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The Ballers and Babes Collection

By: Lauren Blakely
Narrated by: Zachary Webber,Andi Arndt,Victoria Mei,Erin Mallon
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Summary

Sexy, charming football players and the feisty and fantastic women they fall for! Indulge in three best-selling sports romances from number one NYT best-selling author Lauren Blakely in The Ballers and Babes Collection, performed by Zachary Webber as the hero in each title. He's joined by a different leading lady on each story—Andi Arndt, Victoria Mei, and Erin Mallon. This collection includes...

Most Valuable Playboy…

When the hot young quarterback desperately needs a fake girlfriend he turns to his best friend’s sister in this sexy, feel-good friends-to-lovers romance!

Most Likely to Score…

When the star receiver needs to rehab his rep, he turns to the only woman who can help…but fighting their desires is the toughest play of all in this sexy forbidden romance!

A Wild Card Kiss…

When the single dad athlete meets the woman who got away, sparks fly, but fate has other plans for the jilted bride and the football star in this second-chance romance!

©2022 Lauren Blakely Books (P)2022 Lauren Blakely Books
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These stories were a fun and easy listen, even if I doubt they’ll be very memorable. The middle of the three stories had a really flimsy reason for why the couple couldn’t be together which made it harder to buy into the story. The collection is definitely worth a credit, though, and they’re far better than many books in this genre.

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  • Mec
  • 23-11-22

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Not one of these stories was like the other! They blended but we’re not repeated storylines!

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  • Julie D (Audio and Book Jewels)
  • 14-11-22

Love Lauren Blakely!!

There great books in one file! Loved every single one of them!

Lauren Blakely has such a way of making characters and situations feel real, like you could be a part of these characters lives. She’s serious, but funny and the people she writes about are some you’d definitely want in your life.

Zachary Webber is one of my favorite narrators and I could listen to him all the time! Andi Arndt, Victoria Mei and Erin Mallon have excellent voices!

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  • NeedToRead
  • 12-11-22

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Enjoyed all three books and love how each had its unique story. The narrators were 4 of my faves, so of course, great job. This series was light hearted enough to listen before sleeping - I don't like miserable, dark stories before bedtime - but still had enough substance to keep me interested and listening a little longer than I probably should've...😉🤫 The characters were each unique and well created and it was nice that although they may have been perceived as "perfect" (hot athletes/beautiful women), they still had issues/baggage like everyone out there. Well done, Lauren and please do keep the box series coming! Bravo! 👏👏👏

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  • ❤️Cyndi Marie❤️🎧Audiobook Addicts🎧
  • 05-10-22

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MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY
This story made my heart smile and my insides a little mushy! It was a very sweet friends to lovers story with NO drama!!! I love how Lauren Blakley can give us a beautiful romance without the need for the unnecessary drama added just for excitement.
Cooper is a great character for me because he is rich and well known but he doesn't act it! He didn't use his money to impress her and the money didn't change who he was. He still hung out with his friends, focused on his love for football and was a complete momma's boy in the best way!
Violet might be my favorite character! She is strong and confident. She stuck to her feelings, never trying to hide behind them or had insecurities! With her business, her family and her love life she always seemed to do what felt right and didn't really play "games". She knew who she was, what she felt and she didn't try to fight it! These too had great chemistry and I think that stems from the years they have known each other. I love friends to lovers because the love is not instantaneous and it is so easy to feel the love between the characters because you know it's not just physical attraction after all those years! Although I will say this book was light on sex but the few scenes it had were very hot! The narration was spot on as always! You can sure tell the author is an audiobook listener, it shows in her casting choices! Zachary Webber has a great voice and perfect tone for a laid back good guy!

MOST LIKELY TO SCORE
I really liked Jones & Jillian. Their flirty banter in the beginning was so funny. Jones is funny, flirtatious, a good guy and has a serious attraction to the teams publicist Jillian. I love how much he cares about his family and how he likes to help everyone. He was a generally nice guy and that alone makes him swoon worthy in my book. Jillian is also attracted to Jones but she tries to be professional since they work together. She is tough because he doesn't make it easy. I love her relationship with her dad and how much she lets loose when she is finally with Jones. The chemistry between these two is off the charts. Lauren Blakely knows that the way to her readers hearts is with a super hot nice guy who has a serious soft spot for animals and family. She also gives us another great adult romance without a large amount of drama and that always works for me. The ending of this book really left me feeling happy and smiling. I love a great light-hearted love story. The narration was great as it always is with Zachary Webber & Andi Arndt. These two really compliment each other so well.

