The End Game by Kate McCarthy ~ Review & Teaser

I purchased The End Game during the week of it's release. It took me a while to get around to reading it, but I had to bring my review to you as soon as I could, because I enjoyed it so much! You need to grab this book for yourself and fall in love with Kate McCarthy's writing, characters and the world that she created, like I did!
Title: The End Game
Author: Kate McCarthy
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: September 8th 2015

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“Professional athletes are pillars of their respective communities. They are heroes in the eyes of boys and girls and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that positively represents their community.”

The public loves a good scandal. Seeing someone fall from the pinnacle of success makes a great headline. No one knows that better than I do. What started out as a promising career in college football, spiraled into scandal and shame.

But being a hero is easier said then done. Especially when there are those who expected to see the great Brody Madden fail. I craved nothing except being the best—willing to do anything to prove them wrong. But I went too far, and I tried too hard, and it broke me.

“At the time of going to print, Jordan Elliott was unavailable for comment.”

I met Brody Madden in my senior year of college. An Australian native on an international scholarship, I was the female soccer sensation with stars in her eyes and no room for a hotshot wide receiver with a chip on his shoulder.

But a heart bursting with ambition and a driving fire to succeed isn’t made of stone. I became his strength, his obsession, and the greatest love of his life. Only I wasn’t there when he needed me most.

This is a story about love and a game that takes everything. Where the path to glory is paved with sacrifice. Where pressure makes you, or breaks you, and triumph is born in the ashes of failure. Where two people’s end game will change everything.

The End Game was my first Kate McCarthy book, and it was a brilliant and emotional read. I could feel the passion from both characters through the pages; their fears, the pressure they were under and the deep love for one another. It was beautifully written with twists that I didn’t see until after they hit me.

Jordan is an Aussie on an international scholarship in the US. This detail hooked me from the beginning; my daughter’s name is also Jordan and we are Aussie’s too! Having that little connection with Jordan from the beginning really made me like her. Throughout the story I saw her grow; she was passionate about soccer and determined to achieve all her dreams. The more time she spent with Brody though, I could see a slight shift in what she wanted and Brody became part of her dreams.

I always like the cocky jocks, and Brody sure is one, but there is more to him than that. He has a bit of a learning disability, and is on the brink of failing his final year of college. I liked seeing him work with Jordan on his studies, but he lacked belief in himself, which made me sad… The pressure really got to Brody and it was difficult to see him struggle through it all. His parents… they are not nice people, especially his father; I wanted to jump straight in there and have a word to them, I tell you! I’m just glad, despite some issues that he had Jordan to draw strength from.

I loved every moment of reading The End Game. It was one of those reads I couldn’t put down. Brody and Jordan had a difficult journey, under constant scrutiny from the press and the public. There were plenty of twists and hurdles for them to work through to stay together. Brody struggled the most, but his cousin Jaxon and his friend Eddie were both there to support him through everything. I really enjoyed Kate McCarthy’s writing. She drew me into her world and I felt like I knew her all the characters. This book touched me, unlike any book I’ve read in a while and will stay with me for a long time. I hope there are more books from this world, because I love all of these characters! 

I had to share a sweet moment between Brody and Jordan... he really was sweet!

“This,” he says, his breath ragged.

I stare down into darkened eyes, my head in a fog. “This?”

Brody slides his hands down my back until I’m wrapped up tight, his arms a steel band that locks me close. “Home,” he whispers and closes his eyes. “This is what home feels like.”

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Kate  McCarthyKate McCarthy grew up in a small town outside of Port Macquarie, Australia. Raised in a house just a short walk to the beach, Kate enjoyed the peaceful, relaxed atmosphere and friendships that come from being raised in a friendly, small town area.

She now resides in Brisbane, Australia, a city in the state of Queensland where she works as an accountant, along with a sideline wedding cake business and her writing.

She has two children, two dogs, and a house in the suburbs, and a pile of friends and family dotted all over the country that help keep her sane.

When she’s not busy running after naughty kids, filthy dogs, crunching numbers, piping buttercream and writing books, you can find her curled up in bed in the early hours of the morning reading new books and re-reading old favourites.

Her favourite authors include (and are not limited to) J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh and JD Nixon. Her favourite books are the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward in which she longs to eventually join the brotherhood and change her name to Phierce Mutha. 

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