#3, Texas Mutiny
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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…
Marriage is hard. Throw in a professional athlete, booze, and groupies and it's a cocktail of bad decision after bad decision. What happens when your home life and professional life collide? I will tell you. Heartbreak. Heartbreak of epic proportions. And let me tell you, M.E. Carter makes that heartbreak bleed from the pages. But this book is so much more than just the heartbreak. It's a long, winding road of searching for forgiveness and love. A journey of finding yourself and coming to terms with truths in your life that are hard to swallow.
Santos has everything he could possibly want in life. He gets to do the one thing he loves by playing goalie for a professional soccer team, he has a wife who loves him and would do anything for him and 3 kids who adore him. What else could this guy possibly want or need? To be honest, I don't think there is anything. I never believed Santos wanted or needed anything else. His life was just one bad decision after another without thinking about the consequences. Or even thinking he was doing anything wrong until it all came crashing down around him.
Mari is the doting wife, perfect mother and Santos biggest fan. When her husband's world and their home life collide you see a different side to her. You find just how strong this woman is. How much she truly loves her family. Her journey in this book is a great reflection of any woman that has gone through a divorce and has to become a single mom. She is the woman I strive to be on a daily basis. A woman who will do anything for her kids but also knows she needs to find herself again after submerging herself in motherhood and being a wife. I think most of us have been there. Her journey in finding herself, balancing the life of her children and learning that fighting for what you love is a journey that makes you reflect on your own life.
This book isn't hearts and rainbows. Not even to the last word. Those are my favorite kind and M.E. hit the winning shot with this one.
This book is real. It's hard. It's life.
Wow. I honestly put off reading this book, because I really thought it was going to destroy me. Instead, it gave me hope. Hope that people will continue to work things out, hope that true love can, eventually, overcome, hope that while perfect people and relationships will never exist we can continue to strive towards that goal. It was heart breaking, and uplifting, and a must read.
Will definitely be a top read for 2017
I knew a little about the background for Santos and Mari's story, but I did not expect to hit such high highs and low lows as the story unfolded. At one point, I was sad crying, then happy crying , then devastated. M E Carter wrote a book that addresses real trials and real situations that so many people face in their own relationships in some form or fashion. While I did not agree with all of Mari's choices, I definitely understood why those decisions were best for her. Carter made me think about my past relationships as well as my marriage. She made me think of the kind of advice I give and even what I think when people make decisions in their relationships that I don't understand. Everyone can learn about themselves from reading Santos and Mari's story. Carter keeps raising the bar with each new release, and this was no exception.