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Book Review: Fighting Redemption





Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy: 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.

TeriLyn's thoughts: Fighting Redemption so eloquently reminded me why I absolutely love to read military romance stories. Kate McCarthy gave readers such a special, well-written, beautiful story of the tough side of life not besting us so we can live the best possible, the life we deserve. The hero and heroine of this story are compassionate, loving, funny, and strong. The secondary characters help create a strong sense of family, passion, and a sweetness that’s undeniable.

Told from the dual points of view of Ryan, our hero, and Finlay, our heroine – we get a story harboring a lot of pain and heartbreak. Our hero is fundamentally broken, he doesn’t make light of the fact and admits it when the pressure mounts. He’s a natural protector, a giver. The sense of safety he provides for those dear to him isn’t easily established. Finlay realizes how special the feeling to know she’s part of a select group who feels that emotion from Ryan. She’s a spectacular heroine, one that stands for herself, fights for her being, and even when she’s drowning makes no excuses for her actions. The two of them together combust off the pages with explosive passion and fire they’ve reserving for each other for years. They’re story isn’t easy, it’s filled with pain and turmoil, excruciatingly sad circumstances but the beauty of the tale is the author fluidly guides along the journey so you feel every emotional piece of those two.

There’s something major to be said for the people who fight battles afar for the people of their country. Kate McCarthy said a lot with this novel. She proved that battles fought abroad by our soldiers are only part of the ultimate sacrifice. She believably portrayed to the readers the battles fought at home as well. The sacrifices a soldier and his family make when faced with tough choices. The pride swells in your chest for these characters, for what they give so selflessly because of the belief in their convictions. Her writing engages, evokes feelings, and establishes a meaningful connection to her characters. Fighting Redemption is a beautifully told romance between two people – one who’s fighting for redemption and the other proving why he never needed to fight for it in the first place. It’s the healing of two souls, where they came from and where they’re going. It’s intensely beautiful and I’m glad to have finally experienced this story.







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Lori L. Clark

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