Book Review: Beauty and the Baller by Ilsa Madden-Mills

This was such a blast to read. I loved the fun banter between Nova and Ronan and watching them fall in love. Beauty and the Baller is sure to leave a smile on your face!


Book Review: Beauty and the Baller by Ilsa Madden-Mills | About That Story
Beauty and the Baller (Strangers in Love #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills


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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 fiancĂ©e 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?


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5 out of 5 stars 

Beauty and the Baller was entertaining, sexy, and sweet. It had fun, playful banter throughout the story that had me grinning and rooting for Nova and Ronan to get together. I had a fantastic time reading it.

I loved Ronan and Nova from their very first meeting and that magnetic chemistry they had. There was such a spark and pull between them. Nova was a bright, positive light with sarcastic wit and I loved her infectious personality. I felt for her and what she was going through. Ronan was struggling with the past and my heart went out to him. I really enjoyed him opening up, being vulnerable, and healing. I liked the fake relationship aspect they pursued and the reasoning behind it as well as all the exciting scenes that transpired, and of course when feelings start to get involved. There was a good bit of emotion and light drama involved but mostly it was super entertaining with a nice bit of heat mixed in. 

This story started with a Star Wars reference and I was all in. As a huge fan, I was thrilled how they popped up throughout the story as well. There was a great build and I loved the development of Nova and Ronan’s relationship, all the ups and downs, and Ronan getting to his moment where he figured everything out. It pulled at my heartstrings and put a smile on my face all at the same time. I loved the different characters and adored Nova’s relationship with her sister. I liked their friends and coworkers and how they all came together, making the entertainment factor that much better.

This was my first time reading this author and I'm kicking myself for not reading her sooner. This story was witty and sexy with seriously humorous banter and it made me happy to read! 

Complimentary copy received from Montlake.


Book Review: Beauty and the Baller by Ilsa Madden-Mills | About That Story
"Entertaining, sexy, and sweet!" - About That Story

Thank you Montlake for the advanced copy of Beauty and the Baller.


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