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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Bombshell Effect

  1. 3 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    4,5-5 STARS I loved it so much.What a nice surprise, this is my first book by this author and I need more!The Bombshell Effect has everything I wanted and even more Karla Sorensen delivers a sweet,sexy,lighthearted story.With my favorite trope, a singe dad and a fantastic romance, with angst,humor and steamy moments! The characters were well developed and the romance between Allie and Luke is steamy!These two is like an explosion whenever they are at the same place!They have a great chemistry an 4,5-5 STARS I loved it so much.What a nice surprise, this is my first book by this author and I need more!The Bombshell Effect has everything I wanted and even more Karla Sorensen delivers a sweet,sexy,lighthearted story.With my favorite trope, a singe dad and a fantastic romance, with angst,humor and steamy moments! The characters were well developed and the romance between Allie and Luke is steamy!These two is like an explosion whenever they are at the same place!They have a great chemistry and a fantastic bond.I loved Allie so much!She was strong and sassy.Luke is broody and sexy. This is a must read!!If you are looking for a light and refreshing story this is what you need!!     

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alex ♈

    3.75 – 4 stars It was my 1st book by this author. Liked it a lot, or better said liked the heroine a lot. She had such a beautiful name – Alexandra. Love it! You’ll never guess why *lol* I was happy to share my name with her. Allie (fortunately no one calls me that) was very smart, loyal and strong woman. At the beginning I was a bit skeptical, but when she stood up for herself the 1st time she met the ‘rude’ hero, I was on her side. Playboy Barbie – are you kidding me? When a woman looks beautiful i 3.75 – 4 stars It was my 1st book by this author. Liked it a lot, or better said liked the heroine a lot. She had such a beautiful name – Alexandra. Love it! You’ll never guess why *lol* I was happy to share my name with her. Allie (fortunately no one calls me that) was very smart, loyal and strong woman. At the beginning I was a bit skeptical, but when she stood up for herself the 1st time she met the ‘rude’ hero, I was on her side. Playboy Barbie – are you kidding me? When a woman looks beautiful it doesn’t automatically mean that she is shallow! I could only cope with that ‘name’ while hero’s daughter started it. Thanks God they skipped it later! Refreshing nice to read about beautiful heroine and not only, as in the most books, about a ‘Greek God’ hero. Every woman is beautiful, every single one; but with an overwhelming number of romance books glorifying male beauty it was great to read about a very good-looking woman. The story itself was slow-passed, no insta-insta, safe. I wasn’t a big fan of the hero, he was judgmental toward her at the beginning, but he redeemed himself later. Not a manwhore!!! Yep, you read it right – he was NOT a manwhore. I want to thank this author for writing a hero, who respected women; and for avoiding slut-shaming! Looking at the most popular books/tropes, I guess a book with a decent non-playboy hero has fewer chances to reach a best-seller status… That’s why I did, do and always will support authors, who don’t follow an ‘easy’ and unfortunately very popular storyline with a bad boy/aka ‘alpha-hole’, who treats not only the heroine, but also other women like crap! I don’t hate women and will never tolerate idolizing of abhorrent men and poor portrayal of women in all shapes of doormat! Back to this hero. He was a great dad, very good dad! He was a decent guy, who guarded his family; and because of that I could forgave him his silly and rude attitude at the beginning. As I mentioned, he was NOT a manwhore, and, as I understood, was celibate for approx. 6 years. Some may say he was a bit meek toward the end, maybe; but considering his situation, it was still bearable. It’s not that I liked their conflict, but I also didn’t hate it. The ending was a bit rushed, but sweet. Cute epilogue. Will be there more about his teammates?

