The End Game

The End Game

by Kate McCarthy


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"Professional athletes are pillars of their respective communities. They are heroes in the eyes of boys and girls and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that positively represents their community."

The public loves a good scandal. Seeing someone fall from the pinnacle of success makes a great headline. No one knows that better than I do. What started out as a promising career in college football, spiralled into scandal and shame.

But being a hero is easier said than done. Especially when there are those who expected to see the great Brody Madden fail. I craved nothing except being the best-willing to do anything to prove them wrong. But I went too far, and I tried too hard, and it broke me.

"At the time of going to print, Jordan Elliott was unavailable for comment."

I met Brody Madden in my senior year of college. An Australian native on an international scholarship, I was the female soccer sensation with stars in her eyes and no room for a hotshot wide receiver with a chip on his shoulder.

But a heart bursting with ambition and a driving fire to succeed isn't made of stone. I became his strength, his obsession, and the greatest love of his life. Only I wasn't there when he needed me most.

This is a story about love and a game that takes everything. Where the path to glory is paved with sacrifice. Where pressure makes you, or breaks you, and triumph is born in the ashes of failure. Where two people's end game will change everything.

*** 18+ recommended. Contains adult language and adult themes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780987526199
Publisher: Brower Literary & Management, Inc.
Publication date: 09/14/2015
Pages: 404
Sales rank: 1,042,749
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

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The End Game 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was enjoyable and good story. I liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story, Kate Mccarthy has a way of making you fall in love with her characters. Jordan is from Australia and gets to finish her last year of college in Texas. Brody is the football hero. When two people both have a perfessional sports career as their dreams. How will each other fit in their each others lives. If you like football and a love story then this is the book for you.
WildHeartReviews More than 1 year ago
The End Game is one of those books that I'm still completely torn about. I loved it, but yet there were parts in it that I absolutely hated. Yes, they are part of the plot and go with the story line, and are parts that actually make the book better however I just really did not like them. It's more on a level of, I like them because I dislike them so much. I think it's harder to read books where your heroes are also your villains and that is exactly what you'll find in The End Game. This book in particular has so much going for it. You have two great main characters, and you have a plot line that keeps you interested and glued to the book. You do have a pretty intense and complex supporting cast, along with how in-depth you go with the main characters. At it's basis, it's about two people striving to be the very best they can be, and then you have like situations, outside forces and even themselves getting in the way of it. It's about learning to believe in yourself, and trust that you can get you where you need to be, and be okay with that. I actually feel that the synopsis follows pretty close to what you'll find in the book , however, the twists in it, that can really evoke emotion, are what make the book amazing. It does touch on subjects that can make you twinge, and sort of wince, but over all it's a fantastic read. I wanted to smash Brody over the head more than once and yell at him, asking WHY?! At times I felt like I was watching a horror movie and telling the chick NOT to run up the stairs... But like those movies, you can't tear yourself away. Jordan pretty much has everything going for her and soccer career on the horizon. She's determined and focused, but she's also spunky, fun and caring. Brody is that guy on campus that everyone knows, but he has hidden depths, and also a backpack full of issues. These characters are extremely engaging and they've got more then just a bit of chemistry between them. Reading about them bashing heads and working through problems was engrossing. Last but not least, there is an HEA in this book. I actually feel the need to stress that, because there were times in this book that I had no clue how it was going to happen. It's written from alternative first person POVs between the main characters, and it is a stand alone novel. I've given it a solid four stars, and would definitely recommend it!
badkat17us More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read. It was heart wrenching at times. I will admit that at first I thought it was just going to be another sports romance. But I quickly realized it was a lot more. This book focused on how much pressure is put on athletes to be the best. Brody Madden has been put down by his father his whole life. His father is constantly telling him how much of a disappointment he is and how stupid he is. Brody wants nothing more than to prove him wrong. Football is all he has and he is determined to be the best at it. It is the most important thing in his life, really the only thing in his life. Jordan Elliott has come to America on an international soccer scholarship. Her parents died a few years ago and all she has left is her twin brother, Nicky. Nicky has worked his bum off to support Jordan and himself. He is proud of Jordan for getting the scholarship. Jordan can’t believe the opportunity she has been given with this scholarship. She is totally focused on school work and soccer. She wants a future as a pro soccer player. Her ethics professor is Brody’s uncle and has asked her to tutor him. Brody has a secret he doesn’t want to get out. It has plagued him his whole life and could destroy his future. At first Brody is totally opposed to being tutored but then he sees that Jordan will be his tutor and figures if he gets to spend time with her it can’t be all that bad. Jordan is determined to not let Brody under her skin but she is losing the battle. Brody is falling hard for Jordan she sees him like no one else. She supports him and doesn’t try to change who he is, she accepts him and all his flaws. Will Brody be able to get Jordan to give him a chance? Will Brody’s demons haunt him forever? This book was fantastic. Very emotional. Everyone expects guys to have it all together and to not break under the pressure. They aren’t allowed to show that they are hurt, frustrated, or mad at their faults or disabilities. That is slowly changing and I love that this book focuses on that with Brody. I felt so bad for him. I wanted to jump in the book and beat his dad. The way his father treats him is horrible. The love that Jordan and Brody share is amazing to read. I can’t say enough about this book or the characters. I was completely drawn into the book. The characters are wonderful and have depth and so much personality to them. Fantastic job Kate McCarthy. This is the first book I have read by her and I look forward to reading other books by her in the future. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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