Volume one

Romance - Contemporary
257 Pages
Reviewed on 01/27/2017
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Author Biography

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.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite

Groupie by Susan Daugherty revolves around a developing romance between Dr Lexie Travis and music sensation Jack Morgan. Lexie doesn't appreciate Jack's brand of country music much and has a low opinion of his lifestyle. When Jack has an accident on stage and hurts his leg, Lexie is brought in as his therapist. Turns out Jack Morgan isn't the uncouth womanizer she believed him to be. Their healing sessions bring them closer and Jack is forced to take a good look at his life since his stardom. For Lexie, travelling with Jack on his tour is a dream come true. Jack may just be the man to make Lexie hope again. Just one problem; she didn't believe in true love and Jack is ready to jump all in.

When it comes to exploring a character's emotions, Susan Daugherty hit the nail on the head. I felt the fear, the excitement, and the love between Lexie and Jack. Both characters have been scared by the past and are scared to commit, but as they get to know each other better, their friendship turns into something more meaningful. This book is filled with "awww"-inspiring sweet moments and nail biting suspense (sometimes more than I could take). I especially loved that it still managed to convey the romantic atmosphere without the overblown sex scenes so prevalent in romance books nowadays. The book ends in a cliffhanger, but was totally worth the read. I can't wait to read the conclusion of Lexie and Jack's story in Muse. Fans of Colleen Hoover will definitely enjoy Groupie.

Jack Magnus

Groupie: Volume 1 is a contemporary romance novel written by Susan Daugherty. Lexie had been decidedly unenthusiastic about going to the Jack Morgan concert she was currently suffering through. While she liked his early work well enough, his current music and the crazed women who swamped his concerts were a definite turn-off for her. She was only there because her roommate and best friend, Ashley, a big Morgan fan, had won the highly prized tickets and begged her to come along. The lights, constant shoving and close body contact, and the screaming of fans were a high price to pay for being loyal to a friend. Then Morgan began to play Angel Wings, one of her favorite songs ever, and all the chaos seemed to fade away. She couldn't help but close her eyes and sing along to those lyrics that she knew so well. And when she opened her eyes, as the last chords were played, she almost thought he was looking directly at her. His eyes were an electrifying sky-blue. She looked to either side of her to see just who he was actually looking at, but, as her eyes were drawn back to his, she could see he was also smiling at her.

Susan Daugherty's sweet contemporary romance, Groupie: Volume 1, follows what happens when a relatively sheltered young physical therapist, with little experience in the romance department, is assigned to travel with a country music star with a reputation for one-night stands and wild parties. As a physically active person who’s all-too-familiar with the inevitable sport-related injuries, I was fascinated by Lexie's professional skills and the methods she employs to ensure the injured Morgan heals properly. Daugherty's knowledge of the processes involved in physical therapy gave this aspect of the story an authentic and believable feel. Lexie's gradual adaptation to, and appreciation for, the unstructured lifestyle she becomes part of was also a pleasure to witness. And while the tension between the two who are simultaneously drawn towards and wary of each other becomes almost a bit too predictable at times, I enjoyed being a part of their world as I was reading this contemporary romance about touring with a musical band. Groupie: Volume 1 is highly recommended.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Groupie by Susan Daugherty is a contemporary romance story and is book one of a mini-series. Lexie Travis needs a new life, a fresh start. She needs to get away from her constantly fighting parents, from her miserable excuse for a love life, and from the thoughts of an injury that has changed her life. So, she moves to a new city with the hopes of putting it all behind her, but it doesn’t work. At least it doesn’t until she goes to a country music concert. She might love the music, but she can’t stand Jack, the singer. An accident puts Jack in the hospital and Lexie as his physical therapist, throwing them together. Lexie isn’t the type of woman to fall at his feet and Jack finds himself strangely drawn towards her. Jack is given the go-ahead to continue his tour, provided he takes his therapist with him, and so Lexie joins him on the road, traveling in his luxury coach. From there, a chain of events is set in motion that will change both their lives forever.

Groupie by Susan Daugherty was something very different. It was one of those stories that gripped me right from page one and kept me reading all the way through. The plot was very well thought out and, as well as a great story, Ms. Daugherty provided plenty of background about the characters, giving them substance. It was a fun story, one that tugged at the heart strings a little as the relationship developed between the two main characters, despite everything that seemed to be against it ever happening. This is an incredibly well-written book, with a story that has been designed to draw a reader in and hold their interest. I, for one, couldn’t put it down and I am looking forward to reading book 2.