Gorgeous, talented, and brilliant, NFL quarterback Ronan Smith has the world in his hands. But after losing his career and his fiancée in a car accident, he falls into a pit of grief and bad choices. When a mysterious girl shows up to his party, he feels drawn to her and makes her his…for one night.
Former beauty queen Nova Morgan is on a mission. Scantily clad as a princess from a galaxy far, far away, she sneaks into a high-profile party to capture the attention of her favorite quarterback. But her hopes crash after an awful one-night stand.
Fast-forward two years. Broke and desperate, Nova returns home to Blue Belle, Texas, where, by a cosmic twist of fate, her broody neighbor is none other than Ronan, the shiny new football coach everyone adores. But he has no idea who she is.
The booster club keeps shoving women at Ronan to keep him in town. His solution? He proposes fake dating to Nova. But things heat up for real under these Friday-night lights when he realizes she’s the one who slipped away.
Has this jaded beauty found her forever baller, or will his past keep them apart?
4.5 Heart Reveiw by Ashley
Ilsa Madden-Mills meets small-town, sports romance...yes please! Not going to lie, I was hooked from the steamy yet slightly ridiculous opening and I couldn't wait to see what the future held for Ronan and Nova.
There was something so endearing about Nova that I couldn't help but like her. She was gracious and kind. Finding her footing back in her hometown since her world changed. What she didn't plan on finding was Ronan next door. Broody. A bit standoffish and too good looking for words.
I loved the honest look at an athlete struggling to find what's next when the game is over for them. It only added to the complexity that is Ronan and made me want him to find his something all the more. Especially with all the single women of Blue Belle and the boosters around every corner. It didn't take long for these two semi enemies to hatch a plan to save themselves from the scrutiny of the town that didn't know how to stay out of anyone's business.
The witty banter, the tension, the football games, the chemistry, the ram, the way they connected with the students, the dang pool table...all of it made Beauty and the Baller unputdownable. When I say I devoured this book I mean up until 3 am with the lights on to get to the end. Nova and Ronan's fake-dating romance was equal parts smart,sexy and sweet. And that ending...touchdown!
About the Author
Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.
Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.
A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.
She's addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.
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