  3. 3 out of 5

    Dri ✰

    ★ 2 stars!! ★ Bem, bem, bem... o que dizer sobre esse livro? Um dos elementos que mais me atraiu na sinopse, foi o fato de que Luke era pai, que ele queria ser um bom pai para a sua filha. Minha escolha de leitura foi decidida aí, adoro histórias onde há crianças. Mesmo que a maioria dessas leituras não superou as minhas expectativas nesse quesito, eu continuo arriscando e tentando encontrar uma que me satisfaça. O que infelizmente não ocorreu aqui... Não vi o relacionamento entre pai e filha tan ★ 2 stars!! ★ Bem, bem, bem... o que dizer sobre esse livro? Um dos elementos que mais me atraiu na sinopse, foi o fato de que Luke era pai, que ele queria ser um bom pai para a sua filha. Minha escolha de leitura foi decidida aí, adoro histórias onde há crianças. Mesmo que a maioria dessas leituras não superou as minhas expectativas nesse quesito, eu continuo arriscando e tentando encontrar uma que me satisfaça. O que infelizmente não ocorreu aqui... Não vi o relacionamento entre pai e filha tanto quanto eu gostaria. Não vi momentos importantes ou até mesmo marcantes dessa relação do Luke com a Faith, o que me deixou extremamente triste e frustrada. Porque ao meu ver, se você incluiu um elemento desse em um enredo, algo tão significativo, deve abordá-lo de maneira apropriada. Tem que ter um destaque frequente, constante e não trazer à tona somente quando é conveniente na trama. Também não vi uma construção de relacionamento entre a Allie e a Faith, a interação entre esses dois personagens foi mínima. Talvez para alguns leitores esse fato seja irrelevante, mas pra mim é impossível relevar e até mesmo aceitar. Aliás, até mesmo no relacionamento “amoroso” entre Allie e Luke ficou faltando muita construção e desenvolvimento. Não me convenceu, não passou emoção... ficou artificial. Eu gostei da Allie e a sua personalidade me agradou na maior parte da leitura. Já o Luke infelizmente não ganhou meu coração. Não deixou a sua marca sabe? A história me prendeu até mais ou menos próximo da metade, depois disso perdi o interesse, embora continuei a ler, não senti mais aquela animação do início. The Bombshell Effect no geral, foi uma leitura mediana. Sem nada de impressionante ou marcante e definitivamente nada do que esperava... E essa é a minha opinião, mas para você, talvez seja uma leitura maravilhosa. Portanto não deixe que minhas considerações influenciem na hora de ler ou não esse livro.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Corina☞BookTwinsReviews

    4.5 stars This was my very first book by Karla Sorensen, and boy was I glad that I picked it up. As many of you know, book funks happen to me with quite the frequency lately. And getting out of it is no small feat. The Bombshell Effect managed that by being a fresh take on two favorite tropes - sports romance and enemies to lovers. Within a few pages I was immediately drawn into the book.  Allie Sutton and Luke Pierson met under certain circumstances that put them on opposite sides of the fence so 4.5 stars This was my very first book by Karla Sorensen, and boy was I glad that I picked it up. As many of you know, book funks happen to me with quite the frequency lately. And getting out of it is no small feat. The Bombshell Effect managed that by being a fresh take on two favorite tropes - sports romance and enemies to lovers. Within a few pages I was immediately drawn into the book.  Allie Sutton and Luke Pierson met under certain circumstances that put them on opposite sides of the fence so to speak.  Immediate tension and sexual attraction sizzled and made their day to day contact increasingly entertaining and emotionally charged. Both, were mature characters and were willing to put their animosity to the side for the better good, until it just wasn't possible anymore. When they finally submitted to their passion, it was undeniably HOT. I literally vibrated and couldn't prevent a sigh from escaping. I was utterly enchanted by Allie and Luke. Their love story wasn't without hurdles or hardships, but they did their best, and I loved them only more for it. I loved their equal footing, the way they could be themselves around each other. There were no hidden agendas, or expectations. Just Allie and Luke, two consenting adults, going after what they wanted. And WOW they made it work. But there was so much more I loved about this story. Besides the main couple, there were quite a few supporting characters that deserve their own story, and according to the author there is a good chance that they will get their chance. I honestly can't wait to read more of this cast. Because of the way the author plotted this story, as well as her story telling, writing and dialogues - this book just worked for me. I made the mistake of starting The Bombshell Effect in the evening after work, and had to reluctantly put it down at midnight, otherwise I would have read until 4am on a weekday, and that hasn't happened in AGES!! I'm keeping a close watch on the author's next release, and probably will be reading some of her backlog. The author's writing is just too good to be ignored. ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ If you want to chat with me about books, find me on Instagram For more of my reviews: My Blog: Book Twins Reviews Facebook Blog Page Twitter Subscribe to Blog

