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Big Baller

(Cocky Hero Club)

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Bentley Mendoza is making a name for himself as the only rookie on the Austin Rattlers basketball team. He’s living the dream life. A new house, a different woman every night of the week. What more could he want? Except the brunette flight attendant that refuses to go out with him.

Jolene Haines is swearing off men after her failed fling with a pilot. All she needs is her b
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Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published October 25th 2020
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Carmen Rae
I am slightly obsessed with sports romances and basketball is the major sport in our household. And having been enjoying the cocky hero world I was really keen to read this book. Because all these different worlds have been helping me discover some awesome new to me authors.

Being as this was my first read from this author I wasn't really sure what to expect. And honestly, I don't think it was for me. I found the writing a little stilted and repetitive. I also questioned how much the author knew
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Jessica Alcazar
I’m not reviewing because I didn’t finish but you should know I tried. I made it to 11%. I don’t know if some of the things that bothered me would have not been such a big deal once i read the whole book, but I do know that if you’re not doing basic research on what you’re writing about, I’m not reading your book.

I’ve been told countless times that sometimes I can be rigid about what can be fictionalized and what can’t and I accept that. I’ll wear that badge with honors. There are circumstances
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Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)


US / UK / CA / AU



Bentley is a rookie player on the Austin Rattlers basketball team. He's young (although not THAT young), he's cocky, and he's immediately taken with one of the flight attendants on his first flight. Jolene's not having it, though, as she's been burned by her ex. But Bentley's persistence, and his sweet side, one that's masked most of the time, eventually wear her down and she gives into their attraction. But will living her life in the spotlight of the rookie's life
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Angie Cody
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sports romance has always been a favorite of mine, and when I found out Katrina was writing one I was so excited!!! In her writing we always get alllll of the feels, which is a favorite of mine, and then add in my favorite genre and I knew I'd love it! And boy did I!!

I loved the story of Jolene and Bentley so much!!! These two were everything you'd want in a lead couple. We had some super funny moments, the perfect amount of steamy moments, we had a bit of a slow burn and some drama. It was pret
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Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bentley is an arrogant, rookie professional basketball player. Jolene is a flight attendant for International Airlines. They meet while Jolene is working and it is Bentley’s first time on a plane. The attraction was instant for Bentley, however, he is the type who doesn’t really date, never seen with the same girl more than once. Jolene has several walls up, she isn’t interested in Bentley, especially after the fling she had with Carter Clynes.

Bentley had to work hard to get Jolene to go on a d
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Tash
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cocky-hero-world
3.5 stars
This book had potential as a feel good sport romance.
However there is a drama that gets a little too over the top that nearly derails everything literally.

Bentley is womanizer with a conscious. He knows that he has to be respectful or his mother would be after him. However he is still having a different woman in his bed until he crashes literally to Jolene.
Jolene is the opposite to Bentley. She still moping for her last boyfriend and doesn't want to know Bentley.
Literally making a
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Sarah
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic sports romance to read! Even better, it was another wonderful addition to the Cocky Hero Club. Bentley and Jolene's story was very relatable as to the "in the spotlight " famous athletes have and the way their families have to deal with the unwanted attention. It was easy to understand Jolene's uneasiness and dilemma of wanting to have a relationship with Bentley. She was also insecure as her previous relationship let her down and she had a hard time following her instincts. ...more
Sandie Chraponski
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even the cockiest of alphas can be insecure, and this is what Jolene learns as she slowly gives Bentley a chance. And giving chances is hard for Jolene with her past.

This is a sweet story about two people trying to work through the ups and downs of a non conventional relationship.

Katrina Marie did a wonderful job showing the vulnerability that is present in both Jolene and Bentley. I enjoyed watching the emotional growth in both characters once they learned to trust their own feelings for each
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Becky Rendon
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Bentley and Jolene take their attraction on a long distance romance tour. With both being in a constant state of traveling, they find a way to grow their relationship.

