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Stronger Than This

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  71 reviews
I married a monster -- a member of a motorcycle club. I was okay with him blurring the lines until the lines he crossed turned against me. He wasn’t always a monster, or he hid it well. I wouldn’t have married him if I’d known. By the time his true colors showed, I was pregnant with no way out. Until one day, years of planning paid off, and I was able to run away wit
Published April 30th 2018
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
2 Meh Stars

I didn't hate this...I just didn't really connect with it too much.
The writing felt a little but...undone. And, like I said, I just didn't connect with the story or the characters that much as a result.

Oh well, no big deal.
Jennifer Kyle
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 - 5 Stars

"... the moment you start thinking that monsters aren't real, that's the moment they attack."

This is the first book I have read by this author and I felt as a biker story that does deal with physical abuse and a new love (a hot mature Irishman) she did a fantastic job!


"He was everything I wanted, yet knew I shouldn't have. Mickey was kind in a way I didn't know a man could be. He was teaching me that men, even when hard could be soft."
Britt The Red Hatter Book Blog
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
Grab those tissues and get ready for a ride that will break your heart and put it back together in the best way. Stronger Than This is a beautiful story that touches on the worst of circumstances. Raw and real there was no sugar coating in this book and it hits you right in the heart. Marie and Mickey’s story is one that pack an emotional punch. Filled with heartbreak, healing, and ultimately love. Abby McCarthy’s incredible writing had me hooked immediately.

Marie’s story is utterly heartbreaki
Tanya Rae ~ TaSTy WordGasms
Stronger Than This is the first book that I have read by Abby McCarthy and I loved it.

So, this book kind of showed up on my kindle as an ARC. I must have signed up for it to review. But, I can’t find anywhere that I did. It isn’t on my calendar or spreadsheet. I thought I was tired of MC romances but, “Stronger Than This” was very good. And, I think it has gotten me back in the game of reading them.

I fell in love with Mickey. Marie had been married to a “monster”. She had to run away with her d
Abby McCarthy
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it

‘Mickey kissed my hand he was holding.
I sighed,
“Yes, love.”
“It has a happy ending?”
“Of course. The best love stories do, and ours is the best, love.”

Wow! How have we not read anything by Abby McCarthy before now? It’s been a long time between MC Romances for us and we’ve missed them. In our quest to find stories with older characters (as in past college age) Stronger Than This came up. As it ticked two must haves off our reading mood, we decided to dive in, and easily became swept
Becky Wise
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'll be the first to admit I had the Wrecked series on my TBR list for sometime now. I sat and read the three books in less then 2 days time and absolutely loved them. But I'll tell you what I'm glad I waited until Stronger Than This. That reason is because I was able to get the full impact of Mickey and The Devil’s Crusaders. Mickey is such a strong, caring, some what sweet yet gruff Irishman that you can't help but to love him fully. Marie and her daughter Talon are such a strong duo of surviv ...more
Dawn Nicole Costiera
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!!!!
Stronger than this by Abby McCarthy was AMAZING. An MC romance and a true story of survival. It's steady flow of angst and emotions had me completely engrossed. I loved the touch of darkness and fear throughout. Mikey McCaffrey is the man! We first met Mickey in The Wreck You Series. He's Maura's dad and a member of The Devil's Crusaders. I loved him then, but I am completely in love with him now. If you haven't read the series yet. Trust me, It's fine. Strong than this is a standal
3 stars

For a long time now I have been searching for a new MC series to read. Lord knows I love a good biker book and for some reason the ones I haven’t read yet just don’t seem to appeal to me. So when I saw this one was recently read by a GR friend, Leigh, I thought I’d take a detour from my planned reading for this week.

This is an interesting one; the writing style is not my preferred style, it is very fast paced, very matter of fact and quite emotionless. Yet I found myself drawn in st
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, freebies, bikers
Stronger Than This was recently recommended in a group and lucky me it has been sitting on my Kindle for some time. Honestly, I loved this book from beginning to end. Was it perfect? absolutely not, it's not even original but it was perfect to me. Mickey is exactly what I love in my H's. He's strong, tough, dominate but super loving and sweet to those he loves. He was an amazing Dad who raised a beautiful daughter alone even while being part of the MC. Marie was also great, life has been hard fr ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stronger Than This by Abby McCarthy is set in the same world like her Wrecked Series, but can easily be read as a standalone.
Marie is a woman who´s broken on body and soul. Together with her daughter she´s on the run from a monster. She´s hiding in a small town and for the first time she feels safe and secure. And her new neighbor is one of the reasons. Mickey is Sergeant at Arms at the lokal MC chapter, his daughter, Maura is happily married and he´s set in his ways. That is ´til he meets a fei
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
Loved it!
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could tell you how much I loved this book. I somehow missed that Mickey was getting a book and that we were even getting another book from this amazing series. I was so excited to read Stronger Than This and then when I started it I did everything in my power to not have to put this book down. From word one I was hooked, Abby McCarthy did such a great job writing this story and pulling us into this world she created. The story is beyond words but it’s not even just that the story in thi ...more
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018

‘Mickey kissed my hand he was holding.
I sighed,
“Yes, love.”
“It has a happy ending?”
“Of course. The best love stories do, and ours is the best, love.”

