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Review: Beauty and the Baller by 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?


Nova and Ronan had one magical night together that ended badly. Like really bad. Years later, fate brings them together again in the most unlikely of places. They both have problems that could be solved with a fake relationship and soon the sparks fly. But she may be in love with her ex and he’s sure this town isn’t going to be his home for long. Throw in the mutual attraction and they both know this is dangerous but that’s not enough to stop them.

There are no surprises here but the characters are interesting enough that I didn’t mind. Nova’s funny, sassy and a little quirky. Ronan is sweet and fun. He cares about his players and does a lot of good for the town beyond just football. Their story is fun and steamy, with a great supporting cast, including a hairless cat and at least one goat-napping, all of which make it worth every minute. I received an ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

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