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- Publication date : July 6, 2017
- File size : 1232 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 462 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B071JJJP5M
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #488,545 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Firstly, Damn you Kate, that was so unfair (soooooob!!).
Secondly, this book made me feel so much! I laughed (a lot!!) and got angry, cried sad tears, cried emotional tears, cried happy tears. I had an emotional break after the final chapter, before the Epilogue, because I was still crying in my kitchen - because Mac and Jake's dad (heart clench), after that other thing she put us through.
But then the Epilogue read last night, which I thought was going to be on a lighter, happier note... Wham with the tears again. Granted, these were hard won happy tears. But sobbing on the couch ensued.
I feel like I've been put through the emotional ringer, which is not unusual with Kate's books - she gets me every time, which is why she's firmly on my favourite author's list, an auto buy.
Having said that, I had trouble with pacing around the middle, which I think the problem I had was it just had too much content, that the central story of Mac and Jake, stopped moving forward, as we travelled through time, returning to events from all three previous books. Which, don't get me wrong, I remember those books fondly, I even re-read them recently to prepare for this one. I flew through the first 50% with Jake and Mac's back story, which went far back to the age of 10 when they first met, which was full of badassery, fighting siblings, Aussie family dynamics, a burgeoning first romance. It was around about when the rock band Jameison assembled and we met much loved familiar characters, that although I loved them, I got impatient that Jake and Mac's central story seemed to take second stage as timelines were reinacted, and I lost momentum, and I started to get impatient. I got impatient with the toxicity of Jake and Mac's relationship around about here, which didn't seem to have an end. Although I understood why, because events that led up to it. They just weren't moving forward, until at around 75% Mac realised she needed to fight for Jake... And we were back in the story, with my full attention, at about a million miles per hour. Mac and Jake's story moved forward with an intensity and it never let me go with rivers of tears right up until the end, the feeling of complete satisfaction of a book well read. And strangely, a desperation for more. Huge book bait for Mitch's story, which I won't hold my breath, as Kate has started a new series (arrrrhh!), but I'm completely there for it.
For those New to Kate McCarthy, start with her stand alone book Fighting Redemption (military romance).
Mac and Jake's story has literally been years in the making and it was well worth the wait! If you have read any of the other books in the series then you are familiar with the fact Mac and Jake have a history that has been alluded to but never explained. Give Me Hell is the full view of their relationship from the time they met when Mac was just 11 up through the present day approximately 15 years later.
Mac is the youngest of 4 siblings; as the only girl, she is cursed with 3 wildly protective brothers and is treated like a fragile princess to be put on a pedestal. One problem: she is the furthest thing from breakable that exists. Despite her brothers' blinders, she has a spine of steel, a quick temper, and she learned to hold her own early on. Look up "Payback is a b*tch" and you will find Mac's picture next to the description smiling gleefully at whatever prank or bit of retribution she just pulled off. And she is certainly in touch with her inner biatch even at such an early age. It starts off as a result of being spoiled and morphs into a defense mechanism. The only person who can see through her from the beginning is a young boy her mother brings home one day.
Jake's childhood was very different from the life the Valentine children knew. His mother died in childbirth and now his father has suffered a medical emergency leaving Jake at the mercy of the foster care system. Mac intrigues, infuriates and amuses him all at once, and it starts them on a long and tumultuous path filled with heartbreak, frustration, love, anger and communication issues over the ensuing years. Jake's journey through the system results in some bad choices made for the right reasons that will eventually come back to haunt him, and they each suffer under the notion they are not good enough for the other at varying points. They remind me of two magnets that someone needs to flip around so they will stop trying to repel each other at every turn.
Fate has a way of putting Mac and Jake back in each other's lives against the odds and it starts to feel like an endless cycle of loving, hurting, then leaving each other. Then Jake finally learns the truth about what happened after one of their partings when Mac was just 17 and it leaves him reeling as he tries to absorb it all. But it also makes him realize it is time to truly fight for what he wants, and Mac is going to need to brace! Jake is big, brash, domineering and sexy as hell with a romantic side and a knack for truly understanding Mac better than anyone- including herself.
