Thursday, July 6, 2017

Give Me Hell (Give Me #4) by Kate McCarthy: Release Blitz w/ Review & Excerpt


Blurb:

Mackenzie Valentine is wilful, fiery, and determined to prove she doesn’t need anyone. Desperate to break free from the over-protective parents and three older brothers who dictate her every move, she runs away at the age of seventeen to hunt down the only boy who makes her feel alive.

Jake Romero has no choice but to leave the best thing that ever happened to him, taking him down a path that leads to notorious gang, the King Street Boys. When fate throws Mackenzie back in his life, he turns her away in her time of need, knowing he now lives a life in which she doesn’t belong. Except his decision has shattering consequences, leading to secrets, lies, and the ultimate betrayal.

Years later, their lives continue to entwine, and when his past returns demanding retribution, Mackenzie intervenes and gets caught in the crossfire, leaving behind a devastation that no one sees coming. Can their relationship withstand the hell it’s endured, or is it too late for love?


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Review by Michelle:

After a three year wait, numerous re-reads, and countless recommendations to anyone who would listen to get started on the Give Me series before Mac's book releases, it would be fair to say I had some pretty unattainable expectations for Give Me Hell, and this book in no way disappointed! I'll start by saying that I have never once been disappointed by a Kate McCarthy book, but when you have been longing for, hoping and praying for, begging for, and very impatiently waiting for, well, anything, it is almost always sure to fall a little flat. Not this time. A perfectly matched couple, their perfectly fitting story, and the perfect addition to a much loved series, Give Me Hell was well worth the wait.

I think it's only natural as a woman reading about swoony man after swoony man that I often find myself gushing about the heroes of the books that I read. Sometimes the women in the romances I read are sweet or sassy, gorgeous and enviable, but they aren't always incredibly noteworthy. So, often in my reviews I find that I either don't mention the heroine at all and sometimes don't even speak about either the male or female characters. Each woman in the Give Me series though has been incredible and memorable and downright remarkable, but I have to say, Mackenzie Valentine absolutely takes the cake. In fact Mac isn't just my favorite character, male or female, this series, she is my favorite female character, oh, ever. Not to take anything away from Jake because, he is absolutely ideal in just about every way and I love him with my whole heart, but from this point on, I will continue on to gush and rave and profess my girl crush/undying love for Mackenzie Valentine (and Kate McCarthy too).

Mac is one seriously badass chick who is tough as nails, bold, feisty, fiercely loyal, tells it like it is with no apology, independent, proud, sharp as a tack, quick as a whip, both on the uptake and in the tongue lashing department, and of course, beautiful. She is also sweet (yes, I said sweet), vulnerable (yes, I said vulnerable as well), considerate (yes, I'm still talking about Mac), and selfless. She is all these things and then some, she just doesn't show it very often or to very many people.

Mackenzie is such an admirable, loveable, relatable character, and Kate McCarthy is so adept at telling a moving and vivid story, that you are in for one hell of a punch straight up in the feels. You will laugh out loud at some of the outrageous things Mac says, you will crack up over her crazy antics, you will giggle at the scathing banter between her and Jake, you will be moved to relive, through Mac, the ups and downs of the previous books, will cry with her once you experience the pain that you now realize she carries, you will burn with the heat that is Jake and Mac's intensely volatile and passionate relationship, and your heart will fill to bursting when you finally get to see her softer side and her generous and compassionate actions.

I expected a hard and edgy story for our Mac and Jake, I never once deluded myself into thinking this story, even one that spans the vast number of years that this one does, would be overly sentimental and sweet, but I was in no way ready for the raw and gritty, dark and dangerous twist that this book took early on leading us through some tragic, surprising, unthinkable, and painful times. Jake's past is one I never saw coming, but the way it all circles back to the present was clever, shocking, thrilling, agonizing, and even heartwarming.

From Mac and Jake's first meeting, to Mac, Evie, and Henry's, from rebellion to salvation, from wild child to well, wild woman, from puppy love to hostility to hatred to yearning to all consuming adoration with a healthy side of verbal sparring, Give Me Hell is Mac's addictive, consuming, epic story that will lead you through every hill and valley, every twist and turn, all the heartache and joy, all the passion and tension, and the drama and suspense and leave you a smiling, sobbing, anxious, whimpering, laughing mess just begging for more.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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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Excerpt:

With a low chuckle I roll over on my bed to eyeball the stolen file that I’d slapped on my bedside table last night before crashing. I’m feeling rather pleased with myself until my gaze encounters Jake. My gleeful chortle dies a quick death.

He’s leaning against my bedroom wall, bare-chested, arms folded, and wearing nothing but a pair of black boxer-briefs and a furious glare.

My gaze drops to the bed where Jake has laid out the black beanie used to cover my pale hair, and the black leather gloves that kept my fingerprints from any surface I came in contact with.

Fuck. The sun is streaming in through the blinds and I know it must be late morning already. Clearly I’d forgotten to set the morning alarm. A rookie mistake. And now I need to get past the gauntlet that is Jake and somehow get the file to Casey before he enacts his own plan to retrieve it.

My eyes flick up, meeting his. “Morning,” I say coolly.

His jaw ticks. “Care to explain?”

Jake’s car keys rest on top of the report file and I know he’s seen them. Not only had I performed a break and enter last night, I had also added car theft to my criminal repertoire. Explaining that will likely cause my untimely death. I pretend to consider his question for a moment. “Not really.”

Jake pushes off from the wall and moves toward the bed, bringing him closer. “Well you’re going to.”

“No,” I say, casually sliding across the mattress and away from Jake. “Not today. I have things to—”

Putting one knee on the bed, Jake leans across and grabs the back of my long-sleeved shirt in his fist. He yanks and the distinct sound of a riiipppppp renders the air.

“My shirt,” I gasp as I fly through the air, landing on my back on the mattress with a hard bounce.

“I don’t give a rat’s fucking ass about your shirt,” he growls, straddling my body.

His hard thighs trap me in place and his hands pin mine to the bed. Moving will likely end with a cracked rib.

Jake leans his face down until I can’t look anywhere but in his eyes. “You can start with why you’re dressed like a thieving little bandit.”

“Because I stole your car.”

“Why did you steal my car?”

“Because I couldn’t get a cab.”

I actually considered calling for a taxi but then my movements would be on public record, easily placing me at the scene. I’d had to rule it out.

“Stop leading me in circles, Princess, and spit it the fuck out. What did you do?”

I huff deeply, letting my frustration out. Jake isn’t going to just let this go. It leaves me with two choices. Lie or be honest. I chose door number two, because while I sometimes keep things from Jake, he doesn’t deserve outright deceit.

I spill out my early hours adventure, rethinking my choice of honesty as he sits back on the bed, his fury a slow-building thunderstorm.

There’s silence for a tense moment when I finish speaking.

“You committed a felony,” he says in a soft voice. I’m not fooled by the tone. His anger is a barely leashed lion. “And you used my car to do it.”

My lips press in a thin line. I hadn’t thought that particular implication through, and now I’m angry at myself. “I’m sorry.”

His expression narrows to one of vengeful retribution. “Oh you’ll be sorry.”

“I will?”

“When I paddle your fucking ass.”

“Jake—”

“Shut it,” he growls, his voice rising. “You broke into a detective’s house. You stole her property. You—”

“Casey’s property,” I mutter. “Don’t interrupt me when I’m explaining your stupidity to you.”

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