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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.

Hard.

©2016 Lauren Rowe (P)2022 Lauren Rowe

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Who knew a DORK-A-RAMA would be so DELIGHTFUL?

This book really surprised me. A few chapters in, and I was ready to criticize it in a review. I really didn’t like it. The surfer dude/valley girl/text speech/cutsie pet names hailed down so fast and furious it was painful. The barrage of Yee Boys, hellz yeahs, bee tee dubs, brahs, sweet meats, Pickles, Peenies, Keaneys, kewls, bonin’s, baby dolls, and seshes had me grimacing, and rolling my eyes in sheer repulsion and confusion. Madelyn the Badelyn? Hanna Banana Cream Pie? Dax Frickity Fracks? Peenie Weenie? You could fill up a book with the dude-isms and the cutsie names - and if you did, you’d call it Ball Peen Hammer. This was supposed to be romance novel material? Maybe for some, lord help them. Not for me.

Not, that is, until Maddy and Keane got in a car together. Granted, the Morgan clan and their hilarious text exchange broke the ice for me, but Maddy + Keane = that’s when I started to warm up to this book. I’m not saying that the dude-isms and the swagger-talk eased up - if anything they increased. But, somehow, once I started seeing Keane through Maddy’s eyes, once I got a glimpse past Ball Peen Hammer and into Keane, I found myself giving Keane a real chance. And eventually, like Maddy, I fell a little in love with Keane. I loved the way this book made that happen.

I found this book to be a clever and inventive take on a romance novel. In any other book, Keane would not be the leading man. He’s the gay, best friend sidekick. He’s the too slick lounge lizard giving you the “wink + pleasure + baby doll’.” He’s the sleezy Rico Suave calling women ‘lovely ladies.’ He’s the goofy, irresponsible younger brother who never returns your messages. He’s the cocky, light-hearted, irreverant, stoned surfer dude who dyes his hair blue for his bro. Keane? He’s all of these quirky characters rolled into one. In short, he’s the comic relief. He’s NOT the main man. He’s not romance hero material. Until.... gradually, he IS. That is the genius of this book. As Maddy says, Keane is “Daffy Duck trapped inside Prince Charming’s body,” and it’s so true. Yet, at the same time, it’s not - because this book is a bit of the reverse. This book is all about the reveal - the gradual reveal to both Maddy, the reader, and to Keane, himself, that daffy as Keane may act and seem, Daffy Duck is just the dude persona behind which Keane is hiding a real Prince Charming.

Things this book got right:

We get to know characters 98% through dialogue - there’s very little inner monologue. This makes the book more vibrant and interesting, and helps the reader get to know the characters as they get to know each other and themselves. It’s more real. And because a lot of the dialogue is witty and flirtacious, it’s loads of fun.

The characters are honest, vulnerable, and direct. There is no game playing going on. Keane may talk a big talk, but there’s a brain and a heart of gold behind his fast mouth. Maddy, quick-witted and insightful, parries flawlessly with Keane and quickly sees more to him than his ‘yo-bro’ facade.

There is a very solid, very clear story arc. Everything is there for a reason. Everything helps explain a character or ties into the main storyline. Everything fits. The book is tight.

The author does not employ some of the usual romance novel tricks - evil outside manipulators, glaring ‘if only you’d told the truth earlier’ or stupid misunderstandings. The tension in the novel is created from real issues that each of the characters have, and they grow and deal with those issues in real world ways.


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All-in-all, I’d have to give the narration a thumbs up. Apparently the author narrated the ‘Maddy’ sections. So... that must BE Maddy! In the beginning of the story, I found her overly chirpy and young which contributed to the maddening dorky/cutsieness of the novel, but I mostly grew to like her over the course of the book. Keane is read as a total surfer dude. John Lane has a great voice, but in the beginning he read Keane really fast - and again, that contributed to my aversion to him - he just sounded SO much more like a caricature than a real character. But, he slowed down later, and as I grew to like Keane, I also grew to like his narrator. Overall, I’d give the narration a 4.3 on 5 scale. Slower would have been sexier. But I don’t think that was what this book was going for.