Wow! How have we not read anything by Abby McCarthy before now? It’s been a long time between MC Romances for us and we’ve missed them. In our quest to find stories with older characters (as in past college age) Stronger Than This came up. As it ticked two must haves off our reading mood, we decided to dive in, and easily became swept
CJ at Book Happiness
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly addictive suspenseful read loaded with angst, hate, adultery, rape and lots of love. It was also emotional and very gritty, real, and raw but sexy as hell.

I fell in love with Marie and Mickey. I enjoyed watching the relationship between these two develop despite the obstacles they had to overcome.

**possible triggers abuse and rape
Aug 25, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, ku
I thought this was a well written book but I had issues with a few things.

After everything Marie had been through with her husband, her ridiculous, possessive jealousy for someone she hadn't even really started a relationship with was disconcerting and made me very uncomfortable for the way she interprets a loving relationship after all of her abuse.

But mostly I was not impressed with the non ending to this book. I was shocked when it ended because the story wasn't finished. In fact, it was in
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I enjoyed the story and Mickey was a great male lead! I think I will go back and read the Wrecked series to get to know the other characters more.
An intense story, Stronger Than This was addictive from the first page. Marie and Mickey are great characters. Marie is a woman who fell in love with a man who hid his true colors. She endured it, but refused to let her daughter go through it as well. Resourceful and meticulous, she makes her escape and meets Mickey when she moves into a new home with her daughter. She's walled off and gun-shy, but Mickey has just as much grit and determination as she does.

Stronger Than This was a great read. W
2OCC Reviews
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jessica
After I finished this book I had to sit on it. I had to get my feelings straight and figure out how to write a review that can properly express. There is a lot that happens in the book but the feelings that the book evoke are huge. I had tears, I rooted for Marie to come out on the other side. I smiled at how Mickey was with Marie and how protective he was. I want to tell y’all how each darkish scene broke my heart a little more then the one before, but I won’t go into too much detail with that. ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stronger Than This is the stand-alone story of Mickey McCafferty. His story will grab your heart strings and pull them right out of your chest! Mickey has been a major figure in the Wreck You series. He is Maura’s dad. I have not read Wreck You (yet), but was able to follow along fine. I devoured this story in one sitting!

Life is good for Mickey McCafferty. He is Sargent of Arms for the Devil’s Crusaders. He works, he plays, he has a tight knit “family” around him. He doesn’t need anything more.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stronger Than This is the first book in Abby's new Devil's Crusaders series which is a spin-off of her Wrecked Series. I would imagine one would connect and enjoy this story even more if the Wrecked series was read first, but I have not read them and this book reads perfectly as a standalone. 

The story begins with Marie being young and naive with the hot alpha biker, Drake, sweeping her off her feet and giving her a life that appeared so much better than the one she'd been living. Her reality tu
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Wow. I haven't read this author before and this one was freaking amazing. Heartbreaking, sad and so much more. And just what you need/want in a MC story.
I loved Marie she was a broken women but she was so strong for her daughter. And Mickey, Holy Smoke... All i can say is #sigh....

I really want more of this type of story line and will definitely be reading her other books.

Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anxious. Anticipation. Waiting on the shoe to drop. THIS is what caused me to spend an afternoon and evening devouring the pages, because I just knew something big was going to happen. Only to have to force myself to go to bed without finishing the last 15%! This book does NOT disappoint. It's a really great story line with strength and great characters. It's different from other MC books.
This book can cause triggers due to the domestic violence.
This is the first book I've read by this author,
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is deep,with dark raw pain but also healing and love filled...when the pasts collide with the present will it brake them all for good or will they fight even harder for the future?!? Amazing book!
Read.Review.Repeat Blog
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story will have your emotions tied up in knots. After Marie had been beaten down so much I was cheering for her to get her HEA. Mickey was just the right guy to help her heal, so kind and patient. I enjoyed watching the changing maturity in Talon and her budding friendship with Zeke (could there be a book somewhere in there?). Marie is just an exceptionally strong woman who didn't let life get her down, it was a great attitude to have and the story was beautifully written if not heartbreaki ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mature characters, mature subject matter. As Marie struggles to escape an abusive husband, she meets Mickey. He an Irish biker that is sexy and strong enough to be what she needs. Very emotional read.
Erin Mikolic
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all of Abby’s books. This one is no exception. Mickey is everything I thought he would be. The story line is perfect.
Lisa Book Stacks
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Marie is running away with her daughter from an abusive biker husband. And lands in another town with a club but Mickey and his club is a family. Just what these two need. Enjoyed this book first time reading this author will be reading more
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Abby McCarthy is an Ohio born reader and a lover of words. She is a blogger turned author and released her first novel in May 2014. She is a mother of three, a wife and a dog person. She has always written, sometimes poetry, sometimes just to vent about failed relationships, however in parenthood she has found her voice to help keep her sanity. She loves to write and read romance because isn't th ...more

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