This opens with the kind of magnetic chemistry that makes you want to clear your schedule and dive in for a full day of reading. I loved that immediate connection, and it kicked off a great first half to this unexpected pregnancy romance. The storyline is a mix of light, sexy, and emotional, leading with the sweet before slowly transitioning into the angsty. And while the back half took some of the sparkle out of this romance, I understood the transition and appreciate the depth it gives this otherwise heartwarming read. There’s a focus on family in all its forms, and it will tug on your heartstrings in a big way.
The story follows Lia, an American college grad who is spending a semester in England while working on her master’s degree. Lia’s not sure what she wants to do with her life, and is feeling a little lost and alone when she heads to a cozy pub in town. It’s there that she meets Jude, a sexy, mysterious British guy who has his own reasons for seeking out the comfort of easy conversation with a stranger. Their banter soon leads to one steamy night together, and just as these two are figuring out if there will ever be more to them than that… Lia discovers that she’s pregnant. The unexpected pregnancy changes the course of their whole relationship, so Lia and Jude have to figure out if they’re ready for any of what will happen next.
I loved how natural it all felt. These two are both a little lost and broken, each with things on their mind that led them to act out of character. And while spending a night with a stranger is easy, co-parenting with someone who lives across the globe is anything but. So they’re forced to dig deeper and get to know each other on a level they probably wouldn’t have otherwise. Through it all, the chemistry shines through. I loved these two together – so much of their relationship just made complete sense, and it was really something special to see how they fit. This was easily a 5-star read in the first half – light, and sweet, and a little swoonworthy, with just a bit of trouble brewing beneath the surface. The back half… well, the back half is bumpier. I didn’t love it in the same way, and yet I also understand why it needed to happen the way it did. This one will put you through a range of emotions, and I loved the character growth that happens. It’s family-focused with appearances by each of Lia’s siblings, and while this easily stands on its own, fans of the author are in for a treat. I’m absolutely looking forward to more from the series – and am very intrigued by the tease we get at the end. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this unexpected pregnancy/sports romance.
If you’ve ever had a steamy one-night stand with a British football player and then find yourself pregnant with his baby, you know how Lia Ward feels.
To be fair, Lia didn’t know who Jude McAllister was when they met.
Studying abroad for her master’s program, all she knows is that she’s a little lonely and he’s very charming, even as they have an epically sexy argument about which type of football is superior.
In Jude’s mind, shagging the feisty American girl is exactly what he needs. He’s been fighting the clock of his long-standing football career and the younger players primed to take his position. Proving that he can feel like his old self again—something he’s been trying to do with everyone in his life—should be easier after blowing off steam with Lia.
But oh baby, when a plus sign pops up on Lia’s pregnancy test, that ‘one night’ becomes a whole lot more.
Now Lia and Jude have to navigate their impossible-to-ignore chemistry, and prepare for the parenting game, something neither of them know how to play.
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About the Author:
Well, let’s see … I’m a wife and a mother. If the things that I write bring a smile to someone’s face, then I’ve done my job. I am obsessed with Outlander (both the books and the show). I’m almost exclusively a romance reader, which means some people will never consider me a literary snob. If I could meet one historical figure, it would be Jane Austen. I received my Bachelors in Public Relations and worked in health care marketing before I had my babies. I hate Twitter. I do it, but I hate it. Also, if you want to get on my good side, bring me wine and I’ll love you forever.
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Praise for the novel:
“All the English countryside stars for this awesomeness. It’s getting one of my rare 6 stars… I’ve read over 400 books this year and have only given 8 x 6 stars so that tells you just how much I loved this book!!” – Claypot Reads
“Karla Sorensen nailed the angsty and steamy feels once again in Floored. This unique sports romance was full of intense emotions and all consuming romance goodness. She never fails to bring out the best and the worst in me with her brilliant writing.” (PP’s Bookshelf)
“Karla Sorensen delivers on all the things I love the best: the chemistry, the banter, the sweet steady burn that holds my heart in thrall and keeps my greedy little reader heart hungry for more. Floored delivered on all those things and more!” (Jennifer, Goodreads Review)