Red Card (Black Jack Gentleman, #2) by Liz Crowe
Free will makes us human.
Choice makes us individuals.
Love makes us unique.
Metin Sevim has it all. At the pinnacle of international soccer playing success, he has managed to craft a perfect world for himself along the way.
When fate strips him of free will and the ability to choose his own path, he retreats from everyone and everything, destroying his hard-won career in the process.
Dragged back from the brink by his desperate family, Metin reluctantly agrees to coach the Black Jack Gentlemen Detroit soccer team but remains debilitated by memories and loss. When a surprising friendship emerges, it renews his passion for life, providing much needed solace… and extreme complications.
A saga of family dynamics and gender politics that cuts across cultures and circumstance, Red Card illustrates the human capacity for forgiveness through the life of one man as he attempts to rebuild his shattered existence.
Emma - 5 Crowns
Book 2 in the Black Jack Gentleman series.
This series is very much a collection of individual stories centred around characters who play or manage the same football team and can be read as part of the series or very much as a standalones.
This is Metin Sevim's story. A former superstar footballer who played for the massive Real Madrid; Metin is persuaded to head to Detroit to take up the position of Head Coach for the new team Black Jack Gentleman.
It is a real struggle for me to right anymore than this as this story is full of twists, turns, shocks and heartbreak. I knew from book 1 when mentioned briefly, that Metin had overcome a life changing event that ruined his playing career. The synopsis gives nothing away, and for that reason I will stay the same. I loved the fact that I went into this book blind and I believe to get the full impact this story has, all readers must do the same.
I will however say that this is a seriously emotional rollercoaster. Told in 2 parts; Liz has created a story that will have you crying buckets so have the Kleenex on standby.
This is a story of how fate can give as well as take. Of how love has the ability to ruin you and heal you, and how friendship can provide a life line as well as complications.
This is a seriously brilliant and unique story. The characters are very honest and the situations and events also very real. Liz always tells stories that at times are hard to read, this one is no different. You will questions Metin and some of the decisions he makes, but you will also be routing for him. He is a classic Liz character and I enjoyed joining him on his emotional journey. If I could give this more than 5 starts I would.
A very different story to book one. A highly recommended read!!