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kandi Steiner

    I'm literally dead. DEAD, I tell you. Shooketh from the amazingness that is The Bombshell Effect and Karla Sorensen's killer writing. Holy WOW. I absolutely devoured this book, from the very first word to the very last, and then proceeded to lick every juicy drop from my fingers as I sat there wishing the story wasn't over, wishing I could stay within this world -- with these characters -- just a little longer. And that is the BEST feeling. The Bombshell Effect is proof that Karla Sorensen can wr I'm literally dead. DEAD, I tell you. Shooketh from the amazingness that is The Bombshell Effect and Karla Sorensen's killer writing. Holy WOW. I absolutely devoured this book, from the very first word to the very last, and then proceeded to lick every juicy drop from my fingers as I sat there wishing the story wasn't over, wishing I could stay within this world -- with these characters -- just a little longer. And that is the BEST feeling. The Bombshell Effect is proof that Karla Sorensen can write humor, heart, and angst in a harmony that should be illegal. I didn't just love this book, I inhaled it, making it a permanent piece of who I am -- and I'll never let it go. Let me start by saying that my favorite thing about Sorensen's writing is how SMART it is. Her writing is so witty, so heartfelt, and so thoughtfully produced that every sentence pulled me deeper and deeper into the story. I could see the world, feel the characters -- hell, even taste the cupcakes shoved into Luke's pretty boy face. Sorensen has a way of pulling you into her worlds with ease, making it feel not as if you're reading a book, but as if you've closed your eyes and leapt into a dream world that you never want to leave. It's magical! And, as much as I loved the Bachelors on the Ridge series, The Bombshell Effect highlighted Sorensen's talents even more so. This book was SO well-written. It was hilarious, steamy, and it held just the right amount of moments to pack an emotional punch. More than that? It was ANGSTY -- which is my favorite brand of romance. Enemies to lovers, with a boss/employee flair? YES, PLEASE! And Sorensen KILLED me with her angst. She nails the small touches, the lingering gazes, the heavy silences. It's all that broody goodness that makes me squirm and flip the pages faster. I couldn't get enough! What was most surprising for me with The Bombshell Effect was the incredible tact with which Sorensen tackles feminism. Allie is perhaps the strongest heroine I've read this year -- and she owns it. She's fierce, battling issues of sexism in a heavily male-dominated industry as she takes on the role of football team owner. And she does it in ways that I didn't expect. For instance, there's this photo shoot scene where she (and her team) really grabbed sexism by the balls and squeezed hard, playing into the fact that just because Allie is an attractive woman doesn't mean she should hide it now that she's in a powerful position. You can be powerful without being "hot," but you can also be YOU -- hot, sexy, pretty, beautiful, whatever -- regardless of what title you hold. There are little gems like this sprinkled throughout the story that will give every female reader a little swell of pride, a little flame of power, and a little motivation to go kick ass on their goals. Truly amazing. I could go on and on about this story, the author, and how much I absolutely loved every word I read. This is easily a top read of 2018 for me, and further proof that Karla Sorensen is one of my favorite authors. If you like sports romances, angst, humor, and heat, this is one release you CANNOT miss. Pre-order now for 99 cents, or add it to your list to read with your Kindle Unlimited subscription on June 14! (99 cents at time of posting) ➔ https://amzn.to/2JBsxYc

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads

    4.5 "OMG. LOVE" Stars! I love a good sports romance, especially a football romance. And The Bombshell Effect was everything I wanted to read when I picked it up. It was a sexy, fun, surprisingly heartfelt, on the edge of your seat romance that I could not put down. Luke and Allie, our main characters, have the best back-and-forth, the sassiest, funniest come backs, and the most decadent tension that burns between them. This was my first time reading Karla Sorenson, and I have to say I was so impr 4.5 "OMG. LOVE" Stars! I love a good sports romance, especially a football romance. And The Bombshell Effect was everything I wanted to read when I picked it up. It was a sexy, fun, surprisingly heartfelt, on the edge of your seat romance that I could not put down. Luke and Allie, our main characters, have the best back-and-forth, the sassiest, funniest come backs, and the most decadent tension that burns between them. This was my first time reading Karla Sorenson, and I have to say I was so impressed. Her writing is spectacular, her character development superb, and this storyline definitely hit me in the feels. She’s an author I want to read more of, and I’m surprised I’ve waited this long to read one of her books. The Bombshell Effect was so freaking good, so swoony, so tender and sweet. There's honestly nothing you won't like. I guarantee it. It's most definitely a must read favorite sports romance of mine and I can't wait for you to dive in. Luke and Allie are neighbors. Neighbors who don’t get off on the best foot. In fact when Luke and Allie meet they take an instant dislike to each other. Luke is an asshole, lol, definitely judgmental, rude, and rough around the edges. He's been emotionally burned by his daughters mother (yep, he's a single dad, swooooon) and he’s not receptive to woman at all. Allie just lost her father—a man she wasn't very close with. She back in her childhood home (right next door to Luke) and while there finds out that she's inherited her Dad's most beloved thing, his Football team, the Washington Wolves. Obviously Allie has no idea that Luke is the quarterback of the Wolves, hell, this football team totally caught her off guard, and she's barely wrapped her head around the fact that her father left the team to her. And of course, Luke has NO IDEA that Allie is the new owner, if he did, he might not have treated her so badly when they first met. So the moment these two find out that they're more than just neighbors, that their lives are more intertwined than what they thought, is THE BEST THING EVER. This story TAKES OFF. There is so much back and forth, so much push and pull between Luke and Allie. What starts off as dislike escalates into something heated and sexy and totally delicious. I ADORED everything about these characters. Loved seeing Luke's shell soften as he let Allie in. Karla did an amazing job of writing laughs and sex, but also giving us a good dose of angst that made you feel IN THIS STORY! Honestly, I just loved it. Couldn't put it down. Didn't want it to end. And I can't wait to see what's next from Karla. I'm hoping we get books for some of the other characters we meet in The Bombshell Effect because it was just so so so great. *** Thank you to the author for the ARC I received in exchanged for an honest review.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Melanie (mells_view)

