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- Publication Date: July 6, 2017
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- Language: English
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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).
Jake Romero comes into the Valentine's life when his father suffers a debilitating brain aneurism and can no longer care for 14 year old Jake. MacKenzie's mother, a social worker, takes him in while locating a more permanent foster home in Sydney. While their first encounter isn't ideal, he becomes her ally in her constant antagonization of her four brothers. As their friendship grows, so does their love. Jake drifts into the Valentine's lives for the next few years until he disappears in Melbourne.
MacKenzie Valentine is a wild child with an over the top prickly attitude and overly protective brothers and father. Her whole childhood and teens she battles the control her parents and her four older brothers try to impose. When her parents enroll her in a one year finishing program to teach her to become "more of a lady" she runs, deciding the streets of Melbourne and finding Jake would be a better endeavor for a 17 year old. Somehow she finds him and lets her parents know she is safe, but not exactly where she is and who she is with. The problem is, Jake is no longer the innocent boy she adored, he is a member of a notorious gang. In order to protect her from a terrible threat and his dangerous life, he does the only thing he can, he calls her brothers. Mac is beyond devastated by his betrayal. When Jake returns to Sydney a few years later, Mac can't let go of the betrayal and loss.
Documenting the journey of Mac and Jake from the time they first meet, their reunions and their subsequent breakups/makeups, this book is jam packed with action, great characters, angst and a couple of pretty big twists and turns along the way. Also, if you've read the other books (not necessary as this is a stand alone) in this series, you get a checkin with characters in the previous books. All in all a great read, IMHO.
P.S. Kate McCarthy, pleeeeeaasssssse don't make me wait another 3 years for one of your books!
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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?
Mac Valentine has always been a bit of a favourite of mine. I love her snark and fight and don't give a f&*k attitude, and would like to think that we would be fantastic friends.
I loved going back and reading her story from the past right up to today. We know about her as the manager of Jamieson, but holy tears, Batman! What we learn had my heart breaking
I don't want to give away anything about what happens - you wouldn't believe me if I told you anyway - but you have been warned! Curve ball after curve ball will be thrown your way.
I loved the family dynamics between the Valentines, loved that it wasn't all Leave It To Beaver perfect families, but when push came to shove, family is family, no matter what.
I was hooked from the first word to the last. Give Me Hell is a fast paced, action packed hell of a ride and I didn't want to get off.
Give Me More, Ms McCarthy!
Will I read more in this series yes, I want to see Mitch and Coby get there story but I won't re-read this book....if I do it will be the last few chapters only.
I've loved Mac and her sass from the first time we were introduced to her and Jake was always an enigma that was intriguing. Their story is an emotional rollercoaster that I highly recommend.