Beauty and the Baller (Strangers In Love #1) by Ilsa Madden Mills | Book Review


Beauty and the Baller by Ilsa Madden Mills

Beauty and the Baller by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Series: Strangers in Love #1
Publisher: Montlake
Publication Date: March 29th, 2022
Genre: Adult Romance
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Source: Times Read
Rating: 5⭐


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?


I couldn't remember the last time I read a sports romance. This book is super adorable. I really want to read as fast as I can, but at the same time, I do not want it to end! I absolutely love this story.
As a Star Wars fan, I'm excited to see it mentioned here. Dressed up like Princess Leia? Well, if you watch the movie, then you can imagine how it looks. Ronan Smith is an NFL quarterback. He has everything he ever wanted in his life. However, life struck him hard. He lost his job, he lost his fiancee, and he goes down to a pithole. He has been grieving ever since that day. Until the day he met a mysterious woman, things started to change, but he couldn't remember who she was. Nova is a fan of Ronan Smith, but what happened between the two of them at their first meeting has made her mad. After her mother passed away, she packed her things and moved back to her hometown. I guess fate has brought them together. In her hometown, she once again meets Ronan Smith. What makes it even more interesting is that Ronan lives just beside her house.
I love how the story begins and how the progression between the two of them develops from time to time. It wasn't easy to trust someone, and it is not easy to open your heart after what has happened in your life. I love how they communicate through it and try their best to make it right, even if it's not as easy as it seems. Their chemistry is really amazing! I love how funny and sarcastic the beautiful Nova can be. While Ronan Smith is indeed very sweet.
This is now added to my list of new favourite authors! Ilsa has definitely written an engaging, heartwarming, and super sexy meet-cute story! I can't get enough of the book! They meet again, starting off with a fake relationship that turns into a real one. I have been stuck with the story for the longest time. I hope there will be more books by Ilsa Madden-Mills.