MNF Audiobook Review | THE BALLER: A Down and Dirty Football Novel (@vikeeland)

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5 KINK Review | Add to Goodreads 
Narrator: Mackensie Cartwright & Sean Crisden
Length : 8 hours 49 minutes
Publisher: Tandor Audio

BREAKING NEWS: Everyone is talking about the recent incident involving the way a sports reporter was treated in the New York Steel locker room.   Delilah Maddox, a reporter for WNBC Sports News interviewing quarterback Brody Easton , was subjected to a naked Brody as he drops his towel before the interview started. 

 The Baller by Vi Keeland | 4 KINK Book Review

Additional Characters to take note:

Marlene – 80 year old family friend who he financially supports.

Willow –  Brody’s childhood best friend & Marlene’s granddaughter

Grouper – Works at Marlene’s assisted living residence / avid Brody and NY Steel fan

Shannon – One of Marlene’s nurses.


Brody Easton is cocky, rude and too confident.  He has all the perfect plays on and off the field.  The ladies even nicknamed him “Subway”.  However, under all that arrogance lurks a defense mechanism.

No matter how much I hated his cocky attitude toward Delilah, I loved his relationship with Marlene.  The love, care and attention he devotes to her will totally melt your heart.  This is the reason why you will fall in love with him too.

Once Delilah and Brody move pass the game they started playing in the locker room, they fumbled into a beautiful whirlwind love story.  Just like any gameday, sometimes upsets are on the horizon.  There is always something or someone who comes along and steals the perfect game and that someone is his childhood friend.

The Baller by VI Keeland | 4 KINK Book Review

This is my first Vi book and I now understand the title #1 NYT Bestselling Author. I get it.  First of all, let me explain the POV aspect of this book. The story is told in dual character POV in the most unique way.

We have Delilah’s POV with her thoughts and desires about Easton and their relationship.  We have Brody’s POV regarding Marlene, his childhood and his job.  The reader does not have Brody’s thoughts, feelings and motivations regarding Delilah.

This story will make you laugh and cry.  It is not your normal down and dirty romance. It will create strong emotions of sadness, anger, love and hope.  A true testament to the phrase “all the feels”.


This audio elevated the review to a 5.  It was a pleasure to listen. I dare say its best enjoyed as an audiobook.  I doubt I would have had such an emotional attachment in written format.   It’s certainly one of the best audiobooks I have listen to in a long time.

Narrator Mackenzie Cartwright and Sean Crisden are the perfect collaboration.   The secondary characters were exceptional.  I was constantly waiting for Brody’s next visit with his Marlene.  While Crisden’s narration of Brody was very distinct and engaging, it was Marlene and Grouper who stole the limelight.  He scored a touchdown becoming Marlene and Grouper.  I actually forget it was one narrator’s voice over and the not the characters themselves.

It’s not my intent to leave out Ms. Cartwright’s narration. Cartwright proves she is capable of conveying the fun and sexy emotional banter.   Her voice is very soothing when needed and proved to be joyfully alive throughout the story.  This is one audiobook I was glad to purchase and look forward to a re-read (listen) in the future.

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From New York Times & 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.

1 Comment

  1. haha oh this book sounds hilarious, I do love those more playful heroes that keep you on your toes.

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