    A sweet football romance! I actually didn’t read the synopsis for this one. I just figured it’d be a fun sports romance from the cover, and it was essentially that, but both characters were interesting and had good back stories. I liked that Luke is a single dad, and that his daughter has a connection with the heroine without it feeling forced. Allie faces the things thrown at her head on, and I loved that. These characters have their ups and downs, but thankfully the ups win. All in all a good Am A sweet football romance! I actually didn’t read the synopsis for this one. I just figured it’d be a fun sports romance from the cover, and it was essentially that, but both characters were interesting and had good back stories. I liked that Luke is a single dad, and that his daughter has a connection with the heroine without it feeling forced. Allie faces the things thrown at her head on, and I loved that. These characters have their ups and downs, but thankfully the ups win. All in all a good American football romance read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Staci Hart

    The Bombshell Effect left me standing up in my seat wth fists in the air like my home team just won the Lombardi. Pure elation. Between the laughs and the lust, the love and luscious writing, I could not put this five-star read down.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Dilek VT

    2 stars for the decent MCs in the book, -3 to the writer for writing their story in such a dull way. *********************************************** I am sorry but this was borderline boring for me... I tried and tried to go on, hoping it will get better and I was only able to read it until the 60% or so - until their first & second love-making scene but even those love scenes were awfully boring, being short & passionless. And I have to quit. Sorry, this isn't for me. Nothing can make me 2 stars for the decent MCs in the book, -3 to the writer for writing their story in such a dull way. *********************************************** I am sorry but this was borderline boring for me... I tried and tried to go on, hoping it will get better and I was only able to read it until the 60% or so - until their first & second love-making scene but even those love scenes were awfully boring, being short & passionless. And I have to quit. Sorry, this isn't for me. Nothing can make me go on now that I am bored out of my mind. *********************************************** I thought of talking about it more but there are reviews like that from readers who enjoyed the book so, with your permission, I am out because even the idea of writing about its plot & characters bore the hell out me. OK, passing... Onto the next book!

  10. 3 out of 5

    Amy Daws

    This book is was like my own, personal catnip. It has sports, it has tension, it has sexy bits that are amazing! The perfect blend of hot and heart-warming. You need this book in your life!!!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    BleuBelle

    Really enjoyed it. Kick-ass heroine. Cute kid. Totally safe.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carlene Inspired

    For this review and others visit Carlene Inspired. 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 i For this review and others visit Carlene Inspired. 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. ARC provided.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kathy West

    What a sweet love story!!! If you know me, you know I usually go towards darker reads, but Karla is an author that I love and I will read whatever she write. Luke and Allie have such a sweet, fun, heart-breaking, heart-touching love story. Luke is the starting quarterback for the Washington Wolves. When the owner of his company dies, he has no idea who is going to be taking over. All Luke knows is that he needs to continue to be a leader for his team and the best dad he can be for his daughter. What a sweet love story!!! If you know me, you know I usually go towards darker reads, but Karla is an author that I love and I will read whatever she write. Luke and Allie have such a sweet, fun, heart-breaking, heart-touching love story. Luke is the starting quarterback for the Washington Wolves. When the owner of his company dies, he has no idea who is going to be taking over. All Luke knows is that he needs to continue to be a leader for his team and the best dad he can be for his daughter. Allie is a young women whose entire life just changed. Her father just passed away and she has moved into his lake-side cabin to figure everything out. What she doesn't expect is her neighbor to be a hot, single dad. Problem is, Allie has no idea who Luke is and Luke has no idea how important Allie is going to become to him. Their first and second meetings don't go very well, and that is saying it nicely. They find out soon enough though that their lives are going to be interconnected in ways that they never could have dreamed. Now they both have to figure out how to deal with it. This was a great story. It was a easy, pretty quick read and would totally recommend it to someone else. And then there is Faith, Luke's daughter who will just steal your heart. And I hope that Dayvon gets his own book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    This was a really fun football book! I really enjoyed it. It was quick and light. Solid romance. Allie was a strong, confident woman. Luke was a stand up guy. Usually I don’t like reading romances with the guy being a single dad, but in this case, it highlighted what a good guy he was. And Allie had grace and self confidence and strength to really own who she was and who she wanted to be. She might have cowered internally but outwardly, she held her head high and spoke her mind. Very admirable. This was a really fun football book! I really enjoyed it. It was quick and light. Solid romance. Allie was a strong, confident woman. Luke was a stand up guy. Usually I don’t like reading romances with the guy being a single dad, but in this case, it highlighted what a good guy he was. And Allie had grace and self confidence and strength to really own who she was and who she wanted to be. She might have cowered internally but outwardly, she held her head high and spoke her mind. Very admirable. Cons were that there was a lot of describing how beautiful, hot, attractive, gorgeous etc Allie was. It got old. I also think it hindered the romance factor a little bit.... how Luke and Allie met in the beginning was very amusing. The sexual tension and attraction between the two was cute. But the jump from lust to love was a little over the top.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mary at USAT's HEA

