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Fighting Absolution

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  442 ratings  ·  149 reviews
"She's a combat medic.
He's SAS, and her best friend.
They weren't supposed to fall in love."

At fifteen, Jamie Murphy finds herself broken and alone, convinced she doesn't need anyone.
Until she does.

Bear is the boy behind the fence, the one who was there for her when no one else was.
Until he's not.

Left with nothing, Jamie joins the army hoping it will give her purpose. The l
Published September 10th 2019 by Kate McCarthy
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This book right here was one of my most highly anticipated reads of the year/the century/ to say I'm a fan of military reads is an understatement, they just seem to hit right in the heart, and this book was no different!!
As soon as I started this I was hooked, couldn't put it down, loved the journey the author set me on, raw, real, and riveting, I didn't want it to end!!
Kate McCarthy
May 23, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
She was my best friend when we were younger, until I left her behind for the Army. I never expected to see her years later in the middle of a brutal war, combat uniform on, bruised and defiant. And I never expected her to be familiar with one of the 'brothers' in my team, their connection undeniable. She was never meant to be mine, but turns out I'm a selfish bastard.

Anger, pain, betrayal, trust, love and war --> preorder now!

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Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing


‘…the problem with shooting stars is that they burn too quick. Too bright. Too fast. And far, far too hard.’

Fighting Absolution by Kate McCarthy gave us chills. It was sheer perfection and the ultimate book love experience. Stunningly written and incredibly realistic, this story drew every single emotion out of us. Our hearts felt everything this brilliant Author clearly intended for us to feel. We loved Fighting Redemption and were surprised that it was possible to love Fight
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019



‘…the problem with shooting stars is that they burn too quick. Too bright. Too fast. And far, far too hard.’

Fighting Absolution by Kate McCarthy gave us chills. It was sheer perfection and the ultimate book love experience. Stunningly written and incredibly realistic, this story drew every single emotion out of us. Our hearts felt everything this brilliant Author clearly intended for us to feel. We loved Fighting Redemption and were surprised that it was possible to love Fight
Mary - Books and Moods
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was without a shadow of a doubt an emotional ride.

Since the beginning I knew it was going to be an epic story, for starters I’m a sucker for military romance…duh. And second, I have read other books of Kate before and have loved them all.

I went into this book completely blind, I didn’t read the blurb or Fighting Redemption (now that I know Ryan and Fin I’m definitely going to read it). You will FEEL this story with your whole heart, It's crazy angsty and so emotionally charged that it
“Home is wherever you are.”

6 stars!!

Wow, what a read! What an amazing, emotional, incredible, beautiful read! A military-themed friends-to-lovers love story that is surprising, unexpected, unique and absolutely epic! I was completely captivated from start to finish and I loved every moment of it. Definitely a fave for 2019.

First up, be aware that this book ties in with McCarthy’s incredible Fighting Redemption. You can read this one as a standalone and don’t have to have read that book first, bu
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Court: I have spent life waxing poetic with how much I love Kate McCarthy, her writing, her characters and just everything this woman does...and I legit thought I had reached just about the top the bar that she set for me in which I could love her. I was wrong. This book absolutely slayed the best way possible. I honestly thought that Fighting Redemption could not be topped, because it was an epic tale of love, loss and ahem, redemption. This book however, really delved deep into what we ...more
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
ARC received from author for an honest review

Once upon a time, a blogger read a book called Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy, and said "this is the best book I have ever read" and told everyone that would listen that they must read it.

Blogger said that no book could come close to this one in her esteem.

Then Kate McCarthy produces a follow up book called Fighting Absolution, and blogger needs to eat her words.

Fighting Absolution is right along side Redemption with the best books she has ever
Shasta Hope
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMGOODNESS!!! What the heck is going on with my emotions? Kate McCarthy did some sweet damage to my sweet sweet heart. This book had me tied up in nots. Literally. I couldn't put it down but I ended up taking more breaks then usual because HONESTLY I didn't want the story to END. The amount of tears I shed could have helped a small country. The Amazing skill and grace that was sgown through every word on every page is a true testament to Kate and her crazy talent. I realize that she had a lot if ...more
Escape into a Booksite
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
*5 Stars*

ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first Kate McCarthy book, and I have absolutely no idea how or why it took me so long to discover this author and her books. This story, it immediately captivated me with its characters. Told mostly from Jamie's POV, shes the surly, standoff-ish teen who won't let anyone in. That is, until the pushy, won't give up boy on the other side of the fence, Bear comes along and worms his way into her heart and tells her to make
The Novel Lifestyle
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
6 STAR BOOK REVIEW (and I don't give 6 stars lightly....) .

