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The End Game by [McCarthy, Kate]
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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 then 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4733 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987526197
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,001 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By DH on 12 February 2017
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A fantastic read. Couldn't put it down, saved as a favourite
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Superstar soccer player meets superstar football player – they live happily ever after. Do not think for a second that this book is that way inclined. This story is about two complicated souls at the top of their respective games with very flawed characteristics.

In a very unique way, they are thrown together and sparks fly. Those sparks aren’t necessarily good ones. They are both alpha’s and learn that with the pressures to stay at the top, they have to rely on each other.

The character that resonated with me is Brody. His whole life, he’s never measured up to his family. Being the best has never been good enough. Jordon has also had a hard past but she hasn’t had her years berated by her so-called loved ones.

There was a point where I thought we were going to go head first into a chapter of clichés when Brody tells her to he’s not good for her and then acts like a douche. Even I didn’t see what was coming and, I have to say, make sure you are ready for the rollercoaster that ensues.

This is the first of Kate’s work that I have read and I’m keen to read more. She can certainly weave a story that had me thinking about the characters long after I finished the book.

I did get a bit lost in the cast of thousands when teammates and roommates were introduced but I didn’t waste too much time in trying to figure out who they were. Eventually, I was able to piece them together.

Highly recommend this read.

I was given a copy of this book for my honest opinion.
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Things are about to get gushy. But HOLY BOOK HANGOVER!! I can't bring myself to move on from this one. I've tried picking up a few different books, but after the amazingness of The End Game, I'm struggling to find something else to excite me.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love sport, so the fact that this book featured two sports had me all giddy with excitement. Jordan Elliott is the Aussie soccer sensation with a scholarship in the U.S. and Brody Madden is the wide receiver whose star is on the rise. When these two come together it's explosive!

These characters! Jordan and Brody were so perfect for each other. Their love was a thing of beauty. But loving someone doesn't guarantee smooth sailing. And their love is going to be put to the test like neither of them could have guessed.

I loved Jordan's strength and honesty. And Brody... Well, he broke me. Brody Madden is far from perfect. But it was the way that he saw himself that hit me right in the feels. I can't put into words my love for him. Top of the book boyfriend list guys. Right up there with the best of them.

This was the first book that I'd read by Kate McCarthy, and shame on me, because I'm just so blown away. How does an author take simple words, put them down on paper, and have them affect me so greatly? I didn't just love this book. I was consumed by it. I felt it everywhere. In my chest, in my stomach, in my head, and in my heart. I wasn't in any way prepared for the impact of this story and its characters. It was gritty. It was raw. It was lightness. It was darkness. It was love.

All the feels. All the stars.
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Oh, I absolutely looooooved this book!!!!! *swoon* worthy hero alert!!

This is a college football romance like no other. The End Game brought out more emotion than any other sports romance I have ever read. It goes deeper than the dramas of college students on campus. It’s raw, it’s emotional, it’s heart-wrenching but it’s also very funny and sweet. It touches on a topic I (personally) have never read about before and to be inside the heads of characters while they try and deal with the pressures of their personal lives, school, stardom and success in their fields was a wonderful ride, and Kate McCarthy nailed every part of it.

“…that’s what happens when your need to be the best eclipses all else. Sacrifices are made, and those you love are always the first to suffer.”

Kate writes in a dual POV, but we begin with Jordan Elliott, who has made the huge move from Australia to Texas, USA to take on a soccer scholarship for her senior year. Her hopes and dreams of becoming an international soccer player are right at her finger tips. All she needs to do is put her head down, work and train hard and be selected in the Australian team for the upcoming World Cup Championship. And as if Jordan didn’t have enough on her plate, she is asked by her professor if she could help a struggling student in her not-so-free time.

Brody Madden is a rising football star hero. A ‘god’ to many. Invincible. But Brody is battling with the pressures of school, his controlling and unforgiving father with a public image that needs to be kept perfect, and the whole of Texas wanting nothing more than for him to be the very best… But how far will he go to make everyone happy?
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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall

My first impression was the style of writing the author has used. In present tense, first person and told from both protagonists' points of view most definitely impressed me. Apart from these details which I value highly, was the incredible dialogue shared by all the characters. I also really appreciated the author's foreword explaining why she had used the lingo she had. As an avid reader, I often find this issue frustrating. In Rome do as the Romans do but up to a certain point. There is nothing worse than a Brit speaking with American jargon and vice versa; in this case Australian, her preference being American English with some gem expressions from Down Under were more than I could have asked for. Ms McCarthy outdid herself in this respect, and there wasn't one moment when her vocabulary strategy irritated me. Far from it! Its usage is rich in a story that flows faster than fast. My second impression was a foreboding feeling I had which was uncannily camouflaged in exceptional banter and one-liners that not only creased me up, but also left me in awe of this author and her leading personas. I was for a while, quite mistaken regarding what I thought was a foreseeable development of the story; never in a million years was I ready for an omnishambles on such a force ten scale either.

Quote ~ Jordan: “You need to trust that I'm doing the right thing.”

Even though I would have gladly jumped into my Kindle and given Brody a bunch of fives at one crucial moment in the story, I'd already fallen head of heels for him. Yeah, he's irresistible!
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