I had trouble enjoying this book. It was okay. There wasn't a deep connection to Bentley the playboy baller or even Jolene the flight attendant who felt jilted by her former hookup buddy. Neither had a background that went deeper than the paper it was printed on. I was bummed to feel nothing. As an empathetic reader, I tend to div
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Rhonda
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it as I read it. I've recently gotten into read some sports romance so this was good. Bently and Jolene were perfect for each other and I like the banter back and forth between them. Cute story, hot read and one I will recommend. ...more
Michelle
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Big Baller was my first read from Katrina Marie and I really enjoyed it!! I love me some sports romance anyway, so this book was right up my alley. Bentley is a professional basketball player, and Jolene is a flight attendant who happens to be working Bentley's first time flying...anywhere!! He is instantly attracted to her, and of course that attraction is heightened when Jolene really doesn't give him the time of day. He asks her out, she declines....and now the game is on!! He won't give up, ...more
Summerlynn83
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love all sports romance books, there is just something about a hot, cocky athlete that I can’t get enough of but if I’m being honest I don’t know much about basketball so that gave me the ability to fall into this story and just enjoy it as it went along.
You could tell from the beginning that Bentley was living his best life and didn’t really care too much about who he offended along the way. It wasn’t until he met Jolene and things didn’t come as easily to him that he began to question his pa
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Kari Hansen
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bentley is excited about the opportunity of playing for the Austin Rattlers but is finding the transition not as easy as he anticipated as he went from being the star on his college team to the new guy who has to prove his worth. When he meets Jolene on a flight to one of his games rather than being put off when she doesn’t fall for his charm like every woman before her he is intrigued.

