Fighting Redemption

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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 ...

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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780987526151
  • Publisher: Kate McCarthy
  • Publication date: 11/20/2013
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 549,144
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    This book will reach straight into your chest, grab your heart a

    This book will reach straight into your chest, grab your heart and hold it tightly the entire time. Literally from the first chapter I was completely emotionally vested in this novel. 

    I won't recap or summarize for you here, you can read the blurb. I'll just simply state that this story truly is one of love and redemption, as the title suggests. It shows our main characters at integral shaping points in their history that will give you the most in-depth knowledge of their souls, you won't even believe it. It was just so sincere and gripping that I find it hard to even convey. 

    This novel was just beautifully done and I am sure you won't be disappointed in it at all. You will instead have the privilege of taking this sweet, honest journey that culminates in an emotional and enthralling conclusion.   

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Wow!!!!!!

    What an amazing book. It made me laugh, it made me cry, I feel my heart break then come back together. I highly recommend this book to any reader that wants to feel exactly what these characters are feeling.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Fighting Redemption book review I was moved to tears. Tears

    Fighting Redemption book review




    I was moved to tears. Tears streaming down my face is what kind of book this is. It will pull at your heart strings until you think they might even break you along with them. I have not had some one in the military to have to go to a war and fight, but I feel for each and every person who had to have someone in their family to be sent off to fight for us. 




    This book, in my mind, has covered this feeling very well. I will say this book will bring you to tears and beyond, but it is worth every tear shed. I just can not say enough great things about this book. I have given this book the highest honor I could. I can not believe how moved I am by the words that were honored to grace this book together.




     The story line was made correctly to get you, the reader to fall in love with the characters that are very well defined to understand where they come from with their decisions that they make. The story line or the characters could not be any better for this book. I, as the reader, love it as it is. Don't change a thing. ;)  




    5 Stars




    I got an ARC for a real honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Good read

    I enjoy this book though sometimes there was too much unnecessary angst, so much that it felt overdramatized. I imagine some people may be like that, but I got tired of reading about somebody (Ryan) purposedly destroying any chance of happyness with the woman he supposedly loved (Fin). I found him selfish at times, breaking her heart over and over again with the excuse of doing what was best for her. Yet despite this I liked the storyline and would buy more books from this author.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

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    Must Read!!! 5+ Stars  Fighting Redemption is the first book I

    Must Read!!! 5+ Stars 

    Fighting Redemption is the first book I read by Kate McCarthy and it will definitely not be my last. I was a little skeptical about reading this book since the last time I read a romance/war book I was not able to connect to the characters or the story. Anyway, I gave it a go and it was the BEST decision ever!!! 
    Ryan meets Jake and Fin on their first day at school when he helped her after falling on the stairs. From that point on Ryan and Jake become fast friends. One day as Ryan and Jake speak of their future plans they both vow to join the army together. Eventually Jake figures out Ryan’s secret but he makes him promise not to tell anyone.  Ryan finds refuge with Jake and his family, The Tanners. Fin having an extra special place in his heart, always observing her from afar.
    As the years pass by Ryan is a constant at the Tanner’s family and his feeling for Fin continue to grow. He is reluctant to act upon them since he does not feel worthy of her and wants only the best for her. As soon as Ryan graduates he enlists in the Australian army and Jake joins him shortly after. 
    Six years have passed and Fin is hurt that Ryan never tried to makes any type of contact with her since he left. The last time she had seen and spoke with him was when he had snuck into her room and waited for her to say his goodbye. So she tries to move on and continues her relationship with her boyfriend Ian. 
    Two weeks before Fin is scheduled to leave to Antarctica for her research Ryan comes back home with Jake. When Ryan and Fin finally see each other all the feelings that they had tried to suppress come back full force. No matter how hard they tried to hide it, Ian had seen right thru it. Deep down Ian knew that no matter how long he had been with Fin she was never really his, there was always something missing and that something was Ryan. Finn leaves everything behind when she leaves to Antarctica and eventually Jake and Ryan go back on duty. 
    Just when you think you will get a break in this story tragedy strikes and lives will be lost, hearts will be broken, sacrifices will be made and secrets will be revealed. 
    This book is an emotional rollercoaster, it made me laugh and it literally made me cry. I wish I could unread it just so I can read it for the first time again. Now clear your schedule, hide in your reading spot, and have some tissues on hand because once you start reading this book you will not be able to put it down.
    ***ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    What can I say about this book that already has not been said wi

    What can I say about this book that already has not been said with all the fantastic reviews out there? 




