REVIEW: The End Game by Kate McCarthy

The End Game by Kate McCarthy - Release Date: Sept. 8th, 2015
The End Game by Kate McCarthy – Release Date: Sept. 8th, 2015

The End Game
Author: Kate McCarthy
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Sports
Release Date: September 8th, 2015
Published By: Smashwords
ISBN: 0987526189


“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.


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The End Game is one of those books that I’m still completely torn about. I loved it, but yet there were parts in it that I absolutely hated. Yes, they are part of the plot and go with the story line, and are parts that actually make the book better however I just really did not like them. It’s more on a level of, I like them because I dislike them so much. I think it’s harder to read books where your heroes are also your villains and that is exactly what you’ll find in The End Game.

This book in particular has so much going for it. You have two great main characters, and you have a plot line that keeps you interested and glued to the book. You do have a pretty intense and complex supporting cast, along with how in-depth you go with the main characters. At it’s basis, it’s about two people striving to be the very best they can be, and then you have like situations, outside forces and even themselves getting in the way of it. It’s about learning to believe in yourself, and trust that you can get you where you need to be, and be okay with that.

I actually feel that the synopsis follows pretty close to what you’ll find in the book , however, the twists in it, that can really evoke emotion, are what make the book amazing. It does touch on subjects that can make you twinge, and sort of wince, but over all it’s a fantastic read. I wanted to smash Brody over the head more than once and yell at him, asking WHY?! At times I felt like I was watching a horror movie and telling the chick NOT to run up the stairs… But like those movies, you can’t tear yourself away.

Jordan pretty much has everything going for her and soccer career on the horizon. She’s determined and focused, but she’s also spunky, fun and caring. Brody is that guy on campus that everyone knows, but he has hidden depths, and also a backpack full of issues. These characters are extremely engaging and they’ve got more then just a bit of chemistry between them. Reading about them bashing heads and working through problems was engrossing.

Last but not least, there is an HEA in this book. I actually feel the need to stress that, because there were times in this book that I had no clue how it was going to happen. It’s written from alternative first person POVs between the main characters, and it is a stand alone novel. I’ve given it a solid four stars, and would definitely recommend it!


4 star


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