New Release + Review

Title: Focused
Author: Karla Sorensen
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: January 7, 2020

If you’ve ever seen your teenage crush ten years later, and he turns out to be a complete jerk, then you know how Molly Ward feels. 
The last time she saw Noah Griffin was the regrettable day that she decided to climb into his bedroom window and turn her unrequited crush into something more. 
That day was bad enough, but things are about to get worse. 
Noah has become one of the best football players in the country, and he’s just landed on Molly’s front step. 
As a new addition to the Washington Wolves roster, Noah’s presence is the key to Molly’s promotion in the front office. 
The problem is, Noah wants nothing to do with Molly, and his surly attitude is making her job very difficult. 
But he’s got another thing coming if he thinks Molly will be intimidated by one grumpy football player, no matter how much he hates being around her. 
Once these two go head to head, their mutual dislike explodes into undeniable chemistry. But with what they have at stake, they just might detonate everything else along with it.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This, not quite so enemies to lovers, not quite so second chance, almost forbidden romance has left me feeling completely and utterly smitten. I couldn’t get through it fast enough. If you are looking for a sport romance with a grouchy hero and a fiesty heroine who doesn’t shy away from standing up to the hero, this is it!

We met the lost 16 year old Molly Ward in The Marriage Effect and beared witness to a humiliating turn of events when she decided to pursue her teenage crush, the boy next door, Noah Griffin. Because of that event, Noah has been wary and stayed away from Molly. His main focus and priority is football. Nothing and no one will come in his way or deter his focus until… Molly Ward is reintroduced into his life. He now plays for the team Molly works for and she has become the liaison between Noah and the new project they are working on. It took both of them by surprise and neither is happy with the situation which makes getting the job done all the more difficult. Molly’s promotion is on the line. But the more time Noah and Molly spend together, the hotter their attraction burns. Molly Ward may be the only female to hinder Noah Griffin’s focus.

Being introduced to Noah Ward is the best way to start 2020. This book kept me up and made me daydream. It provided me with all the feels. Noah was so grumpy and closed off but Molly brought out his smiles and his laughs. It was so much sweeter. Once he set his mind to something, he made sure he achieved it. Even if he was shy and awkward about it. (view spoiler) Molly was a heroine that I loved. She was a little bit fiesty and a whole lot lovable. I loved her relationship with her family, especially her sisters. I’m so eager for the rest of the Ward sisters. They cannot come soon enough. Karla has made me addicted to her writing and the delicious romances that develop.

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Michelle Claypot_reads “All the stars in the world for this! What a way to kick off my reading for 2020!! Oh my heart! This was absolute perfection.”

The Overflowing Bookcase “A wonderful novel that will become one I will re-read time and time again.”


PP’s Bookshelf “I just love when authors make me feel every single confusing, infuriating, breathtaking and heartbreaking feeling right in my heart. And Karla Sorensen did exactly that in Focused.”

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.


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