Wednesday, September 18

Blog Stop, Review and Giveaway; ღGive me Strength by Kate McCarthyღ

Title: Give Me Strength (Give Me #2)
Author: Kate McCarthy
Genre: Romantic Suspense 18+
Publication Date: September 16, 2013 
Cover Designed By: Okay Creations 
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Quinn Salisbury doesn't think she's cut out for this whole living thing. Even as a young girl she struggled. Just when she thinks she's found a way to leave her violent past behind her, the only thing that's kept her going is ripped away, leaving her damaged and heartbroken.

Four years later, she is slowly rebuilding her life and lands a job as an assistant band manager to Jamieson, the hot new Australian act climbing their way to the top of the charts. There she meets Travis Valentine, the charismatic older brother of her boss, Mac.

From his commanding charm to his confidence and passion, Travis is everything Quinn believes is too good for her, and despite her apprehension, she finds their attraction undeniable and intense.

When her past resurfaces, it complicates their relationship. Instead of reaching out for help, Quinn pushes Travis away, until a staggering secret is revealed that leaves her fighting for her very life.

Torn between running and opening her heart to the man determined to have her, can Quinn find the strength within herself to fight for her future?

⇝ My Review 

Kate McCarthy is on fire...
Only 2 Books in, and McCarthy's Alpha Males are in the league of  my all time fav, Queen of the Alpha, K.A.
Where others fail to come close, McCarthy stands out and leaves you craving for more.

This is the Second Book in the Give Me Series. Read my review of book #1 Give Me Love HERE 

Four years ago, Quinn, had her small amount of happiness ripped from her. All her life she has lived through pain and ugliness, but that one moment when her light was taken from her, she didn't think she could move on.

 "He broke me. He took every piece of me I had left, and he smashed it apart. Nothing fits properly any more…"

With the help of her best friend, Lucy, Quinn has slowly rebuilt her life. She has just landed a job as an assistant to Jamieson's band Manager, Mac.
With her work life in order, Lucy tries to get her out to the possibility of dating again.
When she heads out for a night of drinking, she locks eyes with Travis Valentine. Surrounded by beautiful women, Quinn thinks she doesn't stand a chance. But Quinn has caught the eye of Travis. And after a really awkward introduction, finds herself going home for a wild night of passion.

When Quinn wakes in the morning, she flees. She believes this beautiful man is too good for her. Her attraction is way too intense. She had never experienced anything like it before.

~ The man pushed every single button I had. Well. I only had the one, be he'd pushed it enough so that when I went off the edge, I didn't just fall. I took a soaring dive of toe curling, throat baring pleasure. ~

But Quinn is in for an all mighty surprise when she realises Travis is the brother to her new boss. Her one night stand just got complicated.

Travis can't believe his eyes when he meets the new assistant manager to Jamieson. He woke up and the beautiful woman that captured his attention, ran. After a few little misunderstandings, Travis wants more. But Quinn doesn't want apart in it. She is too broken. Her past comes out and she tells him she can't be what he needs.

"Whats here," I waved a hand at my face, "doesn't matter because that's not what I see. I see what's in here…" I thumped a hand against my chest, "… and what's in here is ugly, and I live with it every day." 

Travis respects her wishes but keeps close, he helps her through her insecurities, building their friendship.

 "Life is hard Quinn, and the hardest part is being yourself in a world of people trying to make you someone you're not."

Their friendship grows, her self confidence grows as well as their intense attraction. Travis deals with his own darkness and can't pull away from the one thing that makes it right. They both feel the pull. They both feel their needs.


She fights it, but he won't let her anymore. There is no match for a Sexy Bossy Alpha Male.
He has her questioning if it's such a bad thing for them to have each other?
Can they be what each other needs?

Travis reached out and squeezed my hand, and for some reason he may well have just moved heaven and earth. I wasn't whole, I wasn't sure I ever would be, but Travis made me realise that no one ever really was. 

Travis is so hot! OMG like LOVED him hot. He was just the right amount of amazing. Swoon worthy!

"I saw you standing apart from everything that was the same, and that was beautiful, not sad. 

When I was holding you and inside of you, I watched your eyes come alive, and fuck spring because you were hotter than summer."

The sex? WOW soo good. Kate is a master..

BUT this time, for me, it was Travis and his sweetness that got me. I fell in love with him every time he opens his mouth.

"I watched you. From the moment you walked in that bar, I saw you. Amongst all the shallow and the fake, you looked like spring, and then you got close and I was right because you smelled like jasmine. When you turned around to leave I thought I was wrong because why did someone as sweet as spring think that life wasn't meant for her? There was no light in your eyes, and somehow, even though I barely knew you, it left an ache in my chest. How could I let you walk away?" 

The whole gang is back, and I loved every single one of them.
I loved lucy!! seriously her and Mac… THE BEST and everyone else. They are so fun!
The chicks in this series are seriously Sassy, Witty and Hilarious…

When Quinn's past resurfaces, she does the only thing she knows best.. Runs. (well tries to..)
Instead of reaching out for help, Quinn pushes Travis away. But as the events unfold, she finds herself in a mission to shake these crazy/ hilarious people that she now calls family.
But most of all she finds herself questioning everything they had.
Will she find the strength within herself to fight for her future. And can she fight, not only for herself, but what she has with Travis?

"Some of us have to learn how to save ourselves.." 

I freaking loved this!
Kate is a new favourite of mine, she hits it out of the park with this one. I loved the secondary cast, I love her Bad Ass Men and her Sassy Women, I COULD NOT get enough.
Her ability to draw you in alone will have you adding her straight to your will read anything she writes list.
But what did it for me...

The Epilogue..


Love me an epilogue!!  LOVED IT..

McCarthy's writing is intense, suspenseful, sexy and so much fun. It ticks every box and I can't wait to get my hands on more. MORE I tell you.
Casey….. Holy sex on a stick… I Want him right now! Travis was a bag full of surprises with his sexy Alpha ways, but Casey… OH god Casey, is gonna be good… (Fans myself) You will want to get on board this sexy train ladies.

Favorite Quotes

~ "Perfect is for people who don't know how to be real, and I don't want any of that. I want you."~

~ "Here you will find the Australian Man. A generally good looking human specimen drinking in his habitual environment, socialising, laughing and talking, waiting patiently for his moment when the female breaks rank from the heard" ~

~ "You need someone like him to clear the cobwebs." ~

~ "I look like a liquorice all sort," I announced, looking myself up and down critically. 

"Rubbish," she snapped.

"Well, maybe a little, but who doesn't love lollies?" ~

~ You could call it Badassnatural because that guy is so fucking cool he was born an ice cube." ~

★ 5 Stars ★

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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.

She 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. Her favourite books are the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward in which she longs to eventually join the brotherhood and change her name to Phierce Mutha.

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Tour-Wide Giveaway

Giveaway begins September 17, 2013, and ends at 12:00 AM on September 30, 2013. 
$100 Amazon Gift Card 
2 signed paperbacks (one international & one for residents in Australia) 
10 ebooks of Give Me Strength 

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Jess xx