WILD CARD KISS
Everyone knows I am a huge sucker for a Single Dad Romance and this one ticks all my happy boxes. I mean a single dad & a second chance, what more could I want! I absolutely loved the relationship between Harlan and his daughter, the meet cute with Harlan & Katie, Katie's relationship with her dad and even the relationship Harlan has with his ex. Harlan is a dream, I just love a mature adult that handles his life without drama. Katie has a pretty messed up relationship with her mom but she deals with it like a pro. These two are perfect for each other, hot and fun all in one! This book made my heart feel happy and light. Exactly what I needed! Erin Mallon & Zachary Webber were perfect <3

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  • Wanda
  • 05-10-22

Lauren Blakely is Amazing!

Are you kidding me??? She gets better with each book. I haven’t found one I don’t love. I love take charge, strong women characters. Don’t get that much.

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  • alchickypup
  • 27-09-22

Awesome listen!

Loved the story, the tempo, everything!! I loved how the characters were real and the issues were relatable

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  • kgagnon
  • 22-09-22

Sweet, Swoony, and Smoldering Romance Collection!

~ Most Valuable Playboy (Ballers and Babes #1)
Before book one, we get to listen to the prequel novella about the budding friends-to-lovers romance, between Cooper and Violet, called Most Irresistible Guy, which was a real treat!

It leads into Most Valuable Playboy, and I absolutely adored everything about their story! It is heartwarming, fun & flirty, sweet and very hot & sexy! Cooper and Violet have been close friends since they were kids, always having each others backs. Now as adults, things haven't changed when Violet comes to Coopers rescue during the charity bachelor auction held by Coopers team. She bids an obscene amount to save Cooper from someone Cooper absolutely did not want to be alone with. When put on the spot, Cooper and Violet pretend to be having a relationship. Everyone is so excited for a love story between the sexy new Quarterback and the hometown girl, that they are forced to go along with it. As Cooper and Violet try to come up with answers to questions about their relationship, their answers just may have a shred of truth. Cooper realizes he is so attracted to his sexy friend, and their chemistry is off the charts. But does she feel the same or is she just paying him back for saving her years earlier? They knew so much about each other, and had such history, that they "can't see the forest for the trees".
I loved Cooper and Violet, they were so in sync, and perfect for each other. Ms. Blakely expertly weaved a beautiful and intoxicating love story with genuine characters, witty banter and explosive chemistry. It didn't have angst, or a lot of drama, but still had the emotional oomph that I love. This story is the perfect blend of humor, charm, emotion and steam. This book captured my heart and made me feel happy and totally satisfied.
This entertaining story is brought to life beautifully by Zachary Webber, and Andi Arndt. I love both their voices, along with their flawless comedic timing and dynamic voice changes as they delivered the clever banter. They made me laugh, swoon and cheer for Cooper and Violet's HEA.
This was a great start to this group of friends and I can't wait to read Jones' and Jillians' story in 'Most Likely To Score' next!

~ Most Likely to Score (Ballers and Babes #2)
I loved listening to Most Likely to Flirt first. It is the sexy prequel novella about Jones and Jillian's budding forbidden romance, leading into Most Likely to Score.

I loved this charming, steamy, forbidden romance! Jones and Jillian have worked together for the same football organization for years. They have also been attracted to each other all that time. Neither has acted on that attraction, always being totally professional, well at least Jillian was. Sexy wide receiver Jones was always outrageous, trying to get Jillian to go out with him. But now Jones needs to clean up his reputation. He and publicist wiz, Jillian, work closely on a project to help with that. They soon are unable to deny their fiery attraction. But when they have to keep it a secret, it takes a toll on them both. Jones and Jillian are both wonderful characters that are caring, thoughtful and fun. I loved them both along with their loving, and supportive family and friends. Ms. Blakely creates mature, witty characters who are socially conscious, work hard, and play even harder. Their world is a place I love to visit and feel apart of.
Zachary Webber, and Victoria Mei did a great job narrating this delightful story and bringing it to life. I loved their humor, and their easy ability to make this heartwarming, fun and sexy romance one that you will want to listen to again and again!

~ A Wild Card Kiss (Ballers and Babes #3)
It was so much fun listening to A Wild Card Night first. It is the prequel novella about the night Harlan and Katie met. It was quick and steamy and only made me want more of them!

