Thursday, June 16, 2016

RELEASE TOUR & 5 STAR REVIEW: Juked (Juked #1) by M.E. Carter

Title: Juked
Author: M.E. Carter

Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: June 16, 2016 

Juked: verb. 


A slang soccer term meaning: fake out, deceive, confuse your opponent

See examples Daniel Zavaro and Quincy Watson:

As the rising star in Houston, Daniel has found fame as Captain of his Pro soccer team and the city’s most eligible bachelor. Daniel has everything – except someone special – and that suits him just fine. He doesn’t want, or need, complications.

Quincy has baggage, and lots of it. After a tragic accident spins her world on its axis, she finds herself as a single mother, raising a newborn nephew she never knew she had. Between parenthood, her full-time job, and dealing with the suffocating grief of losing her sister, every day is a struggle.

When they begin to cross paths unexpectedly and often, an unlikely friendship starts to evolve. Feelings change. Lines get crossed. What happens next surprises them both...

Before they know it-- they’ve been Juked.

“I really do recommend it if you're in the mood for a good, witty sport-romance with great characters, a great storyline and a baby! Did I mention that the baby is the cutest thing ever?<3”
- Goodreads Review

“4 out of 5 "I Might Just Start Watching Soccer" Blushes” - Goodreads Reviewer “4.5 stars!!

Quincy, you inspire me. Daniel, you grew on me. Chance, you stole my heart. This book was beautiful, and EVERYONE should read it.” - Goodreads Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Woo hoo!  Another book about a soccer player! I don't know if I can truly express how much I loved this book, but I will try my best. I laughed, I cried, my heart broke, my heart was pieced back together. And from the very first moment Quincy and Daniel meet, my heart melted and I fell in love with both of them.  

They meet when Quincy suddenly becomes guardian for her nephew Chance, who she didn't even know existed. She finds herself standing in front of the formula with a crying baby and not having any idea what to do. Daniel sees her standing there and could have easily ignored them and went on his way, but he can tell she is a bit overwhelmed. Being an uncle to numerous nieces and nephews, he knows a thing or two about babies and offers to help her. While he helps her pick out formula and diapers, they strike up a conversation, but afterwards go their separate ways. A few nights later they run into each other again and Daniel can see that Quincy has the hang of things regarding Chance. They start another friendly conversation and by the end of it, Daniel finds himself asking Quincy on a date. They go out and before they know it, they find themselves falling into a friends with benefits kind of relationship. And while sex was a big part of their relationship, they were also great friends to each other. It wasn't something either of them was expecting, but it was exactly what they needed. 

Daniel. Wow. He's just the swooniest. He didn't have to help Quincy that first night, but he did because he's a genuinely nice guy. He comes from a very close, quite large family and once Quincy told him her story, he was not only extremely impressed with what she did, but he admired her as well. She was a strong woman who didn't hesitate to take on Chance as her own. And Daniel was so good with Chance. Ugh...pretty much every interaction they had made my freaking ovaries explode. So much cuteness!! He wasn't perfect, but he was the sweetest and if I didn't already love soccer players this book would have brought me there. 

And Quincy was so great. Like I mentioned before, she didn't hesitate to bring Chance into her home. She struggled at first, but once she got the hang of the whole single mother thing, she was really great at it. Luckily she had people to help her out and it didn't take long for her to think of Chance as her own. Daniel not only becomes an extremely important person in her life, but also Chance's. 

I loved Quincy and Daniel as a couple. Their relationship started of innocently enough, but it doesn't take long for that to change. The fact that he was a pretty famous soccer star was never a factor in how she felt about him, but it does eventually become a source of tension between them. Not too mention that the three of them become this little surprise family and find themselves working through some serious stuff.  They both have to face some truths about what they want in life and if they want it with each other. 

I can't recommend this book enough. Even if you don't love soccer, it won't matter. This book is about so much more than that. You'll laugh. You'll cry. And you will definitely swoon...a lot. 

“I hope you don’t mind,” she says, changing subjects and breaking the tension. “Before you called, I was going to catch up on Outlander. I’m several episodes behind.”

“Fine with me,” I say. “I’m used to those soft-porn shows.”

“Soft-porn shows?”

“You know… Outlander, Game of Thrones, True Blood. Soft porn.”

She scoffs at me. “We’re watching Starz, Daniel, not pay-per-view.”

I lean back and put my feet up on the coffee table. “Baby, the only difference between Starz and porn is that actual porn doesn’t have a plot or as big a budget.”

She rolls her eyes. “Whatever. Soft porn,” she grumbles under her breath. She picks up the popcorn and puts it on the couch between us.

I snap up a handful and toss some in my mouth as the review of the last episode plays and the credits roll.

Adult language. Adult situations. Brief nudity.

That’s what the parental ratings warn us of. It is so, so wrong.

The first thing that pops up on the screen is a woman on a bed and a man is with her. With his head between her legs for a very long time. And now there’s nipples, lots and lots of nipples. And his head is still between her legs.

“Still trying to convince yourself it’s not high-budget porn?” I joke, trying to break the sexual tension that has sprung up again.

“Oh my god, this is so awkward,” she replies, eyes still on the screen. Her ears turn bright red, which is apparently her version of a blush. She looks so uncomfortable. 

I sip my beer and munch popcorn, ignoring the woody in my pants from imagining that it’s Quincy and me on the screen. When all else fails, insert humor. “Man, he’s really going at it, isn’t he?”

“Would you shut up?” She laughs and smacks my arm. “This is weird enough without you making jokes.”

“Sorry. I’ll just sit here quietly while we watch the non-porn.” She rolls her eyes but smiles anyway.

“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.”


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