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About Karla Sorensen
Karla Sorensen is an Amazon top 20 bestselling author who refuses to read or write anything without a happily ever after. When she's not devouring historical romance or avoiding the laundry, you can find her watching football (British AND American), HGTV or listening to Enneagram podcasts so she can psychoanalyze everyone in her life, in no particular order of importance. With a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Grand Valley State University, she made her living in senior healthcare prior to writing full-time. Karla lives in Michigan with her husband, two boys and a big, shaggy rescue dog named Bear.
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In my defense, it was a rough week.
Being back in Seattle for the first time in years was hard enough, the fact that I was there for the dispersal of my father’s will made it even harder. I had no intention of staying, until I got a football stadium-sized surprise as my dad’s final gift to me.
No … really. He left me a football team.
It’s how I found myself in a conference room, staring down the veteran quarterback who wants nothing to do with a new owner. And that quarterback? It’s my tall, brooding, tattooed jerk of a neighbor.
Now he’s everywhere. Next door with his daughter. In meetings. Don’t even get me started on away games.
Luke Pierson is under my skin, and pretty soon, I’m not sure I want it any other way.
Especially if he's anything like Erik Wilder: former football player, world class know-it-all and unapologetic grump.
To be clear, I didn't want a bodyguard (hence the fake dating idea). Most days, I can’t figure out why he wants the job either. We drive each other insane, probably because we’re as opposite as two people can be.
He’s suspicious, never talks about his past and has the comfort skills of a cactus. I’m a happily-ever-after kind of girl who knows exactly what she wants out of life.
Erik’s words might say that the lines have to stay firm between us, but those dark eyes of his? They tell another story when he looks at me.
He’s just as stubborn as I am, but when our fake dating plan starts to feel a lot more real, it's only a matter of time before his professional walls come crashing down.
I just have to hope my heart doesn't get buried in the rubble.
Our last encounter was awkward, given I’d climbed into his bedroom window to turn my unrequited crush into something ... requited. That day was bad enough, but things just got worse.
Noah Griffin turned himself into one of the best football players in the country and a transfer to the Washington Wolves— the team I work for—lands him on my doorstep. The timing couldn't be worse, because my boss just handed me the opportunity of a lifetime. And that promotion rides squarely on Noah's big, muscular, condescending shoulders.
He wants nothing to do with me, and the feeling is so very mutual. But for the sake of my career, I can ignore all those things about him that drive me insane. His eyes. His mouth. His big, big … hands. Until one day, we can’t ignore them anymore.
You know what they say about the line between love and hate though? They’re so very right.
- An Amazon top 50 bestseller
- A #1 Sports Romance bestseller
I know a lot about my gorgeous new boss, a former fighter whose posters used to decorate my bedroom walls. I know he retired at the height of his fame to take care of his sick wife. I know he’s now a single dad raising an adorable little girl. And I know that no matter how broody and quiet he is, my innocent teenage crush has turned into a highly inappropriate adult fantasy.
I would’ve gotten over it, until one night sparring with him at the gym, it’s clear my feelings aren't so one-sided.
It's impossible to pretend I don't want him. Especially when I have to see him every single day, and watch him take care of his daughter.
Aiden thinks I’m too young for him. He says he shouldn’t want me.
But all it takes is one step over the line to prove what they say is true- forbidden fruit really does taste the sweetest.
- Amazon top 15 bestseller
- #1 Sports Romance bestseller
It’s a good story, especially because it ends with me clutching a pregnancy test in my tiny Oxford flat.
In my defense, it was never meant to be more than a harmless flirtation. But he was just sitting there, with his accent and his muscles and his tattoos, telling me that his football was better than the one I grew up watching my brother play. Next thing I knew, that flirtation got a whole lot hotter and even though I wasn’t sure I’d ever see him again—my mystery Brit—it was the kind of night a girl goes to her grave remembering.
You know how the story goes though … a few weeks later, the impulsive girl gets a little pukey, and sees a sports headline featuring her mystery Brit kicking the black and white ball that got us into this mess.
Trust me, I didn’t see it coming either.
- An Amazon top 20 bestseller
- A #1 Sports Romance bestseller
No one would ever believe that me, Claire Ward—the straight A student who never gets in trouble—, would impersonate her sister just to earn a night out with the guy she’s crushed on forever. But how else could I get her best friend Finn to notice me?
