Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
There are too many delicious things about Karla Sorenson’s newest SmartyPants Romance book, Steal My Magnolia
-The fact that the story is a premeditated slow burn seeps into you as Grady and Magnolia evolve. Sorensen’s pacing makes you salivate for their eventual coupledom. It becomes this compunction to keep reading because their journey draws you in
-The complexity of race discussion found in SMM reminds you of the gravity belying SPR stories. Packaged as “sweet and fun,” the truth of this book and its ilk is weightier than you initially believe.
-The idea behind self-sacrificing love in this book is its tempest. As Grady denies the gravity of his feelings for Magnolia, moments that Sorensen so perfectly crafted, you are reminded of why heroes like him make reading romance both special and challenging. It sometimes reminds you that loving someone from afar and forgoing acting on it because you want to protect them and put their needs first can only be found in fiction.
-That you can read a romance and feel replete without heavily erotic moments, that story and character development can be enough to heat your blood.
-The visceral feelings Sorensen so careful crafts with the complications between Grady, Grace, Magnolia, and Tucker. It shoots straight to your stomach with your investment in their happy ending.
-The ease of Sorensen’s style carries you through Grady and Magnolia’s journey. The witticisms, the residential truths of her characters, and the beauty of her prose make each page feel like essential reading.
-The carefully curated romantic gestures that build deeper and deeper into Steal My Magnolia that it sometimes hurts to read the next sentences.
Each of these qualities conspires to a truth, one that says “to thine own [heart] be true” no matter the consequences. The moments of Karla Sorensen’s Steal My Magnolia, the first book of this newest season of SmartyPants Romance, make it the perfect beginning to a fantastic array of stories. Grab this one NOW.
In love and romance,