There are moments in a bloggers reading life when we pick up a book and can't put it down. I love those. I look for those. Search high and low on the daily for those. But then there are books that change you. They create a weird little shift inside you that you don't really feel until you've finished the book. Then a longing begins. A feeling of loss. A missing piece.

Fighting Absolution by Kate McCarthy is undoubtedly one of the most inc
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
"I wish I met you under different circumstances. And that I could be your first kiss. Maybe one day I’ll regret that I wasn’t. In fact, I’m pretty sure I already do."

What an emotional and sexy story! Kate McCarthy writes amazing military romance. Her earlier book 'Fighting Redemption' is one of my favorites so I was anxiously awaiting the release of her latest book. This story combines a coming-of-age story with an emotional romance for a beautifully written story.

Jamie Murphy is growing up i
Kimhe Rockchicks
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love being a blogger and having the opportunity of letting the wonderful word of readers know when I come across a book that just blows your world. Fighting Absolution is an epic masterpiece.

"Don't cry little Warrior"

How do I survive the hangover I am left in after reading The End. I thought Fighting Redemption was bloody brilliant, but this one takes the cake. Fighting Absolution is a tough read - a tough read emotionally that is. Strap yourself in, because you are in for one hell of a ride.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Be Happy Stars! What an emotional roller coaster ride! This storyline is beautifully heartbreaking and so worth the read! Friendship and loss is a huge theme woven throughout this story. You won’t be able to put it down. I absolutely loved Kyle and Jamie. Their story has all the FEELS! Can be read as a stand-alone but having read Fighting Redemption elevated this story to another level. I highly recommend this must read!
Vanessa (nessreads)
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
6 “Little Warrior” Stars

My heart is so full right now. I just finished reading one of my top favorite reads of this year! Hook, line, and sinker I was captivated from the start. This story grabbed me and didn’t for one second let me go until I reached the end. I was overwhelmed by the amount of emotions this story poured out of me. On more than one occasion there were bouts here and there where I was so deeply struck to the core with feelings I found myself shedding tears. This story punched me
‘Fighting Absolution’ is not quite a conventional romance, so that’s best to get that out of the way at the start. For those who are used to the establishing scene of the protagonists following a particular trope they are familiar with, this tosses all of it out of the window. Maybe I’m one of those, so inured to tropes and straight-up, direct coupledom despite the difficulty the protagonists face getting together. After all, it’s the classification of romance, isn’t it?

Kate McCarthy strays fro
Jemima jamir aka Sentranced Jem
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-2019
This book gave me chills! I've read my fair share of military romances but this one was knocked it out of the park!

I know when a book is absolutely amazing when I fear writing a review.

My copy of this book is completely highlighted.
I had this big plan of writing down snippets of sentences that were beautiful, sneak peak into passages that will break your heart....I had this whole plan. But now, I just can't say anything besides this has been one of my favourite reads of the year.

I am guilty for
Bookgasms Book Blog
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
I have been a huge fan of Kate McCarthy and have come to love her sexy yet emotionally intense stories. Fighting Absolution was no different. Jamie and Bear were absolutely brilliant. From the beginning, just seeing the heartbreaking circumstances at the start of their friendship and the way they bonded, I could not stop reading. I was so hooked on this love story between two lost souls who find each other during pivotal moments in both their lives.

I loved the connections in this story and how d
Shelee at Book Reader Chronicles
**4.5 Stars**

Fighting Absolution was a wonderfully addictive love story filled with heat, heartbreak, and self-discovery. The emotional beats were satisfying and held weight as they carried long into next one all while the character-driven story unfolded with no rush. There was so much more than a love story to be told and I adored every moment of it.

McCarthy wonderfully captured the essence of Jamie’s character from a struggling teen girl to the young woman searching for a sense of belonging.
Julie Reveles (ILST BLOG)
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“I want to find a girl and fall in love. I want to know what it feels like to look at someone knowing I could never live without them. I want to get married. I want to watch her walk down the aisle towards me, my heart busting from my chest at the knowledge she was mine. I want to feel my babies growing inside her belly, and watch them grow with her by my side. I want to fill that house by the beach with all their little personalities. Take them camping. Teach them about the Earth, and life, a ...more
Adirondack Reads Romance
If you’re looking for an amazing Military themed romance, you MUST READ this book!!!! I read the first book, Fighting Redemption, in 2014 and absolutely loved it. 5 years later I still remember all the feels and ugly cries that story instigated, and it remains one of my favorite military romances. It’s no wonder that Fighting Absolution delivered just as many emotions and left me in a muddled mess. And bonus: It can be read as a complete stand-alone.

