Friday, August 18, 2017

Release Blitz + Review: Balance Check by M.E. Carter

Title: Balance Check
A #MyNewLife Novel
Author: M.E. Carter
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 18, 2017


Life has a funny way of throwing you off balance.

Take me for example. I spent years in a bad marriage with a self-serving ass, only to have the love of my life show up when I least expected him. Greg helped me on my journey of self discovery and taught me that, no, I’m not perfect. But I’m perfectly me.  It was an amazing journey.

We laughed hard. We loved even harder.

And then he was suddenly and cruelly ripped away from me by the unclenching jaws of fate.

Ok, so it wasn’t that dramatic. And I really need to stop watching the Investigation Channel.

But now Greg is back and as it turns out, re-incorporating someone into your life isn’t that easy. Between jobs, kids, and barely-there friendships, life and love can be messy. Making it all work is a balancing act. 

But we’re determined to get it in check.

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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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I really really liked how the second part of Greg and Elena's story was developed.
This second book takes off when Greg returns to live in the same city as Elena after an absence of 9 months.

I think that Elena was the one who changed the most during this time: she grew stronger, she's now sure of herself and doesn't let anyone put her underneath them. I really admired this new version of Elena, and I think that yes, Greg going away made her suffer, but gave her also the occasion to become the woman she was meant to be. She's now an independent woman, and stronger because of it.

Also Greg grew up in a way, especially considering his attitude towards Libby. It was great to see him finally put a stop on her craziness when she threaten to flip over his life again. 
And he was the same great man of the first book, so I was only happy to see that he and Elena managed to overcome their insecurities and difficulties to get their happily ever after.

It was once again soooo funny to read about Callie, she's such an hilarious woman! And Deborah was also a nice addition to their girl posse. I liked how she made Elena show her new self, not the old insecure woman of the first times after the divorce.

And like the first book, one of the things that comes to my mind when I think about Balance Check is that it's a book about real life, and everyone could be a Elena, Greg or Callie. The difficulties they have to deal with are ones of everyday life, discussions, children, parenting methods, love after a divorce and so on. I liked this, really much. Many people can and will recognise themselves in one or more characters from Balance Check.

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