Baking Me Crazy- Karla Sorensen


Baking Me Crazy, the first in the romantic comedy Donner Bakery Series of standalones, from Karla Sorensen is available now!

My Take: I LOVED this book. I sat down to read a couple chapters and accidentally spent the whole day reading the whole book … whoops. I didn’t want to do laundry anyway. This book grabbed me from the first second and obviously never let me go.

It’s so sweet, so funny, and so swoony. I always love Karla’s work (I see you, Washington Wolves), and I think this was the perfect kick off to the Smartypants Romance world because while it touches perfectly on aspects of Green Valley, it also carries its own weight and creates its own reality within the Donner Bakery and the Buchanan family. If I didn’t already know who Jennifer and Cletus were they wouldn’t have stood out to me, but I loved seeing the Winston touches. I was interested to see how an author I already love would write a book in a town I already love created by a different author. It turns out, it was awesome.

I loved the characters. Levi was perfection, and while Joss could be slightly annoying at times (but hey, as she points out: she is only twenty one, she’s allowed to be immature sometimes) I do love that she was flawed. I think it’s wonderful that it’s an inclusive couple- physical disabilities don’t stop a person from falling in love and its not something you often see in the Romance world (or really in any fiction genre I’ve seen). I love that it didn’t shy away from mentioning the reality of a disability even if its not sexy.

I’m grateful the Buchanan curse (and Karla Sorensen) brought us Levi and Joss!


Blurb: I’m Levi Buchanan, and until five years ago, I thought the legend of my family’s curse was a load of crazy, Southern nonsense.

No curse can make you fall in love at first sight. No curse can force a true, deep, passionate, all-consuming love that will haunt you all the days of your life.

Then I met Jocelyn Abernathy and I realized how completely wrong I was.

The problem is, Jocelyn guards her feelings like well-armed soldier. She’s the most beautiful, stubborn, infuriating woman I’ve ever met. Every time she talks, I want to kiss the living daylights out of her. But I can’t.

Because when we met, she didn’t need true love. She needed a best friend. And that’s what I’ve been to her… for five years.

But when Jocelyn meets a handsome stranger her first day working at Donner Bakery and she lets him buy her a dill pickle cupcake, I realize with ominous regret that I may have missed my window with my best friend.

If I can’t get her to see past our friendship, my new curse may be to watch the love of my life move on with someone else.

‘Baking Me Crazy’ is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Donner Bakery series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.


Download your copy today! 

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Excerpt:

“Besides, this is my best friend perk. Shouldn’t I get perks in baked goods?” 

She cut me a look. “You’ve been getting those perks for two years, Buchanan. Don’t even pretend you didn’t put on a solid ten pounds that first year I started baking.” Quite pointedly, she looked at my stomach, which we both knew was covered in muscle. 

“That’s rude,” I mumbled under my breath. I flexed my bicep. Nero licked my elbow since it was right in front of him. “Yeah, ten pounds in my left arm maybe.” 

The noise she made roughly translated to you are ridiculous. She made that sound at me a lot. Of course, the sad truth of the matter was that I was ridiculous. 

Not once in the past five years had my feelings lessened for her. I had just learned to live with them. In my junior year of undergrad, I was taking a class on brain pathology in injuries, and a man came to talk to us about how he learned to live without his right arm after it was amputated. 

He told us about how, even years after he lost his arm, his brain still triggered sensations to the limb that was no longer there. The adult brain, in particular, struggled to reorganize after the loss of a limb, and given that four out of five amputees suffer from phantom pain symptoms, some of which were incredibly debilitating, it was a lesson that stuck with me. 

I wasn’t fool enough to think that me loving Jocelyn was on par with a man who’d lost his arm, but something about the way he talked plucked at a chord inside me. Sometimes my brain struggled to remember that we were just friends. 

She’d never dated, never even hinted that she wanted to. She’d never given me a longing glance. Never stared at my mouth like she wondered what it tasted like. 

But my hands never, not once, stopped wanting to reach for hers. My fingers always, always itched to dig into her crazy hair and see what the curve of her scalp felt like.

 My brain knew what this relationship was, but sometimes, the signals it sent to the rest of my body didn’t always match up with the truth of our situation. We worked out together a lot, Joss and I, and when she got frustrated with the limitations of her body, I always wanted to wrap my arms around her. 

I wanted to pull her into the curve of my body, absorb her dissatisfaction into my skin, and carry it for her. That was the irony when she made noises like that. 

She had absolutely no clue how ridiculous I really was.

