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Fighting Redemption [Kindle Edition]

Kate McCarthy , Maxann Dobson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)

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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.

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.

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"6 Stars! I just want to shout from the rooftops -- READ THIS BOOK, EVERYONE!!!! Fighting Redemption was everything I could want in a story and more!! It's an unforgettable story about a broken soldier's undying love for a woman who'd always held his heart. I loved every word of this powerful, captivating and emotionally charged book. This is a must-read!! Truly breathtaking! Aestas Book Blog

"5 ++++ Beautiful and Emotional Stars! This was a love story in every sense of the word. It was highly emotive, beautiful, moving, tragic, romantic, passionate, haunting and breathtaking which all makes up to this being one of our favourite reads of 2013." Totally Booked

"Fighting Redemption is heartbreaking, gut punching, inspiring, and beautiful. This is an amazing, poignant journey that I will never forget and goes beyond 5 stars for me and is one of the rare ones that I have to give 6 stars." Reviews by Tammy & Kim

"5 stars - 6 if I could! It's nigh on impossible to put into words how much I loved this book and how much it touched me. Fighting Redemption is unforgettable, powerful, incredibly moving and it will live on my heart for months and years to come." Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 2046 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kate McCarthy; 1 edition (November 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as great as hype suggests December 11, 2013

Fighting Redemption was good, but not as great as I expected. Don't get me wrong, it was a decent read. It's just that based on the five star ratings and reviews, I was expecting something amazing, heartfelt, and emotional. I didn't get all of that out of the book, which is why I have to resign myself to just giving it three stars.

Since all of the other reviews basically covered the positives of the book (you can read those for yourself), I just want to explain some of the issues I had with it:

I didn't feel like the emotional connection between Ryan and Fin was as strong as it could have been. We're brought into the book with the Ryan and Fin already separated for six years, with Ryan the stationed in Afghanistan and Fin in Australia/traveling to Antarctica for her job. The two were childhood "friends" (if you can call it that--more on this later) but had feelings for each other that they would never admit. So when Ryan comes back to Australia and the two meet again, the foundation for their initial relationship is supposed to be their childhood relationship from years ago. But here lies the problem: they barely interacted as kids/teens. A few short scenes from the past were shown where they were alone and conversing (maybe two or three scenes?) but with the other past scenes, Fin's brother and Ryan's best friend, Jake, or other family members were present with them. This prevented any chemistry between the two from developing and so when the two meet again after a six year absence, we are supposed to feel that the two have loved each other since they were young, that Fin/Ryan never let go after all this time, that they can't stop thinking about each other, etc. etc. Based on the limited scenes from the past I just couldn't see it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5+ SHINING STARS! December 15, 2013
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What a beautiful and heart-wrenching story of a broken soldier's love for a girl who owned his heart.

Ryan grew up with an enormous guilt from a tragedy that struck his family when he was just a young boy. He dealt with a drunken father, and a mother who didn't protect him or herself. He had a life long dream of becoming a solider and getting away from the torment he knew.
Jake and Finlay Tanner walked into his life right when he needed them. Jake became a brother and Fin became his heart. As much as he loved and wanted Fin he wouldn't allow himself to have her because of his life long dream of becoming a solider. So he kept his love and wanting to himself. At 19, he joined the Army.

"For six years I fought every day not to think of you, and I lost, because every day you were all I could see."

This was a very emotional read and I can't tell you how many times I cried. But it was worth every tear.

This story was so beautifully written. In the beginning we are given a glimpse of the future, which already had me in tears. The questions and assumptions were racing through my mind. Then we get the story from the beginning, showing us how the relationships grew over the years highlighting all the important times in their life. You can't help but fall in love with the characters and feel the power of love they have for each other.

I'll love you longer than the stars that live in the sky."

This was a very powerful and emotional read. I highly recommend!!

♥I'm so incredibly thankful for the men and women who serve and protect our country. My heart goes out to the families they leave behind, not knowing if they'll ever see their loved ones again. You are all truly heroes! ♥

Standalone with a HEA ♥
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 emotional stars! December 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
6 STARS!!!

I'm going to try to write this without giving away too much of the book - it's really the best way to experience this one. Seriously.

Fighting Redemption sent me on a roller coaster that left me dizzy (and with red, scratchy eyes). I ached from the very beginning. As in, reading the epigraph on the first page caused me to feel tears behind my lids. At that point I knew this was going to be a doozy and would hit me hard. What I didn't know was just what twists and turns Kate would send me on before the end. Something you should maybe know about me before I continue, I am both a very emotional reader (it doesn't take much to make me tear up while reading) and I am a military spouse. Those two factors made this a very, VERY emotional read for me. I had to have encouragement to keep reading. I paused midway to get a hug from my preschooler (who was concerned because Mommy was crying so hard), but am so glad I powered through and made it to the end.

Normally I finish a book and sit down to at least outline my review right away. This one? Once I had finished reading "The End" I still had to wipe away the tears. And step away from my e-reader. And take my son to play outside. I. Was. Wrecked. But in the best sense of the word. (Hours later I can still only write short sentences. I'll be feeling this one for days.)

These are fictional characters, but the way they are written, they could absolutely be real. And in those hours I was reading this, they were. Fin could be my best friend. Funny, a little nerdy, a little klutzy, she is an all around sweet girl. Ryan? Well, let's just say he was made for his military role, and I could love him in real life too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stole my heart!
5+ I'll love you longer than the stars that live in the sky Stars!

One simple word echoed in his head when he thought of her. Mine. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Jenni Carlene
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book kept me laughing and crying till the end. Fin and Ryan's story is a great one and I'd recommend this book to everyone.
Published 1 day ago by Deanna
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
You wish every day that you could know these characters in real life! A fast read with ups and downs.
Published 3 days ago by C. Savalick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book... From the start it hooks you. I couldn't put it down.
Published 4 days ago by Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and emotional journey
First let me say that I would give this book more stars if allowed. Why it has taken me this long to get around to finally reading "Fighting Redemption", I can’t tell you. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Anne W
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this novel
I enjoyed this novel, the love between Fin and Ryan, the SAS being the true heroes they are, and all in between. It was well written, and kept me turning the pages.
Published 5 days ago by Erinne_JC
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional, but great!
First of all, when you read this book, get out the box of tissues. You'll need them! But, don't let that deter you from reading this book. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A real tear jerker
When I first started reading this book, I ummed and ahhed over whether to read it or not. I read the first chapter and had trouble getting into it. Read more
Published 6 days ago by W L Lang
5.0 out of 5 stars emotional roller coaster
This was one of the most emotional books I've read in a long time. Many many tissues were involved. I had to stop several times and put the book down for a few minutes to get... Read more
Published 7 days ago by TeacherLK
5.0 out of 5 stars have mercy....
Lord have mercy, I didn't know wether to cry, laugh, scream, or fan myself. I was thinking there for a bit the author was trying to break me. Read more
Published 7 days ago by 1book-addict
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More About the Author

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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