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Blog Tour + ARC Review: ‘Beauty and the Baller’ by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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



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?


4.5 ‘Find your glow’ Stars!

ARC provided via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

It’s been quite a while since my last read from Ilsa Madden-Mills and that is an absolute crime because I truly adore her writing. She completely stole the show for me with Dear Ava and now she is back with another emotional love story that I know many romance readers will love. With Beauty and the Baller, we are getting a glorious mix of sports romance, one-night stands impossible to forget and a second chance feel to it too. What’s not to love about everything I just said, am I right?

So, Beauty and the Baller is a new standalone novel about Ronan Smith and Nova Morgan. Ronan had everything he wanted: a gorgeous and talented NFL quarterback with the world at his feet and a fiancée he adored. A car accident changes his life completely, he is lost in his grief and doesn’t know how to come back from it. Enter Nova. She enters Ronan’s life because he is her favorite QB and they have a mind-blowing but awful night that again changes Ronan’s journey. What they didn’t expect is to meet again after two years. Now they are neighbors and Ronan doesn’t remember anything about that night. What will happen when things get even more complicated and they decide the solution is to fake a relationship?

How did I get here with you? How did you find me?

What a journey with this amazing couple! Ilsa is fantastic at writing a type of character that shows a whole array of emotions but still has a quirky and funny side that will steal your heart completely. And that is what happens with Ronan and Nova. Their first meeting is all kinds of cute and sooooo nerdy. I loved it. I loved how their journey starts and how it develops after they meet again after two years. They are both going through loss and it’s so clear their paths keep crossing because of a connection impossible to miss. Fate is acting for them and love starts growing. And while it’s not easy for either of them to accept those feelings for each other, their chemistry is so much stronger. I seriously loved this book and this couple, and I am so glad they got their happy ending!

Being with him, even though he’s still finding out who he is and what he needs, is like peeking into possibilities.

Therefore, I am rating Beauty and the Baller with 4.5 STARS because Ilsa simply did it again. She gave us a beautiful love story, with complex and quirky characters to love and a couple with so much chemistry that you’ll melt all over the place. Ronan and Nova will steal the hearts of many with their steamy, emotional and quirky love story. Mine is already stolen and I really hope Ilsa writes more stories about the characters we’ve meet in this book because I would be so happy and excited to read them!

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The Author Ilsa head shot-2.jpg

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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