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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 Thought
I’m used to the sexy bad boy musicians I read about being Rockstars. Loud music, guitar riffs, banging drum solo’s, never did I expect to read about a country singer and find that hell yer…….he’s sexy to! Jackson Morgan totally blew my perceptions of what a country singer would act and look like to pieces.
Lexie Travis and Jackson Morgan are thrown together after he is involved in an accident whilst performing at one of his concert venues, a concert that Lexie just happens to be attending, not of her own free will of course. Lexie can’t stand Jack and his music and playboy ways, her best friend and roommate, Ashley, loves Jack and won tickets to his concert so Lexie is dragged along.
It’s the day after the concert and following some suspicious behaviour from her two bosses, Dr Grey and Dr Brevins, Lexie discovers Jack is hidden away on a dementia ward in the hospital recovering after surgery. The accident at the concert means Jack now has pins and plates in his ankle and needs extensive Physical Therapy. Lexie has been selected to assist him but it all has to be kept secret. Despite Despising Jack, Lexie can’t help but be attracted to him and it flusters her. She soon learns Jack is not who she thought he was, based on her first assumptions.
Soon enough Jack’s location is leaked and the press and fans descend on the hospital. For his safety Jack is moved and Lexie is asked to treat him off hospital grounds. Issues arise as Jack is actually mid tour and the longer he stays for treatment, the more concerts that are having to be cancelled, he needs to be back on the road.
The issue is, Jack still needs to be seeing a physical therapist, numerous times daily. The only solution and after a lot of coercing and persuasion later, Lexie is packing to go on tour with Jack for four months, to treat him on the road. Being away from her best friend and life, growing attractions, groupies, ex-lovers, physical therapist hating managers and fame are a lot to contend with. Can Lexie remain professional in her career as Jack’s therapist as lines to start to blur along the way? Can Jack really change his ways and make Lexie his woman, or is it a case of once a playboy, always a playboy?
I was kind of conflicted by this book at points. It went from 3 sweets, to 3.5 sweets to a solid 4 sweets to me buying the second book immediately after finishing this one so I can carry on reading Jack and Lexie’s story.
The blurb was so enticing to me. A sexy playboy musician and a physical therapist who hates everything he represents, having to stay in close quarters. The tables turn and circumstances and personalities are not true to how they are originally perceived, so this then makes for a storyline of conflicting emotions and indecision, keeping you on your toes and wondering what will happen next.
I love Jack’s character. He isn’t who you expect him to be. He has his reasons for his behaviour but something about Lexie really gets to him. He’s writing more than ever, trying to continue a career with a debilitating injury to recover from, knowing that a lot of people are relying on him both for work and to be entertained. There is a thoughtful and protective side to him that surfaces and he can be one smooth operator.
Lexie, I understand why she is conflicted with everything, knowing her back story, but she is so back and forth. In book number two, I would love for Lexie to grow a back bone and live her life for her, not being dictated by others opinions and doing what she is told to do.
Groupie started off a little slow for me, hence the up and down with the sweet rating that I mentioned. It was a little like the storyline was on repeat, going in circles, but then there was a break in the circuit and it felt like it kicked in. We had some jealousy and drama. Some fun times. The ending wasn’t what I expected, I was nearing 100% on my Kindle and I was like no, no, no, it can’t end like this……then I discovered there was a book number two and the knots in my tummy settled a little, I was getting more Jack and Lexie and hopefully the conclusion that I am hoping for in my head. I hope the pace that I came to enjoy with the story continues and we are graced with an exciting conclusion to Jack and Lexie’s story.
Groupie is written from the female point of view, and I did enjoy Susan’s style of writing, the beginning just got a little lost, but once the plot thickened, I was easily able to create the imagery in my head of the characters and the storyline and became entranced, like I said I hope this continues on throughout book #2, Muse.
There are quite a lot of secondary characters to this book, we haven’t really gotten to know Jack’s band members too well but Lexie’s best friend Ashley and Jack’s assistant Andy feel like they have their own stories brewing and I would totally read their books.
About Susan Daugherty
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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