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  • Writer's pictureTeiran Smith

Beauty and the Baller Review

With the new release of Princess and the Player, book two in the Strangers in Love series by Ilsa Madden Mills, I became intrigued. Since I was new to the series, I started with book one, Beauty and the Baller. Let me just say, wow! I adored it! I read it within three days. I realize many of you read a book a day, but for a woman who runs four businesses and works 7 days a week, finishing a book in three days is a feat that requires a lot of lost sleep! I simply could not put it down. I am such a sucker for a romance featuring a broken hero and this one did not disappoint.

Beauty and the Baller was a sweet and sexy page turner that held my attention. The playful banter between Ronan and Nova kept a perpetual smile on my face. Their story was such a fun read! 5 fabulous stars!


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?


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