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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Review: Floored by Karla Sorensen

Title: Floored
Author: Karla Sorensen
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: December 9, 2020
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

If you've ever had a steamy one-night stand with a British football player and then find yourself pregnant with his baby, you know how Lia Ward feels.

To be fair, Lia didn't know who Jude McAllister was when they met.

Studying abroad for her master's program, all she knows is that she's a little lonely and he's very charming, even as they have an epically sexy argument about which type of football is superior.

In Jude's mind, shagging the feisty American girl is exactly what he needs. He’s been fighting the clock of his long-standing football career and the younger players primed to take his position. Proving that he can feel like his old self again—something he's been trying to do with everyone in his life—should be easier after blowing off steam with Lia.

But oh baby, when a plus sign pops up on Lia's pregnancy test, that 'one night' becomes a whole lot more.

Now Lia and Jude have to navigate their impossible-to-ignore chemistry, and prepare for the parenting game, something neither of them know how to play.

"All the English countryside stars for this awesomeness. It’s getting one of my rare 6 stars... I’ve read over 400 books this year and have only given 8 x 6 stars so that tells you just how much I loved this book!!" - Claypot Reads
"Karla Sorensen nailed the angsty and steamy feels once again in Floored. This unique sports romance was full of intense emotions and all consuming romance goodness. She never fails to bring out the best and the worst in me with her brilliant writing." (PP’s Bookshelf)
“Karla Sorensen delivers on all the things I love the best: the chemistry, the banter, the sweet steady burn that holds my heart in thrall and keeps my greedy little reader heart hungry for more. Floored delivered on all those things and more!” (Jennifer, Goodreads Review)

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.




You. Guys. I’m so in love with the Wards - and ALL their circle. I can’t even pick a favorite. Tied for first!

Sorensen has done such an incredible job creating this series. The depth of character; angsty, feisty, steamy, snarky, heartfelt, swoony, unconditionally loyal perfection of their family dynamic...there are not enough adjectives to describe my adoration. I feel like Wayne or Garth in the midst of a “we’re not worthy” declaration.

Lia Ward is the serious sister. Big dreams, big goals, and a big opportunity await her during her semester abroad studying at Oxford. Sprinkle in homesickness, add a dash of seize the moment, cue the “chance encounter with a handsome stranger”, top it with accidental pregnancy, and you’ve got a winning recipe in Sorensen’s gifted hands. I’ve been looking forward to Lia’s book because of her sassy smart personality. This book is absolutely a stand-alone, but I think you’ll get maximum enjoyment if you get to know the rest of the Washington Wolves family in advance.

A few things I love about Sorensen’s writing – she’s all about the couple. She uses the secondary characters to support them and help tell the story, but there is so much truth in their hopes & fears that you’re just completely enmeshed in their lives, invested in their HEA. You know the HEA is coming – of course it’s coming. You’d be pretty wrecked if it didn’t, don’t lie. But as with most things in life, it’s the journey that gets ya. I cried...a bunch of times. The relationship between Lia and Jude may have started out as superficial in those early moments, but it quickly became anything but. The friendship they developed, support they showed for one another as they grew – that’s what makes it. I was pleased that it wasn’t a rush to the altar due to the pregnancy. The realism and relatability; flaws and evolution of the couple make you root for their HEA.

I’m out of words, because there's no way to do it justice except to say: Go. Read. Swoon. Cry. Laugh. Love.

My general rating rationale:

3 – Perfectly fine story, perhaps some minor editorial errors. Entertaining. Typically with this rating I feel like there could have been MORE – be it believably/relatability, character development, internal dialogue, explanations or depth, richness to the overall storyline, etc. May lose a bit of engagement here and there but always finish reading.

4 – A very good book. Engaging, with well-developed characters, a great plot, relatable scenarios; keeps you invested to the last page. Would recommend to reader friends.

5 – Can’t say enough amazing things, loved the characters, fabulously detailed plot, a quick hook, intense investment in both story and characters (including supporting characters) throughout the book. Will tell anyone who will listen that they should read it.

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