Things this book didn’t quite get right:

The sex. Well, Keane is well-versed and a self-proclaimed expert. No doubt he is. And even though this book was all about sex, talking about sex, instructing about sex, and eventually the happening of sex, the overall takeaway was not all that hot. I'm not sure how that happened. But, it did... or didn't, depending on how you look at it. I wasn't swept away in the lust/romance department. Somehow Sweet Sassy Molassey waggling' her boobs and bonin' Keaney Peenie Lionel Richie style just never was going to be seriously hot business for those of us living in the non-dork world.

The ending. Rushed. Lackluster. Meh.

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MY NEW BOOK BF! BACK OFF LADIES! HE IS ALL MINE!

What made the experience of listening to Ball Peen Hammer the most enjoyable?

I loved ALL OF IT!!! Great narration and a super fun story!!!

What did you like best about this story?

AGAIN ALL OF IT!!!!!!!

What about John Lane and Lauren Rowe ’s performance did you like?

They were great...I loved them both...I would love to listen to them again!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When my Keanie Peenie finally admit to his mom that he loved Maddie, my heart almost burst!!!!!

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Holy Moly I loved this sooooo much more than I expected too...I went in with an open mind...and within an hour I was hooked and in love! This is such a super fun story...and both these characters are adorbsickles!!!! Peenie is a male stripper and by chance ends up driving with Maddie to CA to live with her sister...they bond very quickly and almost didn't make it...because my Peenie is a jerksickle...but he comes to his senses and they get a very beautiful HEA!! LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT!!! Keane is such an adorable character...and Maddie is Awesome too!!!!!

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This started out slow for me. It was interesting but easily put down in the beginning. But, I'm glad I picked it up again. Once they got on the road, things got more interesting and engaging. It wasn't just silly, but playful banter. And, and more depth emerged. I ended up really liking this story and felt it had a good balance of humor and realism. It was a fun read, with humor and some depth.

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Completely En-Hammered

So, so awesome... Peen enchanted me with his quirkiness and kind-heartedness. Peen is sweet, romantic, and funny. The Morgan family is a wonderful cast of characters - the ultimate secondary characters. Though the two main characters were completely charming. And thier journey was fun to go along with. Don't miss out! It's totally worth the listen.

I review for the Guilty Indulgence Review Site.

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Embarrassed to say that I actually fell in love with this d-bag.

Kudos to ms Rowe because she successfully turned an insufferable ass into perhaps one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I am still shaking my head but I am now searching out more Lauren Rowe to obsess about. Awesome job.

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LOVE ME SOME BALL PEEN 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

This is just another great listen!!! I love Lauren's writing and narrating soooooo fucking much she could write or read anything and I would love it. John Lane also gets 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 because the narration made me laugh so hard and loud. I would love to hear from Lauren telling us how she came up with some of this shit. I can't get "the bald man in a boat out of my head" that was priceless. BOTTOM LINE GET YOU SOME OF THIS BALL PEEN ACTION IT IS GREAT ALL AROUND LISTEN. KUDOS LAUREN AND JOHN

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Seriously though, don't.

I'm eight chapters in right at this moment. I promise you, at this point if I hear one more "bruh" again.....let's put it this way, if I was to use this for a drinking game, I wouldn't be able to write this review now. I'm actually listening to it still as pure comedy.

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Definitely for the younger crowd

If you could sum up Ball Peen Hammer in three words, what would they be?

