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Goalie (Texas Mutiny Book 3) by [Carter, M.E.]
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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…

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1542800439
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  • Language: English
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4 Stars for Goalie.

I’ve read all of the Texas Mutiny series leading up to this book but they both didn’t prepare me for this. This book was so real and something that I haven’t read before, it was different.

We meet Santos and Mariana in Groupie and we briefly saw that their marriage was falling apart. Goalie explores the aftermath of Santos’ being unfaithful and how the couple can overcome his betrayal. This book isn’t about to take you on an easy journey where everyone is forgiven simply. This story is a long and easy road where both Santos and Mariana have a lot of work to do to repair their marriage and fight for their love together.

This book also explores the reasons Santos did what he did. The story explores his background and gives an understanding of his actions. I have, to be honest when I saw that this book was about a hero that had cheated I was hesitant because I don’t like reading books that include cheating but this book was so different to anything I have ever read. It really gives you an insight into what marriage is about and how both parties can fight and work for what they want in the future as they continue to love each other.

You could really feel both characters pain throughout the story, and end up falling in love with both of them even though you might have wanted to hate Santos for what he did. This book was written really well and gave a really deep and emotional story its time to shine.

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By Caroline TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 February 2017
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Goalie was the first M.E. Carter book I have read and although I haven't read the earlier books in the Texas Mutiny Series I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The plot and characters were believable and I found it difficult to put the book down once I started. It was a great standalone but I now need to go back and read the other books.

This is the story of Santos and Mariana. He is a professional soccer player, Goalie, with the Texas Mutiny with a reputation for partying hard after games and indulging in the ruins of groupies. She is his wife of ten years, mother of his 3 children and love of his life.

Mari has just found out the rumours about her husband's unfaithfulness are true and both their worlds come crashing down when she walks out on him.

Can their relationship survive his indiscretion?

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5.0 out of 5 stars What a save! Real, raw and honest 19 February 2017
By Mariisms - Published on
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This the first time I've read a book that had this concept. Dealing with the what if or what can happen after infidelity in a marriage. That author note is definitely thought provoking on the subject. Gray area is always fascinating to explore in this case. This one is pretty gritty and raw emotionally. No one would like to be in this situation for sure reading about it and facing the reality is a lot different.. A tricky subject since I think everyone has their own beliefs about cheating, once a cheater and all that. I think coming into this with an open mind will put their journey in perspective. Ironically the previous book was weird for me not because of the cheating but because of the character's actions was kinda off- putting. Santos was an ass and he screwed up bad, I wanted to see him get his just desserts but also I wanted to see if things change.

It's was heartbreaking and sad seeing the consequences for the family. So many emotions. Let's face it here is the double standard with Santos. I was shocked he doesn't see what was wrong until it all falls apart of him. When he realizes he is living a double life, the disparity is so obvious when his is with his team. That is something to suss out why, I mean it's not something new the cheating but there was something to think about his actions. I wanted to know for sure. I would also think he should know better, all about choices in that. His wake up call starts now. A case of don't know what you got till it's gone. He had it so good supportive, thoughtful and kind wife and he took it for granted. Santos is a good dad and a good husband but he lost himself that was just sad that. He lost a lot of things, when they get to heart of the matter it's taking it all in. I like that he was proactive and did something get to the bottom of shit. I think he proved himself and made himself more worthy.

I'm torn really how I wanted this to go but I wanted to keep my mind open. I have to applaud them for trying to seek another way to salvage or fight for their marriage. Those truth bombs though can't ignore and eye openers it hurts. It's brutally intense, but they learned a lot about themselves. It can never be easy owning up to your own shortcomings. Shit is getting real folks. I'm impressed though they how honest they got. You know it's bad when you feel like you cry and not know it. Even though I can't really relate to their situation the emotions are there and it hits you. It doesn't have to be marriage basically any relationship after getting it's foundation shaken.

