Monday, September 23, 2013

Give Me Strength by Kate McCarthy Blog Tour (Review & Giveaway!)

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Give Me Strength by Kate McCarthy
Give Me Strength (Give Me, #2)
Release Date: September 16, 2013
Format: eARC
Series: Give Me #2
Source: Literati Author Services in exchange for an honest review
Buy It: Amazon | B&N 
Description from Goodreads:
Quinn Salisbury doesn’t think she’s cut out for this whole living thing. Even as a young girl she struggled. Just when she thinks she’s found a way to leave her violent past behind her, the only thing that’s kept her going is ripped away, leaving her damaged and heartbroken.

Four years later, she is slowly rebuilding her life and lands a job as an assistant band manager to Jamieson, the hot new Australian act climbing their way to the top of the charts. There she meets Travis Valentine, the charismatic older brother of her boss, Mac.

From his commanding charm to his confidence and passion, Travis is everything Quinn believes is too good for her, and despite her apprehension, she finds their attraction undeniable and intense.

When her past resurfaces, it complicates their relationship. Instead of reaching out for help, Quinn pushes Travis away, until a staggering secret is revealed that leaves her fighting for her very life.

Torn between running and opening her heart to the man determined to have her, can Quinn find the strength within herself to fight for her future?
I liked Give Me Strength more than I liked Give Me Love. I think it's because this time around, the couple was really FALLING for each other, whereas in the first book, Jared and Evie were already totally into each other. This said, Give Me Strength was a really good sequel!
In the beginning of the book, something interesting happens, but there's also a lot of telling/explaining to get us up to speed to where the story is. All of the stuff we're told was good to know, but felt like a huge info-dump, which was not fun. After sticking it out past that, though, the book got way better from there.
Travis and Quinn were a fantastic couple. I loved watching them grow together and figure things out. They certainly didn't make me want to punch them both in the face like Jared and Evie did. Travis and Quinn, while still figuring things out, were smarter about it, I'd say. And that made me incredibly happy.
I sort of liked Quinn. Better than I liked Evie, definitely. Quinn's past was something that interested me. I obviously didn't like her lone wolf mentality whenever it arose, but other than that, Quinn was actually okay. And Travis...I loved how easily he admitted that he WASN'T perfect. That gained him some bonus points from me, along with the fact that he was all protective and that he could be sweet and all that fun stuff. ;)
The side characters were, again, completely amusing. This big group of friends that create one big happy family is something I absolutely enjoy reading. They're so cute! And funny. And all kinds of sweet, in a friendly-insult kind of way. Ha!
One of the things I like the most about Give Me Strength, and both books in the Give Me series so far, is that it has those New Adult elements that I know and love, but it also spices everything up with the action/suspense aspects. A little mystery, too. It makes what would normally be just another NA become something a little extra, and I honestly do enjoy that.
Overall, Give Me Strength was a great sequel that made me happy and just so happened to keep me on my toes. I am certainly looking forward to reading book 3, which is supposed to be Casey's story! I have the hugest crush on Casey, so that should be fun ;) But for now, Travis and Quinn's story is something you should definitely read, particularly if you liked Give Me Love.
About the Author:

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 and her writing.

She is married with two children, has two dogs and house in the suburbs, and a pile of friends and family dotted all over the country that help keep her sane.

When she’s not busy running after naughty kids, filthy dogs, crunching numbers, piping buttercream and writing books, you can find her curled up in bed in the early hours of the morning reading new books and re-reading old favourites. Her favourite books are the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward in which she longs to eventually join the brotherhood and change her name to Phierce Mutha.

Connect with the Author:  Facebook / Twitter / Blog / Goodreads

Giveaway begins September 17, 2013, and ends at 12:00 AM on September 30, 2013.
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card
  • 2 signed paperbacks (one international & one for residents in Australia)
  • 10 ebooks of Give Me Strength


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