Do you ever read a book and feel as though you are wrapped in a warm fuzzy blanket? Even when the story grows cold, you still feel the warmth of that blanket because the cold isn’t too cold, and you know it will thaw eventually.
This is the state of Karla Sorensen’s The Ex Effect. Let me state that I did not read the first book in this series, The Bombshell Effect. It currently sits in my Kindle Library waiting for a read. Given my experience with The Ex Effect, I will read it sooner than later.
The Ex Effect tells the story of Ava and Matthew. Ava is the PR guru for the Washington Wolves, the fictional team of Sorensen’s first book. Matthew is a formerly retired player who comes out of retirement to play for the Wolves. Matthew and Ava have a past. It is this past that complicates a potential love relationship for the two. Will they be able to move beyond that past to find a future?
Together, Ava and Matthew make up the comfort of the warm blanket I mentioned at the beginning of this review. They have chemistry from the start, and, not shockingly, they end up together quickly. Personally, I love that. I don’t want them to rush into marriage at mach speed. However, I don’t want to be tortured by their tortured attraction to each other. Sorensen does not make us wait on them. She gets in, hooks them up, and starts the trouble in the relationship to move the story along.
The satin of the warm blanket that is this book is the continuing story of the Wolves. We read Allie and Luke again, along with Paige and Logan. It’s this community that provides the comfort of the trust of an ongoing story. We can relish in the idea that we will see the characters again in future stories. I’m hoping we will get a story for Logan, as he plays prominently in this story. With that, I’d expect to read Allie, Luke, Ava, and Matthew again in his story. It’s that warm comfort that keeps you picking up that blanket again.
Even when Ava and Matthew struggle, it isn’t a heart-rending struggle. It pinches for a bit, but Sorensen resolves it for us quickly. She does it with some humor, to boot. Lastly, and I appreciated this too (trust me, I am not a prude. I have read lots of sexy stuff in books), sexually, Ava and Matthew are fairly tame. Yes, they are sexual dynamite, but she doesn’t force them into bed over and over again. We understand that they are sexual dynamite but we read a focus on their relationship, not the sex. Lastly, Matthew is the one who first struggles with wanting deeper intimacy from Ava. He wants “in” because his feelings grow deeper by the chapter. It’s refreshing to read a man who has a certain depth of emotional maturity. It gives us hope for the men in our world.
If you want the comfort of a serious rom-com, wrapped in the love of two characters who will make you smile, then you’ll want to read this book. I couldn’t put it down, and I covered myself in its delicious warmth.
In love and romance,