About Karla Sorensen

Karla Sorensen has been an avid reader her entire life, preferring stories with a happily-ever-after over just about any other kind. And considering she has an entire line item in her budget for books, she realized it might just be cheaper to write her own stories. It doesn’t take much to keep her happy…a book, a really big glass of wine, and at least thirty minutes of complete silence every day. She still keeps her toes in the world of health care marketing, where she made her living pre-babies. Now she stays home, writing and mommy-ing full time (this translates to almost every day being a ‘pajama day’ at the Sorensen household…don’t judge). She lives in West Michigan with her husband, two exceptionally adorable sons and big, shaggy rescue dog.

Connect with Karla

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Baking Me Crazy- Now Live

“Friends to lovers at its best– a sweet indulgence I couldn’t put down!” – R.S. Grey, USA Today Bestselling Author

Baking Me Crazy, the first in the romantic comedy Donner Bakery Series of standalones, from Karla Sorensen is available now!


I’m Levi Buchanan, and until five years ago, I thought the legend of my family’s curse was a load of crazy, Southern nonsense.

No curse can make you fall in love at first sight. No curse can force a true, deep, passionate, all-consuming love that will haunt you all the days of your life.

Then I met Jocelyn Abernathy and I realized how completely wrong I was.

The problem is, Jocelyn guards her feelings like well-armed soldier. She’s the most beautiful, stubborn, infuriating woman I’ve ever met. Every time she talks, I want to kiss the living daylights out of her. But I can’t.

Because when we met, she didn’t need true love. She needed a best friend. And that’s what I’ve been to her… for five years.

But when Jocelyn meets a handsome stranger her first day working at Donner Bakery and she lets him buy her a dill pickle cupcake, I realize with ominous regret that I may have missed my window with my best friend.

If I can’t get her to see past our friendship, my new curse may be to watch the love of my life move on with someone else.

‘Baking Me Crazy’ is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Donner Bakery series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.


Download your copy today! 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2kwvT7z

AppleBooks: https://apple.co/2ku8Pq7

Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/BakingMeCrazy

Nook: http://bit.ly/2lEMEh0

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2lU7066

Google Play: http://bit.ly/2klKiUj

Amazon Print: https://amzn.to/2k0ZaqL

Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2ku91Wg

About Karla Sorensen

Karla Sorensen has been an avid reader her entire life, preferring stories with a happily-ever-after over just about any other kind. And considering she has an entire line item in her budget for books, she realized it might just be cheaper to write her own stories. It doesn’t take much to keep her happy…a book, a really big glass of wine, and at least thirty minutes of complete silence every day. She still keeps her toes in the world of health care marketing, where she made her living pre-babies. Now she stays home, writing and mommy-ing full time (this translates to almost every day being a ‘pajama day’ at the Sorensen household…don’t judge). She lives in West Michigan with her husband, two exceptionally adorable sons and big, shaggy rescue dog.

Connect with Karla

Facebook: http://bit.ly/2lU6xAS

Twitter: http://bit.ly/2khRSPL

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2k0Yp0T

Instagram: http://bit.ly/2lBNuez

Website: http://www.karlasorensen.com/

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The Marriage Effect- Karla Sorensen

(ARC REVIEW:) The Marriage Effect centers around two characters we’ve met previously in the Washington Wolves series, but can absolutely be read as a standalone. Logan Ward, football player, upstanding guy who’s always made an impression previously, and guardian to his four younger sisters, and feisty former model Paige McKinney, who’ve we’ve met previously as Allie, the owner of the Washington Wolves, best friend.  Logan finds himself in need of a wife to help maintain guardianship of his sisters, and Paige just so happens to find herself in need of a husband for her own reasons. She finds herself impetuously blurting out she’s Logan’s fiance in front of the worst possible person, and Logan and Paige quickly strike a deal. They get married as a means to an end, but soon realize they have more in common than they ever would have imagined.  

So, full disclosure. Do I love football? No, I do not. But do I love sports romances?  They are okay. But I sure love the Washington Wolves series, and The Marriage Effect has been my favorite of the series. Why? Because it’s not about the sport, it’s about the people, and their motivations, passions, and intentions. The sport itself is a background character, enriching the story but not overwhelming.

The spark between Paige and Logan is explosive, regardless of how hard Logan tries to fight it.  They balance each other out in the best possible way, and together on the challenges raising four teenage girls bring. There is emotion, drama, humor, love, and family. It’s a story of fighting for what/who you love, and the journey you take when falling in love.  I love that Paige is a fiesty, funny, take no shit kind of girl and that Logan is a strong, steady protector who loves hard if you’re lucky enough to be in his circle.

And hey, if this book is any indication, maybe I do like sports romances. Or maybe I’m just a big  fan of Karla Sorensen’s. 5/5 stars.


Blurb:

Logan Ward doesn’t want any more women in his life.

Being a football player and legal guardian to his four younger sisters means his playbook is full. However, one of them just landed in the hospital, which gives his brother the shot he needs to challenge Logan for custody.

Legal counsel says there’s only one thing Logan can do—find himself a wife.