I won't share specifics of their trials because it means so much more when you read it firsthand, but if you love angsty books that grab your heart then you need to read Give Me Hell! The payoff is beautiful when those 2 magnets are finally drawn to each other as they were always meant to be. Mac finally realizes she has the one person she never has to prove herself to, and Jake finally breaks free of the demons of his past but not before one final shakeup that sets the stage for Mac's brother Mitch's story. Life will never be boring for Mac and Jake, and I can't wait to see more of them in the future but for now my heart is happy with their story.
Top reviews from other countries
Give Me Hell is a massive read and well worth the wait and as we are treated to the brilliant story that is Mackenzie Valentine and Jake Romero, you can't help reminisce because all the memories and triggers are there reminding us what we've been through with this whole (Give Me Series).
It's a brilliant prologue and one that has you completely hooked and desperate for answers but as we go back to the beginning and learn how Mac and Jake met.. where it all started.. we know it's going to be a painful wait until we are all caught up on that all important prologue.
I loved Mac's character, her punchy take no prisoners attitude and the constant plotting to take down her brothers, it was a constant back and forth with them, she hated being treated differently but always was because she was their baby sister, she did everything in her power to sabotage that.
Mac's life is full of love and support, surrounded by a beautiful fun family something Jake doesn't have, he could only wish, he's on his own now, Jake's life is pretty unpredictable and it makes you feel really sad it doesn't help when Mac gives him her typical attitude if only she knew how lonely he is. The emotional vibe that surrounds Jake continues on throughout as he try's to survive and do the right thing whether it be good or bad it's always for the right reason.
Mac and Jake's paths continue to cross, Mac constantly finds her self in trouble she becomes her own badass brigade add to that the brilliant sense of humour and the witty banter and it really is something else however aside from all the fun and games there are worrying times ahead.
There are so many parts in this story that build to a real climax, you expect it towards the end of a story but oh no not with Give Me Hell. We are treated to plenty of moments throughout that have you completely on the edge some more than others. Chapter 20 and only 46% was one of those moments and a pretty massive one too as Mac eavesdropes on the conversation that takes place between Jake and her brothers. The accident.. the baby, I have to admit I was waiting for this moment, I couldn't wait for Jake to know and for MAC to realise Jake didn't know.
Mac and Jake's relationship become a real battle to survive, they'd take 2 steps forward then 3 steps back add to that the loss of a baby that hadn't been dealt with properly especially Jake, he wasn't given the chance and the element of danger that hung in the balance and then all the drama that was just Mac and Jake.!
As the storyline continues you can only hope that Mac and Jake will get their second chance, you can almost taste it but there's more drama to come. Mac through her own choices finds herself in the crossfire of a pretty dangerous situation and one that ends with a mixture of emotions.
I'm thinking of Mitch.. will there be any more stories in this series?
There are some very touching moments that really pull on your heartstrings, one of them being Jakes dad and when Jake realised Mac had been visiting and reading to him along it was a beautiful moment.!
Finally... Finally we get what we have been waiting for and through it all Mac is still on form..!!
I've loved everything from this author and look forward to what ever comes next!
Thank you Kate McCarthy
This book was soooo worth the wait!!
I absolutely loved Mac and Jake’s story. We get to learn it all from the moment they met to the shock at the end of Give Me Grace and more.
Mac and Jake have always belonged to each other, but they have had trouble at their doors pretty much since they met when Mac was 11.
Jake had to battle money issues and the consequences of how he decided to get the money, people trying to kill him, Mac’s brothers but mostly not feeling he deserved Mac.
Mac has always been a badass, she can take care of herself if only her 3 brothers remembered this and stopped trying to dictate her life.
They both have a lot to get through before they meet again, but can they forget the past and move on together?