Review: The End Game by Kate McCarthy

Title: The End Game
Author: Kate McCarthy
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Sports
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Blurb:
“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.

My Review:
Wow. Just wow. I had wanted to read this for a while and I finally got around to it last night. I don’t have time to write a full review so I apologise if this is a bit of a brain dump.

Exceptionally brilliant. Fantastic character development. Heart-felt, gritty, raw emotions had me swerving from laughter to tears in a nanosecond. I adored the football and soccer setting, and could really relate as that’s what my gang are into. Romantic and sexy, swoon. Amazing writing and perfect pace. Yeah, I totally loved it! Will definitely be checking out more of this author’s work when I get through the backlog of review books on my list.

If you enjoy well-written NA sports romances with complex characterisation and steady plot development then you will LOVE this book. Highly recommended. 5+++ Stars

Some fav quotes:

“Home will follow you if you follow your heart.”

“You play with a fire so bright it hurts my eyes.”

“It means they deserve forgiveness from those who were expecting too much, and from those who were supposed to be there supporting them when it got too hard.”

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