Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Review: Give Me Hell (Give Me #4) by Kate McCarthy

*****5 STARS*****

I've been waiting for this book for what seems like forever so when I found out Kate was finally releasing it, I was a little scared to start. After so much anticipation and seeing how long the book was I was a little afraid that it wouldn't live up to all the expectations I had put on it.

Boy was I wrong! This book was everything and more! I was captivated from the start and never wanted it to end but at the same time wanted to find out how their story would end. Jake grabbed my heart from the beginning and it just kept breaking for him. His pain from past to present was completely breathtaking and palpable. I loved how the story kept on going from past to present that way we got to see how their love story started and not just the glimpses of their present that we saw in the previous books. Jake had a rough life and he made tons of mistakes but the one thing he wanted throughout was Mac. It was her from the very beginning but his life choices made it impossible for them to truly be together.

Mac is fiery, independent, stubborn, and chooses to live life to the fullest. But she sometimes feels smothered by her parents and three very over protective older brothers. She just wants to be herself and for everyone around her to have faith in her and also to be a complete bada** like her brothers.

Their history ties them together, but at the same time is one of the reasons why they aren't together. This book is fueled by secrets, lies, and misunderstandings, as well as filled with surprises, twists, angst, humor, and heartbreaking moments. Like the previous books, you'll get thrown into drama, suspense, and danger. There is a long cycle of ups and downs with these two and they go from being friends to enemies to lovers and it will have your head whipping back and forth so many times it'll put you in a headspin. I was Team Jake from the beginning and I just wanted to shake them both and yell at them to get their acts together but at the same time wrap them in a hug and tell them it would all be okay.

This book was a definite emotional rollercoaster. I was completely invested the whole time. I got mad and frustrated at them both and wanted to knock some sense into them. My heart was beaten and bruised and broken, but then certain scenes would happen and life would be breathed back into me again. This book was EPIC! It was the perfect blend of friendship and laughter, heartbreak and tears, angst and suspense, as well as hope and joy. And can I just say how perfect and gorgeous the cover is! I couldn't ask for a better book for Mac and Jake and I can't wait to see what Kate has in store for us next.

Reviewed by Ashley Ziegler 

Mackenzie Valentine is wilful, fiery, and determined to prove she doesn’t need anyone. Desperate to break free from the over-protective parents and three older brothers who dictate her every move, she runs away at the age of seventeen to hunt down the only boy who makes her feel alive.

Jake Romero has no choice but to leave the best thing that ever happened to him, taking him down a path that leads to notorious gang, the King Street Boys. When fate throws Mackenzie back in his life, he turns her away in her time of need, knowing he now lives a life in which she doesn’t belong. Except his decision has shattering consequences, leading to secrets, lies, and the ultimate betrayal. 

Years later, their lives continue to entwine, and when his past returns demanding retribution, Mackenzie intervenes and gets caught in the crossfire, leaving behind a devastation that no one sees coming. Can their relationship withstand the hell it’s endured, or is it too late for love? 

18+ Recommended. Contains adult language and themes.

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