Thursday, December 5, 2013

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy

Title:  Fighting Redemption
Author:  Kate McCarthy
Genre:  Adult, Military Romance
Publish Date:  December 2, 2013
Review Source: eARC provided by Author for review

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Ryan Kendall is broken. He understands pain. He knows the hand of violence and the ache of loss. He knows what it means to fail those who need you. Being broken doesn’t stop him wanting the one thing he can’t have; Finlay Tanner. Her smile is sweet and her future bright. She’s the girl he grew up with, the girl he loves, the girl he protects from the world, and from himself. At nineteen, Ryan leaves to join the Australian Army. After years of training he becomes an elite SAS soldier and deploys to the Afghanistan war. His patrol undertakes the most dangerous missions a soldier can face. But no matter how far he runs, or how hard he fights, his need for Finlay won’t let go. Returning home after six years, one look is all it takes to know he can’t live without her. But sometimes love isn’t enough to heal what hurts. Sometimes people like him can’t be fixed, and sometimes people like Finlay deserve more than what’s left. This is a story about war and the cost of sacrifice. Where bonds are formed, and friendships found. Where those who are strong, fall hard. Where love is let go, heartache is born, and heroes are made. Where one man learns that the hardest fight of all, is the fight to save himself. This book is recommended for 18+ due to adult language and themes. 

Please note: K McCarthy is an Australian author and Australian spelling, language and slang has been used in this book.


Ryan Kendall is many things: son, brother, friend. The thing he is most… Army Solider.

Ryan has had a great many unnecessary and uncalled for things happen to him in his life up to now and he’s only in his 20’s. He learns that having someone you love die isn’t the worst thing that can happen to a person. Maybe having someone that’s supposed to love you, hurt and resent you. Someone that is suppose to protect you turn on you. Leave the love of your life behind… much worse.

Ryan’s parents are not well, with a drunk for a father and a mother in such a depression she couldn’t care less about him, he spends all his time at his best friend, Jake’s, house. They are more of a family to him than his own parents. Jake’s parents are his parents. They feed him and watch out for him, teach him things and he is there more than he’s not. He met Jake the first day of 5th grade when Jake’s sister, Finlay (Fin), fell going up the stairs and Ryan helped her. He saw her long blonde waves tumbling as she tripped and when he saw her green eyes looking at him, well at ten years old he didn’t exactly know what was happening, but he was captured by her even then. Jake & Ryan became inseparable, they became best friends and Ryan gained what would be a brother and sister, well sort of a sister……

That is until Finlay wanted to start dating at 16. Thank goodness for Ryan that her parents thought she was too young and said she needed to wait another year. He wanted her but he knew he couldn’t have her. That didn’t mean he wanted anyone else to have her either. But the year went by and along came Ian. They started dating and became close. There wasn’t much Ryan could do since he was graduating soon and leaving to join up soon. He wanted her to have a life and to become the scientist she wanted to be. He didn’t want her waiting around for him - she was meant to do great things and he wouldn’t prevent her from accomplishing everything she wanted.

Ryan carries around some serious guilt. I don’t want to spoil it but he has reasons for acting the way he does with the people he cares about. Mainly pushing them away. His dream becomes Jake’s dream and they both leave for the Army upon graduating. They both join the SAS Team in the Australian Army (yes…..I didn’t mention that while reading this book all the men in my head had wonderful Australian accents? LOL) and this requires dedication and total focus in their training. Six years. He has seen or spoken to Fin very very little in six years and it’s time for a visit home. He and Jake arrive at Fin’s house that the brother & sister purchased together. He’s going to see the only woman he’s not only ever truly loved but has loved the majority of his life.

Ryan & Jake go back to Afghanistan. Finlay goes on with her life on her way of being the scientist she’s always wanted to be. Will these two ever get to the same place at the same time in order to see if they can be together? Will he release his guilt and pride and own the fact that not every bad thing is his fault?

I really enjoyed this book. It is extremely well written. It moves along fast, mainly because of the back flashes in the story. It enables you to understand what is going on without it taking so long. I got to about 85% and decided that this book was getting 3 bars!! Then at 90% it was getting maybe 4. By the end of the book I was at 6 bars!!!! But we don’t have that so I’ll have to settle for 5 – LOL. I guess what I mean is it’s a bit of an emotional rollercoaster but it’s so worth it!!!

My personal opinion: this isn’t much of a feel good book but really….what military book is? It is an important book. It is a wonderful book that looks at soldiers and what they do for our countries. Yes, I said countries. This book is about the Australian Army that is in Afghanistan to help just like the US Army. It, sadly, never occurred to me that the US isn’t the only country with their families split up and put in unsafe territory. Yes I realize that makes me at the least, a selfish American but with this book I can change that attitude. And really? Isn’t that the best thing about books…..the ability for one book to change your outlook? The story also manages to reflect the families left behind in such a way that it feels like, in their own right, they are soldiers too. They might not have guns & training but they are just as important to the military as the soldier themselves-if not more so. It’s easy to train skills….but emotional well-being…that takes family!

Kate McCarthy needs to be very proud of this book……it’s truly an amazing - AAH-MAZING story! Please read! You won’t be sorry!

PS: LOVE LOVE LOVE the cover!!!! Such a wonderful reflection of the story!

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Kate 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.

Kate 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 is married with two children, has two dogs and 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.


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