BOOK REVIEW: The End Game by Kate McCarthy



“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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Kate McCarthy’s The End Game is the very definition of a roller coaster of emotions but I was so hooked, from the very beginning that there was no way I ever wanted to get off that ride. I would have stood in line over and over again if it meant more of Brody and Jordan. There was something so remarkably addictive about their story. Whether it was the intense passion that swirled all around the pages both for their respective sports to the dangerous power behind their love for one another. I swear it guys, this is a must read. The feelings that the author was able to garner out of me reminded me so much of how I felt when I re-discovered my love for reading. I felt like a giddy seventeen year old.

I absolutely loved how flawed Brody and Jordan’s relationship was; they were volatile, a beautiful disaster. Their obsession for one another so strong that those immeasurable feelings jumped right out of the book, smacking me direct on the face. It was exciting and it was gratifying. That push and pull was so perfectly balanced. One minute I’m smiling and the next I’m being painfully punched in the gut. I felt like I needed Prozac to calm my nerves. This was really brilliantly done up. The characters were an instant draw as well—Jordan the ever talented and up and coming soccer super star. Facing insurmountable pressure to be the best at her game, she vows to remain focused with her eyes directly to the goal. I loved how she didn’t crumble under these times which showed such strength and courage on her part; a true role model whom parents wouldn’t mind their daughters looking up to. Though her life is cleanly lined up, she doesn’t truly begin to live until Brody comes crashing into her life. Facing the same immense pressure, Brody lives and breathes football. It is the very heart of him up until Jordan manages to inhabit a large portion of it. But unlike her, Brody finds himself fighting such heart breaking demons on top of the added pressure that he ungraciously crumbles; falls so hard that you as a reader will feel that weight crushing down on you. Many times my tears were in danger of falling so closely out of my eyes; I felt so much sympathy for every single blow he’d had to deal with in his life. No one should ever have to live the life he’s had to endure. I loved, absolutely loved how imperfect he was because it was so gratifying to see him flourish once Jordan comes into his life. They way in which he loved her though turbulent, was just so… oh my goodness… so beautiful. It’s a love that we all crave.

The “hottie tottie” scenes between Jordan and Brody were scorching hot but Kate McCarthy laid on top of that such an intense level of adoration. The look in their eyes and the feelings beyond the physical pleasure was so strong. An electric current that you are sure to be shocked. The up and down and the twist and turns that happen throughout their story was just sensational. So, so, so GOOD! I feel like I can run miles and miles from the adrenaline I got off of these two. I loved the plot and the way in which it was paced. Everything just meshed so well together. If you are looking for your next book hangover, this would be the one to do it.

** I will note that this could have been carefully proofread & edited a bit more… The incorrect usage of THEN when it should really have been THAN did drive me a little crazy but I was too crazy in love with this story that I looked past it when reviewing this book. **

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About the Author:


Kate McCarthy grew up in a small town outside of Port Macquarie, Australia. Raised in a house just a short walk to the beach, Kate enjoyed the peaceful, relaxed atmosphere and friendships that come from being raised in a friendly, small town area.
Kate now resides in Brisbane, Australia, a city in the state of Queensland where she works as an accountant, along with a sideline wedding cake business and her writing.
She is married with two children, has two dogs and house in the suburbs, and a pile of friends and family dotted all over the country that help keep her sane.
When she’s not busy running after naughty kids, filthy dogs, crunching numbers, piping buttercream and writing books, you can find her curled up in bed in the early hours of the morning reading new books and re-reading old favourites.


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