Monday, 17 July 2017

⊱✿⊰ ALICIA'S REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ ARC ⊱✿⊰ Getting a Grip by M.E. Carter

Getting a Grip by M.E. Carter

TITLE: Getting a grip
GENRE: Romance
PUBLICATION: July 18th, 2017

This isn’t my life. Okay, it is my life, but not the way I envisioned it would be. 

I wasn’t supposed to be a divorced mother of three when I turned the big 4-0. Sure, I expected the fine lines, gray hairs and left over baby belly. What I didn’t expect was expanding our family get-togethers by one… my ex-husband’s new child bride. Ok, ok, she’s not young. Maybe.

Did I mention this is not the life I planned? 

It could always be worse, I know. I’m lucky to have a mother who loves to babysit, a best friend who loves sarcasm, and a new friend by the name of Greg who is a child whisperer and tells me my eyes are pretty. 

Sigh… Greg. 

The perfect, Adonis-like God of a man who keeps flirting with me. At least I think he’s flirting with me. It’s been so long, I don’t really know. 

Between birthday parties, a few ill-advised bouts with make-up, and a whole slew of gymnastics classes, it’s finally time to take back some control. 

So, while my girls learn all about how to grip the bar, I’m going to learn how to get a grip on my life. And maybe my heart.

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.

4 Hot Dog Loving Stars

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This is the story of 40 year old Elena, single mum of three young girls on the path to rediscovery after her husband of 15 years leaves her for his mistress. This hilarious journey was one of the most 'real' books I have read in ages. The characters struggle with 'normal' body flaws and 'normal' problems like dying during a spin class, a hyper kid destroying everything and lack of bladder control after childbirth.

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As you get further into the story it's hard not to fall in love with Elena and her 'posse' which includes best friend Callie, her mother, Greg and of course you can't forget the kids that help to make this story even funnier. It's also very easy to HATE her bastard ex husband and his barbie mistress turned wife. I pissed myself at all the barbie doll references for the stealing husband whore.

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Well this did have a first for me and I am sorry if this is TMI but a(view spoiler) and the most surprising thing is thing is it works really well in this story about learning to overcome insecurities. Apparently it can even be an advantage, although I'm not to sure ;)

"Oh my gosh, you can stick it in my butt!" I squeal.
"Do you know how long I've waited to try exit-only stuff, but I've been too scared to do it? But you won't hurt as bad," I blurted out.
So this was a light fun read, a little slow paced at times but kept me thoroughly entertained. The ending was so unexpected and I am stinging to know what's going to happen with these two. 
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    Karma can be a bitch sometimes. But I love it when she's on my side.
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