Review: Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe

Posted February 21st 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews / 0 Comments


Ball Peen Hammer

Review: Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Author: Lauren Rowe
Narrator: John Lane, Lauren Rowe
Series: Morgan Brothers
Publisher: SoCoRo Publishing
Release date: July 14th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Comedy, Romance
Pages: 384
Length: 11 hours and 55 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
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Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon US | The Book Depository

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Star rating:
Heat rating: four-flames

From the USA Today and Internationally bestselling author of The Club Series, Lauren Rowe, comes a sexy standalone romantic comedy: Ball Peen Hammer.

Keane Morgan wouldn’t return any of my calls or texts, and I was pissed as hell about it. I didn’t want to drive from Seattle to L.A. with the guy any more than he wanted to drive with me, but I had no frickin’ choice in the matter--at least, not if I wanted to use his brother Dax’s coveted parking spot at UCLA.

Okay, so it turned out Keane was objectively gorgeous, and, fine, pretty funny, too. But did he have to be so damned in love with himself? I mean, jeez, the cocky way he flashed those dimples was just so orchestrated. And, honestly, what kind of guy uses the phrase “baby doll” with a straight face? Oh, that’s right: the kind of guy who’s a male stripper.

Yup, the cocky jerk turned out to be Seattle’s answer to Magic Mike, a stripper known as “Ball Peen Hammer”--which meant Keane Morgan was emphatically
not the kind of guy I’d ever fall for.

Not. At. All.

No freakin’ way.

Well, until Keane convinced me to fall for him, that is.

Which I did.


NOTE:Ball Peen Hammer is a full-length, standalone sexy romantic comedy about Keane Morgan (one of four Morgan brothers introduced in The Club Series) and Maddy Milliken (the little sister of Hannah Banana Montana Milliken). This book is a standalone book in The Morgan Brothers Series, a spin-off of THE CLUB SERIES, and can be read as a complete standalone. The Morgan Brothers books are intended to be read in any order.
Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


The Faerie Queen’s review

I loved this book because it surprised the hell out of me.

  • I didn’t expect to enjoy a book about a male stripper.
  • I didn’t expect to love a self-proclaimed man-whore.
  • I didn’t expect said stripper to throw out so much wisdom about what women deserve, particularly in the sack.
  • I didn’t expect to learn about my own damn anatomy from a book about a male stripper/player.
  • I didn’t expect to question by own prejudices.

But, my people, I did.

Keane Morgan initially grated on my nerves. He came across as self-important, and his frequent use of terms like “babydoll” made me shudder. Maybe I should have paid more attention to the blurb; Maddie was just as annoyed with Keane at first, but he won us both over, slowly but surely. Well done to Lauren Rowe for making me fall in love with a male stripper who thinks he’s god gift to women and refers to such women as pickles. (But honestly, there is an earnest and wonderful heart beneath all that bravado!)

Maddie was definitely a sweetheart, and I could relate to her innocence and feelings of social ineptitude. That being said, she could hold her own against Keane, giving as good as she got from him. Their banter during the road trip was fun, a good balance for their sexual chemistry. Plus, they made such a great creative team!

A special shoutout to the side characters, especially Zander. The dick pic was a bad move (and Keane called him out), but Zander turned out to be a gem. And I LOVED the bromance!!!!!!!!! It made me feel so warm and fuzzy, the way they called each other wife. <3 There was just so many hilarious and wonderful conversations between the two MCs and their friends and families, especially in group chats, and it makes me want to get all of Lauren’s other books on audio so I can continue the fun.

And I am not joking on that anatomy bit! I actually had to google a couple things while reading, and now I am enlightened.

When am I going to learn not to underestimate books, especially romance novels? I’m always trying to convince people that there is more to romance novels than trash, and while this did have a lot of steamy action, it also made me laugh out loud, reexamine my assumptions, and swoon like crazy. What more could you want from a good escapist book?


Gratuitous Magic Mike gifs…


About Lauren Rowe

USA Today and internationally bestselling author Lauren Rowe lives in San Diego, California, where, in addition to writing books, she performs with her dance/party band at events all over Southern California, writes songs, takes embarrassing snapshots of her ever-patient Boston terrier, Buster, spends time with her wonderful family, and narrates audiobooks. Much to Lauren’s thrill, her books have been translated all over the world in multiple languages and hit multiple domestic and international bestseller lists. With enticing characters, enthralling situations and a general love of romantic fiction, Lauren has created a world of her own, full of wit and sensual desire.


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