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Beauty and the Baller (Strangers in Love)

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All of the conflicts that I thought might be an issue and break the two of them up weren’t what happened – the actual conflict was handled very maturely, and made a lot of sense for who the characters were. It’s kinda hard to believe that this is my first book by Ilsa Madden-Mills but I know it most definitely won’t be my last! After an unexpected proposal, Nova finds herself fake dating the one man who could be dangerous for her heart. The only reason they ended up together was because they were forced into being around each other and I felt like the MMC settled.

Every time he touched her, he would instantly regret it and make her feel like an absolute mistake and honestly? This book had it all, wonderful main characters, and a great supporting cast of characters to keep it fun and real. Add in fake dating, small town charm and a wonderful HEA and this book was such a beautiful love story.And the side romances were so cute that I couldn’t help but smile every time a new couple got together. This was probably one of the only instances in which I didn’t mind the “deceased wife” trope because while she was portrayed as someone that was nice and whom he loved, we were really showed and told that his relationship with the heroine was on another level, some soulmate type thing (if you believe in that). And when Ronan started to show us little bits of himself, I just knew he was so much more than meets the eye. He’s looking to move up his career ladder, but everyone in town is trying to wife him up so that he'll stay at the school.

All of my reviews are posted on Instagram, Wattpad, and Goodreads, and are also linked to my twitter account. Ronan is retired from the NFL and has moved from NYC to Texas to coach a high school team and Nova is in Texas to be her niece’s guardian. By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file.

What I’m trying to say is that this book might not have the best romantic plot, or the most original, but the overall story was so full of good things which really compensated for it. To all of a sudden she’s your new next door neighbor in a small town where you’re the football coach. But it wasn't too bad here - it's been over three years since she died and they only knew each other nine months before she died - she wasn't his highschool sweetheart or anything like that. These characters are not in the exact place in life that they planned to be, but they are figuring out that maybe they are right where they need to be anyway.

Some of my friends liked this too, so I’m sorry if I’m insulting your personal preferences… but this book just didn’t work for me.I’m usually a big fan of Madden-Mills’ work, but this just couldn’t recover from the initial issues.

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