The End Game by Kate McCarthy

Posted September 26, 2015 by sweptawaybyromance in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

What it’s about
“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, spiraled 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.

Crista’s Review

3 stars!
This one just
didn’t quite do it for me. I loved the premise and was ecstatic to have a new football romance to read! Unfortunately,
this sports romance that is so intriguing at first, plunges head first into a
story about addiction and loses itself along the way.
I am all for
angst, and this story is chalk full of it. Abuse, neglect, learning
disabilities, injuries, pressures…the list could go on and on. Brody Madden
is your quintessential jock: arrogant, popular, and unattainable. He is a
college wide receiver who is destined for the NFL. He also comes from a very
hostile and unloving home (and has the scars to prove it). When soccer star
Jordan Elliot is tasked with the job of tutoring Brody, he initially resists,
but soon is drawn in by her charms.
The first half
of this book is our magic. It is reminiscent of The Deal by Elle Kennedy, my absolute favorite book of the year. I
was giddy with excitement, as I had the same feelings while reading that I
remember having about The Deal. After
a tragic turn of events in The End Game,
however, this story spiralled down and ultimately crashed and burned.
There was a bit
of co-dependency and a ton of denial. I came to see this relationship as more
toxic than heartwarming. Thankfully, this is a romance novel, because in real
life I’m not sure things would have ended so brilliantly.

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