The Bombshell Effect, by Karla Sorensen is a 240-page contemporary romance novel and is the first book out of a three-part series in “The Washington Wolves”. And since this is a three-part series, you can expect reviews by this author pretty back to back for the next few weeks as I go through the books. It is written from a first-person POV, two-side.
The sex scenes are about a level four.
Spoilers Ahead ***
First of all, I love reading Ivy Layne, but I just needed a break from all the crazy and intricate plot lines and just have something light. I stumbled across this author, and I’ll be honest…I was skeptical because it’s a Sports romance, but I thought, “What the hell?” I am SO glad I did.
The author created a fictional football team based in Seattle, WA called The Wolves.
Allie inherited the football team from her father. She was living in Milan at the time. It wasn’t exactly clear what she was doing for work, but she’s back in Seattle now, living in the lake house she’d inherited from her mom. I admit, I had mixed feelings for her character because she just felt really…privileged. As you get to know her though she has a lot more depth than how she was originally portrayed. She ends up moving in next to Luke, who unbeknownst to her, is the quarterback for the team she just inherited. They had a pretty hilarious meetcute.
Allie threw together some cupcakes (which weren’t great). She did it because Luke’s young daughter spotted her and waved. Allie saw it as an opportunity to meet the family next door and assumed she’d get the chance to meet the kid’s mom. When Luke answers the door, Allie gives her brightest smile offering the cupcakes to him and introducing herself as the new neighbor, but Luke…haha…well being a celebrity…was used to women doing random things just to get in his pants. Luke told her off and congratulated her on being so original…this led to Allie smashing the cupcakes into his shirt. Unfortunately for Allie, she doesn’t follow sports and had no idea who this guy was.
Luke is a single dad who knows what it’s like to have women try and finagle their way into his life. The mother (ex-girlfriend) of his daughter ended up passing away from a car crash. The secret he’s kept from his daughter and the media is that his ex was not truly an ex, so much as a bad mistake. His ex had inflated their relationship to the media so she could get fame and money.
The whole story is really nicely put together.
The only part that bothered me is I don’t feel like Allie got a satisfactory closure about her dad’s relationship. He essentially sent her off to boarding school to be raised by others after her mom died. In the story from team members he isn’t depicted as that kind of man. So something obviously happened between the time he abandoned his daughter to his death. I wish there had been some sort of diary or letter Allie found that said he felt bad for how he handled the death of his wife and he could do better by his daughter. He left her a sports team and millions of dollars…that’s nice, but words with the gesture would have been nice.
In summary, I give this a 5 out of 5. I know. I don’t normally give a book a 5 out of 5, but I was so blown away by how well this book flowed. And I guess I was impressed because I’m not generally a lover of sports romances, but this one was so balanced between sports and romance.