Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Blog Tour & Review: The Bombshell Effect - Karla Sorensen

The Bombshell Effect
Author: Karla Sorensen
Genre: Sports Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 14, 2018 
  Cover Designer: Najla Qamber

Allie Sutton just got a new job. 

Not one she wants, and definitely not one she's prepared for. She hadn't seen her dad in years, so the last thing she expects upon his sudden death is to inherit the thing he loved more than anything (or anyone) ... the professional football team he owned for the last twenty years. 
Luke Pierson does not want a new boss. 
What he wants is to be a good father to his daughter, the best quarterback possible for his teammates. What he doesn't need is a blonde bombshell ruining the team's chances at another championship. Especially when that bombshell turns out to be his new neighbor. The neighbor he was a complete jerk to the first time they met. 
For the sake of the team, they treat each other like complete professionals. In public, at least. Behind closed doors, it's a different story. And the fallout of giving in to that heat is something neither one of them can see coming.

5 Stars
Luke Pierson doesn't do media and he definitely doesn't go for the female fans that throw themselves at him, especially not the new blonde neighbor. Except, she really is attractive and her smart mouth has been feature in one too many fantasies. Allie Sutton doesn't do jerks and she doesn't do football, at least she didn't until her father left his beloved team to her. There's got to be a purpose to it, so she takes it on hoping to find her way in a world she knows little about. She never expected to find joy in the sport, in the managing of a football empire, and she certainly was not expecting her surly neighbor to be the star quarterback. What begins as respectful dislike becomes sneaky glances and soon follows an affair that thrusts them into the spotlight and makes everything complicated.

"Rich. Powerful. Confident.
And I hated her at that moment because she was so beautiful that it hurt to look at her."

I am one of the most judgemental sports romance fans, I rarely love everything about them and those that I do I covet and read often...The Bombshell Effect just joined that pile. From every single player to the very top boss to the football field and the world she created around it, Karla Sorensen brings the world of the Washington Wolves to life. It was such a realistic, engaging, and romantic story. I automatically fell in love with Luke Pierson and I had so much compassion for Allie Sutton. Both had such high walls up, desperate to not repeat the past and terrified of finding themself in the spotlight in the wrong light. I also laughed a lot, loving that these enigmatic characters with so much personal success couldn't understand the concept of opening up for one another and allowing love in. Their success as a couple seemed impossible, which made for some highly entertaining dialogue, some terrific scenes featuring a sassy six year old, and several high-tension moments in the stadium. 

"He looked like he'd fought a battle-dirty and exhausted and happy. And ... hot. Okay, he looked hot. And sweaty. And hot."

Luke and Allie had the kind of chemistry that burned like a bonfire with lighter fluid on it, it definitely wasn't just a spark. I loved how Karla focused on each character dealing with their personal life stuff, spent a significant amount of time on the field and game time, but also created a romance that flowed seamlessly. It's rare to not get lost with so much going on, but rather than confusion I just felt myself slipping into the characters lives like I was just another friend along for their wild romance. Luke was such a manly man and his chapters really felt like he wasn't just some character, but a real guy going through the torturous emotions of realizing he's falling for his boss...who also happens to be the neighbor he's been a real jerk to. Allie is described as a bombshell and much of her actions backed up that description, but she also is presented as a smart businesswoman filled with passion and strength. It's obvious from the start these two belong together, they're like yin and yang, but the road it takes for them to figure it out is what makes this book so good. Of course, it's not all football and lust driven emotions, there's also a heartfelt story with Luke protecting his daughter's future and Allie discovering who her father really was beyond the football team he loved.

"It was a realization that came far too late. Because I could never, ever forget that she felt like this."

Karla Sorensen was a new to me author when I picked up The Bombshell Effect, but she won't be after finishing it. I devoured this book and cannot wait to read more from her, because this is definitely how you do contemporary romance. With just the right amount of serious and a dash of hilarity, The Bombshell Effect is a must-read for sports romance fans.

Well, let’s see ... I’m a wife and a mother. If the things that I write bring a smile to someone's face, then I've done my job. I am obsessed with Outlander (both the books and the show). I’m almost exclusively a romance reader, which means some people will never consider me a literary snob. If I could meet one historical figure, it would be Jane Austen. I received my Bachelors in Public Relations and worked in health care marketing before I had my babies. I hate Twitter. I do it, but I hate it. Also, if you want to get on my good side, bring me wine and I'll love you forever.

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