War is not pretty. It’s trying, gruesome, and
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5+++ Stars!

OMG this book was hands down the best book I’ve read in 2019 thus far.

Kate McCarthy has created a piece of brilliance with her latest military romance, Fighting Absolution.

After reading Fighting Redemption (which is also one of my favs) I knew that I would love this book. From the start of this book, I did not want to put it down. The detail that Kate went into with the scenes is so in depth that I was absolutely fascinated.

Fighting Absolution will have you experiencing ALL the feel
Becky Wise
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book and it feels. Pass me a tissue, please or many. I couldn't get enough of Fighting Absolution. I fell in love with Jamie (little warrior), Jake and Kyle. I cried along with Jamie and felt her pain and her healing throughout. I love how strong she is. I love how through everything she doesn't give up. She may push away but you understand that when you keep her background in mind. Jake is so sweet and swoon-worthy. I loved him with Jamie. Then there is Kyle, Jake's fellow SAS, someone fro ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We have another winner!
Fighting Absolution by Kate McCarthy is a full length, standalone contemporary romance and this new to me author blew me away. I fell in insta-love from chapter one and couldn't put the book down. I simply couldn't. I had to know what happens to the characters.
Jamie Murphy and Kyle Brooks meet when they're lifes are difficult. They lose contact only to reconnect years later under very special circumstances. Both are through a lot and have just begun to sort their lives.
J.M. Miller
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 2019
Bear and Little Warrior.
Oh wow. Where can I even start with this? Maybe I should start by saying that I haven't read Fighting Redemption. I'm seriously kicking myself for that. Not because it's needed--this is a complete standalone--but it is in the same world, with some shared characters, and I know I'm gonna need more of it.

Fighting Absolution is breathtaking, so beautifully written and fantastically realistic. The military aspect is obviously researched thoroughly and handled smoothly, givin
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emotionally Stunning!!

Is it possible to give a book 10 star?
This book is all encompassing. It takes you on a journey spanning 20 years. Through death, through war, heart ache, survival, guilt, laughter, friendship and an undying love.

One of the most powerfully beautiful and emotionally charged stories I have read in a long time.

Her words are written so beautifully, you can easily become absorbed in the story and picture yourself watching from above.

Her characters are strong, emotional, and evolv
Sarah - Books to Breathe
This story was just a delicious heartbreaking surprise, one after the other. Despair, angst, surprise, impending doom, laughter, hope, devastation, camaraderie, love, friendship, acceptance, and finally absolution. These are just a few of the emotions I experienced while reading this gorgeous story. Outside of the main heroine Jamie, I can't even really describe the main players because the unknown and surprise is a huge part of what make this book so special. Just know that the discoveries are ...more
A military romance like none other!! When Jamie Murphy finds herself all alone, she decides her only option to be truly free from her situation and find herself is to enlist in the military. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect her neighbor...her best friend, “Bear”, to be there also. This is a truly beautiful coming of age, emotional, sweet romance about two lost souls finding each other. I don’t want to say too much so you can experience every perfect moment for yourself. We also get gli ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am not okay. My heart is so full and the love I have for this book knows no bounds. I don’t know how to move on. I took my time reading this book and I savored every word. The writing was brilliant, the characters were so real, I felt as if I was there watching it all unfold on a big screen. You’ll cry ugly yet beautiful tears, you’ll fall in love with every character, you will be sad when it ends. But most of all, you’ll fall in love!!
Diane plourde
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I knew by the blurb that this would be an amazing read. Fighting Absolution went above and beyond my already high expectations. This 6 star story consumed me while I was reading and way after I was done.

It starts with a bond that was formed between a boy and a girl. Their time spent talking to each other by the fence was precious. Until it stopped. Jamie never forgot about the mysterious boy. Now many years later she is joining the army. She’s looking for a family, a place to belong. She will ma
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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 a
“Bear is my rock, but sometimes I forget even rocks need the ground to hold them up. He’s unknowingly reminded me of how self-absorbed I’ve been. Most of the time I can’t see beyond my own pain in order to recognise it in someone else.” 0 likes
“How can you say that? Life brought you the biggest fight of your life, and you know what you did?” “What?” “You showed up. Every day. You showed up. You’re still showing up. One day you’ll look back and realise how much strength it took just to do that.” 0 likes
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