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New Release Review! BEAUTY AND THE BALLER by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Beauty and the Baller, an all-new moving and smoking hotfake relationship standalone romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is available now!

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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?

“A sexy, fun romance from an author who always delivers.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Beauty and the Baller was a sexy and sweet one night stand to fake romance to oops, turns out we caught real feelings romance–with football and a roomful of Star Wars memorabilia for some added flavor.

What kind of heroine has never seen Star Wars? I mean, really… 😉

Nova and Ronan had one of the more unique meets I’ve seen in romance–IDK if I’d classify it as “cute” necessarily, since one of them had waaaay too much to drink and it didn’t end particularly well, but since they both came to terms with it eventually and it did inspire Ronan to turn his life around, so win-win. But it involved a very realistic Princess Leia costume (probably not the one you’re thinking of…though maybe it is, you’ll have to read it and see!) and a well-meaning bestie who will probably never let them forget he’s the one who (kind of) got them together.

It’s not all classic movie merch and games, though–both Nova and Ronan have personal issues they need to work through before they can get to their HEA, and goodness, at least one of them takes until almost the end of the book to get it together. It eventually does happen, though, leaving us with a very sweet happy ending–and an even sweeter epilogue (squee!)

Beauty and the Baller is a standalone as far as I’m aware–but I for one wouldn’t complain at all if Ms Madden-Mills wanted to bring us back to Blue Belle, Texas…

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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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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