    After reading and loving The Bombshell Effect by new-to-me-author Karla Sorensen, I’m now a dedicated fangirl. This contemporary sports romance is swoony entertainment from beginning to end and checks every box on my must-read list. Luke is a mega-star quarterback and dedicated single dad to an adorable daughter, and he tries to deny his attraction to his new boss and neighbor, Allie. But the more he gets to know her, there is absolutely no way he can resist their insane chemistry, even though g After reading and loving The Bombshell Effect by new-to-me-author Karla Sorensen, I’m now a dedicated fangirl. This contemporary sports romance is swoony entertainment from beginning to end and checks every box on my must-read list. Luke is a mega-star quarterback and dedicated single dad to an adorable daughter, and he tries to deny his attraction to his new boss and neighbor, Allie. But the more he gets to know her, there is absolutely no way he can resist their insane chemistry, even though getting involved might not be the best decision for either of them. Their love story is the perfect blend of tender and steamy, and The Bombshell Effect is a sigh-worthy football romance you’ll want to read again and again. Recommendation appeared on USA Today’s Happy Ever After on June 19, 2018. ARC provided, but this review was voluntarily and honestly written.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Treena

    Karla Sorensen is a new-to-me author. So I had no idea what to expect. But I'm so glad I took a chance because reading her book was such an unexpected surprise! I really, really liked it. The MC's are fantastic. The 2ndary characters are also cool and make me hope they get their own books too (Paige in particular). The story is engaging and full of feels --- with enough football scenes to make the sports fan in me happy. It's also low on the angst, which I very much appreciated. So if you're like Karla Sorensen is a new-to-me author. So I had no idea what to expect. But I'm so glad I took a chance because reading her book was such an unexpected surprise! I really, really liked it. The MC's are fantastic. The 2ndary characters are also cool and make me hope they get their own books too (Paige in particular). The story is engaging and full of feels --- with enough football scenes to make the sports fan in me happy. It's also low on the angst, which I very much appreciated. So if you're like me and you like sports romances, I think you'll enjoy this book. It's well-written, well-paced, and has such heart.

  17. 3 out of 5

    RentasticReads

    This was my very first Karla Sorensen book and I must say, I don’t know why I’ve waited this long to devour her words. I got so into Luke and Allie’s tale that I couldn’t, for the love of all things holy, peel my eyes away from it once I dove in. From cover to cover, this book was just absolutely captivating and enthralling as hell. The Bombshell Effect definitely left me on a massive heart-thumping Washington Wolves cloud nine. Maybe she’d be my downfall. Maybe this would blow up in our faces. This was my very first Karla Sorensen book and I must say, I don’t know why I’ve waited this long to devour her words. I got so into Luke and Allie’s tale that I couldn’t, for the love of all things holy, peel my eyes away from it once I dove in. From cover to cover, this book was just absolutely captivating and enthralling as hell. The Bombshell Effect definitely left me on a massive heart-thumping Washington Wolves cloud nine. Maybe she’d be my downfall. Maybe this would blow up in our faces. Maybe there’d be a day that I regretted that I ever had this stupid idea. But it wasn’t tonight. I was utterly, hopelessly enamored with Luke Pierson. He was the perfect single dad, even with his crazy tight schedule and position as the starting quarterback of his team. He had me eating at the palm of his hand, and that was just witnessing him with his daughter. Add onto that the way he was with Allie? It turned me into a heap of feels on the floor. And Alexandra Sutton—Miss Allie—she was so awe-inspiring. I loved the way she handled everything, even though she was thrown into a situation she never thought she’d be in. She was a fighter through and through—a gorgeous bombshell of a warrior who didn’t stop trying until she proved everybody wrong. He didn’t get the version of me that the rest of the world did. He got reality, not fantasy. And the fact that he did seem to prefer that made me want him even more. It’s a little bit of a slow burn, but the tension that grew between Allie and Luke was like a live wire crackling the whole time. And it wasn’t just that—it was also perfectly balanced out by the utter sweetness of Luke’s smart and adorable six-year old daughter, Faith, and the impact and intensity of the sport involved—football. It truly gave me a skin-tingling adrenaline high by the end of it all. And except in the beginning when Luke was a bit of an asshole, this was just all-encompassing, swoon-worthy goodness to boot. It’s the ultimate single dad/sports romance combo! Needless to say, Karla Sorensen has most certainly gained a new fangirl in me. Follow me on: Instagram • Facebook • Twitter