Definitely liked the book, had a moment when I cried, but definitely not thrilled with the dialogue of the characters. One can only hear the word "Brah" so many times. The characters were definitely well developed, and I liked the whole "when Harry meets Sally," vibe with most of the book being a car trip where two opposites attract, but definitely for a younger crowd - 25 ish

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I didn't really enjoy this story for many reasons. One, I'm a 'one of the guys' kind of girl and I have mostly guy friends and none (and I do mean NONE) of my guy friends have ever talked like ANY of the guys in this story. Two, I had a love/hate relationship with both of the main characters, I just don't understand them at all. And Three, things felt rushed yet slow all at once. For (I think) 30 or so chapters the main characters are on this road trip that just seems to go on and on and on and during this time I felt that there should have been moments of a love connection, but no instead they friend zone the monkeys out of each while trying not to 'bone' one another. This made it where when they actually felt something other than lust for each other the story was almost over and it felt rushed and not at all as amazing as I thought it would be....
Now don't get me wrong I absolutely love how the Arthur voiced this and I thoroughly enjoyed her character wayyyy more than the any of the guys, I just didn't enjoy this story as much as I wanted too, and that my friend is super disappointing

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Lesson learned

Always listen to the sample before purchasing an audio book.....especially when it is on sale. Sad. I am reluctantly giving 1 star ratings...after less than 5 min.

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  • 08-22-21

lovely

Oh I loved this story and I could have listened for hours longer with these two , highly recommend a read or listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-21

I adore Lauren Rowe!!

Lauren Rowe is absolutly brilliant at both writing and making the story come to life! Going to get a real hangover after this wonderful book 🥺❤

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  • Madalina
  • 10-05-20

love it

Love all the Morgan brothers series, but I love this one the most 😍, in my opinion, Keane is the funniest character I've ever read ( in this case listened 😅) about.

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  • Danielle Dickson
  • 10-26-17

Total book hangover

The title says it all. I love this story so much and chuckled the whole way through. It's different, quirky, and everything I want in a romcom. Every single one of the characters is likeable (especially Keane! He's so hot!) and the narrators kept me hooked the whole way through—which isn't easy to do to me with audiobooks.

I haven't read Lauren Rowe before but I will be reading the rest of her books now! I'm going to go and stare at my wall for a little bit because... book hangover has got me good!!

A handsome and happy lad signing off.

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  • HAPPYGOLUCKY
  • 07-12-17

OMG I luuuuuuuurve this!!!

Where does Ball Peen Hammer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best! Cant recommend this one highly enough.

What about Lauren Rowe and John Lane ’s performance did you like?

Brilliant, was pleasantly surprised by both cos I hadn't listened to anything by these two before.

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Get it, you won't regret it. Hot, funny & definitely moving in places. Just awesome!

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  • Donna
  • 07-03-17

Keane !!

Would you listen to Ball Peen Hammer again? Why?

Absolutely, the narrators are brilliant and make the experience enjoyable ! I loved the book so listening to it was awesome !

Which character – as performed by Lauren Rowe and John Lane – was your favourite?

Keane !! I love Keane

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the time yep

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  • Rachel Reads
  • 11-25-16

Bloody hilarious

I lost count of every time I laughed out loud.
Gorgeous characters, Maddy was sweet and the voice of the narrator matched and worked for the character - often the story will write in a bad ass element to the female role but this one was genuinely sweet, I know so many girls like this, so I thought it was lovely.
Keane -I thought he was going to irritate the hell out of me but NO! He was delightful and the whole dynamic was magic.
absolutely recommend this as a feel good book.

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  • Vicki1093
  • 07-14-16

A quiet moment of 5* magic

Welcome to the beautiful and tantalisingly sinful world of Ball peen hammer aka Keane Morgan. Oh my wrap me up in dollar bills and throw me his way!!!

This book will have you crying with laughter as you fall hard for the cocky, wise cracking but oh so sweet keane Morgan.

Maddy milliken the complete polar opposite of Keane, sweet and sassy and determined not to succumb to the charm.

Lauren wraps you up into a blissful state of emotion and carries you away on a journey you don't want to end but when that time comes you are left with the most amazing hangover.

