

Yes.

And here’s why.

When simple, seemingly meaningless details like these are jacked the fuck up in a story, it takes me out of the story…and makes me start wondering what the fuck else is jacked the fuck up.

It makes the story feel unreliable to me. Especially when that story isn’t meant to be tongue in cheek.

Does this make me a picky bitch.

Mebbe.

But you know what?

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Other than those things, I DID enjoy the story well enough.

Brody was a great H and I really liked him. I also liked Delilah.

I could have done without the whole love triangle aspect that popped up in this too, but regardless. If you are looking for a super decent, safe sports read, this is a good bet.

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