Groupie by ME Carter
Groupie is the second book of the Juked series but can be read as a stand-alone. I did not read the first book but I was still able to follow the story easily.
The blurb of the book pretty much hits it straight on. Rowan Flanagan, hot sexy soccer player meets Tiffany Wendel, soccer groupie. Tiffany at first does not come off as being likable. I mean really, she’s a “cleat chaser”. She likes to have sex – a lot. It doesn’t matter if the guy is married or if there’s more than one guy at a time.
Rowan Flanigan aka Rookie. Son of soccer royalty. Hot, sweet, romantic, innocent. He sees Tiffany for more than her looks. He sees her beauty from the inside, her humor, and her intelligence. He doesn’t like the way the other players treat her behind closed doors. But Tiffany can’t see it.
Rowan and Tiffany get to know one another and they fall hard. As they get to know one another she discovers that Rowan hasn’t had sex yet. By getting to know each other without the physical stuff Tiffany discovers an intimacy that she never knew existed. They each have to navigate through all of the choices that they have both made.
Rowan has to deal with the fact that Tiffany has basically had sex with everyone on the team. Tiffany has to come to terms with what being a groupie really means once she crosses that line and becomes a “WAG” (wife and girlfriend). She is face to face with the wives and girlfriends of teammates that she had sex with.
I have to say I really enjoyed this book. It brought out all kinds of emotions; happy, sad, cringe, tears, anger, empathy, and oh no he didn’t!
I find myself wanting to go back and read book one, Juked.
LOUISA 4.5 STAR REVIEW
ME Carter has created such a one of a kind character with Rowan Flanagan. He’s an adorable ginger who’s a good guy, all around. Loving and respectful to his parents, a virtuous man, a great teammate. As the story continues you will fall for him.
We met Tiffany in Juked and yeah, she doesn’t come with the greatest of reputations. But she’s not embarrassed by who she is, she enjoys sex and partying, and sometimes with multiple people (the total opposite of Rowan).
There is this something about Tiffany that grabs Rowan. She doesn’t hide from who she is or was and Rowan is accepting of her past. Which makes me smile, we assumed that Tiffany was a whore, but in reality, she enjoyed sex and wasn’t ashamed to have it with whoever she wanted to. And Rowan understood that. That’s not how he has handled his life but he’s so accepting of Tiffany’s past and can look beyond her reputation. There are times when her past comes to smack him in the face, but with dignity and grace, he tries to look past it all.
My favorite part of this book was watching these two grow as friends…ME Carter has written a romance novel that didn’t revolve around the physical part of their relationship. Yes – I love some sexy time, but I found myself connecting with these characters more without the sex…
I so enjoyed Rowan’s need to protect and care for Tiffany, unconditionally. She deserves to be treat with respect and Rowan was just the man to do that for her!
With each ME Carter book I read, she’s growing as an author and I am excited to see more.
“This is the kind of book that makes you want to throw your kindle….no, literally. I threw my damn kindle across the room. But thank baby Jesus it didn’t break, because DAYUM! Groupie just made me love M.E. Carter even more!” –Jessica Prince, Author
“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.”