Give Me Strength
(Give Me #2)
Author: Kate McCarthy
Genre: Romantic Suspense 18+
Publication Date: September 16, 2013
Cover Design: Okay Creations
Hosted by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
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?
I gave Give Me Strength 4.5 mind-blowing leaves. I’ll be honest here, I had no idea what I was getting into when I signed up for this tour. I had never read Give Me Love, so I didn’t know that I was about to be blasted into this amazing world that Kate McCarthy created. First of all, the setting in Australia? Love! Secondly, the story captivated me from the very beginning. It was different from most books in that all of Quinn’s dirty laundry was aired in the prologue. We see her dark past and why she ends up being so guarded and secluded, well not including her best friend, Liz. I liked that the author had done that because then I don’t get as frustrated with the heroine. Especially with one as skittish as Quinn. Liz finally drags her out to go clubbing, and BAM we meet Travis Valentine *swoon*. Don’t worry Quinn, if I saw a guy that hot I would be spilling drinks left and right, too. I was kinda sad that we didn’t get to see their first night together, but the flashbacks were hot enough to satisfy me. Literally as Quinn is on her way home from doing the Walk of Shame, she gets a phone call that changes her life. In the form of a job. She now works alongside Mac as an assistant for the band Jamieson.
Why is it such a big deal? Well besides the fact that Jamieson is the next big thing. Mac is Travis’ sister. Holyyyy angst, there was so much tension in this book. The band and the Valentines wholeheartedly accept Quinn into their family. Something Quinn is completely unaccustomed to. It takes her way too long to come to terms with it. So a lot of the problems between Travis and Quinn could be solved with a simple talk, but noooo Quinn runs too much and Travis is the brooder kind. Oh well, at least when they finally get together it ends up being more explosive. Then, the past just has to come back and ruin everything. I’m not gonna say how, but I’ll just say that the last third of the book? Totally didn’t see that coming. It went in a direction I would have never guessed, but loved nonetheless. How could I not? Anything Quinn and Travis I’m in.
I loved Quinn more than I hated her. She was so broken and had such low self-esteem that I just wanted to hug her. But, sometimes I had an overwhelming urge to slap her. She kept thinking she wasn’t good enough for Travis, which only ended up hurting him. She was so sweet and caring. She fit right in to the family of mismatched misfits, and she didn’t even know it. I hated that she tried to run all time. Her heart was in the right place, but seriously. I was about to tie her down. Can we talk about Travis now? He was exactly the type of guy I’ve been craving. Lately, I’ve been reading books with sweet-talking guys, and I needed the tall, dark, and mysterious. Travis definitely fit the bill. And his job made me more attracted to him and at the same time it made my heart break for him. I adore the rest of the gang. I need stories for Casey! And Mac! Stat! I adore this series. I love it when each book in the series centers around a different character. Probably because I like standalones. Now, I’m off to go back and read Give Me Love while waiting for the third book, Casey’s story.
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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