Blog Tour: Steal My Magnolia by Karla Sorensen

February 25, 2021 Book Reviews, Book Tour 0

by Karla Sorensen

 

 

Steal My Magnolia is more than a love story. It’s a beautifully crafted journey of life full of obstacles but a journey worth the travel with the right person.” –Author Andrea Johnston

Steal My Magnolia, an all-new heartwarming small-town romance from Karla Sorensen, is now available in Kindle Unlimited!

Life lesson from Grady Buchanan: If you’re going to fall in love with the untouchable girl in town, don’t hire her as your only employee.

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.

‘Steal My Magnolia’ is a full-length contemporary romance and can be read as a standalone. Book #3 in the Love At First Sight series, Green Valley Chronicles, Penny Reid Book Universe.

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Imagine a family curse that revolves around finding your true love. Would you believe it or avoid any tendrils of a relationship at all cost? Grady Buchanan has always avoided the subject of his family’s curse. With parents that ‘proved’ the curse wasn’t real, Grady was certain that he was immune from this family folklore. What he didn’t count on was Magnolia MacIntyre leaving him breathless without even a thought. Could it be true?? Has the immunity to this love curse worn off?

Grady is a new resident in the town of Green Valley, Tennessee. With a fledgling business to get up and running, Grady knows it will take a miracle to get his office to resemble something other than pure chaos. The answer to his prayers walking through the office doors and takes his breath away. The culprit is none other than Magnolia, the former girlfriend of his sister’s current fiancé. If the awkwardness wasn’t enough, Grady is reluctant to tell anyone Magnolia will be working at his office.

Can the family curse be the reason that Grady is so dumbstruck by Magnolia? Only time will tell if this relationship will crash and burn or sizzle upon impact. One this is for certain, when the folks of Green Valley catch ‘wind’ of Magnolia’s current employment situation, tongues will be wagging.

Steal My Magnolia is the latest release in the Love at First Sight series by Karla Sorensen and Smartypants Romance. This slow burn romance revolves around yet another Buchanan sibling and features a family curse. I will admit – when we were teased about Grady getting bitten by the curse, I couldn’t wait to uncover what his story would hold. However – what I found was a bit lack luster for my expectations.

As a fan of Karla Sorensen’s writing, I expected a story as delicious as the previous books in the Smartypants collection. Instead – I found a book that felt more ‘forced’ than believable. Grady and Magnolia are great characters on their own, but the chemistry was just off the mark for me. The writing of the book was good, so that wasn’t the issue. I think the hype of Grady and Magnolia was so built up that the reality of the union was more of a let down for me. When I finished the novel, I felt the ‘curse’ didn’t live up to the depth that it did in previous books.

There was so much potential in the romance that grew between Grady and Magnolia. So many moments where they two were not even connected throughout the story. When you take the curse into play and the lack of believability, the story just earned a ‘meh’ out of me when turning the last page. The bones of a great story was there, but Steal My Magnolia missed the mark when trailing the connection of a family curse.

 

 

About Karla Sorensen

Karla Sorensen has been an avid reader her entire life, preferring stories with a happily-ever-after over just about any other kind. And considering she has an entire line item in her budget for books, she realized it might just be cheaper to write her own stories. It doesn’t take much to keep her happy…a book, a really big glass of wine, and at least thirty minutes of complete silence every day. She still keeps her toes in the world of health care marketing, where she made her living pre-babies. Now she stays home, writing and mommy-ing full time (this translates to almost every day being a ‘pajama day’ at the Sorensen household…don’t judge). She lives in West Michigan with her husband, two exceptionally adorable sons and big, shaggy rescue dog.

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