Beauty and the Baller By Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Beauty and the Baller By Ilsa Madden-Mills


Book/Novel Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills

Book/Novel Title: Beauty and the Baller



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An NFL quarterback turned small-town coach gets sacked by a Texas beauty queen in this swoony, passionate romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills.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?
What a great book! I loved the second chance romance genre and this one did not disappoint! It was sweet, spicy and oh so nicey! It also had enough of a complex feeling to keep me flipping through the pages!
Beauty and the Baller by Ilsa Madden-Mills is one of my favorite surprises this year. Having moved to Texas in my latter teen years, I can unequivocally say that Madden-Mills perfectly captures Texas’ all-consuming love and obsession with all things football. And despite my lack of interest in the sport, I thoroughly loved everything about her southern, small town, fake dating sports romance! Isn’t it crazy how it’s almost harder to review books you love because all you want is to write pages about everything you love about a book? Beauty and the Baller left me inundated with all the feelings I love from reading romances and have been missing lately, and that’s why it’s taken me so long to write this review. Madden’s vivid description, creation, deft development of multifaceted, fascinating characters, and beautiful storytelling drew me into Beauty and the Baller at once, and I could not put it down!Ronan and Nova are so made for each other. Ronan’s balanced personality doesn’t quite fit the stereotype of a star athlete at all. He’s nerdy, honest, humble, full of integrity, faithful, and not a manwhore. Nova’s spirit is so bright, and she’s personable, vulnerable, beautiful, and yet not the typical beauty queen. While she loves her fashion, she’s neither vain nor shallow. Instead, she’s strong and brave, which she needs to be, living in the town where she hoped never to return. She’s committed to being the best sister and substitute parent she can be for her teenage autistic sister after their mom’s unexpected death. I love how Nova and Ronan play, laugh, and have blistering hot sex but also support, encourage, and build each other up. Their interactions are sweet, funny, and full of intense emotions and heat, and they balance each other out, helping each other heal, move on from the pain of the past, and find their bliss.Former beauty queen Nova Morgan’s one-night-stand with her favorite quarterback ends on a sour note after she sneaks into a high-profile party to capture his attention in a barely-there costume of one of his favorite characters. Two years later, Nova returns home to Blue Belle, Texas, broke and desperate, to discover Ronan is her neighbor and he doesn’t remember her at all. Ronan proposes that he and Nova fake date to convince the booster club to stop throwing women at him to get him to stay in town as the high school’s beloved new football coach. It would also help Nova by creating a barrier between her and her high school sweetheart. The sparks and connection between them intensify and deepen the more time they spend together, becoming even more complicated when he recognizes she’s the woman he’s been dreaming of since she drew him from the depths of despair that out-of-this-world night they shared.Beauty and the Baller is a sweet, captivating, angsty, funny, steamy, charming, hot AF small-town romance exploring themes of risk-taking, faith, second chances at happiness, family, and facing fears. I am so looking forward to reading the next book in the series and more books by Madden-Mills, of which I happen to have quite a few on my TBR.Advanced review copy provided by Montlake via Netgalley for review.
Ok so this was giving me hurry up and get to the good stuff vibes!! It was predictable but with Ronan and Nova I still couldn’t wait. Sweet read
The chemistry…. An amazing story of a couple that you will want to root for throughout the whole story!
It was a truly entertaining book. Had me laughing out loud. I love Nova- her unashamed quirkiness she fully embraces
OMG I love this story line between Roan and Nova and how they got together him a coach at a high school football team and she moved back home to take care of her sister after her mom died and she needed a job and she was a teacher of English and a PA to coach Roan he lost his love in a car accident and he went back home to be a head coach but he didn’t want to stay there but he did care about the team and when he got a job offer to be a quarterback coach he turned it down and went back to Texas and was still the coach and got the girl and in the end they got married Thanks for an amazing book and Ilsa and an amazing author


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