The End Game Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
“Professional athletes are pillars of their respective communities. They are heroes in the eyes of boys and girls and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that positively represents their community.”
The public loves a good scandal. Seeing someone fall from the pinnacle of success makes a great headline. No one knows that better than I do. What started out as a promising career in college football, spiraled into scandal and shame.
But being a hero is easier said then done. Especially when there are those who expected to see the great Brody Madden fail. I craved nothing except being the best - willing to do anything to prove them wrong. But I went too far, and I tried too hard, and it broke me.
“At the time of going to print, Jordan Elliott was unavailable for comment.”
I met Brody Madden in my senior year of college. An Australian native on an international scholarship, I was the female soccer sensation with stars in her eyes and no room for a hotshot wide receiver with a chip on his shoulder.
But a heart bursting with ambition and a driving fire to succeed isn’t made of stone. I became his strength, his obsession, and the greatest love of his life. Only I wasn’t there when he needed me most.
This is a story about love and a game that takes everything. Where the path to glory is paved with sacrifice. Where pressure makes you, or breaks you, and triumph is born in the ashes of failure. Where two people’s end game will change everything.
18+ recommended. Contains adult language and adult themes.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 10 minutes|
|Narrator||Taryn Eva, Teddy Hamilton|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 14, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #211,003 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#11,739 in Sports Romance (Books)
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#27,571 in New Adult & College Romance (Books)
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I thought it would be like most "Sports Romance", but I was severely wrong. Jordan is a strong confident young woman, who has worked her a$$ off to get where she's at. An overachiever, she knows where she is going in life & soccer is it. Her passion has brought her from Australia to Texas on a scholarship. Brody on the other hand is a Football All Star at the same college Jordan just transferred to. He is the golden one & has everything handed to him; popularity, girls, looks, athletics, except one thing...grades.
Jordan wants to focus on her career, no boys. But when she is chosen to tutor Brody will she be able to resist. Together they are a powerhouse, unstoppable, and spontaneous. Not to mention on fire. But they're also destructible & under pressure at all times. While things are going as planned for Jordan, Brody is spiralling out of control. His issues are real & painful to himself & others. Brody struggles with getting help & can't see past getting the next touchdown, feeling good, or getting his fix of Jordan. It eventually changes their lives forever.
I loved that it spans over the course of several years & brings you to the present. In the end Brody & Jordan get their HEA. But to say they earned it is an understatement. As for the additional characters, they brought so much to story, such a tight group, always there for each other. The story & character build up was impeccable. I really was so impressed & touched. This is an issue that isn't talked or written about as much & personally I have a loved one who has been impacted by this disease. So it was definitely emotional for me, but it was beautiful too. The reason behind the title is amazing & puts all the pieces together. Thank you for writing The End Game.
This book in particular has so much going for it. You have two great main characters, and you have a plot line that keeps you interested and glued to the book. You do have a pretty intense and complex supporting cast, along with how in-depth you go with the main characters. At it's basis, it's about two people striving to be the very best they can be, and then you have like situations, outside forces and even themselves getting in the way of it. It's about learning to believe in yourself, and trust that you can get you where you need to be, and be okay with that.
I actually feel that the synopsis follows pretty close to what you'll find in the book , however, the twists in it, that can really evoke emotion, are what make the book amazing. It does touch on subjects that can make you twinge, and sort of wince, but over all it's a fantastic read. I wanted to smash Brody over the head more than once and yell at him, asking WHY?! At times I felt like I was watching a horror movie and telling the chick NOT to run up the stairs... But like those movies, you can't tear yourself away.
Jordan pretty much has everything going for her and soccer career on the horizon. She's determined and focused, but she's also spunky, fun and caring. Brody is that guy on campus that everyone knows, but he has hidden depths, and also a backpack full of issues. These characters are extremely engaging and they've got more then just a bit of chemistry between them. Reading about them bashing heads and working through problems was engrossing.
Last but not least, there is an HEA in this book. I actually feel the need to stress that, because there were times in this book that I had no clue how it was going to happen. It's written from alternative first person POVs between the main characters, and it is a stand alone novel. I've given it a solid four stars, and would definitely recommend it!
Top reviews from other countries
Jordan left Sydney for Texas she had no problems settling in, she was welcomed by her new friends and you could tell she was going to get on with every one even this early on there was plenty of banter.
Before Brody came on the scene there is Jax, you find yourself trying to piece things together, who plays soccer who doesn't etc and what will become of Jax in all of this because Brody has already seen Jordan but Jax kind of got there first.
Brody soon claimed Jordan as his girl but it didn't come without an altercation with Jax I thought it was going to cause some long term problems between them but It didn't thank goodness because Jax not is Brody's cousin but very valuable friend in deed.
This story ties you up in knots Jordan and Brody have some great moments together but unfortunately you can see it all going wrong before your very eyes and it does more than once and you can't do a thing about it.
Brody has issues with his parents and the way he is treated by them, this causes a knock on effect with his life, it is extremely sad but he has got some people that look out for him but it's still not enough.
Brody ends up hitting Rock bottom and almost loosing his life and everything in between but Jordan stood by him, wanted to be there for him but he pushed her away because of her career so she's now back in Oz and almost where the prologue ended.
We know that Brody is spending his time getting himself well and his life back on track ready to go get his girl.!
We had a beautiful ending to Jordan and Brody's story they went through so much they waited for each other and got there in the end.
I love the way Kate McCarthy tells the story you connect with the characters, you feel every situation and defiantly every emotion..
If you loved this book, check out The Shortstop by A.M. Madden.
I'm looking forward to what ever comes next from this great author.
Brody and Jordan were fabulous characters. I loved their determination with regards to their perspective sports. Their road was anything but easy and I found myself unable to put the book down.
The author is unrushed in her story telling and I loved that. It isn't- they meet, fall, fight, get back together, end. There is so much to this one, but not in an overload way, simply in a creating a world and full three dimensional characters way.
Worth every penny and definitely recommend you1 click now. I was hooked from the start