Jolene has been hurt one time too many by thinking that she will be the one to convince a man to leave his play
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Wendy Livingstone
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic addition to this amazing series. Bentley is cocky and a tad arrogant and is living his dream as a rookie for the Austin Rattlers’, with a revolving door of woman. Jolene is a flight attendant for International Airlines, and when they meet on a flight there is an instant attraction, but she has high walls around her heart after being hurt by a past experience. Bentley and Jolene are both insecure and vulnerable deep down, and she certainly makes him work hard for a date with h ...more
Melanie Helms
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
*claps hands enthusiastically* We got a book for Bentley from Remember That Night ! We catch up with Bentley and where he's been off to after his time at Hilltown University. He's now a player on the Austin Rattlers. And then we meet Jolene, a flight attendant on one of Bentley's flights to a game he's playing. Jolene is hesitant and very well so after her past experience with men. Now we get to see if Bentley can show her he's not like other men or does he crash and burn while navigating his ne ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm a sports obsessed girl who always wants to read any sort of sports romance available to me so I was excited about Big Baller, especially set in the Cocky Hero Club world (which I'm also obsessed with). See, Bentley is a rookie in pro basketball, and he's definitely living the life of those young single guys finally realizing their dreams. This means that he has all the women in his bed he wants, but things come to a halt when he comes face to face with Jolene. She's a flight attendant who is ...more
Chrystal M Delgado
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love sports romances and although basketball isn't my first choice, I really enjoyed Jolene and Bentley's story. Jolene is a flight attendant and Bentley is a rookie basketball player. They had good chemistry and the banter between the two was great! I loved that Jolene wasn't afraid to say what she was thinking and Bentley was definitely cocky and seemed full of himself, but he also had a sweet side that not many people got to see. I really hope we get to see what happens between Lana and Ros ...more
Marianela Aybar (Mari Loves Books Blog)
The cover is gorgeous and immediately caught my attention because I haven't read a lot of basketball romances either. This author is also new to me and her writing in the Cocky Hero World had me picking this up right away. I loved how Jolene didn't give in to Bentley right away, especially because that's what he was used to. The chemistry and sparks between them is explosive and I love a story with a little back and forth. There are some aspects in the story that didn't make sense to me because ...more
Reading  In the  Red Room
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bentley is a rookie Basketball player. Jolene is a Flight attendant. Jolene was recently assigned to flights that included athletes. Bentley takes one look at Jolene and knows she is for him. Jolene’s Reaction was priceless, she was in denial that this would happen. I truly enjoyed the banter between them. I loved The determination that Bentley had for both basketball but to win her heart. I loved The chemistry they shared it was very layered. I enjoyed this book.
Belinda
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book by Katrina Marie who was a new author to me. I do live a sports book and basketball is my favourite so I did enjoy this story of Bentley and Jolene. The chemistry was good between them and the banter between them and him and his teammates was funny. I hope Lana and Ross get a book. This book is part of The Cocky Hero Club but can be read as a standalone. I received this book as an arc for my honest opinion.
Donna Purcell Zappone
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The latest book in the Cocky Hero series.
Bentley is a professional basketball player. With being a professional athlete yup you guessed it ... he’s cocky, self-assured and is a serial dater. He isn’t seen seen with the same woman twice.
Jolene is a flight attendant who ya just coming out of a bad relationship.
They meet up when Bentley is on his first flight ever and coincidently Jolenes flight.
I really enjoyed the budding relationship between these two once they were able to knock down each oth
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Isha Coleman
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
He's a guy that has something to prove. She's the girl that knows the score. Love and ego don't mix. So why does heart have these two loners rethinking the game? Big Baller puts everything on the line. From emotion to romance, Marie puts the heart through the wringer. Bentley and Jolene are heartache short of a perfect match. Can they even up the score when it comes to the endgame? ...more
Jackie Ashmead
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Big Baller was my first read from Katrina Marie and I really enjoyed it!! I love me some sports romance books and figured this was a SLAM DUNK for me! Bentley is a professional basketball player, and Jolene is a flight attendant. These two meet the first time he is ever flying and things go from there! Very enjoyable read!
Lisa Hemming
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bentley Mendoza is a talented basketball player who has an infectious personality, a positive attitude about life and an admirable work ethic. He is kind to strangers, loves his family and is still trying to fit in with his new teammates. The only thing missing in his life is the woman of his dreams. He never thought she would be his flight attendant the first time he had to fly for a game. Not only was he nervous about flying, but when he spotted the beautiful Jolene, he was afraid to talk to h ...more
Lauren
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by this author and while I enjoyed I struggled some with liking Jolene and Bentley together. Bentley is arrogant and definitely pushes buttons and I wasn't sure how long term Jolene was gonna take it cause she's been burned. Jolene is really judgemental of Bentley and at times it definitely made me wanna scream. These two have sparks and once she gets into it flows so well and they really just work. Definitely will check out more by this author. ...more
Nancy Metsch
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first bk by Katrina that I have read and I really enjoyed it
Angelina
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay, I'm gonna be honest and say I initially struggled to get into Big Baller and almost stopped reading. This is because I disliked Jolene and how she treated poor Bentley who didn't deserve to be the target of the hurt and anger she held from her past. In fact, I'm surprised he even bothered again after his first few interactions with her because I would've walked away.

Whilst I felt negative towards Jolene at the start, I stuck with the story and she does start to show the real her. She emerg
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MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review by: Jennifer
(3.5 stars)

For Bentley, rookie basketball player, flying is a new experience. women throwing themselves and never really having to work for a woman's attention that is something he has loads of experience in. When on his first flight Bentley actually does good in conquering his nerves in flying but strikes out with the hottie stewardess, the strike out leaves an impression on Bentley and now he is more determined than ever to get Jolene's attention.

Jolene has had her heart br
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Lisa Stinson
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book. Jolene has some trust issues with men since her fling with Carter (our Playboy Pilot) went bad. She’s leery of most guys intentions and she just doesn’t want to get her heart broken. When Bentley tries to get her attention on her flight, she turns the other way. She doesn’t want anything to do with him.

For Bentley, this is new terrain for him. Normally girls are throwing themselves at him not turning him down. This makes Jolene special from the beginning for him and
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Heather Miller
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bentley Mendoza is making a name for himself as the only rookie on the Austin Rattlers basketball team.  Bently is a one date kinda guy, always hooking up with someone in all the cities that they travel too.

Jolene Haines, is a flight attendant, and is swearing off men after her failed fling with a pilot.  Jolene sees right through Bentley at first, she knows he's a womanizer, and she doesn't want any part of that. Except she also sees the kindness in him, with him helping  others on the plane ri
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