Book Review: Pride & Joie by M.E. Carter

Title: Pride & Joie
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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My Thoughts

Not only does this book offer hours of enjoyment, it’s a great example of how to be in a relationship.

I really enjoyed reading about Joie and Jack. They are interesting individuals, and while different on the surface, they click marvellously as couple.  Both in their 40s, they are embarking on their second life, so speak. Joie is headed to college to fulfil her ambitions after placing them on hold to raise her son. Jack is ready to stop marking time after the death of his wife and live life fully.

Jack and Joie are authentic. They are dented through life experience; they have likes, dislikes and quirks. They have strong personalities. They are adults. They drive each other up the wall and drive each other crazy with lust.

Their attraction is immediate and the road to happy-ever- after-ville is an amusing journey that we get to witness.  If I wasn’t nodding my head in agreement, then I was either laughing at their antics or sighing with happiness for Jack and Joie. The book does a wonderful job in capturing the absurdity of everyday life.

The best part is this book makes me feel normal. While I love the escapism that an over-the-top romance novel can bring, nothing makes me happier than really being able to identify with the characters.

Author Bio

Mother, reader, storytellerME 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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