Thursday, February 20, 2014


By: Kate McCarthy
Published By: Kate McCarthy
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle, 346 Pages


It's a snot festival.

Blurb: Goodreads

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.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

This book should come with a complimentary travel pack of tissues.


Now, I know there are readers who don’t want to read a book based on the tear factor.



Kate brings a story that will break your heart, make you cry the ugly cry, but it is much more than that. I was really woken up to how much sacrifice is involved with soldiers lives.

This story feels very, very, real.

We sit in our homes, reading our books and living life as best we can, while soldiers are risking their lives every second we are watching a good movie on tv, having a nice hot shower, going out to dinner with our friends.

War comes with casualties.

I am now even more aware of all those soldiers in Afghanistan who are risking their lives for us.

The people.

I felt like I was shadowing these characters when they were at war. Kate did her research and it shows in her writing.

Jake Tanner and Ryan Kendall are best mates. Ryan’s dream was  to become a soldier.

It came with a lot of sacrifice.

“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.”

Finlay Tanner tripped her way into Ryan’s life as a ten year old. Jake her brother and Ryan became firm friends from that day onwards.

Ryan and Jake dedicate their lives to being a soldier and become SAS, Special Air Services.

Ryan is a very selfless character, in so many ways. He makes loving somebody very hard.

He missed her. It was that simple and that complicated.

He has a past that no child should live through. He could have taken the low road, but he took the high path.

He became what he set out to become.

Kate pours so much heart and soul into this read, unless you have a heart of stone, you will be guaranteed to be crying the ugly cry.

Just when you have dried your snot up...because you will be snotting all over the place...this IS the ugly cry , people, you will be doing it all over again.

Why did everyone always paint love as pretty rainbows and happily ever afters? It wasn’t any of that. To love was to feel the greatest of agony, burn in the hottest of fires of Hell, and fail the only people who ever mattered.

This book is hard to put down once you start it because the characters will captivate you.

Ryan is a beautiful character.

“My breath, my heart, my life. I won’t ever leave you if you keep that safe inside of you.”

Jake will tear at your heart.

Jake and Ryan have such a manly brotherly bond that is loyal to the core. All of their SAS Team are awesome characters. The male camaraderie in war and in their personal lives, made me laugh and it made me cry.

“There are no goodbyes in life. Only see you later.”

Kyle is a brilliant character. The more you read him the more you love him.

There are so many ‘feels’ in this book , it will stay with you well after you have finished it. 

I highly recommend this emotional, but brilliant read.

Well done, Kate.



  1. Yes, I so agree! I loved this one hard too! You MUST check with your peeps and ask/read Disarm by June Gray next, it's along the same lines as this.

    1. OO let me look into that one :) Thanks! The author name rings a bell...Just checked them out they are a bunch of little 49 page reads. Interesting. Thanks for the tip, matey xx


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