Paige McKinney doesn’t always think things through.

Like walking away from her modeling career without a thought of what might come next. She really doesn’t think it through when she proclaims herself Logan’s fiancé at the hospital, simply because the sexy—albeit grumpy—football player forgot his cell phone at a party and security won’t let her pass. It’s not her fault it was overheard by the worst possible person.

A bargain is struck, and a fake marriage is the perfect solution. But the simple solution creates a whole new problem: they’re not as different as they seem. The reluctant groom has fire inside him, and his impetuous bride is about to light the match.

Buy Links (Kindle Unlimited):

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2Kahjy2

Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2I7LcwE

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2WVNpUd

Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2ZjMgmN

Author Bio:

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.

Social Media Links:

Facebook page- www.facebook.com/karlasorensenbooks

Reader Group- www.facebook.com/groups/thesorensensorority

Website- www.karlasorensen.com

Twitter- www.twitter.com/ksorensenbooks

Amazon –https://www.amazon.com/Karla-Sorensen/e/B00UQZ9ENI

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13563232.Karla_Sorensen

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karla_sorensen/


The Marriage Effect- Cover Reveal

Here is the gorgeous cover (designed by Najla Qamber Designs) for Karla Sorensen’s The Marriage Effect. I can’t wait for June 12th when this baby drops! I’ve loved Logan previously so I’m super excited for his story.

Add to Goodreads here: http://bit.ly/TBR_themarriageeffect


Blurb:

Logan Ward doesn’t want any more women in his life.

Being a football player and legal guardian to his four younger sisters means his playbook is full. However, one of them just landed in the hospital, which gives his brother the shot he needs to challenge Logan for custody.

Legal counsel says there’s only one thing Logan can do—find himself a wife.

Paige McKinney doesn’t always think things through.

Like walking away from her modeling career without a thought of what might come next. She really doesn’t think it through when she proclaims herself Logan’s fiancé at the hospital, simply because the sexy—albeit grumpy—football player forgot his cell phone at a party and security won’t let her pass. It’s not her fault it was overheard by the worst possible person.

A bargain is struck, and a fake marriage is the perfect solution. But the simple solution creates a whole new problem: they’re not as different as they seem. The reluctant groom has fire inside him, and his impetuous bride is about to light the match.


Where to find Karla:

Facebook page- www.facebook.com/karlasorensenbooks

Reader Group- www.facebook.com/groups/thesorensensorority

Website- www.karlasorensen.com

Twitter- www.twitter.com/ksorensenbooks

Amazon –https://www.amazon.com/Karla-Sorensen/e/B00UQZ9ENI

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13563232.Karla_Sorensen

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karla_sorensen/

The Ex Effect- Karla Sorensen

ARC REVIEW

Ava Baker has things under control. She’s thriving in her high profile job as PR manager of an NFL team, even if she’ll never quite measure up to her perfect doctor sister in her family’s eyes. That is, she has everything under control until Matthew Hawkins joins the team, and she has to work side by side with her first crush (and sister’s ex fiance to boot).  The spark between them is immediate, and soon they can’t keep away from each other.   How will Ava reconcile the pressures of her family and job all while falling in love?

There’s just something about Karla Sorensen’s writing that I love. Some authors just spark an immediate connection to the material for me, and I don’t even like football. That’s the sign of a well written book if I don’t even care about it taking place in a world I don’t care for.  The characters felt real, including their flaws, even the secondary characters (some of which I hope we will see again). The spark between Ava and Matthew was seriously hot. I highly recommend this one!

  • Rating: 5/5 Stars
  • Release Date: 12/5/18
  • Kindle Unlimited: Yes


Official Synopsis

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.

Buy Links: Kindle Unlimited

Universal Link: myBook.to/ExEffect

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Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2zFxYCs

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2SshfcNAmazon AU: https://amzn.to/2zFaVbb


About the Author:

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.

Social Media Links:

Facebook page- www.facebook.com/karlasorensenbooks

Reader Group- www.facebook.com/groups/thesorensensorority

Website- www.karlasorensen.com

Twitter- www.twitter.com/ksorensenbooks

Amazon –https://www.amazon.com/Karla-Sorensen/e/B00UQZ9ENI

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13563232.Karla_Sorensen

The Ex Effect- Karla Sorensen Cover Reveal!

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Releases December 5, 2018

I’m excited about this one, it looks like a scorcher.

Synopsis:

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.


About the author:

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.

Social Media Links:

Facebook page- www.facebook.com/karlasorensenbooks

Reader Group- www.facebook.com/groups/thesorensensorority

Website- www.karlasorensen.com

Twitter- www.twitter.com/ksorensenbooks

Amazon –https://www.amazon.com/Karla-Sorensen/e/B00UQZ9ENI

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13563232.Karla_Sorensen