    Kate has brought us one PHENOMENAL story. Fighting Redemption is so beautifully written, that at times throughout this book I honestly had to stop and catch my breath or wipe the tears from my eyes. 




    A beautiful emotional journey of redemption! That is what this story is. The best way to describe this story is by the synopsis without ruining it for anyone. So I am going to share that as well as some of my thoughts and favorite quotes from the book. 




    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.




    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.




    “I’ll love you longer than the stars that live in the sky.”




    I LOVED how Kate put this story together. This is the story of sacrifice, brotherhood, and what our men in the military do daily to protect this country and the people they love. 




    I understood why Ryan chose to leave even though he loved Fin with all his heart. He needed to follow through with his plan for himself. To be the man he wanted to be. We feel every emotions throughout this story. It definitely gripped my heart strings on more than one occasion throughout the story. 




    “I have a thick skin, baby...but you're under it. You're buried in there so deep it's like I was born with you in my soul. When I'm near you I'm consumed by you--your smile, your eyes, your heart. 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.”




    “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.”




    “You can’t leave me,” he whispered thickly, fumbling blindly for her hand and taking it in his. “Can you hear me? You can’t. I won’t allow it. I need you.”




    “That’s how I remember you. But you’re not looking at me like that now, and I need you to do that. I need you to wake up and smile at me like I’m your everything, because without you, I’m not anyone’s anything.”




    “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 keep that safe inside of you.”




    “I missed you too.”
    “It’s been six years.”
    Ryan nodded again, staring at her, and replied softly, “I know.”




    “I hurt too. For six years I fought every day not to think of you, and I lost, because every day you were all I could see. You were the best thing in my life—so sweet and innocent, and so goddamn tempting.”




    I can honestly say that this story along with Jake, Kyle, Ryan and Finlay have touched my heart and will be with me for the rest of my life. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    I know a book is going to gut me if I start tearing up during th

    I know a book is going to gut me if I start tearing up during the prologue. That is exactly what happened after I read Fighting Redemption’s first few pages. Kate McCarthy’s writing hones in on your heart-strings right from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the very last sentence. Using the war on terror in Afghanistan as a backdrop, this story spans the years with two characters who have a deep and complicated history together. You watch as these two people grow up and discover that the things they thought they always wanted and maybe deserved for themselves, may not be what is in store for them.

    Ryan Kendall is the kind of guy that you want to love. He is literally the cute boy next door. He’s loyal, funny, and has a deeply troubled home life. He finds solace in his neighbors, the Tanner family. His best friend is Jake Tanner, who is like a brother to him. Jake comes with a pesky little sister, Finley. The three of these kids grow up together, becoming friends, confidants, and more. And because this is a romance novel, Kate gives you a angsty, unrequited love story that has you wanting to push Finley and Ryan together. I love the Kate gives us a deep back story and history for these characters. You really invest in the story because of it. I also love the military aspect of the plot. I think this angle draws out the suspense of the relationships. Ryan has chosen to sacrifice his life to serve his country, something he has wanted all his life. The reasons behind Ryan’s choices will break your heart. Watching him walk out of Finley’s life is gut wrenching. So many things are left unsaid. After reading this particular part in the book, my heart dropped. It stirred feelings of loss and regret in my chest. I love Jake and Finley’s relationship. It starts out as the big brother, annoying little sister situation at first. But Kate turns it into a loving and supportive friendship that had me on the verge of tears many times.

    The secondary characters are wonderfully written as well. Finley’s best friend Rachael is hilarious, exuding all that comes with a bestie. She goads her friend into stepping out of her boring routines, she comforts her when she needs it, and calls her out on her b.s. when necessary. Ian, Finley’s on and off again boyfriend, adds a good amount of tension and angst to this story. He has to compete with the attraction Finley and Ryan have, something they refuse to give into. It’s so frustrating! But I love it. You feel for the guy, yet you know he should just give up the ghost. Jake and Finley’s parents are wonderful characters as well. They are good people who love their kids, a relationship that is refreshing to read.

    Kate’s writing is wonderfully descriptive and rich. From the homey setting of the Tanner’s Australian home, to the arid desert of Afghanistan, you feel like you are there with the characters. The romance aspect is tastefully done. You feel all the emotion between Ryan and Finley before they make love. They’ve been through so much to get to this point and I didn’t want it to be a quick shag. Kate is descriptive, giving you all the emotion, tension, and love that you want to see these two emanate.

