Series: A Texas Mutiny Novel
Author: M.E. Carter
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: February 18, 2017
“M.E. Carter's Goalie is one of the most real romances I've ever read.” - A is for Alpha B is for Books
“It’s gritty, raw and real. It's an emotional book from both the main character points of view. I was on the rollercoaster with them.” - Alpha Book Club
“This book is real. It's hard. It's life.” - Reader Review
a player in the goal whose duty is to prevent the ball from entering or crossing it
See Santos and Mariana DeGuajarado
As goalie of the Texas Mutiny, Santos is damn good at protecting that net. But he never bothered to protect his marriage.
Letting the fame and notoriety go to his head, he lost the things he loved the most… his wife and kids. Now he has one shot to make it right before losing at this relationship game and he’s determined not to miss this time.
Mariana has been scarred so deeply by Santos’s betrayals, she will carry the wounds forever. After almost ten years of marriage though, she knows him well, and she knows he won’t let go without a fight. Still, she refuses to be a push over.
Because love is never enough…
M.E. Carter's Goalie is one of the most real romances I've ever read. And now it's one of my most favorites. Even after having read several other books since, I cannot stop thinking about this story. It's not easy. It's not the normal. But if you're a bit brave. And if you're ready to read a romance that isn't typical. Then you need to read Goalie. I first fell in like with M.E Carter when she wrote Change of Hart but I fell head over heals for her in Goalie.
Santos and Mariana DeGuajarado have been married for 10 years. College sweethearts turned doting parents, they work well together. Mariana takes care of her family while Santos is the goalie for his professional soccer team. Everything is great. Except it's not. Santos has betrayed the love of his life in the worst possible way. When Mariana finally gets the nerve to put herself first, Santos realizes just what he's lost. Fighting for what you love most takes work. And even then, reality is a smack to the face making every choice count.
Marriage is hard. Like really hard. Santos and Mariana are proof of that. Even when everything seems good on the outside, real life is messy and cracks form. The way their story played out was so real and so down to earth and so relatable. Of course I'm not married to a soccer star who's betrayed me like Santos, but replace a few key elements and this story could be about me. With three kids and being a stay at home mom, life kind of seems like it can slip by. And when life gets busy, little things get buried until they aren't so little anymore and this is exactly what Ms. Carter exposed.
The choices Mariana and Santos make won't be everyone's expectations. Honestly the beginning especially was difficult to read. I could feel the betrayal down to my core. I winced more than once just hoping it would be over soon. But as their story unfolded, the powerful way they managed their lives and the lives of their family was something to see. I think the authors note at the start of the book set the tone perfectly for this novel and I really couldn't have asked for anything else.
This standalone is a series can be read by itself (I've not read the first two books yet but I will be remedying that asap). While the betrayal is big, the feelings and message are bigger.
Reviewed by Paige
★★☆ 5+ "Not Easy" Stars ☆★★