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anne OK

    I love a sports-related romance especially when said sport equals football. And I'm really happy when I find a new-to-me-author that writes it well. Luke Pierson, a single dad with a six year old daughter named Faith wasn't lookin' for love. One might even say that he blocked it from his life. Until he met his new neighbor that his daughter dubbed "Barbie." And when he finds out she's his new boss and the owner of the team, well he knows he's going down. Yeah, the story is cute and sizzles a bit I love a sports-related romance especially when said sport equals football. And I'm really happy when I find a new-to-me-author that writes it well. Luke Pierson, a single dad with a six year old daughter named Faith wasn't lookin' for love. One might even say that he blocked it from his life. Until he met his new neighbor that his daughter dubbed "Barbie." And when he finds out she's his new boss and the owner of the team, well he knows he's going down. Yeah, the story is cute and sizzles a bit (it's pretty tame in the descriptive category which is fine by me). In fact, the entire story was rather lightweight and skimmed from one scene to the next-- not much development into either main character. And even the relationship was a bit wham bam -- I needed more building blocks. There were missing words throughout my copy -- don't know if it was a publishing problem or just weren't picked up in the final edit. Cute and fun-to-read if you're looking for quickie!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I love a good sports romance and The Bombshell Effect delivers. This was my first book by Karla Sorensen, but definitely won’t be my last one. After the death of her long estranged father, the last thing Allie expects is to inherit the thing he loved more than her- his football team. She's a model and a failed business woman, she feels like she’s definitely not cut out to own a team. The last thing Luke Pierson, single father and aging star quarterback, expects is that his gorgeous new neighbor t I love a good sports romance and The Bombshell Effect delivers. This was my first book by Karla Sorensen, but definitely won’t be my last one. After the death of her long estranged father, the last thing Allie expects is to inherit the thing he loved more than her- his football team. She's a model and a failed business woman, she feels like she’s definitely not cut out to own a team. The last thing Luke Pierson, single father and aging star quarterback, expects is that his gorgeous new neighbor that he rudely dismissed as a groupie is actually his new boss. Luke just wants to play football and take care of his daughter, all while staying out of the spotlight. But that becomes increasingly harder when all the focus lately seems to be on Allie's new position. They both realize that for the sake of the team, they can't constantly be at odds with each other. But as they form a tentative truce, they both start to realize that perhaps the strong emotions they were feeling towards each other wasn't just loathing, but perhaps something else... Sorensen did a great job of writing something with just the right amounts of fun and heat and football, but while also including enough angst to make the book super compelling. I adored that both characters were well written and had interesting backstories. Neither Luke or Allie were anywhere near perfect and I really enjoyed their journeys of each overcoming their baggage to become the right fit for each other. I’m not always a fan of single parent storylines because I don’t always care for the way some authors write kids or the relationships between the new significant other and the child. But I felt like Sorensen absolutely nailed it with Faith. She was an important part of the story and her interactions with both her dad and with Allie were so incredibly heartwarming. I also appreciated that the inclusion of Faith highlighted what a good guy Luke could be, which I felt really balanced out how much I started to dislike him at the beginning of the novel for his less than kind treatment of Allie. But as much as I liked Luke, Allie really made the book for me. She had her own set of insecurities and drama in her backstory, but I loved how strong and tough and SMART Allie was, both just as a woman and in her new role as a team owner. Sorensen took the opportunity to touch on sexism, especially when it comes to sports and business and this crazy idea that women can’t be beautiful and good at their jobs, and I loved her for it. The Bombshell Effect was a great first peek at just how smart and talented of a writer Karla Sorensen is and I’m definitely looking forward to catching up on some of her earlier books and seeing what else might happen with further books about Luke’s teammates.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Okay unrelated but somewhat related because it'll have to do with the review: I have about 6 mosquito bites on my person right now and to tell you I'm not considering skinning them off of my body would be a lie. The reason I'm letting everyone know this is because I want to close this off and go to bed to hopefully end the itchiness. BUT, in book-related news, this was great. Super cute, light, and quick. I love me a good sports romance and although none have come quite close to my girl Mariana Z Okay unrelated but somewhat related because it'll have to do with the review: I have about 6 mosquito bites on my person right now and to tell you I'm not considering skinning them off of my body would be a lie. The reason I'm letting everyone know this is because I want to close this off and go to bed to hopefully end the itchiness. BUT, in book-related news, this was great. Super cute, light, and quick. I love me a good sports romance and although none have come quite close to my girl Mariana Zapata, this one was still pretty great. Allie is now in charge of a football team that she believes she has no business owning, but at her father's remaining wish she does what she needs to do to fit in and hold this all together. Moving into her new house, she decides to be neighbourly and instead comes face to face with her neighbour Luke... who isn't neighbourly. He wants her gone and off of his yard, not knowing that she is the new owner of the team he plays for - which is fine because Allie has no idea that she lives next to her star QB. The two of them force themselves into a truce but when there is clearly an explosive chemistry there... it has to come out in one way or another. Problem is, Luke is set on winning the Super Bowl and will not let anything get in his way. FINALLY I READ A BOOK I LIKE. I'm sorry my lil blurb is kinda blah but I already told everyone why we're here now. If you want more info, the actual summary can do enough to rope you in. I loved Luke, Allie and Luke's daughter Faith. They all fit so perfectly together. Faith was honestly so adorable, although I think the way her character was written felt like she was more 8/9 than 6.. but then again, I don't know how a 6 year old should be talking nowadays. When I was 6.... it was a lot of struggling to speak coherently lol. ANYWAYS, CUTE BOOK. I ENJOYED IT. THANK GOD. I was truly losing hope.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah (sarahandherbookshelves)

