“I couldn’t have scripted this, couldn’t have planned it, couldn’t have controlled it. Because sometimes, the best things in life come straight from your blind side.”
Focused is the first book in a new series by Karla Sorensen, The Ward Family Series. Closely linked to the Washington Wolves series, Focused can be read as a standalone.
Focused is the story of Molly Ward and Noah Griffin. Through life’s circumstances, Molly and Noah first knew each other when Molly was 16 and Noah was beginning his career as a professional football player in Washington. Fast forward a few years and Noah is back in Washington, playing for the Wolves where Molly now works in Marketing and her brother is head coach of the team. Noah is one of the best defensive players in the league, aptly called The Machine by his peers and the media due to his focus and total commitment to the game and any and all of his training.
When Molly’s new boss offers her the opportunity to work with a camera crew as they follow and film a Wolves player
for a documentary series, Molly leaps at the chance ... and then discovers who the newly traded player to the Wolves is.
While I wouldn’t say this is an enemies to lovers book as such, Molly and Noah certainly did not part as friends many years ago during their last encounter and neither is ecstatic to learn of the close proximity with which they’ll be working in during the coming months. Let the story begin ...
I loved getting to know Molly’s family, big brother Logan, his wife Paige, their young son and Molly’s three sisters, who are all intriguing and interesting in their own way (can’t wait to read more about the Ward sisters!) Logan and Paige have their own story told in The Marriage Effect, part of the Washington Wolves series, one I’m for sure going to read and devour now!
Ms Sorensen has a way of engaging her readers with likeable characters and a storyline that hooks you in, Focused certainly does this! Molly is fun and happy, a hard worker and very family oriented, while Noah is driven, focused and lives totally for football. I love how as the story unfolds, Noah’s layers are unraveled as Molly gets to know him and work her enigmatic magic to bring him to life as the person he really is deep down. Add in some funny moments, endearing secondary characters (Marty and Rick, Noah’s grandma, and of course the quirky Ward family) a plot twist or two and you have the smooth-flowing and wonderfully written story that is Focused, a definite 5 star read for me and one that I recommend to all lovers of sports romance, of contemporary romance and family-based series. Focused has the perfect balance of sweetness and steam and will leave you with a big smile on your face and the desire to read all of Karla Sorensen’s backlist. I look forward to the next book in the Ward Family series, Faked, releasing later in 2020, as well as any other works in progress!
I received an early copy of this book, all opinions are my own and this is an honest review of Focused. Thanks to Enticing Journey Promotions for the early copy.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 5333 KB
- Print Length: 262 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dutch Girl Publishing, LLC (7 January 2020)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B082S4BGBN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 41 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)