R E V I E W ➠ 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? 

RELEASE DATE: March 29, 2022

Not my first read by the author. This is a new standalone I was offered an ARC of and I jumped to it. I kind of went in blind, this author tends to write out of a comfy zone, even though I have enjoyed some of her books to the max I still have that little nervousness at reading her books. Mainly it’s because of the character style (I really dislike younger characters and immaturity). That said this one started off to a good start, the problem I had at the beginning on really though out the whole beg of the book is the connection with the H&H I just couldn’t feel it. There is a lot of Enemy-To here but honestly for me the connection got lost due to that. I am a mood reader and a ‘review as I read’ type, so I just got to half the book and I have to say that I truly truly am taken back because I can’t seem to connect to the H&H’s connection and now the ‘ex’ is there and well I am having hatefully feelings towards this book, it really bums me out because I was hoping not to have to go through that ‘I’m in love with my ex, i’ll show him what he missed’ and now the ex is separated form his wife, they work together! I don’t like it here!

Okay I am slowly getting back to wanting to be here. I am feeling a little bit of connection between H&H and to them sadly I’m already at 65%. That was short lived, I just can’t put my finger on the heroine she’s very ‘everything is okay go with the flow just keep going’ and I really wanted that ‘feeling’ after the hero hurt her. This really was a emotional roller-coaster for me being a mood reader. In the end I honestly when I felt that connection, it was magic for me. I fell in love with both of them and now I want to re-read it to get a better feeling if that makes sense.

Nova is a head-strong, spunky, out there, fun and sweet heroine. Ronan is the older, broody but kind hero. They both actually meet years before they end up in the same town again. After a loss Nova comes back to take care of her sister, and even though she has a past there she is doing the right thing. Ronan ends up at the same high school coaching without ever thinking he would meet the woman who blew his mind in many ways in new york but he doesn’t remember fully. It was the darkest time in his life back then. These two are fun, quirky, the banter and the STEAMY SEX holy molly on that one, some will make a nun blush *fanning self* truly a opposite attract, enemy to, slow burn, small town delight!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Romance: ♡♡♡♡
Steamy: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Triggers: NA
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Recommended: ☑
HIGHLY Recommended ☑

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