Title: Pride & Joie
A #MyNewLife Novel
A #MyNewLife Novel
Author: M.E. Carter
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: December 22, 2017
Joie Stevens put all her dreams on hold the day she became a mom. As a natural caretaker, it never bothered her. But now that her son is grown, she has some new goals in sight and nothing is going to get in her way.
Except maybe an attractive football coach. Who very literally gets in her way.
As assistant football coach for the Flinton State University Vikings, Jack Pride really has nothing to complain about. He has a job he loves and friends he enjoys. Certain he had his one true love in his late wife, the last thing on his mind is dating.
Until he runs into a beautiful non-traditional student. Who he very literally runs into.
This three-part story reminds us love can be better the second time around. And that it’s not just players in the game…
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I received an advanced copy (all three books) of this book with the promise of an honest review.
Joie is a phenomenal mother. She put her own dreams on hold and gave her son everything she could. She did the best she could and the result is a well adjusted son who she has a great relationship with. Now that her son is in college and on his way to becoming an adult, it's time for Joie to pursue her own dreams. The first step is to go back to school and that is exactly what she does.
One day while Joie is rushing to her class, she runs into someone. Like, actually runs into someone. That someone turns out to be Jack Pride, assistant coach of the football team. Jack is taken aback by the spunky woman he keeps running into and he asks her out. Joie, who is equally smitten with him, says yes.
And all it takes is one coffee date for the two of them to start dating, slowly. Joie and Jack were perfectly fine with taking things slow. They are both older and their past has helped shaped the people they are today. It's just been Joie and her son for a long time. She is so used to doing things on her own, that it's hard for her to let someone new in. And Jack, while he is no longer mourning his deceased wife, hasn't dipped his toe back in the dating pool and is a little rusty. But despite those things, they make such a wonderful couple! I just loved them together.
This book was funny (I laughed out loud more than once) and super sexy. Jack was the sweetest and I absolutely LOVED him. Joie was spunky and hilarious. When she went back to school, she didn't think that that would lead to the love of her life, but that is exactly what happened. Their relationship was so real (and very awkward at times!) and this is what I love about this series.
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.