It would’ve worked perfectly. Except Finn wasn’t the guy to pick me up that night.
In Finn’s place—wearing a perfectly tailored tux and looking like sin—is his brother, Bauer. Finn’s exact opposite in every way, my date for the evening is a tattooed snowboarder with a sexy smirk and a chip on his shoulder the size of Mt. Olympus.
I should’ve known better. Because now the good girl is stuck with the bad boy for the night, and the consequences of that are much bigger than I could have imagined.
Especially not hotheaded tight ends with tattoos and impulse control problems.
That’s why Dominic Walker is completely off my radar. Sort of.
Babysitting the team troublemaker when he’s forced to volunteer for the foundation where I work means I can’t exactly avoid him.
I wish I had though. Because once I get to know Dominic, it’s almost impossible to ignore the feelings he brings out in me.
Pretty soon, I’m breaking all my rules. I just have to hope he doesn’t break my heart in the process.
- An Amazon top 10 bestseller
- #1 Sports Romance bestseller
- #1 Romantic Comedy bestseller
I have my own reasons for needing a husband, and striking a mutually beneficial bargain with Logan is the perfect solution. Plus, it can’t be that hard to wrangle four young girls and a big grumpy football playing husband, right?
Our simple solution creates a whole new problem. Logan and I aren’t as different as we thought. My reluctant groom has fire inside him, and I can’t wait to light the match.
As one of the best defensive players in the league, he just came out of retirement to sign with the team that I work for. And as the publicist for the Washington Wolves, he’s so good, it makes my job easy peasy.
In the years since I’ve seen Matthew, he’s bigger, better looking, and best of all—completely single. And despite our strange history, the attraction between us definitely isn’t one-sided anymore.
The chemistry between us is complicated—and hot. Hot enough to burn down the entire city of Seattle, which is why keeping it a secret from the press—and my family—is the only way we can be together.
But the truth always comes out. And when it does, there’s no predicting the ending.
Even after he bungled the interview with Magnolia MacIntyre, he knew better than to hire her. The list of why it's a bad idea is a long one.
Her father could ruin his fledgling business.
She is completely overqualified.
And he’s attracted to her.
What does Grady do? He offers her the job.
Magnolia knew better than to take it. Normally, she'd make the safe choice, and working for Grady is anything but.
He's new in town--and entirely too charming.
Her dad will be furious.
She hates the outdoors and working for an outdoor adventure company is not exactly the right fit.
What does she do? She says yes on the spot.
Grady and Magnolia will have to prove to everyone in their life that they're not crazy. And prove to each other that the list of why it's a bad idea should be tossed out the window.
For these two opposites, sometimes doing the wrong thing is exactly right.
Don’t worry, when Grace moves into town from LA, she doesn’t kick off Green Valley’s greatest love triangle, but she does make quite an entrance. When her car breaks down just inside the city limits, the knight in shining pickup truck is Tucker Haywood—tall, handsome, full of southern charm, and a giant pain in Grace’s butt.
She’s not even sure why he bugs her so much, he just does. In fact, she can’t stop thinking about why he’s so irritating, until she realizes that she just plain can’t stop thinking about him.
Tucker can’t stop thinking about Grace either, because the moment her combat-boot clad feet prop up on the dashboard of his truck, she’s like a blonde bombshell wrecking ball in his perfectly constructed life.
Turns out the bad girl and the golden boy have a lot more in common than they think, and that delicious discovery will rock Green Valley in a way that no one saw coming.
Levi knew Jocelyn Abernathy was The One the day he met her and she kicked his butt on the basketball court. He also knew she wanted nothing to do with romance, and for very good reasons. So what did he do? He was the best friend she needed for five long years.
The day Joss comes to tell her best friend that she’s ready for love—with another guy—it’s like a punch to his … well, you know.
How does he show her that the real love of her life isn’t the random guy who bought her a pickle cupcake at the bakery? Well … he needs to wage war--one touch, one moment at time. Joss isn’t the only stubborn one in their friendship, and he’ll prove that the man for her has been right in front of her the whole time.
'Baking Me Crazy' is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book #1 in the Love at First Sight series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.