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Review: Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy

Fighting Redemption CoverTitle: Fighting Redemption
Author: Kate McCarthy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design by: Damonza
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Book description:

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.

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Oh, dear. SMH

I was in tears from the very first chapter. I don’t even know if I can fully explain how heartbreakingly beautiful this story was. It was simply one of the best reads this year!

Ryan Kendall had such a tortured heart that it was very touching, and sometimes hard, to read from his POV. He had an extremely sad childhood and the only bright light was spending time with Fin and her family. From the moment he saw the clumsy girl at school he knew he was hooked. Throw in the mix that his best friend, Jake, and the only one that knows his secrets, is her brother.  He leaves because he can’t imagine being close to her every day and not being able to do anything about it, and goes to achieve his dream of being in the Australian Army as an SAS soldier. After many deployments and eaves dropping to Jake’s Skype chats with his sister, both boys return home and Ryan realizes his longing for Fin hasn’t gone away. It’s only become stronger.

I loved this book so much I have to read it again. Like. Now! It was that wonderful. The story and characters were so well thought out and developed. The story was so well rounded because you get the past, present, and future of what the characters have experienced, that it adds to the tone of the book. I think I loved that most. It added more honesty and depth because we go back in time to read how it all started for them. The best part was reading those moments because it created a beautiful imagery in my head. JUST BEAUTIFUL. I can’t say that enough.

This isn’t your typical romance. This is a tough and real love that makes you count your lucky stars. You can really feel their adoration for each other and it will break your heart, but stitch it back together.

One little SPOILER ALERT, is that this will have a happy ending. You’ll cry throughout–maybe like I did, from beginning to end and wake up with puffy eyes– but they’ll be happy and sad tears. This book is that heartwarming and heavy because of what the main characters go through. Ryan is fighting his inner demons because he’s holding on to so much guilt and wanting to love someone he feels he shouldn’t. While, Fin is torn between wanting to be Ryan’s everything and wanting to achieve her own dreams.

GAHHHH!! Go read this book. Please. You won’t be disappointed and you might even thank me for it! ❤

Kate McCarthy Author PicAbout Kate McCarthy:

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.

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 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. 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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