    *ARC received for review from author* Wow I have read another new author this year and Karla's newest book The Bombshell Effect was a definite winner for me! I already have added mulitple other books by her to my TBR and literally can't wait to see were she takes this series next! The Bombshell Effect is Luke and Allie's story. Luke is a single father of a litter girl named Faith and Allie is the new boss and owner of the football team Luke plays for. I really loved Luke and Allie, and Faith was a *ARC received for review from author* Wow I have read another new author this year and Karla's newest book The Bombshell Effect was a definite winner for me! I already have added mulitple other books by her to my TBR and literally can't wait to see were she takes this series next! The Bombshell Effect is Luke and Allie's story. Luke is a single father of a litter girl named Faith and Allie is the new boss and owner of the football team Luke plays for. I really loved Luke and Allie, and Faith was adorable and I normally don't love little kids in books but she was literally the cutest. Luke was also such a good dad and how we put Faith first and wanted the best for her was so heartwarming. I also really loved Allie. She was bad ass and even though she was scared at times she took control and ahh definitely #teamsutton Karla! Like I said before I can't wait for the future books in this series! Jack needs a book STAT! and Paige. anddd ahhh I need it know!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Britt Red Hatter Book Blog

    I keep falling more and more in love with Karla Sorensen’s writing every time I read a book by her. She has this way of making characters I’m on the fence about become so true to life that I end up LOVING them. Usually one to cheer for the underdog nerdy girl a bombshell (and Allie is exactly that) is not the typical character I’m drawn to, but wouldn’t you know? I adored Allie. She’s so much more than her gorgeous exterior. A sweet woman who’s a bit lost but determined to prove herself and lear I keep falling more and more in love with Karla Sorensen’s writing every time I read a book by her. She has this way of making characters I’m on the fence about become so true to life that I end up LOVING them. Usually one to cheer for the underdog nerdy girl a bombshell (and Allie is exactly that) is not the typical character I’m drawn to, but wouldn’t you know? I adored Allie. She’s so much more than her gorgeous exterior. A sweet woman who’s a bit lost but determined to prove herself and learning more and more about the amazing person she is every step of the way. Allie turned out to be someone I could see myself calling a friend in real life. I found myself cheering her on every time she kept making strides in the world she was thrust into. Luke is mister broody and a bit jaded by his past. A single father who’s only focus is on providing the best life he can for his daughter. The sparks fly the second these two meet with snap judgements being thrown around. Much like me Luke learned there’s much more than meets the eye when it comes to Allie and those sparks are soon becoming explosive chemistry.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Becky Rendon

    Some books give you a smile. Some books give you a happy glow. Some books give you both. The Bombshell Effect is a "both" book. A smile inducing, happy glow radiating book. With its initial meeting of the main characters and then subsequent meeting, there is no way to avoid the smirks and side eyes. Even if you know nothing more than one and ten...this football story will make you a Washington Wolves fan. If only I could get a jersey... The Bombshell Effect has everything you need. Single hot, footba Some books give you a smile. Some books give you a happy glow. Some books give you both. The Bombshell Effect is a "both" book. A smile inducing, happy glow radiating book. With its initial meeting of the main characters and then subsequent meeting, there is no way to avoid the smirks and side eyes. Even if you know nothing more than one and ten...this football story will make you a Washington Wolves fan. If only I could get a jersey... The Bombshell Effect has everything you need. Single hot, football dad....check The gorgeous new neighbor...check Awkward and unforgettable meeting...double check Judgey attitudes...check Then there's: HOt guys in tight pants Smack talking Dirty talking Crazy hot chemistry A spunky 6 yr old that melts hearts It's filled with everything to make you swoon. Reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joy Novel Thoughts

