REVIEW: The Ex Effect by Karla Sorenson

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“Let me fix what they broke. Trust me with what was inside.”

Back of the book blurb:

The headline could write itself:
Matthew Hawkins, star defensive end, comes out of retirement to play for the Washington Wolves.

  Which is perfectly fine by Ava Baker—it makes her job as publicist for the team easier.

  There’s only two problems. This particular football player was her first crush.

  The bigger problem: Matthew Hawkins was once engaged to her older sister.

  It’s been ten years since Ava has seen Matthew. He’s bigger, better looking, and best of all—completely single. Despite his history with her sister, the attraction between Ava and Matthew isn’t so one-sided anymore.

  It’s hot enough to burn down the entire city of Seattle.

  But this headline is far more complicated to write. And not just for the press or what it means for her family— because once her heart is involved, there’s no predicting the ending.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: December 5, 2018
Publisher: Dutch Girls Publishing, LLC
Pages: 275

Available for Purchase:

My rating:

            I fell in love with Karla Sorenson’s captivating writing with The Bombshell Effect, and fell even harder when I devoured The Ex Effect. The dedication really kicked things off for me, talking about the people who hold their big feelings close to their chest and how we should find the people who allow us to let those feelings out. That really spoke to me and I just knew I was going to be in for an emotional ride.

            The Ex Effect is full of heart, wit, and steam, and you will love every. Single. Word.

“Ten minutes in his presence reduced me to a bumbling teenager all over again.”

            Okay, who hasn’t had a crush on their older sibling’s significant other at some point in their life? It’s happened to all of us, okay?! You know what doesn’t happen? That person coming back into your life as a super-hot, super successful football player. No, that only happens to Ava Baker. And she really does not know how to handle it.

            I love the awkward, bumbling that this duo has to go through before finding their footing as friends and coworkers. I mean… it would be weird to have to work with your sister’s ex-fiancé while also harboring a years-long crush on him. Thankfully, Matthew seems to enjoy Ava’s company just as much as Ava enjoys Matthew’s.

“When would I stop noticing how different she was? How changed she was?”

            Matthew Hawkins was so dreamy! I love authors who find that balance between the sexy alpha male but also the sensitive male. Karla Sorenson found that balance perfectly with Matthew Hawkins. He’s sweet and sexy and not afraid of his feelings and it is beautiful. He’s also so perfectly masculine and ugh, I could gush about Matthew Hawkins all day. But, seriously, I love him.

“I’d fucked up so badly, all I could do was stand in front of him and cry.”

            Ava Baker, the girl after my own heart. There is something so special about her. She’s the one who has always felt ignored or like an outcast. She has these huge feelings inside of her but hasn’t been able to let them out due to fear of no one caring. But, Matthew helps bring out the best in her and to watch her open up and blossom was an honor.

            The Ex Effect is the perfect steamy football romance to curl up with on a cold winter night. Pick it up TODAY!

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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