Balance Check by M.E Carter – Release Day and my review


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
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.
My review
I usually steer clear of books that are meant to be funny, anyone that reads my reviews regularly knows this. Anyone who knows me definitely knows this. While I like to think that I am very funny I don’t usually appreciate comedy. Dry wit – yes, sarcasm – definitely. Normal every day stand up comedy, panel shows and heaven forbid comedy shows – Christ on a bike keep me away. A regular comeback from my family is “ah shut up you don’t even like Father Ted”, granted you probably don’t even know what Father Ted is but suffice to say – I don’t do funny.
That being said I have read a few humorous books. Some I have laughed at and others I have read and in my head i’m saying to myself – I know I am meant to laugh at this … I read most things in a serious voice – I can’t help it.
I have read all of M.E Carters books to date (except one – shuush please don’t tell her – I will get on it, pinkie promise) but when the opportunity to review this came up i actually didn’t jump at it like I would have done had it been part of the Texas Mutiny series. I kept coming back to it thought and finally the fact that it was M.E Carter got the better of me and I signed up. So not only did I have to read Balance Check, I also had to read Getting a Grip because you know they go together (great now I have that song from the end of Grease in my head), two funny books when I wasn’t sure that I would be able to handle one.
So there I sat with a cup of coffee and started Getting a Grip.  I precariously flipped the pages and dare I say a smiled a couple of time. Not only did I smile but those smiles eventually turned into chuckles and dare I say even giggles. After quickly speeding through Getting a Grip in less than a day I snuggled up on my sofa to read Balance check. I wasn’t quite over the tears that I had shed at the end of GaG I couldn’t wait to see how this was going to unravel.
Unravel it did. I unravelled with laughter cos lets face it M.E Carter is a natural when it comes to the funny. That shouldn’t surprise me because if you follow her on her Facebook page or the Nerd Herd then you should know that she can be quite the calamity sometimes lol
Maybe that’s why I liked this book so much. It was all very natural, it tackled all the important issues and I loved how it shone light on the pressure we can feel about being the perfect parents, how others can judge it and more importantly that we should just say ‘F’ you and do the best that we can do.
Like I said it tackled all the important stuff, I truely loved how it championed the single dad – especially that single dad. It made me shed a tear but very unusually it made me laugh out loud. It’s so rare my husband kept giving me the side eye and asked me did I want to go upstairs and read – he was trying to watch TV.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Especially if you don’t usually ‘do the funny’. If you do love a funny book then I advise you to wear a panty liner cos you might just wet yourself laughing!
P.S Check out those kids names, I was wondering if there was a clue in there…..
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Author Bio
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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