Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 14, 2018
Format: eBook, 272 pages
How I got it: Kindle Unlimited
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2018 Tackle My TBR Challenge
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.
After seeing the cover for The Bombshell Effect all over Instagram, I checked out the blurb, realized it sounded right up my alley and jumped right in when I saw it was available through Kindle Unlimited. I love a good sports romance — even more when it throws in women in (sadly) untraditional roles — and I’m always down to discover a new author. This was a fun little book that was fairly low on angst and delivered a few laughs and swoons along the way.
Smart, strong, driven heroines are a favorite of mine, so it wasn’t at all surprising that I basically loved Allie from the start. Losing her father, who she wasn’t all that close to but, you know, was still her dad… and inheriting a football team wasn’t exactly in her plans, but she jumped right in. Sure, there were players who wouldn’t take her seriously and that was a problem, but her biggest problem was with her player — and neighbor — Luke. I thought Luke was mostly a good guy — and a good father to his adorable daughter Faith — but some of his preconceived notions about Allie bothered me. Thankfully she was quick to set him straight.
I’m a sucker for a good, slow burn so I was totally digging what was happening between Luke and Allie. They had great chemistry and I’m always down for a forbidden romance between a boss and employee. I only had one complaint about how everything went down and I’m just gonna lay it out there. As I said, I love a good slow burn, but I also need the payoff. When Luke and Allie first hooked up, it was basically a fade to black and I was seriously disappointed. They had so much chemistry and the build up was so good, but it kinda felt like someone popped my balloon. The characters had gotten under my skin at that point and I had a vested interest in knowing how everything wrapped up, but I took an itty bitty break from the book before finishing it.
Despite my disappointment with the lack of sexy times (is that a weird thing to be disappointed by?) I really enjoyed The Bombshell Effect. When it was all said and done, I could look past that and focus on the feels. I just had to adjust my expectations a bit, but once I did, I got back to enjoying the story between Luke, Allie and even Faith. It was a fun, cute story from a new-to-me author.
“Men are so unbelievably stupid,” I hissed. This is why God created vibrators.
“You know nothing about me. You know nothing about the type of person I am. I’ll treat you with the respect you deserve as the team quarterback, but you sure as hell better do me the same courtesy as the team owner. I may still be getting my footing, but I bet I could make all sorts of trouble for you if you ever felt the need to remind me what women who look like me do or say in your obnoxious, golden boy presence.”
“I want someone who doesn’t sit back and look at how the landscape of their life will change by adding me to it and weigh whether I’m worth the change. I want them to pull me into it with both hands and make it something new without a second thought.”
Who was the last new-to-you author you discovered?
What’d you think?