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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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By Diane Plourde TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 8 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
This ARC was provided to me for an honest review.

This story deserves much more than 5 stars. It brought me so much enjoyment to read. It was full of intense, raw emotions and despair that ran deep. There was never a dull moment while reading this amazing book. I was hooked from the very first page. The story seeped through my heart that I could help but feel all the characters different emotions. I felt connected, to the story, the characters and the setting. It's told from a dual point of view.

This is a sports, college somewhat kind of story. It was not overly dramatic and immature. This book was so much more than that. It was an highly emotional, sad at times, gut wrenching but sweet, sexy, fun and loving kind of story. It deals with matters that are an every day struggle for some people. Just enough twists and turns to keep me impatient about wanting to read none stop for hours.

It goes much deeper than a college romance story. It's the constant pressure to be the best. Being and wanting to be on top of the game. They felt pressured. It can be lonely on top and it's much higher to fall from.

This is about Jordan, an Australian soccer player, who comes to the USA to finish her senior year of college and play soccer . She leaves her home/ her brother. She's strong, focused and feisty. She's not easily intimidated. Falling for the football star was not part of her future plans. She's goal oriented. She sacrificed a lot to be where she is. A very disciplined young woman.

Brody his a football star who has an everyday struggle to live with a secret no one knows about, except Jordan. He battles the pressure to be perfect and to be on top of his game.
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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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By Csoki on Sept. 15 2015
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Recommended, if you want to read a story with, good and strong characters,this book will do that. I enjoyed it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xb2befd5c) out of 5 stars 354 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7af47bc) out of 5 stars Holy Grail of All Sports Related Books Sept. 8 2015
By Julie G - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Reviewed on behalf of 2 girls who love books blog

Give me a second while I regain my composure.
Holy heck is the Holy Grail of all sports related books.
The End Game was brilliantly written by one heck of a talented author, Kate McCarthy.

Jordan Elliott has moved to Austin, Texas to attend a new college and persue her dreams as a world champion soccer player. She made all the right choices, had perfect grades and determination every girl could dream of. That is until she is asked by her professor to tutor Brody Madden. She was asked to tutor him because of her past issues with a learning disability that her brother had. She took that job as a tutor and with that decision, her whole life has changed. While she shines on the soccer field , she struggles with getting Brody to believe in himself as a player and a college student. She realizes not only she is saving his career as a football star, she is trying to save his life too.
Brody, a football god, attends the same college Jordan does. He struggles with his day to day studies because he has dyslexia. His uncle, both Jordan and Brody's professor, assigns him a tutor. At first, the tutoring doesn't help. So, Brody turns to "other things" that he thinks may help him, drugs. The one friend he should be able to count on the most is the one friend who brings him down even faster. He keeps pushing the drugs into his hands. Brody quickly becomes addicted to prescription pills. The drugs send him into a downward spiral. He begins to push everyone away, even the woman he loves more than anything. But is the love enough to save him? Can he make the right decision? Drugs or Jordan?

This book hit home with me. I lived the life of a co-dependant. I tried and tried to help the one I loved. But in reality, you cant help someone who doesn't want to be saved. The choice to be saved from addiction is their hands. The person with addiction can only free themselves and until they are ready, you just have to stand beside them and support them anyway you can.

Besides the soccer player, Jordan was me.
Besides the football, Brody was my ex-boyfriend.

Jordan is, by far, my favorite female out of all 2,000+ books I have read. Excellent written character!!!! 100+ stars!!!!!

Brody was brilliantly written also. He was portrayed as a man facing addiction perfectly.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7af4810) out of 5 stars 300 pages too long Dec 9 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I thought this book had really good potential, I feel as if its a pretty basic (and over done) idea to write about a star football player but I thought that this sounded more interesting adding in the twist that the other main character is a college soccer player as well. Although this is a good idea it also really doesn't make sense, these characters both seem to have a large amount of free time, enough time for one to tutor the other, which from actual experience is nearly impossible. Along with that I thought that the book went way too slow and had too many different twists, it was almost as if the author wrote every twist she could think of into the book. This book honestly could have ended at so many different times but it just went on for what felt like forever. On top of that though some of the scenes in the book were not detailed atl which made me feel like I missed something. (Spoiler alert) The worst part about this book was the fact that the two characters got married and you honestly had no idea, I was left confused and just annoyed. I felt that the author just wanted to add a twist to the book, but it was just dumb. Another thing that was annoying was the over-dose and almost death of the other main character Brody. By the end of the book the whole drug usage was just annoying and wasn't believable. Overall I just really thought this book wasn't good, it was too long and felt like it took me forever to read. I would not recommend this to a friend.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7af4aec) out of 5 stars 3 Stars Sept. 10 2015
By AB ❤ I Love Book Love Blog - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I think this was a case of 'It's not you, it's me', I really wanted to like this one more, but unfortunately it was just an OK read for me.