    I absolutely loved Fighting Redemption. It has everything I want in a romance–a deeply rooted love story, wonderfully rich/flawed characters, a turbulent backdrop of war, and a plot that keeps you guessing right to the very end. I cried quite a few times while reading, something that doesn’t happen very often. I invested in these people and they still walk around in my thoughts when I’m busy doing other things. In my mind, that is the sign of a fantastically written story. I give Fighting Redemption 5 out of 5 stars!

    Written by Dee McGee - Booze, Bookz, and Bad Boyz

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  • Posted December 9, 2013

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    Captivating and Memorable Characters!

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    Fighting Redemption is a heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and forgiveness by Kate McCarthy. The author pulls you into her story with believable characters, creating a gripping character-driven romance.

    Australian Army SAS solider Ryan Kendall has been in love with Finlay “Fin” Tanner since grace school and is best friends with her older brother, Jake. Ryan is a complex character because he carries the shame of being an abused child and suffers from survivor’s guilt after losing someone close to him. Ryan sees himself as broken, too broken, to be the right man for Fin. Throughout the story, Ryan struggles with being the man Fin needs and the weight of his past, which just made my heart break. Having always loved Ryan, Fin is devastated when he joins the army with Jake and leaves her behind. Fin suffers from a broken heart since Ryan never contacts her during the six years he is away. Showing great courage, she tries moving on and having a serious relationship with someone else, which endeared her character to me. When Ryan finally returns, the two think the time might finally be right and they give a serious relationship a go. Their chemistry sizzles, and the bedroom play is full of passion. I was completely taken in by their relationship and had to keep turning pages through all the gut-wrenching plot twists to see if this couple was going to find the happily ever after they deserve. I even double-checked that Fighting Redemption was a romance because, at one point, I wasn’t certain that the happy ending was ever going to happen. Let me tell you, McCarthy doesn’t disappoint.

    Captivating and memorable characters and heartbreaking plot twists make Fighting Redemption a love story that will stay with you long after reading the last page. Do make sure you have tissues on hand because if you are anything like me, you are going to need them frequently.

    I received an eBook copy of the book from the author for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Posted December 7, 2013

    This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest r

    This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.




    I don't even know where to start with this book-so I guess I'll start with this: Expect the unexpected! Oh...and prepare to have your heart broken and repaired. Dozens of times!




    This may be classified as a romance novel, but I think it's so much more than that. It's really a story about family and love and how deeply the choices you make effect others.




    There were times when I found Ryan's selflessness frustrating, because it came at the cost of his happiness-as well as Fin's. But I truly think Ryan didn't know that. He put what Fin had always wanted ahead of what he wanted in every instance. While this was selfless, it was also a reflection of how unworthy Ryan felt, and my heart just broke for him. He was so fixed on being everyone's hero that he never focused on what he needed.




    I really liked Fin. Though she was in love with Ryan and wanted to be with him, I think she remained strong. She wouldn't just take him under any circumstances-when he was a jerk, she let him know it. She didn't sweep his actions under the rug. She was a fantastic female lead-strong, fiesty, and level-headed. She knew what she wanted, and she went for it.




    I loved the steam in this book. Ryan and Fin were so sexy together.




    Fin and Ryan faced so many obstacles. It was heartwrenching to witness them all. I definitely recommend Fighting Redemption if you are looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat and stay with you for a long time. Just be warned-the twist and turns don't stop until the very end!

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  • Posted December 5, 2013

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    **ARC** There are not enough Stars in the Universe to give this

    **ARC**

    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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  • Posted December 5, 2013

    How many ways can you say outstanding and beautifully amazing an

    How many ways can you say outstanding and beautifully amazing and yet still try to fine the words to write a review 
    to gives this book Justice., and also express at the same time how said book not only stole all your emotions and the ability
    to form a coherent sentence but also stole your heart right along side every thing else... If someone said if you could 
    have everything in the world neatly wrapped up and put together into one form what would it be... My immensity
    response without hesitation would be "THIS BOOK"  that is how important and extremely Beautiful this story is..it has
    everything and  it is everything and not much can compare to it... I seriously recommend this book as a must read, must
    have and must own book... 5-million-and-more-out-of-this-universe-and-beautifully-over-the-top-perfect-stars  <3    
       

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Excellent read

    Excellent read, found it in the back of Acher's Voice by Mia Sheridan, an excerpt of this book, so I purchased it and could not put it down until I finished. Highly Recommend!!!!!!

