Contemporary Romances in Audible Unlimited Romance
“Enemies to lovers” is one of my favorite romance tropes. It gives me all the feels when the protagonists have to work their way out of bad behavior patterns and take a chance on each other, even though they have been burnt. It’s very “true love conquers all”.
And how can you not love the fantasy, that the guy who keeps challenging you is secretly head over heels in love with you? It’s a soothing thought, maybe even empowering.[... read more]
Brody, cocky player, prone to dropping his pants at the most shocking moments.
Delilah, sports reporter, gives as good as she gets.
I found this audiobook through the Audible Romance packagestory theme search, a handy little tool that lets you sort the audiobooks contained in the deal based on their storyline.
My mind was set on an “enemies to lovers” book and initially, The Baller didn’t disappoint. Witty banter and some funny and slightly mean pranks. But much quicker than I expected Brody and Delilah had worked out their issues and got together: Because The Baller is not just a story about “will they or won’t they?”. Delilah and Brody both have a past and I felt that the publisher’s summary gave off the wrong impression. The Baller is not a rom-com and it’s not an “enemies to lovers” story. It’s so easy to overlook but it is indeed about Brody’s and Delilah’s journey as a couple.
Maybe it’s a Vi Keeland thing, this is only my second book of hers. The story is somewhat complex compared to many other romance novels and it threw me for a loop several times, not going where I expected it to go. I found it a big plus that it never goes all in with the uber-drama. The protagonists stay comparatively level-headed and mature.
Mackenzie Cartwright’s voice adds a deeply emotional level, in all directions 😉 The lows felt lower and she sure delivered on the sex scenes! Talking of which, The Baller is really super hot. Brody has one seriously dirty mouth on him and Sean Crisden gave all of that back with complete naturalness. Both narrators did a great job of portraying different voices and pulling me into the story, even though I was a bit disappointed that the storyline veered so far off what I had expected. Despite my doubts somewhere around the middle of the book I felt nicely entertained when I finished it.
4 out of 5 stars
Brody knows how to use that tongue of his! Such a dirty talker 😉
Audiobook > Book
I still have some lingering doubts about the actual storyline but with Mackenzie Cartwright and Sean Crisden narrating it is very solid entertainment!