Fighting Absolution Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
At 15, 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 last thing she expects is the best friend from her past to reappear in the dusty plains of a war-torn country.
No longer the boy she once knew, Bear is now a man: big, bearded, and SAS - one of the army's elite. Soon, Jamie finds herself fighting against not only her enemies but also her feelings for a man who left her once before. Can she risk losing him all over again?
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|Listening Length||17 hours and 38 minutes|
|Narrator||Brie Jackman, Dan Matheson|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 11, 2020|
|Publisher||Dreamscape Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #195,455 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,109 in Military Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#6,179 in Romantic Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#14,541 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
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I don’t know if this has ever happened to you after reading an epic love story, but it was a first for me. When I turned the last page of Fighting Absolution, I rushed to my PC, opened a doc and then stared at the screen gormessly. No words came, just tears. I needed to collect my thoughts before even attempting to put pen to paper, but I simply couldn’t. It took me exactly a day to read but ages to write this review. Now, this isn’t normal, Fighting Absolution isn’t your normal military romance, either. McCarthy took me on a roller-coaster ride which squeezed my heart, touched my soul and gave me a profound feeling of hope.
The character development is nothing less than spectacular. In their own way, they all have imperfections, making them so much more relatable. The storyline is dramatic without being overdone, the pace is fast, keeping me on the edge from the beginning to the end. It’s a real-life warzone. It’s battling with emotions so deep, those affected can’t see what’s in front of their very own eyes. The details of the surroundings at home and away, the camaraderie shared hardships to heartfelt friendship, trust and love are carefully thought-out. Nothing is left out, nothing is exaggerated.
“Isn’t that why any of us join the damn army in the first place? We’re hoping it’s going to perform some kind of miracle and piece us back together.”
Young Jamie Murphy is in need of a friend and she finds one on the other side of a fence, but they never cross the panels. Not one to tell all, she gradually opens up to Bear. But who is he? Why does he hold back on her? You’ll see although one thing’s for sure, she’s his Little Warrior.
“There’s the little warrior I know. I would laugh if we both weren’t hurting so much.”
What he sees in her is strength; a strength he encourages and oh boy, she’s going to need every ounce of it. I really and truly liked Jamie. So unpretentious, her beauty doesn’t even register with her. When she’s on form, you’ll love her dry wit and through it all, she still managed to make me smile.
‘Careful. You cracked a joke. Isn’t that your quota for the year?’
The worse happens, he’s gone, she can’t find him. Wow, to say she was peeved would be putting it mildly. Hmm…so it’s his bad luck, life goes on and she has a plan. A plan which not only turns out better than she could ever have imagined, but in its way, also reflects on future happenings which for this reader, caused utter despair.
‘Maybe that’s what life is all about. Snatching moments like this. Ones that get you through when you have nothing else.’
As fate would have it, the same war-torn road they’d chosen to go down brings Bear and Jamie together. Their friendship rekindles, he becomes her rock and to be perfectly honest, I still don’t know if I cried more for him or Jamie whilst learning how they coped with loss. But there are happy times which melted my heart. Their leg-pulling and comebacks; a welcome reprieve, had me grinning from ear to ear. How Jamie and Bear’s story evolves brought out more crushing feels if that were ever possible. And in all fairness and as much as I would like to tell you the outcome of their journey, I can’t. What I can say is this book will captivate you and be warned, having a man-sized hanky at hand is a must.
“There’s no such thing as stupid when it comes to grief. We all deal with it in our own way.”
I would love to have two besties with such wisdom in my life as does Jamie. Wood with his clumsiness, affection and encouragement. Erin who with no holds barred, makes her stubborn friend see things for what they are. And Bear’s mate Ryan, still hurting inside, is there when most needed. Meeting Fin through Jamie’s eyes left a lump in my throat but hey, this tight-knit group became my people.
“You can’t lose the memories inside your heart.”
The dual narrative written in the present is particularly important as it gave me the two sides to the story and although the protagonists’ inner thoughts were at times contrasting, both of them express how they feel perfectly. Fighting Absolution is without a doubt, one of the best love stories I have read this year. Bravo, McCarthy!
Now for a minor Con. I read The Biker and The Thief before this book. I was disappointed by a couple of instances of similar terminology in both books. Like the female saying Giddy Up Cowboy when on back of a motorcycle to similar sexual positions - like from prone position to him bringing her with him as he got to his knees with her straddling him just before he orgasmed. This is an imaginative writer with a wealth of writing talent. It's a small detracter. This is a great book still rating 5 stars. I just felt it could have avoided. If not the author then the editor should have caught it.
A SIDE NOTE. This author did a Superb Job describing realistic conditions for military personnel while serving in the Middle East. Particularly for women. Kudos for painting a realistic picture instead of just glossing over it and shooting from the hip. Describing ridiculous scenes like some lazy authors do who don't have first-hand experience and/or don't research, and don't respect their craft or their readers. Thank you for that and much respect.
As an alone teen, Jamie struggles to find who she is let alone people to lean on; until a boy named Bear found his way into her life.
When he's one day no longer there, Jamie is so devastated but picks her chin up and carries on with life.
A few years later she's met with a face of her past, but one she never truely physically knew. When Bear appears, now a man, she slowly reconnects and forms that once best friend relationship she grew to love. Through many fights and battles - not only physically but mentally - will Jamie be able to recognise her true feelings or will she keep everything locked away and let it destroy her once and for all?
I can't even with this at the moment, and this is said in the best way possible! I LOVE LOVE LOVED it!!!!!
How Kate has done this to me I don't know, but I want more. This literally made me cry and laugh (a lot), get so jittery and anxious, maybe cry and laugh some more as well as fall in love with Jamie, Bear and more.
This comes highly recommended as a must read!
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This quote killed me;
“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.”