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5 stars for Ballers with Benefits!
Well, readers - unsurprisingly - she did it AGAIN! Nicole Rodrigues has hit another one out of the ball park….
As if two swoon-worthy book boyfriends weren’t enough (from books 1 and 2), be prepared to meet three more in the next book of the Double Play series!
We get to catch up with a grown-up Bella Daniels-Gavinwood as she now has both a PT company, thanks to her aunt Savannah and her dad, and she’s playing softball for the US team too. Talk about one ambitious young lady! She’s drowning her anger and pain away in a bar after catching her boyfriend of four years cheating on her - she obviously breaks it off.
Enter the cocky and suave pro baseball player, Damon Johnson (swoon-worthy book bf #1) who too is chasing away his own regrets after his girlfriend broke up with him over his injured knee, via text message (Ouch!)
Two broken hearts are about to collide!
And boy do they! Nic takes you on a journey of their stories as they both enjoy the “benefits” of their arrangement. Bella starts to break out of her shell as she comes into her own and explores her “bad” side and Dirty Damon starts to see this “angel” of his has some dark wings that need to be unfurled. It’s a battle of wills as they both fight their fears, past heartaches, and desires of making this “friends with benefits” deal just that, but will their hearts have other plans?
Dirty Damon is sexy, funny and completely swoon-worthy as he tries hard not to fall for the girl he’s admired from his pinup calendar and now has in the flesh. Bella is admirable, strong, sweet and resembles both her mother, Charlotte, and her aunt Savannah, in her fortitude. I loved getting to catch up with Bella’s family, the Gavinwoods and the Turners and meeting Damon’s, the Johnsons. I loved the sisterly relationship between her and Lacey (loving and fighting each other as sisters tend to do) and the budding relationship that’s simultaneously going on between Lace and Nico (enter swoon-worthy book bf #2) and I just adored the brother and sister connection portrayed when Bella goes to see Devin (her twin brother) - aka book boyfriend #3 - in Texas and the protective side that he shows. (You also get a protective dad moment with Gabe which I also loved.)
This book was sexy, funny and simply swoon-worthy (how many times am I allowed to use that word in one review? - Ah, who cares, it’s true!)
So, if you’re looking for tough and ruggedly handsome guys who will have you eating out of their hands, these books are definitely for you.
Shanna Swenson, Author of the Abundance series
Shanna loves a good book that thrills, chills and warms her heart.