Thursday, June 25, 2015

Red Card by Liz Crowe

Free will makes us human.

Choice makes us individuals.

Love makes us unique.

Metin Sevim has it all. At the pinnacle of international soccer playing success, he has managed to craft a perfect world for himself along the way.

When fate strips him of free will and the ability to choose his own path, he retreats from everyone and everything, destroying his hard-won career in the process.

Dragged back from the brink by his desperate family, Metin reluctantly agrees to coach the Black Jack Gentlemen Detroit soccer team but remains debilitated by memories and loss. When a surprising friendship emerges, it renews his passion for life, providing much needed solace… and extreme complications.

A saga of family dynamics and gender politics that cuts across cultures and circumstance, Red Card illustrates the human capacity for forgiveness through the life of one man as he attempts to rebuild his shattered existence.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Metin is a soccer star. Alicia wants to make it as a female soccer player even though she's been training for it her whole life, it just isn't looking possible. When she meets Metin, it's INSTA-LOVE.

Tragedy strikes and Metin is left trying to find the pieces of his life that he can manage to salvage.

Melanie, Alicia's mean sister, finds that maybe she doesn't have to hate Metin as much as she initially did.

So, after saying that. I have to say I found the first half of the story to be... boring. It was insta-love and everything that came with it. The second half had more action, but I found to be quite predictable.

I must say that I liked the way Melanie turned herself around and I found the relationship between her and Metin semi-believable. However, I found myself thinking many times, good sex does not equal love as that seemed to be the only thing that worked for Metin and anyone.

I found the sex scenes lacking and thoughts of 'how'd her hand get there' or 'how is that even possible' because the author left so many details out or didn't want to get too in depth with those scenes. I would have rather them not be there at all then wonder how physically possible they would be doing some of the things.

The time line of this one compared to the first book, totally didn't fit. Not to mention they talk about it being two years only to later be the two year anniversary, which threw me off.

Overall, I'd say the writing was rather good, but I didn't connect well with either character, but the pain that Metin was going through as well as Melanie came through better at times than other so I felt there was a lot of promise there.

Alicia is an up and coming soccer star but the odds of her making it are looking slim. When she meets Metin, a huge soccer star from Turkey sparks fly instantly. He was living his dreams on and off the field until tragedy strikes and he loses everything. He is given the opportunity to start over as a coach for the Black Jacks. He finds a friendship in the strangest of places.

This is the second book in the Black Jack Gentlemen Series. It can be read as a standalone without issue. The first book was m/m and this is m/f.

Some of what happened I saw coming, some things I was surprised by. It was meant to be an emotional read but seeing the plot twist happening it took that away for me. I have to say I did enjoy book one, Man On, more than this one. I like the flow of that better. This one seemed to stall out for me.

This is the second in the series, but takes us back in time. It is a really intense read which definitely needed a tissue in places. I loved the trips to Turkey and insight into life there, as well as Spain. Seeing couples in such a deep relationship is demanding on the reader, and I was sucked in for sure! I don't want to say more, because the story needs to be read without too much foreknowledge. I promise that it is a great premise for a book, has a different side of the sport than we normally see, and ends well.

Find a quiet corner, make yourself a drink and just enter a different world for a while, it will be worth it!

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For reviews & more info, check out our Man On blog post.

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Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.

Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction hybrid, “Unconventional Romance. Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Red Card (Black Jack Gentlemen #2) by Liz Crowe to read and review for this tour.

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