Yet again another amazing read from Lauren and an off the charts 5*

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  • Mamma Knows Books
  • 07-14-16

Holy majoly this is one book you have to get!!

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I've literally just put Ball Peen Hammer down and holy majoly this is one book you are going to want to read!!

I'm a MAHOOSIVE fan of Lauren Rowe and started this book knowing it was going to be awesome but it exceeded my expectations! It was fantabulous!!

If you have indulged in The Club series you will know a little about the characters that you meet in Ball Peen Hammer! It revolves around Keane Morgan aka Peen aka Ball Peen Hammer the list goes on ha ha and Maddy Milliken who is seriously adorbsicles! I fell in love with both these characters instantly – they are the type of people you would want to have in your inner circle of friends! The craic in this book was off the scale to put it mildly! The story introduces you to each of them and follows their journey together on the way to Los Angeles, then continues from there! There are some other awesome characters you come across too!! (I've really got to find me a wifey like Zander).

The chemistry between Maddy and Keane was off the scale and how they bounced off each other was an absolute pleasure to read! Lauren Rowe you are a fricking genius!! Do not be fooled, although the first half of this book has the best banter and craic I have ever read before - never mind the Laurensims popping out and blowing my mind at every turn of a page - the second half of this book is going to give you THAT heart beating feeling you get, like you are literally melting reading about two people together. This book has all the FEELS.

I laughed so hard while reading this book, I cried at one part and had the warm fuzzy feeling at another - Lauren is an amazing author in that respect, she can go from writing the funniest scenes you have ever read to the gut wrenching ones that make you cry! So many times during the book did I have a “moment” where I thought this author is something special!

The sexy scenes between Keane and Maddy where HAWT!!! You may need to spray someone reading this book with some water to calm them down 😜 I would also suggest that there should be a warning that accompanies this book regarding horny ladies ha ha!

Lauren's writing as usual flows effortlessly, drawing you into the tale and keeping you hostage until the end. Only because I had little people to feed and look after did I put the book down! I cannot give this book enough praise and stress how much everybody needs a bit of Peen in their lives!

If you want to be a handsome and happy chap all the livelong day then you must must must read this book!!! It will blow your mind!

6 amazeball stars!!

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  • Jo Hanson
  • 07-27-22

Awesome!

I'm 3 books into the Morgan Brothers series and I absolutely love all of them! I can't fault a thing-the story lines are great and have me laughing so much and sometimes crying! The narrators do an amazing job and I feel like I'm right there in the story with the characters! I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series and I thoroughly recommend this series and Lauren Rowe as an author!

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  • nio
  • 05-12-22

THE BEST!!

this book is by far one of my favourite books of all time!! I have read it once and listened to it on Audible twice!
it's hilarious!! sweet! and the amount of sexy you need! both main characters are insanely lovable! I would love a second book to MOST of this series!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-21

Loved it!!

Very funny. Witty and smart. Best of the 4 books by far. Will listen to it again. 👍🏼

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 07-19-20

Love it 💕💕💕

Omg I love these two and I definitely love his family . I can’t wait for more . Definitely worth the read or listen to 💕❤️💜💋💜❤️💕

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  • karen grave
  • 09-27-19

omg! !!!! hysterical

this book made me belly laugh just about every paragraph. i haven't felt that In years

Lauren Rowe is incredible, her humour and writing is comical, witty, funny, sexy and grounded. I even had to reach out to her on fb just to tell her.
when I started it I though uh oh, this may be too young and immature for me but it just got better and better, even though it was kept light it was lightening fast on the quips and even John lane changed his Inflections to lighten keenes character.
if your looking for witty, light, and a tad cheesy comedy with hot sex and romance..then this is your audible😉😉😉😉😉

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  • Kristy Everingahm
  • 08-23-18

love it

love it . love the whole Morgan family cant wait for dax's story. well written