    The Bombshell Effect by Karla Sorensen was combustible!! Luke and Allie had sexual chemistry that was so intense it almost felt tangible! They circled each other like a shark circles blood. They were rooted in misconceptions and bad first impressions. It was funny for me to figure out their connection prior to them finding out. There is just something so much fun for me when I know something that they don't know. If you have followed my reviews for any amount of time you know that I am a complete The Bombshell Effect by Karla Sorensen was combustible!! Luke and Allie had sexual chemistry that was so intense it almost felt tangible! They circled each other like a shark circles blood. They were rooted in misconceptions and bad first impressions. It was funny for me to figure out their connection prior to them finding out. There is just something so much fun for me when I know something that they don't know. If you have followed my reviews for any amount of time you know that I am a complete and total sucker for single dad's. They simply just do it for me. From the way that they put their children ahead of dating and will go to any length to make sure that their children have the best future possible. Luke was no exception when it comes to swoony single dads! Luke's daughter idolized Allie, from the beginning, think that she looked like Barbie. Allie, who seemed rather flaky in the beginning of the story, showed that even if you are a bombshell you can still hang in a mans world and not to judge a book by the cover. I admired her strength and they way that she took charge in uncharted territory. Luke and Allie's relationship was built on animosity and I loved seeing them finally come together! It was hot and delicious! The Bombshell Effect had everything I could ask for. It was romantic, talk about EPIC grand gestures, there were funny awkward moments, (cringe worth walk of shame) and swoony moments that will take your breath away! The Bombshell Effect is a must read sports romance that will keep you on your toes and have you fanning your face from the heat of this couple. Add this to your must read list today!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Reading with 2 book lovers

    this is the first book I've read by this author and I have to say I have a soft spot for sports books so this one I highly enjoyed. allie and Luke made me fall in love with there characters right from the start, I do wish they weren't so slow in realizing they wanted each other but it was still a great read. "I felt like she was the one in the room who knew exactly what I was feeling" I loved Luke's daughter faith she just made this story what it was.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Ziglar

    5 PHENOMENAL STARS!! This story is perfection with feels, humor, sexiness and fantastic characters. Allie and Luke's story is addicting, you can't put it down. The author puts the right ingredients for a delicious story that you will devour it in one sitting. I can't wait to read more in this series. Do yourself a favor and 1-click this book.

  27. 3 out of 5

    Anne Milne

    I loved this book it was just what I needed it had everything I love in a book, a sassy woman a hot guy and a cute kid. Allie was such a great character finally a female lead that knows who she is and isn't afraid to show it. She's beautiful strong determined and not to be underestimated. Luke is a single dad and my ovaries went boom I love his relationship with his daughter it's adorable there is nothing better than a man loving his kid. There are some brilliant scenes in this book that made me I loved this book it was just what I needed it had everything I love in a book, a sassy woman a hot guy and a cute kid. Allie was such a great character finally a female lead that knows who she is and isn't afraid to show it. She's beautiful strong determined and not to be underestimated. Luke is a single dad and my ovaries went boom I love his relationship with his daughter it's adorable there is nothing better than a man loving his kid. There are some brilliant scenes in this book that made me cheer and no it wasn't just the sex scenes. The author shows that you can be sexy and the boss, she tackles the sexism issue perfectly. Allie has been thrown head first into a male dominated industry but she confounds everyone with how well she does. The book was poignant sexy and lots of fun and yet again I've found a new author to binge on. reviewed by Sweet Spot Sisterhood

  28. 3 out of 5

    TSN

    3.5 stars This reminded me so much of It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - one of my all time favorite books, that it almost felt like a retelling. Don't get me wrong here, that is a good thing. It was a great book and it still managed to create a new twist to the same basic plot. What can I say? It was absurdly absurd. But you know what? I don't care, because I loved it.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Emma

    A slightly reluctant 3* (my scale is enjoy = 3) I did enjoy this book but felt it was lacking a bit in the romance part. I got that they were attracted to each other. I just was not sure about being in love. But other than that I quite liked them both. In particular Allie. She was a stunningly beautiful woman who people tended to write off because of it. She does not let that stop her from being herself. She is strong and mostly confident. Everyone has bouts of self doubt and she was no different A slightly reluctant 3* (my scale is enjoy = 3) I did enjoy this book but felt it was lacking a bit in the romance part. I got that they were attracted to each other. I just was not sure about being in love. But other than that I quite liked them both. In particular Allie. She was a stunningly beautiful woman who people tended to write off because of it. She does not let that stop her from being herself. She is strong and mostly confident. Everyone has bouts of self doubt and she was no different. What she did not do was allow those to rule her or make her rely on a man for rescue. For that alone it deserves the 3 stars. Allie has not seen her father in 3 years when he passes away and leaves her all his considerable assets including an NFL team. When she returns to Seattle for the funeral she stays in a house she inherited from her mother, and her neighbour is Luke. They do not hit it off at all well. I really liked this scene. I felt sympathy for both of them. Yes he is rude to her but he has experience with a lot of stalker type women. It is only later that they discover who the other is and decide to try and get along for the sake of the team. Eventually of course they become a couple. Sort-of. And that was the part I did not love so much. But I will say I was glad she took ownership of her own sex life and brought condoms to the event. I liked it enough to consider other books by this author if they come across my path in the future.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Taylor Freeman

    I was so excited when I saw the blurb for this book. I love sports romances and add a single dad to it and sounds like a winner! However I was halfway through the book and wasn’t feeling any connection to the characters. I felt that they hadn’t really developed and the romance part for me was a little “bleh”. I was highly surprised to feel this way considering all of the amazing reviews I’d seen, but it just wasn’t doing it for me. I did not finish.

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