Sunday, 6 November 2016

Groupie - M.E. Carter - Release Blitz

Title: Groupie
Series: Juked #2
Author: M.E. Carter
Genre: Sports Romance Standalone
Release Date: November 4, 2016

a person, especially a young woman, who regularly follows a celebrity in the hope of meeting or getting to know them.

See example Tiffany Wendel: 

Whore. Slut. Cleat Chaser. I’m used to the names so they don’t bother me. These are my boys. My friends. So what if I like to have dirty sex with them? My body is no one’s business but mine.

Why is Rowen Flanigan making me re-think how I live my life? Making me question my choices? He’s only a rookie.

a member of an athletic team in his first full season in that sport.

See example Rowen Flanigan:

Player. Son of a legend. Rookie.
Sure, I’d heard the stories of the groupies before. Who hasn’t? I’ve just been more sheltered than my teammates. So what? I didn’t expect her to be smart. Witty. Kind. She brings me to my knees in every way – except one. 

That part? I’m saving until the time is right.

So how in the hell did I end up falling for a Groupie like Tiffany? And how in the hell is this going to work when everyone at my job has had a piece of the one thing I haven’t?

4 Stars 
Having read the previous book in this series, where we were introduced to Tiffany's character, I really wasn't sure what to expect from her story.  I really wasn't a fan of her in Juked, but she really grew on me over the course of this book.  Unlike Tiffany, Rowan captured my heart right from the very start. 

Rowan Flannigan is an absolute sweet heart, he's not the bad boy hero you expect in a sports romance.  Rowan is respectful, chivalrous and kind.  He was raised by his parents to treat women a certain way and can't understand why Tiffany is so blase with her sexuality.  To him intimacy is something special and should be shared with someone you love, not for the sake of getting off.  Rowan is a Rookie, and wants to earn his place on the team with his own skill.   He tries to hide the fact that he is related to a soccer legend, in order to not gain advantages because of who he is related to, rather by what he can do.  The last thing he is looking for is a relationship that could take his focus off of soccer. 

Tiffany is a party girl, she's also beautiful, intelligent, confident, sure of herself and a highly sexual woman.  When she interacts with Rowan, we see more of this intriguing character.  The banter and sweet moments this pair share are endearing, entertaining and completely captivating.

I found it highly difficult reading a book where marriage vows were shown so little respect, and broken with so little thought or acknowledgement in the name of a good time and where women were treated as sexual objects, rather than people with emotions and feelings. 

This book really is a sports romance with a difference.  There is definitely heat, but it's also quite emotional and has heart.  I enjoyed watching Tiffany and Rowan form a bond of friend that built into so much more.  I really loved that this book was told from a dual point of view.  It was great to see Daniel and Quincy appear within the story line, as well as quite a few other members of the team. The addition of these characters really added a depth to the story line. The sexual tension and slow build up of this story kept me thoroughly engaged with the plot and I really grew to love this pair and felt connected to these characters and their plight.  I look forward to more books in this series in the future. 

“Mother, reader, storyteller - ME Carter never set out to write books. But when a friend practically forced a copy of Twilight into her hands, the love of the written word she had lost as a child was rekindled. With a story always rolling around in her head, it should come as no surprise that she finally started putting them on paper. She lives in Texas with her four children, Mary, Elizabeth, Carter and Bug, who sadly was born long after her pen name was created, and will probably need extensive therapy because of it.”