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  • Posted March 3, 2014

    WOW I know I was late reading this But I have to say it was ever

    WOW I know I was late reading this But I have to say it was everything Everyone said it was. it was such and emotional read ,, the writing of soldiers and the people left at home the heartache of not knowing if their loved ones will return ,, The love for one another ,, I can't say much without spoiling the book but I will say it truly is a 5* read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    A Massive Plagiarism I chose to read this book out of mere curi

    A Massive Plagiarism

    I chose to read this book out of mere curiosity, because Fighting Redemption’s (FR) title and synopsis are almost identical to another book that I found in the search bar - ¨Fighting for Redemption¨ (FFR), an autobiography by Mike Norton.

    The obvious resemblances in titles didn´t initially lead me to think that FR had any real connection with FFR, until I curiously clicked on it and read the description. That´s when the similarity became alarming – why are both books under an almost identical title and with an almost identical synopsis?

    OVERVIEW

    Firstly, the title FR initially didn´t make any sense to me – isn´t redemption something we´re striving to attain? Then why would someone choose to fight something they’re actually longing for?

    Having read the novel, I believe that, due to McCarthy’s ability to use generally rich language to create vivid descriptions and her daring approach to incorporate sexual scenes, the author has potential to develop into a professional writer through further work on mastering her richness of the English language, using more synonyms to avoid repetitions. I generally like McCarthy´s approach to narrating this novel – in the prologue, Fin´s son asks her questions about his father, she tells the intimate details of their romance, difficulties and sexual life to her innocent boy toddler, and once the story is over, we´re brought back to the opening scene. However, studying the theory of story structure may boost the author´s ability to create more meaningful content. 

    I also appreciate the fact that the author has done her homework and made some although not necessarily sufficient research on the details of military life. SAS training has been mentioned very briefly giving as much information as included in an SAS brochure without having gone into more detail of its selection process, stages, peer pressure and intensity that would have drastically affected characters´ psychology and thus given more credibility. On top of there is no mentioning of Ryan´s rank whatsoever and scenes in Afghanistan are relatively insipid and similar. The expedition to Antarctica has been skipped altogether. Such a benevolent act to help save the environment while living six months in extreme conditions doubtlessly affects an individual´s character. Abruptly detached from the comfort of everyday circumstances, a person is typically forced to face their demons and to undergo transformation. None of that seemed to have occurred to the characters though. 
     
    Moreover, character development in the story is relatively weak; psychological profiles for both protagonists are female instead of male and female. In other words, the author doesn’t actually understand the psychology of men, and Ryan thought and acted like a girl. Perhaps I´m simply not within the demography of this book, for I prefer stronger personalities. While reading the book, I wished for either of the protagonists to finally stop acting as victims and take action. However, ironically, that’s when the contradiction of the title started making sense – by not taking action, the hero and the heroine hinder the process becoming the better version of themselves and thus are fighting redemption from perpetual suffering. As a matter of fact, had the heroes been stronger there wouldn´t have been a story. Or perhaps it would have resembled the real story too much which leads to my next point – 

    I have a strong feeling that the backbone of FR is based on a real story of a real living person, published in an actual memoir, and FR is FFR written from the perspective of female psychology in order to target female demographics. Counterintuitively, it could also have been Norton´s story had he had thought like a woman, as well as decided not to fight for redemption but against it. 

    Truth be told, such an inaccuracy of psychology and such a lack of character development indicates the author´s intelligence level to be low, as well as stark incompetence in story-writing, but what’s worse is that this kind of “literature” pollutes female readers´ minds by making them fantasize about similar scenes and acting as their ¨idols¨ or ¨role models¨ in the real life. This leads younger readers to expect men to act like women, something they obviously do not do, and therefore destroys relationships with irrational drama and mind games. Instead of thinking reasonably, reflecting on their actions and taking responsibility for them like adults, they create problems where there aren´t any and later have absolutely no understanding about why it didn´t work out. (And yes, this review IS written by a woman.)

    Following Schopenhauer´s philosophy, this book falls into the category of mainstream entertainment that flares up upon its release but ultimately fades over time and doesn’t contribute to the mankind in any way, shape, or form.

    FAKE REVIEWS?

    Having mentioned all of the above (see OVERVIEW section) I see too many imperfections to view this book as legendary as it is painted – it has almost spotless 5-star ratings. I highly doubt the credibility of the numerous 5–star reviews, many of those stating a subjective and very general opinion without specifying what particularly made them value it so highly. Paying a closer look at some of the reviewers, it can be seen that most of the reviews these customers provide contain virtually identical content. 

