Review of Getting A Grip and Release Blitz!

Title: Getting A Grip

A #MyNewLife Novel

Author: M.E. Carter
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 18, 2017
This isn’t my life. Okay, it is my life, but not the way I envisioned it would be.
I wasn’t supposed to be a divorced mother of three when I turned the big 4-0. Sure, I expected the fine lines, gray hairs and left over baby belly. What I didn’t expect was expanding our family get-togethers by one… my ex-husband’s new child bride. Ok, ok, she’s not young. Maybe.
Did I mention this is not the life I planned?
It could always be worse, I know. I’m lucky to have a mother who loves to babysit, a best friend who loves sarcasm, and a new friend by the name of Greg, who is apparently a child whisperer and tells me my eyes are pretty.
Sigh… Greg.
The perfect, Adonis-like God of a man who keeps flirting with me. At least I think he’s flirting with me. It’s been so long, I don’t really know.
Between birthday parties, a few ill-advised bouts with make-up, and a whole slew of gymnastics classes, it’s finally time to take back some control.
So, while my girls learn all about how to grip the bar, I’m going to learn how to get a grip on my life. And maybe my heart.


Getting A Grip is filled with irreverence and snark that will appeal to a lot of readers, who identify with Elena, the main character. Elena has recently been divorced, seen her husband marry within months of that divorce to his secretary who he was banging, and is facing hitting 40 with sagging breasts.

There are a lot of funny moments, unfortunately some are choked of all of their humor after multiple go-rounds. Elena’s best friend, Callie, is hilarious. In fact, for about one-third of the novel, I was hoping she would ditch her husband and take up with the blonde haired, Adonis, Greg. Alas, somewhere around the middle Elena became more like Callie and that was okay. Elena is a good mother and some of the best scenes are ones in which her kids are around.

A lot of familiar territory is covered: husband leaving for younger woman, ex-wife grappling for more money, wife’s insecurity. Some of it is dealt with in a fresh manner, some not.

The writing for the most part is good, very conversational, although several chapters at the beginning had far too much “tell” for my taste.

Now there is no warning in the blurb that this has a cliffhanger. (Tsk) And, you may know how I feel about cliffhangers. And, for this particular one, a brief Google search would have declared the cliffhanger without substance. (Why don’t authors use Google or do minor (or major for that matter) research?) So to say I was dissatisfied with the ending might be an understatement.

This is going to be one of my “your mileage may vary reviews.” There are a lot of women who will see themselves in Elena and will adore the novel. There is something ultimately satisfying in seeing a woman gain revenge by getting a cute, younger man. This one is for you.

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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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3 thoughts on “Review of Getting A Grip and Release Blitz!

    1. For romances, I think they stink to high heaven. The Hunger Games, etc didn’t employ cliffhangers, per se. It was understood that this was a trilogy. Now romances? Really? Cliffhangers?
      oops…you pushed my button! lol

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