Timing is everything, and it seems to snub Harlan and Katie. They met years ago and had an instant fiery connection. But timing wasn't on their side when Harlan wanted to see Katie again, she had to turn him down as she was moving away for her job. Now years later, they meet again but their timing is off again. Harlan is a successful athlete and single dad to his adorable little girl. When he sees Katie again, she has just left her cheating fiancé on their wedding day. They still have their same spark but remain friends until Katie is ready for more. When they finally decide to move forward, Katie's yoga business is hired by Harlan's team. Now they must down dog together but remain platonic. Will they ever get their timing right and find their HEA? This was such a delightfully fun and steamy romance. I love Harlan and Katie along with their flirty, witty banter, their hot passion is hot and explosive chemistry! Their relationship was hard fought, but totally worth the time and frustration so they could make a stronger, forever family together.
I loved Erin Mallon and Zachary Webber wonderful performances. They made these smart, witty, sexy, characters come to life, including Webber's very sweet little girl voice. I also think Mallon and Webber have perfect comedic timing. I was completely lost to their storytelling as they effortlessly pulling me into this world.

I absolutely loved this sweet, swoony, and smoldering romance collection!

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  • Terri D
  • 20-09-22

Collection of winners

What a fantastic collection of three great books and their prequels as added bonuses.

First up is Most Irresistible Guy which leads into Most Valuable Playboy
What a great story of two people that have known each other for years and have been friends until one day one friend helps the other and those deep feelings finally come to the surface.

Cooper is the hot young quarterback that all the women want and the one woman that has staked her claim, Maxine, is determined he will be hers. When Violet is faced with a big decision she acts and bids and wins Cooper in the charity auction. What she didn't know was they would be forced to be in a fake relationship that she really wishes is real.

This is a low-drama book about friends and finding the one you want to spend the rest of your life with and honesty and honor. I loved this book and all the characters that are part of it.

Zachary Webber is fantastic narrating this book and to have Andi Arndt pop in was a treat as well. Great listen and a great story and I highly recommend it.

Next up is Most Likely to Flirt which gives us the back story for Most Likely to Score.
This gives us Jones and Jillian and sets us up for Jillian's crush on the hot football player. As their story progresses they both find it more difficult to keep their attractions for each other at bay and finally give in to their feelings. The problem is that they don't want their secret to get out, but life will show them what is important and they will both own up to their love for one another.

This book has so much going for it. We have a hot football player that loves animals and his family, a sweet girl that loves her dad and her career, great friends, and for them finding their other half. Great characters with good morals and a good story. I loved that the author shared part of herself with us in Jillian's character.

Zachary Webber and Victoria Mei were awesome in narrating this book. Both were so enjoyable from start to finish. I love it.

I really enjoyed this book for so many reasons. This is a really slow burn that takes years for our couple to find each other.

Finally, we get A Wild Card Night which brings us into A Wild Card Kiss
Harlan is an adorably sweet man with all the hot male muscles and football hero deliciousness. Beyond his charm and hotness though is a man any woman would love to have. He is a terrific dad, he can bake pies, he has the patience of a saint and he can carry a woman fireman style upstairs.

Now for Katie, our cute yoga princess that just can't seem to get it right in the love department, my heart broke for her. Katie just couldn't seem to catch a break with cupid and Harlan. They just kept having near romances, so close yet so far away encounters. When fate threw them back together I was so happy for her. Katie deserved a happily ever after especially with a mother like she has. I loved that she moved past her previous hurts and came out the other side stronger and more determined to take what she wants.

There are great supporting characters and it is a great story. I loved it.

This book shows us not only to never give up on love but also that we need to separate ourselves from toxic people in our lives, even if they are family.

Zachary Webber and Erin Mallon are fantastic narrating this book. I enjoyed listening to both of them from start to finish.

Fantastic collection of love plus bonuses.

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  • Kara Hildebrand
  • 20-09-22

Amazing collection!

