Friday 6 December 2013

**Blog Tour and Review - Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy




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.



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.

 Claire's Review

4 Bare Naked Stars ****

So I picked up Fighting Redemption with mixed feelings and a little trepidation. I'm not keen on war based books but decided to give it a try.

Well I was hooked from the first page, sobbing by the second, laughing on the third! Ok. That might be a slight exaggeration but a good example of the roller coaster of emotions that Kate McCarthy takes you on.......

Ryan is a soldier, first and foremost, but why? Is he just running from his demons, trying to constantly make up for a childhood broken and scarred? Jake is his brother from another mother! Best friends. Blood brothers, then there's Fin. Jakes younger sister and the one girl Ryan can't forget.

“The taste of Fin was like the purest Heaven and the hottest Hell.”

“Christ. He didn’t just love her, he fucking adored her. He’d give his life for her if he had to.”

But Fin can't wait forever while Ryan saves the world, she has a life, a boyfriend, a career.......but then there's him, Ryan.........who she just can't forget.......


“He strode towards her wearing a deep blue shirt stretched tight across his wide chest and a pair of soft, dark jeans. Mirrored aviators covered his beautiful, dark eyes, and his hair—longer now—was casually windblown."


The relationship between Ryan, Jake and Fin nearly broke my heart at times......I did literally sob reading this book, several times........luckily Fin's best friend Rachael pops up from time to time and throws a ray of laughter into the pages.


“Oh my God, Fin,” Rachael hissed and grabbed a napkin off the bench. She started fanning herself with it. “The tension out there is thick enough to give me an eye twitch. Look,” she said, pointing at her eye. “Can you see it? It’s annoying the crap out of me.”


This is a great read, if you can read between the tears!

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