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The End Game by [McCarthy, Kate]
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"This a definite must read & one of my FAVES this year!! I'm STILL grinning from the plot twist that made my jaw drop! Our hero, Brody, is very broken but damn does he try SO hard & is so desperate to be the man he thinks Jordan wants, needs, and deserves. It was beautiful to see Jordan blossom and dedicate everything to the love of her life but things get very messy..." - The Rock Stars of Romance

"Kate McCarthy's exquisite words flowed from the pages. We FELT it all. Brody and Jordan shared a love that would encounter what seemed insurmountable obstacles but it was a love that was worth fighting for, and it was a battle that would be fiercely fought! 5 Stars!" - Totally Booked Blog

"Beautifully balanced with laugh-out-loud humor and agonizing heartbreak, The End Game is a masterfully woven tale of two people and their journey as they travel the difficult road to finding self-acceptance." - L.B. Simmons, USA Today Bestselling Author

"Powerful! Sexy! Heart-wrenching! One of my FAVE reads this year!" - Reviews by Tammy & Kim

"A broken hero, and a heroine that will steal your heart! This is a college football romance like no other. Books like these are the reason I love to read. The End Game will go down as one of those love stories that shifted something in me at the final page."  - The Romance Room

"I devoured this book in one sitting, it was honestly not only the best sports romance I have read, but for sure on my favorite books ever list!!!" - Sugar Shack Book Blog

"The End Game is Kate McCarthy at the top of her game. It is one of my favorites of 2015 so far. It's a story full of hope, and dreams, and struggle. It is as tragic as it is beautiful. This one was a touchdown for me!" - Red Cheeks Reads

Product Details

  • File Size: 4733 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987526197
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 8, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Give me a second while I regain my composure.
Holy heck is the Holy Grail of all sports related books.
The End Game was brilliantly written by one heck of a talented author, Kate McCarthy.

Jordan Elliott has moved to Austin, Texas to attend a new college and persue her dreams as a world champion soccer player. She made all the right choices, had perfect grades and determination every girl could dream of. That is until she is asked by her professor to tutor Brody Madden. She was asked to tutor him because of her past issues with a learning disability that her brother had. She took that job as a tutor and with that decision, her whole life has changed. While she shines on the soccer field , she struggles with getting Brody to believe in himself as a player and a college student. She realizes not only she is saving his career as a football star, she is trying to save his life too.
Brody, a football god, attends the same college Jordan does. He struggles with his day to day studies because he has dyslexia. His uncle, both Jordan and Brody's professor, assigns him a tutor. At first, the tutoring doesn't help. So, Brody turns to "other things" that he thinks may help him, drugs. The one friend he should be able to count on the most is the one friend who brings him down even faster. He keeps pushing the drugs into his hands. Brody quickly becomes addicted to prescription pills. The drugs send him into a downward spiral. He begins to push everyone away, even the woman he loves more than anything. But is the love enough to save him? Can he make the right decision? Drugs or Jordan?

This book hit home with me. I lived the life of a co-dependant.
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I thought this book had really good potential, I feel as if its a pretty basic (and over done) idea to write about a star football player but I thought that this sounded more interesting adding in the twist that the other main character is a college soccer player as well. Although this is a good idea it also really doesn't make sense, these characters both seem to have a large amount of free time, enough time for one to tutor the other, which from actual experience is nearly impossible. Along with that I thought that the book went way too slow and had too many different twists, it was almost as if the author wrote every twist she could think of into the book. This book honestly could have ended at so many different times but it just went on for what felt like forever. On top of that though some of the scenes in the book were not detailed atl which made me feel like I missed something. (Spoiler alert) The worst part about this book was the fact that the two characters got married and you honestly had no idea, I was left confused and just annoyed. I felt that the author just wanted to add a twist to the book, but it was just dumb. Another thing that was annoying was the over-dose and almost death of the other main character Brody. By the end of the book the whole drug usage was just annoying and wasn't believable. Overall I just really thought this book wasn't good, it was too long and felt like it took me forever to read. I would not recommend this to a friend.
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I think this was a case of 'It's not you, it's me', I really wanted to like this one more, but unfortunately it was just an OK read for me.

I didn't fully connect to either character and therefore I didn't really feel the emotional pain that most people who have read this book felt. Jordan came off as a bit brash, and Brody switched between tortured and plain old grumpy a-hole.

Still, if you are looking for a new adult, sports romance featuring a spunky female Australian soccer player and a hot Texan Football player then please do give this book a go.
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Oh, I absolutely looooooved this book!!!!! *swoon* worthy hero alert!!

This is a college football romance like no other. The End Game brought out more emotion than any other sports romance I have ever read. It goes deeper than the dramas of college students on campus. It’s raw, it’s emotional, it’s heart-wrenching but it’s also very funny and sweet. It touches on a topic I (personally) have never read about before and to be inside the heads of characters while they try and deal with the pressures of their personal lives, school, stardom and success in their fields was a wonderful ride, and Kate McCarthy nailed every part of it.

“…that’s what happens when your need to be the best eclipses all else. Sacrifices are made, and those you love are always the first to suffer.”

Kate writes in a dual POV, but we begin with Jordan Elliott, who has made the huge move from Australia to Texas, USA to take on a soccer scholarship for her senior year. Her hopes and dreams of becoming an international soccer player are right at her finger tips. All she needs to do is put her head down, work and train hard and be selected in the Australian team for the upcoming World Cup Championship. And as if Jordan didn’t have enough on her plate, she is asked by her professor if she could help a struggling student in her not-so-free time.

Brody Madden is a rising football star hero. A ‘god’ to many. Invincible. But Brody is battling with the pressures of school, his controlling and unforgiving father with a public image that needs to be kept perfect, and the whole of Texas wanting nothing more than for him to be the very best… But how far will he go to make everyone happy?
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