28 April 2017

Groupie - Tour & Review

Today is my stop for the Groupie blog tour! 

I'm excited to host Groupie and Susan Daugherty! 

Moving to a new city isn’t the magic fix Lexie Travis hoped it would be. Sure, she put some mileage between herself and her feuding parents, her miserable dating history, and the memories of a life-altering injury. However, she still feels like a former shadow of herself, hiding behind her diminished confidence and her thorough disbelief in true love.

Everything changes when Lexie’s best (and only) friend drags her to a country music concert. Lexie loves country music, but she loathes the top-selling heartthrob who sold out the arena. Jack Morgan became a sensation with a string of degrading, shallow songs that she can’t stand.

A startling trauma lands Jack in the hospital, and Lexie is the physical therapist assigned to the VIP treatment of the very man she despises.

Jack is drawn to the one woman who appears resistant to his charms and who loves to check his ego every chance she gets, yet gives him the honesty he needs. She’s the opposite of his usual groupies. He can only continue his tour if he receives rehab on the road, and Lexie is the lone person Jack trusts for the job.

Reluctantly, she agrees to take the journey on his luxury coach, joining the wild cast of characters on his crew. Yes, she was given many incentives to take the assignment, but the reason she wants to ignore is the dangerous one. Jackson Morgan is growing on her.

At every turn, another challenge pushes her away from him.

Stepping onto the tour bus is the domino that starts a chain reaction in their lives and challenges them both to change. Could they learn to believe in love and happily ever after?

*Please note: Groupie is Volume One in a two-part series

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What I say: Groupie has all the drama! I was expecting an Almost Famous vibe but Groupie is a very different story. Susan Daugherty doesn't seem to be a particular fan of groupies because main character Lexie has a pretty scathing stance about groupies (yes I know Almost Famous doesn't exactly always show groupies in the best light but it does have the whole nostalgia vibe going on which I love). Lexie is a secret groupie! 

Lexie is a physical therapist who finds herself caring for the bad boy of country music, Jack Morgan. Lexie doesn't like his recent music, seeing him as an arrogant playboy who has turned his back on proper country music to sell albums. She's pretty set on her view of him and finds her attraction to Jack really irritating. Jack is pretty taken with Lexie early on. He finds himself striving to win her over by becoming a better man.

Lexie is pretty harsh in her opinion of the rockstar lifestyle and Jack's fans. She's quick to judge, but then again she's constantly faced with desperate women and Jack's past exploits on a daily basis. I could totally see where she was coming from in this regard.

I really enjoyed all the insights into how physical therapy works (when I hurt my leg I was pretty much given crutches and told to use an exercise bike). Susan Daugherty has either done a lot of research into the subject or has personal experience of PT because her descriptions of Lexie's work are great. I could completely visualise the different treatments.

Be warned Groupie is the first part of a duo-logy. I somehow managed to miss this before reading the book so I found myself getting REALLY flipping annoyed by the ending - don't worry no spoilers here!! I honestly couldn't decide who I was more angry with out of the pair of them. I'm hoping Susan Daugherty finds a way to resolve the situation with as little drama as possible or I may have to put the book in the naughty corner!

I've noticed many other reviewers have either seemed to love Groupie or really dislike it. Although I was conflicted about certain elements and I've already made my displeasure about the ending pretty clear, for the most part I enjoyed the story - So I'm somewhere in the middle when it comes to my opinion of the book but am hoping the followup Muse will win me over.

3.5 Dramatic Stars in my Country Rocker Sky!

Author Spotlight:

Susan Daugherty is a freelance writer, and by some happy coincidence, also a licensed Physical Therapist and an APTA Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist. She is the author of the 2016 novel Groupie as well as its sequel, Muse. Her essay The Cycle of Inspiration was published in PT InMotion in April 2013. She is a member of Romance Writers of America. Raised in Kentucky, she now resides in Knoxville, Tennessee where she lives with her husband and two children.

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