New Release and 4 star review of The Baller’s Secret Baby by Normandie Alleman

 

 

 

Title: The Baller’s Secret Baby
Series: Barnes Family #1
Author: Normandie Alleman
Genre: Sports/Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: July 20, 2016

 

Blurb
He may
be a player, but this stud’s not shooting blanks.
NICK
I’m nobody’s baby daddy.
I don’t care how many
stunning women throw themselves at me,
looking to turn one hot
night into an eighteen-year paycheck.  
I’ve got way too much
on the line to throw it away for one night of pleasure.
Ball is life, and
basketball is my first priority.
I’ve got a championship
to win.
But when I see that
familiar face shaking her pom-poms on the sidelines,
I’m transported back to
childhood, 
Back to the days before
a fiery plane crash ripped us apart,
forcing us to grow up
overnight. 
Those were the days
when Eden Evans stole my heart.
This time, I might be
ready to give it right back to her.  
EDEN
I have no interest in a
man who comes with groupies. 
With a rock legend for
a father, I’ve seen the toll fame takes on a marriage. 
The last thing I need
is a guy with more Twitter followers than Justin Beiber. 
So when Nick Barnes
dribbles his way back into my life,
my heart and head go
into battle.
I can’t fight my desire
for the sexy baller with his eight-pack abs
and panty-dropping
charm.
And when that little
stick shows an unmistakable plus sign,
suddenly, everything is
on the line.  

With a secret baby on
the way, will Nick realize that having the home court advantage is what
he’s wanted all along?

 

My Review:

4/5 stars!

The Baller’s Secret Baby was not at all what I expected.  I’ve read a lot of these secret baby romances and other similar tropes and truthfully, the writing isn’t always good and the books seem rushed.  Not the case with this one!  I was pleasantly surprised with this one.

Eden and Nick have known each other all their lives, but after the simultaneous deaths of their fathers, they were separated.  Eden’s mother moved her to Texas and Nick stayed in California with his mother and siblings.  Now, Eden is a physician and a professional cheerleader for a professional football team.  Nick is a professional basketball player, one of the top in the league.  Nick sees her and old feelings are rekindled.  He arranges a meeting and the two fall back into their previous feelings.  After a night together, Eden ends up pregnant.  She doesn’t tell Nick, because of his previous reputation as a player and she doesn’t want to mess with his career.  Nick finds out due to his meddling sister and from there, they find their way back to each other.

I liked the characters.  Nick was strong, but not alpha, romantic and fun.  Eden was awkward, careful and sweet.  Nick’s siblings are a hot mess, but hysterical and his mother?  Lord his mother!  She is a hoot.

This sweet book gives you a great story and a sweet, romantic happily-ever-after.

 

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Excerpt
I ordered for us both and we settled into an easy conversation. Being with her felt like slipping into an old pair of comfortable shoes—if those shoes were the hottest kicks ever, and they made your stomach do a flip when you wore them.The champagne arrived, and I made a toast. “To old friends.”

“To old friends,” she repeated and clinked her glass against mine. “I probably shouldn’t be drinking this.”

“Why is that?”

Then she told me about the scrutiny she was under from the cheerleading director of the Scorpions.

“I hear you. I don’t drink much during the season myself, but tonight seems like a special occasion.”

“Oh, it is. I agree with you! And I am having the fish.”

“You are. What a good girl.” I wanted to offer to help her work off some of the calories later, but I behaved myself and only thought it.

She giggled. “Okay, so I have a question.”

“Shoot.”

She smiled before continuing. “I heard these girls talking about how you have bunnies… What does that mean?”

It was my turn to smile. “It’s like saying someone has hops—like they can jump.”

Her face lit up. “Oh, so it’s like how Charles Barkley calls you Air Apparent because you can dunk so well.”

“Yes, exactly like that.”

“How do you do it—dunk I mean?”

I shrugged. “Practice. Lots of practice.”

“Well, that’s a relief. I was afraid they were talking about Playboy bunnies.”

We both laughed.

“Not quite. I steer clear of that place.”

“The Playboy Mansion?”

“Yeah. That scene is a trap for guys like me.”

“In what way? Seems like guys like you would love that sort of, ahem, environment.”

“Nah. Maybe if we could stay incognito, but once people recognize you, know you’ve got money, they all want one thing from you.”

“And I’m guessing it’s not your hops?”

“Nope. Everybody wants a payday, a piece of you. When you’ve got money you can’t trust anyone.”

She shook her head. “Especially if you’re famous. I do well with my medical business, but it’s not the same.”

I stood corrected. Damn, I needed this girl. She brought me back down to Earth.

Taking her hand across the table, I held it, the warmth of her skin felt so good in my hand that for a moment I forgot all the outside pressures, the untrustworthy people and the users in the world. Everything else melted away and it was just me and Eden, who’d known me when I was a boy. The girl who was my friend before I became a household name or signed my first contract for millions. When it was just us blowing bubbles during the hot summer days and chasing fireflies at night.

Holding hands with her like this—it felt like home.

 

 

 Author Bio
A former psychologist, Normandie has always been fascinated by human behavior. She loves writing quirky characters that are all too human. Fiber arts, baking, and Pinterest are a few of her favorite pastimes. A shamelessly proud basketball mom, Normandie lives on a farm with a passel of kids, an adorable husband, and a pet pig who’s crazy for Red Bull. If you’d like up to the minute new release info on Normandie’s books text RACYREADS to 24587 (Use all CAPS).
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