    EVIDENCE OF PLAGIARISM

    Even though Kate McCarty states that all events and characters are fictional and resemblance to any real ones is a coincidence, can there be too many coincidences and if so, why?

    Firstly, story structure is strikingly alike. FR starts with a scene from nowadays, flashbacks 5 years back into the past, then leads into the earlier past from wherein the story unfolds, occasionally including flashbacks from prior events. The recent updated edition of FFR that is currently available for sale follows chronological sequence of events. However, its first edition, released in 2011, followed an almost identical structure – an emotional cliffhanger scene followed by another from earlier past, further events and, of course, occasional flashbacks. FR was released in late 2013, 2 years after FFR, thus indicating who would have drawn inspiration from whom. 

    Furthermore, the plot of FR contains prolonged descriptive everyday scenes intervened with multiple more exciting elements many of which mimic Mike Norton´s life depicted in his autobiography. I´m going to outline the similarities I observed when comparing both books. To ensure the credibility of the data I´m presenting, I have included page numbers alongside with Chapter numbers. I am using a 2013 Kindle edition of FR and a 2014 Kindle edition of FFR; hence, the page numbers stated are those that correspond to my copies. I personally hold a complete copy of this review with all the direct quotes from both books; nevertheless, I have excluded those in the online version due to their extended length. The complete review is available upon request. Leave a comment below. 

    1. Both protagonists have dark complexions and lean, muscular bodies due to sports.
    FR: Ryan has brown hair, dark eyes, skin that always looks tanned (FR, p.22, Chapter 2) and ¨lean muscular frame slowly filling out after years of sport¨ (FR, p.23, Chapter 2);his sister too has ¨dark colouring¨. (FR, p.120, Chapter 13)
    FFR: Mike´s father was French-Barbadian and his mother British-Korean making him black (FFR, p.26, Chapter 1) and he trained in martial arts. 

    2. Both speak 3 languages
    FR: Ryan speaks English and ….? We´re never told which the other two are. (FR, p.55, Chapter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    This book was truly amazing!!! It was a emotional roller coaster

    This book was truly amazing!!! It was a emotional roller coaster. I had tears in my eyes the whole time I was reading, one minute I'm
    smiling then next Ive got tears running down my face. Kate McCarthy has seriously captured my heart with this book!!! Jake, Ryan,
    and Fin will be engraved in my heart. 

    "There are things we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn,and people we can't live
    without but have to let go."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Angel

    Starts throwing knives at dummies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Jess

    I sharpen my knife leaning back against the wall

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    **JUST BOOKED received an ARC for an honest review**  AN AMAZING

    **JUST BOOKED received an ARC for an honest review** 
    AN AMAZING MUST READ…RAW HEART-WRENCHING, TEAR JERKING, AND TESTIMONIAL OF THE POWER OF LOVE…

    Fighting Redemption is about Ryan Kendall who dreamed his entire life to become a soldier like his grandfather, but life has not been
    easy for Ryan. Ryan has grown up in a household with constant bickering from his drunken abusive father and a neglectful mother,
    until Finlay Tanner tripped into his life. While Ryan commences his fifth grade school year he meets two new students from Sydney, Finlay and Jake Tanner, at school  and
    learns that Jake is on the same grade as he while Fin is a couple of years younger. Ryan and Jake soon become inseparable, thus
    soon becoming best friends. Since the first day Ryan met Fin, he also finds a special need to protect her because he feels that he may
    just love her more than he should. Ryan finds a second home with the Tanner family, a family whom is giving and sharing of their love
    and lives with Ryan as an adopted member of the family. Treating him as not as a victim of a broken violent home, but as part of the
    family so much that Ryan and Jake consider themselves brothers. Since Ryan was 10 years old, when decided he wanted to go into the Army, but Jake also wanted to join the Army and be a soldier too.
    Ryan always felt that his family was dysfunctional because of a tragedy he caused and felt the only way to make it family right again was
    only through redemption. Ryan will struggle with understanding his redemption because he wants to help everyone when sometimes
    the help needs to begin a little closer to home and not across the seas saving the world. 