I didn't fully connect to either character and therefore I didn't really feel the emotional pain that most people who have read this book felt. Jordan came off as a bit brash, and Brody switched between tortured and plain old grumpy a-hole.

Still, if you are looking for a new adult, sports romance featuring a spunky female Australian soccer player and a hot Texan Football player then please do give this book a go.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7af7024) out of 5 stars An epic college romance like you've never read before. Another absolutely brilliant masterpiece from Ms McCarthy you can't miss Sept. 8 2015
By The Romance Room - Published on
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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? Will his relationship with Jordan be something that will bring him the happiness he deserves or the reason he loses it all?

“All I’ve ever wanted is to be the best. Whatever it takes. I’ll do anything. That’s how I’ll ruin us, Jordan. How can something so sweet survive a sentiment so dark?”


Jordan is one of my favourite heroines. She’s caring, loyal and unbelievably sweet but also showed a witty side that meant for some really funny scenes!

Like this one…

"I toss my phone back on the seat just as a small box comes flying out a third floor window and lands right at my feet. Shading my eyes, I glance up and see the guy from the SUV waving down at me.

“Sorry!” he yells.“My aim was off!”

My eyes fell back to the box. It’s a packet of Durex flavored condoms. I reach down and pick it up. The front features a banana, apple, sliced orange and a strawberry, with a tagline that reads fruity flavors for extra fun. I give an audible snort because nothing spells out sexy times better than fruit salad."


There is so much I love about Brody. He is our broken hero. He loves the game of football more than anything in the world and the emotional journey we are taken on is one hell of a ride.

“Out there on the field, the game is everything. It builds you up, breaks you down, and bleeds you dry. But I f***ing love it. It’s the only place I’m free”

These two are just perfect together. They’re each others yin and yang but they just need to figure out this thing called life, and be there to support one another instead of pulling away at that something that is so perfect for the both of them.

I absolutely loved the writing in this book! I was smiling, laughing, crying and chuckling from the very first page. Brody and Jordan have incredible chemistry. I loved how the sexual tension was always there, but Jordan kept Brody at arms length for a while. There was no jumping into bed right away. It built nicely, letting you enjoy every emotion and also allowed you to get to know the characters both together, and apart.

I just want to make a special mention of the secondary characters in this book. I freaking loved them!! Kate was able to create a whole bunch of supporting characters to balance out this book. It was so fun to go from Jordan’s circle, to the boys in Brody’s life, hearing their banter, practical jokes and support they have for Brody and Jordan was just a real pleasure to experience. There is no doubt that I love a great couple in a book, but it really does complete the package when their friends are people I want to get to know also. Kate did a great job of filling the roles of those characters.

I’m definitely experiencing an epic book hang over!! Books like these are the reason I love to read. They are forever sketched into your heart, making you fall in love over and over again. Bringing out some raw emotion that only an epic love can do. Whether it’s a story that spans a lifetime, or one of two college aged kids falling in love, The End Game will go down as one of those love stories that shifted something in me at the final page. A story that will be there, reminding me of the challenges in life, and the reasons why we pick ourselves back up from rock bottom and keep on going.

Rating: 5.5 Stars!! — Standalone. College/Sports Romance.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7af48d0) out of 5 stars Though to read Sept. 9 2015
By pfredberg - Published on
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It is hard to read a book that starts out with the promise that everything is going to s***s. This means that through every single page of this long book - you're just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

It was actually very beautiful written, but I didn't become a huge fan of the characters - they just Stayed at "fine".

This was Also not what I was expecting from the blurb , so it chaught me a bit by surprise.

Overall, I missed the warm feelings.