They had a lot of obstacles and issues to work on and that will be a process. I'm glad we both of their PoVs for this one it's crucial in the overall. It's work but they handled things with maturity and gained something. It showed the situation as it is no sugarcoating no excuses. If you want something you have to fight for it, if you want forgiveness you need to earn it.

I like that it gave a new perspective on that subject. I can see drastic shift in everything and realizations for both of them, no cut and dry right of wrong answer in their circumstances. It was great that they put the kids well being first over many things and remained amicable, co-parenting without bitterness. I felt like there were many ways this story could've gone too. M.E. Carter made it as real as possible, brought out the emotions of the topic while maintaining neutral.

Goalie was truly an emotional and honest journey for Santos and Mariana, reading it isn't easy on the feels. They went through the wringer and back, a lot of individual growth and changes were made. I really kept thinking about that one thing mentioned the decisions you make are yours and yours alone, all relationships are different. I'm sure not everyone will agree or understand the outcome here but for me I'm satisfied. Some people say you throw in the towel too early but when is it too early? It certainly made me think of all the couples who have lasted I'm sure they had their fair share of roadblocks and hardships but what did make them go through it all? Food for thought. This isn't a simple love story, it's real and honest.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. M. E. Carter nailed it again! 22 February 2017
By Gretchen K Anderson - Published on
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I've been thinking about this review since about halfway through the book and I still don't know what to say. M. E. Carter seems to be able to reach inside of me, find all of the most personal thoughts and feelings I have and then put them on paper. It's so easy to think we know what we would feel or think in certain situations, but the truth of the matter is always much more complicated, and she gets that. I know a couple of reviews didn't like that they talked about how Mari and Santos were best friends, but I married my best friend and we have been through some hard times together so I know exactly how that feels to be so hurt and angry with them but miss them and want them around too. She nailed it...again. That same reviewer seemed to be disappointed that she didn't get a play by play of Santos being unfaithful, but the truth is, since she read Groupie (which she didn't like) she got it. His history was an endless string of incidents like the ones in Groupie. This isn't the story of why the marriage dissolved, it's the story of how they moved through it and tried to heal themselves and it's beautiful and heart-breaking and one of the best books I've read in a long time, let alone this year. It's only February, but I have no doubt that in December, when I'm naming my best books of the year, this will be on the list. One click it today but have your tissues handy and be ready to question what you thought you knew.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheaters never win, even when it seems like it 28 February 2017
By Pamela Greving - Published on
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You don't have to like or agree with Santos and his choices to love this book. This story opened my eyes to why people may make the choices they do. Sure, no one likes a cheater, and you don't have to. But, ME Carter did her research. She touched on the pain and heartache of the choices people are forced to make when cheating happens. The changes people go through during difficult, if not impossible, times in a relationship. Relationships aren't cookie cutter, they're hard and that's what is brought out in Santos and Mari's story. The pain, the love, the passion, and the compassion. Don't count this book out because "I don't like cheaters." This book is far more than that. If you have read the other books in the Texas Mutiny series, you will know that. ME Carter takes the rough topics and opens your eyes to new understandings.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TEN STARS! 6 February 2017
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I have not read a book that had me this emotionally vested in characters since Colleen Hoover’s ‘It Ends with Us’.
ME Carter starts right off with heartbreak in this third installment of the Texas Mutiny Series. * Cue ugly crying and rocking in a corner*. It was hard to read this story and feel like Carter was not touching on my relationships (past and present). The story line resounded so deeply within me. It had me reevaluating those relationships with new eyes, and damn it, I was blissfully happy believing things were the way I always perceived them to be. I both flove and hate Carter for this.
Santos and Mariana’s story of not a damaged but a broken marriage, reached into my chest cavity and crush my heart. The magnitude of trials they both face and the courage they have to overcome them, not for their relationship with one another, but for their children and themselves was overwhelming.
Whether she meant to write it this way or not, ME Carter takes us on a journey of self-discovery with the heart wrenchingly beautiful story that will first break, then inspire you.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winning Goal!! 11 February 2017
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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.

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