Ryan Kendall is broken. He understands pain. He knows the hand of violence and the ache of loss. He knows what it means to fail those who need you. Being broken doesn’t stop him wanting the one thing he can’t have; Finlay Tanner. Her smile is sweet and her future bright. She’s the girl he grew up with, the girl he loves, the girl he protects from the world, and from himself.
At nineteen, Ryan leaves to join the Australian Army. After years of training he becomes an elite SAS soldier and deploys to the Afghanistan war. His patrol undertakes the most dangerous missions a soldier can face. But no matter how far he runs, or how hard he fights, his need for Finlay won’t let go.
Returning home after six years, one look is all it takes to know he can’t live without her. But sometimes love isn’t enough to heal what hurts. Sometimes people like him can’t be fixed, and sometimes people like Finlay deserve more than what’s left.
This is a story about war and the cost of sacrifice. Where bonds are formed, and friendships found. Where those who are strong, fall hard. Where love is let go, heartache is born, and heroes are made. Where one man learns that the hardest fight of all, is the fight to save himself.
Fighting Redemption is a highly emotional read. There were several time’s I cried while reading it. :/ Another blogger wrote a review on this book and highly suggested it. I decided I would give it a try. This is a new to me author so I wasn’t familiar with her work. The writing style is a bit different since the author is Australian, but that didn’t take away from the story. Some of the words were spelled a little different, but other than that everything is the same.
Fighting Redemption is one of those stories where the hero and heroine grew up together. They both have feelings for each other, but don’t act upon them. While reading it I could feel the tension between Ryan & Finlay. I wanted for them to act upon the attraction and come together.
Ryan is referred to as being broken. This is 100% accurate. I felt so bad for him and the way he grew up. If it wasn’t for Fin and her family who knows what would have happened to him. It’s because of the way he grew up that he doesn’t believe he’s worthy enough of Fin.
Ms McCarthy did an excellent job holding my interest throughout this story. I kept turning page after page to see what would happen next. One of the things I liked most about this one is that the author give’s the reader an inside look of what it’s like for soldiers in the Australian military.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one and hope you’ll give it a shot. Be sure to break out a fresh box of Kleenex before you start. You’re going to need them.