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This one a book that really touched my heart. It was a one day read for me so that should tell you something. I loved every minute of it.
Fighting Redemption was such a wonderful book. It was AMAZING. It was TOUCHING. It was BEAUTIFUL. It was EMOTIONAL. Why I waited until now to read it I have no clue because I it is an absolute MUST READ!!
Okay so now that I have that out of the way let me tell you a little bit about the story. I won’t say much because I think having only a little about the story in the back of your mind will allow you to experience the book better. At least I found that to be true for me.
Fighting Redemption wasn’t just a story about the men that risk their lives to protect and defend their country and freedom. And it wasn’t just a simple love story. It is so much more. It is a story about friendships, bravery and sacrifice not only in war but within family and it is a story about strength and self-respect.
The beautiful main characters in this book are Ryan Kendall, Jake Tanner and Finlay Tanner. But I also fell in love with a secondary character Kyle Brooks. I can’t put my finger on why but he crept into my heart as well. Even though he was described as being made up of “nothing but rock solid muscle” he came across as a big teddy bear. He was that guy that loved to bust balls and flirt with the ladies but he was also the guy that was there for everyone when things got tough. And things got tough.
Ryan met Jake and Finlay at the beginning of one school year. Jake and Finlay were new to the school. They were all young, Finlay being the youngest. But when Fin literally stumbles into his life there was no turning back. Finlay took hold of his heart without even knowing it.
I loved Jake. He was always so protective of Finlay and wanted her to be happy. He was such a sweetheart.
And Finlay. Well she was just a simple girl. And a bit of a klutz. :) She just wanted to fall in love and live happily ever after. She was beautiful inside and out.
The thing is, Ryan’s family life had fallen apart. He experienced something in his young life that caused him emotional and physical pain. But it made him stronger and he became wonderful man.
Through his friendship with Jake, the Tanner’s became his family. And from there a family bond, like no other began. The brotherly love and loyalty that grew between Jake and Ryan was something that stayed strong throughout their late teenage years and followed them through their enlistment in the SAS Army.
But Ryan’s feelings towards Finlay grew, matured and filled his heart. Ryan loved her. He wanted to protect her and always keep her safe. But he knew that his future in the service wouldn’t allow for the type of relationship she deserved so he kept his feelings tucked away. But Finlay could feel it. She knew he had feelings for her but without ever hearing those words Fin lived her life, dated and moved on.
Now six years have passed and Jake and Ryan are returning home. Time causes change and all three have changed a lot. Fin has created a life for herself with her boyfriend Ian but it isn’t a life that is complete. Hmm I wonder why that is? And Ryan, he has experience things that has tested his bravery and his mental and physical strength. But the one thing that hasn’t changed is his love for Finlay.
After their return, so much happens with Finlay, Ryan and Jake. Some of it is painful and some of it is beautiful. Their lives will never be the same be that good or bad. But what will always be a constant for them is love, friendship and the inevitability of always being part of each other’s lives.
Ryan and Finlay’s relationship was one that will grab hold of your heart and not let go. The stages they go through and what they deal with is evident that fate is playing a part in it. It wasn’t easy. But how does that quote go…. “Nothing worth having is ever easy, and all the best things in life are the result of pain. In the end, that’s what makes the good things go very great, and that’s what makes it all worth the struggle.” This is so true for them.
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Sorry, I know I said I wouldn’t say much right….but I got carried away. If you haven’t read this book please give it a try. I highly recommend it. It is a story that had me thinking about things. About the families that are left behind of those that serve, about sacrifices people make and about all the good that come from all the amazing people in our armed services. ❤
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite parts in the story. Fin and Ryan are talking about when he will be leaving again and she has asked him to promise that he will be safe.
“You know I can’t promise you that.” You speak to me of love, yet you’ll walk away from me so easily to go and put your life on the line! Do you know how hard that is for me?” “I’m sorry.”
Ryan pulled her around the table and into the circle of him arms. “Every piece of me is in here.” He placed his palm flat on her chest, feeling her heart beat hard and steady beneath his fingers. He closed his eyes briefly at the beauty of it. “My breath, my heart, my life. I won’t ever leave you if you if you keep that safe inside of you.” ღ
There are not enough Stars in the Universe to give this book! It is a book that I know I will be picking up to read for years to come
Ryan Kendall grew in a broken family and knows all too well what it is like to suffer from loss. He spent most of his late childhood and early teens at his best friend Jakes house trying to fight and hide his feelings for Jake’s sister Finlay. Ryan needs to escape from Finlay feeling if they were ever to be together he would just hurt her and ruin her heart. Not realizing that by leaving to join the S.A.S. he has already done that to her.
Ryan and Finlays story is an emotional, heart wrenching, ugly crying story. I found myself whaling like someone who has just lost the love of their life about 80% of this book. I could not HELP but to feel the emotions from these as they fought their love for one another.
As Ryan is off fighting a war and trying to ignore his feelings for Finlay, Jake is making sure that he knows what she is up to in life, because Jake knows deep down in his heart, that his best friend and sister are soul mates and he is okay with them loving one another.
“Six years, Ryan, do you know how hurt I was, each day passing by and not even a note or an email? I didn’t just lose you, I lost my brother too, both of you left me, but I was ok with that, I understood that this was what you needed to do, so I moved on.” <3 Finlay
When Ryan joins Jake for their leave, he decides to stay with the siblings so that he can be close to Finlay. The whole time Ryan is around, the both of them are fighting every fiber of their bodies to not give into the temptations of one another. I have never felt crazier chemistry flying off of the pages of a book as I did when reading this one. When Finlay and Ryan finally confront one another about things that have been happening the last 6 years, Finlay is tearing my heart apart as she tells Ryan how she has felt about him ignoring her the whole time.
“This. Us. Yes, okay? I want you. Is that what you want to hear? That I dream of you too?” she choked out. “Your hands on me, inside of me, and I ache too.” <3 Finlay
I was holding my breath the whole time I was reading this part of confrontation, because I just wanted them both to profess their feelings to one another and just have sex already! When they finally give into the temptations of love and chemistry, you can feel all of the hurt, anger, hate, sadness and ultimately love that these two share between one another.
“Even though we’ve never been together, you’ve always been mine, and even if I never get to keep you, you’ll still be mine.” <3 Ryan
Just like always though, Ryan is trying as hard as he can to not fall into a relationship with Finlay because he knows he is leaving soon to return to War. He distances himself to the barrack for the rest of the time home on leave and boards the plane without saying Goodbye to her once again.
While Jake & Ryan are off in war, tragedy strikes the unit, and he is thrown into a shell of himself. Ryan has some secret from his past that he has been hiding from Jake and his family, that he knows now more than ever that he needs to confront in order to help him move on. Ryan knows that he has to do this in order to help Fin with her loss. He knows more than anyone realizes just what this family is going threw. These two tattered souls will need to be the glue that eventually pulls their shattered and torn hearts back together.
“You’re the strongest person I’ve ever known, but someone smart and brave once told me that it’s always the strongest that fall the hardest. You can trust me, Ryan. Let go. I’ll be here to catch you. I’ll always be here. <3 Finlay
**I truly can not put into words how I felt while reading this book. I was so torn up emotionally that I was pissed when it ended. I wanted the story to keep going, I wanted to fix them both, I wanted to hold their hearts in my hands and help them heal, I wanted to be the mother that Ryan needed to tell him that the Universe brings people into our lives and throws situations at us in order to see what great things have always been there all along. This is my first novel by Kate that I have read and I know without a doubt that it will not be my last. This book has had such an EPIC impact on my life, that I know I will never forget it <3
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