Here’s my take on 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.
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 is a newly appointed sportscaster. Brody Easton is a star football player. He gets attracted to Delilah and every time she takes his interview, he drops his towel to get her attention. Brody wants to sleep with her and Delilah isn’t keen on casual sex. After chasing for a while, Brody and Delilah decide to be exclusive and give them a try. Among all the drama and past lovers will their relationship survive? Has Brody really changed his ways? Read the book to get every detail.
Coming to the review, a shirtless man as a book cover of The Baller is not attractive. The majority of people might find it attractive but that’s not my cup of tea. To me, that doesn’t look innovative, but let’s not judge a book by its cover.
The writing style of Vi Keeland is impressive. The book is engaging enough to make you turn pages. The book has everything – witty banter, chase, angst, the sexy protagonist, and most importantly a good story – that makes it a fun read. The storyline is engaging.
The character development of the male protagonist is remarkable. Every time I was waiting for Brody to screw up so I can hate him a bit. But this is one of the books where the male protagonist is well-written than the female one.
The Baller by Vi Keeland has a compelling backstory that makes the characters more relatable. The characters feel real and not out of a fairytale.
Delilah is a strong-headed character who doesn’t let anyone push her. She has high standards and she keeps them high throughout.
There is one more thing that I like about the book is the portrayal of a female sportscaster in a field that is ruled by men. The feminist in me really likes how Vi Keeland wrote the whole thing.
I would like to give this book 3 stars out of 5.
The start of The Baller is fantastic but ahead in the story, it loses its charm. Dual point-of-view books are fine but adding a third-person PoV apart from the protagonist’s makes the book feel like a drag and that’s what has happened with this book too. I wasn’t able to connect with any of the characters completely because the PoV kept changing too frequently. Brody’s PoV mostly is about his past girlfriend and his relationship with her. There is hardly any Delilah in his point of view. The Baller is a sports romance so I was expecting an equal amount of sports but as soon as Brody and Delilah get into a relationship there are no more sports and no more sportscasting. We don’t read Brody playing or Delilah attending sports events much. I feel the second part of the book is a disaster, and the epilogue is its saving grace.
To all the sports and famous trope lovers, you will love this book. If you love a chase and a bad boy turning into a good boy for ‘the girl’, you will like The Baller. This book is easy and a quick read. So, if you want to pick up a book that is not too lengthy and gives you all the feels of romance, you will enjoy this book. Definitely, a one-time read. Looking forward to reading more books from the author.
Ending the review with my favorite lines from the book.
“When life knocks you down, stop and look around for one thing that’s good because there is always something. Then cling to that good.”