Review: Ball Peen Hammer
by Lauren Rowe
narrated by Lauren Rowe and John Lane
Chances are you’ve read this book. If so, wasn’t it – literally – the funniest? If you haven’t, well…. let me tell you about it 😀
Everything started with the wonderful ladies in my Facebook group saying: “Listen to Ball Peen Hammer, it is so funny!” I trust them, so I downloaded it and started the audiobook. After 10 minutes I stopped. All my “this is too hysterically funny for my taste”-alarm bells went off. Lauren Rowe was trying too hard. Too many jokes just for joke density’s sake, squeezed into one dialogue that was very strong on the exposition.
I rolled my eyes haughtily, as I do, and started a different book. A couple days later I was on a longer road trip and finished the lovely Caught in the Flames. I scrolled through my Audible list and saw BPH and decided to give it another try. Since it came with such strong recommendations.
I’m giggling while I’m writing this. Actually laughing out loud remembering how incredibly funny this book was, and how much I annoyed my husband on our drive with the constant giggling, only interrupted by laughing out loud. Don’t think I’m a giggler! I really am not. I like to say that I’m easily amused. But that’s not actually true, I have a very specific taste and most comedies bore me.
But BPH…. aw man… It didn’t take long and I adopted “adorbsicles” into my active vocabulary. And ended every sentence with “damn, son!” 😀
The magic of Ball Peen Hammer lies in Keane. All the charm and charisma he must have to do as well as he does – with the ladies and as a dancer – actually translates completely into the audiobook. He isn’t just described as charismatic. He IS charismatic. And he drew me in. I’m not a swooner, but he sure got me fangirling because he was so different. So charming, honest to a fault, yet absolutely and truly a good person with pretty much no malicious intent. Very different from the usual romance hero.
It’s easy to imagine how this person would have this kind of success, online and offline, if he were real. And how I wish he was… I’d watch every single one of his YouTube videos!
John Lane embodied Keane so amazingly well. Perfect timing, perfect intonations, absolutely lovable. I can’t describe it any better. I was so truly and thoroughly entertained by this audiobook. I’m amazed at how Lauren Rowe managed to create this character. I haven’t encountered a male protagonist in a romance that got to me like Keane did. And while he’s absolutely the center of this book, Maddy – despite us getting off on the wrong foot – is a wonderful counterpart to Keane. She takes no bullshit and is an interesting and relatable protagonist. Lauren Rowe is a great and experienced narrator.
Fun fact: John Lane and Lauren Rowe also narrated the Blood Bond Saga** together.
So yeah, this book is a recommendation. If you ever considered trying out an audiobook, get this one. If you ever considered trying a rom-com, get this one. Or if you just don’t know what to read next, get this one!! It was a…. PLEASURE to listen to this 😉
Keane Morgan wouldn’t return any of my calls or texts, and I was pissed as hell about it. I didn’t want to drive from Seattle to L.A. with the guy any more than he wanted to drive with me, but I had no frickin’ choice in the matter – at least, not if I wanted to use his brother Dax’s coveted parking spot at UCLA.
Okay, so it turned out Keane was objectively gorgeous, and, fine, pretty funny, too. But did he have to be so damned in love with himself? I mean, jeez, the cocky way he flashed those dimples was just so orchestrated. And, honestly, what kind of guy uses the phrase “baby doll” with a straight face? Oh, that’s right: the kind of guy who’s a male stripper.
Yup, the cocky jerk turned out to be Seattle’s answer to Magic Mike, a stripper known as “Ball Peen Hammer” – which meant Keane Morgan was emphatically not the kind of guy I’d ever fall for.
Not. At. All.
No freakin’ way.
Well, until Keane convinced me to fall for him, that is.
Which I did.
5 out of 5 “male stripper who’s learned all the tricks from his older brothers”-stars
Yeah, doesn’t get much sexier than Keane.
Audiobook > Book
John Lane….. damn…. the way he narrated this… I can’t imagine how long it must have taken him to record his chapters without laughing.
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This absolutely wonderful funny rom-com audiobook “Ball Peen Hammer”** should not be missing in any collection. But before you buy it, you can listen to it for free in your Audible Romance Package**. The Morgan Brothers series is a spin-off to The Club series which is also in the Romance Package.