Most Valuable Playboy…

I learned a long time ago that Lauren Blakely can write any hero. Any romance story. Any subject matter. And every time I read one of her books, I say 'wow, she can write anything.' And she's giving us another football romance to add to her list of goodness. Most Valuable Playboy is Lauren's newest gem. It's a new story, a new set of characters and a fun plot! I'm in love with Lauren's series' and I long to discover how she always puts in little connections throughout all her books. But, I also loved reading these new, fresh, exciting characters. I loved learning things about people we haven't met yet. People I loved from the first page and already want more of. As always, we are entertained with her outstanding writing, humor, sexiness, sarcasm, friendship and just all around fun! I only stopped smiling to fan myself. Cooper is the sexy starting quarterback and Violet owns a salon. They have been friends since they were kids. Violet is Cooper's best friend's sister. There has always been a connection, a mutual caring and respect. They've always laughed together and been there for each other in good and bad. I love a good friends to lovers story and this one is fantastic. There's a sizzling between them from the very start. It's just under the surface ready to overflow as soon as they touch. When a sweet Hail Mary pass by Violet saves Cooper, she just holds on for the ride when he kisses her. Cooper didn't expect the sparks when their lips touched. This is Violet. His friend. His best friend's sister. Sure, she's gorgeous and funny and talented. But she's Violet. Yes, she's Violet. When the kiss turns into a declaration that she's his girlfriend, it turns into the greatest opportunity. A well placed pump fake can make all the difference in the game. And this is a game, right? What happens when the pretend kisses turn into more. When the touches ignite that fire again? Can Cooper do The Drive and get the girl or get sacked in the end zone? I loved this story! I love football. I love romance. I love Lauren. This is the trifecta for me!

Most Likely to Score…

Most Likely to Score is Lauren Blakely's new forbidden romance. It's a standalone but we met these characters in Most Valuable Playboy. I love a great forbidden romance and add in some football and it's a winning combo. Lauren knows how to write sexy, fun, sweet and alpha men. Every time I meet a new Blakely hero I can't believe I love him as much, if not more than the one before him! I loved Cooper, I did. But Jones just does it for me. He's perfection. He's the perfect mix of sweet and sour, soft and hard, fast and slow, dirty and loving. I couldn’t get enough of his mouth or his hands. He's has a thing for the team publicist, Jillian, for a while, but he can't risk mixing business and pleasure when he's trying to clean up his playa reputation. But, that doesn’t stop him from flirting with her. A lot. Jillian isn't going to fall for Jones's charms even though she's been crushing on him for a long time. The flirty banter, sexy looks and funny one liners are all in fun. Right? Maybe not… Jillian needs one of her players to help with a charity calendar and Jones is just the mane for the job. He's sexy, funny, an animal lover and the camera loves him. Jones isn't losing out in this deal though. He's getting Jillian and all her PR glory to help him mend his bad boy ways. He's not really the player the world thinks he is. After spending time alone together, Jillian sees the real Jones. He's sweet, caring, giving and turns out he does have a type and it's not skinny blondes. Jones knows he should keep his hands off her, but he can't help himself anymore. He's been attracted to her for too long and it's time to take action. When they find themselves alone on a business trip, they throw the playbook out the window and engage in a few nights of hot, sweaty sexiness. But it's not enough for Jones. He wants more of this beauty with her Asian heritage, love of luck and gorgeous hair. They promise it's over. It was just a few nights, but after they are home they can't stop thinking about their nights together. It was more for both of them and it's torture being apart. Can they take the chance and be together? Will they ruin the careers they've worked so hard for? I can't even express how much I love these characters. Jones is everything. Seriously. He so sweet and I swooned every time he spoke to Jillian. He's just the right amount of dirty to turn you on, then sweet to keep you there. He loves kids and animals and he's not afraid to show his soft gooey center. Jillian is badass. She's fantastic at her job, and loves her family. She knows how to do sexy business attire, lucky earrings and confidence. Together they are fun, sexy, silly and their banter is perfection. I laughed, cried, had to fan myself, swooned and laughed some more. I also need some damn cherry pie. Jones and Jillian are one of my favorite Blakely couples!



A Wild Card Kiss…

A Wild Card Kiss is the third book in the Ballers and Babes series by Lauren Blakely. This is Harlan's story! I didn't even know I needed his story until Lauren mentioned it. If you know me you know I have a list of my top Blakely Men and Harlan just pushed and shoved his way to the top two! Not only that, but Harlan and Katie are one of my favorite couples. Ever. Not just of Lauren's. Lord have mercy with this man. He can catch a football, bake a pie, kiss like a god and…sing! Be still my heart. Kate is a bada** yoga babe and I love her just as much. There was just something about this couple that got to me! Their instant attraction and sexy banter and the way they never forgot each other even though they moved on with their lives. This is an epic second chance love story that left me smiling and completely satisfied!

Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt, Victoria Mei, Erin Mallon are all fantastic as always!