    He loved her so much that he let her go to build her life and set out who she should become by following her dreams, so he left his only
    love behind and joined the Army as planned. Before Ryan left for the army, Ryan confessed his love to Fin, but also explained he was
    not good enough for her. Fin had feelings for Ryan too, but did not understand why in the six years he was deployed he never tried
    contacting her.  While Ryan and Jake are fighting a war, Ryan finds six years away from Fin has not weakened his love for her but only
    made it stronger. Ryan and Jake have returned home after the six years and Ryan is ready to take his relationship to the next level with
    Fin, but Fin is in a long-term relationship. Ryan and Fin’s love story is a beautiful whirlwind romance with many highs, lows, and twists both struggling with their love for each
    other, but never deny it. Sometimes are strengths are not only in those who have physical strength, but also those who have inner emotional strength with
    strings of love that bond our hearts. 

    Author Kate McCarthy romance novel, Fighting Redemption, has done an AMAZING job writing an EMOTIONAL LOVE STORY capturing
    your HEART and SOUL immediately unable to put the book down. I am not very emotional, but reading Fighting Redemption had me in
    TEARS from the beginning so have your tissues ready. You will feel a roller coaster of emotions of LOVE, LOST, COMPASSION,
    SADNESS, ANGER, DISTRUST, FORGIVENESS, and FRIENDSHIP. Fighting Redemption is A MUST READ, ON MY TOP 5 FAVORITE
    READS LIST, and MOST DEFINITELY will be read AGAIN and AGAIN! 

    I rate Kate McCarthy’s novel, Fighting Redemption 5+++ BRILLIANT STARS 

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

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    Kate McCarthy has written a wonderfully poignant love story abou

    Kate McCarthy has written a wonderfully poignant love story about the endurance and power of love all wrapped up with the beauty and heartbreak that’s bound to happen when you’re willing to open your heart and love someone with every fiber of your being.  This novel is about Ryan and Fin’s arduous journey to find their way to one another despite the distance, the sacrifices, and the travesty of war. It’s an amazing, unforgettable story, and I’m not sure my review will do this book justice.




    The narrative sequence McCarthy uses to tell the story is effective. The Prologue is set in the present, and it prepares you for some of the distress and sorrow that will follow. The question, however, is just how much tragedy these characters will have to bear before the end. The narrative then moves to a flashback that takes readers all the way back to the childhood of Fin, her brother, Jake, and his best friend, Ryan, so we can understand the depth of their friendship, loyalty, and love growing up together and then carries us through the years into their adulthood before bringing us full circle and back to the present in the Epilogue.  After you finish reading the Prologue, take a short break to grab the tissues before you continue. I wish I’d done this since I’m not a pretty crier. 




    I don’t want to give too much away about the plot because I want you to have the same opportunity to fully experience the angst, the pain, the bliss, and the fierce passion that brings the story to life.  It’s so easy to love Ryan, Fin, and their close family and friends. Fin is just a bright ball of sunshine with a huge heart and so much love to give. The fact that she’s clumsy like I am is just one more aspect that endears her to me. Ryan is a good, honorable man but also one who is deeply wounded and filled with so much grief that he can’t move forward because he lets his past continue to dictate his life. Just like Fin, there are so many moments I wanted to just wrap my arms around him and tell him that he is worthy and deserving of the love and happiness that he continues to deny himself. Unfortunately, it’s a realization he will have to come to all on his own.  And Jake, well, Jake is one of those people who brightens the lives of everyone around him and he is unforgettable. 




    McCarthy’s beautifully written soul-bearing prose left me weepy-eyed but also emotionally satisfied. I really went to town with my highlighter because there are so many memorable passages.




    Bravo, Ms. McCarthy for writing a powerful, moving love story that is nothing short of beautiful. 




    I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

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  • Posted December 5, 2013

    I started this book late at night and kept reading until early i

    I started this book late at night and kept reading until early in the morning, only putting it down because my eyes would not stay open any longer.    There is nothing in this book that I did not love, some parts brought tears to my eyes.   The bulk of the book is about the War in Afghanistan, a very tough subject.  But there are so many bright spots. 




    This is probably my favorite book of the year.   It is not your average love story.  It is so much more.  Fin and Ryan both have found the love of their lives.  But that love is not easy.  As a matter of fact I do not know that I have ever read about two characters working so hard to fight that love.  The story had such turbulent twists and turns, I as the reader could not put it down.   The
    fights were extreme and the love was so intense, you cannot help but attach yourself to every character and put yourself into their lives.








    Kate McCarthy wrote a book that EVERYONE has to read.    Romance readers will absolutely LOVE it.  I will recommend this to all my friends, bloggers, family, and anyone else who might want to chat about books with me.

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