BOOK REVIEW: Give Me Love by Kate McCarthy

Evie Jamieson, a former wild child, is not only a headstrong, smart-mouthed trouble magnet, she is also a lead singer with a plan. That plan involves relocating her band, including her two best friends guitarist Henry and band manager Mac, to Sydney to kick off their dreams of hitting the big time. 

Jared Valentine is the older brother of Evie’s best friend Mac and also the man determined to make Evie his. They strike up a long distance friendship which suits Evie because she’s determined to avoid the distraction of love, not only because it doesn’t fit in with her plan but because twice in the past it has left her for dead. Moving to Sydney however, has put her directly in Jared’s path and he has decided it’s the perfect opportunity to make his play.

Unfortunately Jared, co-owner in a business that ‘consults’ in dangerous hostage and kidnapping situations, makes an enemy who’s determined to enact revenge. When this enemy puts Evie in his sights, Jared not only has a fight on his hands to make her his own, but also to keep her alive.

Is accepting the love he’s so desperate to give worth the risk to both her heart…and her life?


“One day, you’ll belong to me, Evie, and I’ll know everything about you”

Kate McCarthy has done an absolutely outstanding job with her debut novel. This book was just amazing. Emotionally charged, drama filled, action packed and so. much. fun! love love LOVED it. Sooooooo much!!! 

Give Me Love was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down. I read it in one sitting. Kate writes this story so incredibly well. At some points during the book I was about to wipe my tears when I’d burst out laughing, and I adore those kinds of books. Just enough emotion and then a one liner to snap you out before you become a blubbering mess.

Evie is pretty badass, but she was one of those heroines that I connected with immediately. I absolutely love her and her crazy best friend/band manager Mac. Their friendship is #bestfriendgoals.

Evie has had a horrible run of relationships but her passion for music, the love she has for her band and the support from her best friends/room mates Mac and Henry have gotten her through. They all pick up from Melbourne, Australia and move to Sydney to pursue their lifelong dream of making it big in the music world.

“Music wasn’t just my therapy, it was my life, and as long as I had that, I had everything I needed”

Jared is the older brother of Mac. He is co-owner of a company that ‘consults’ in dangerous hostage and kidnapping situations who also works with Evie’s brother Coby.

The Synopsis is a very well written indication of the storyline, so I wont go into anymore detail on that.

Jared and Evie had been friends for a few years before their relationship formed. Evie had been avoiding him, knowing her feelings for him were strong and has convinced herself that she doesn’t need another reason to have her heart broken again. She’s becoming protective of herself and shuts out any hope of finding true love.

The chemistry between them is h.o.t from the very beginning. You know Jared is very much attracted to Evie, he never tries to hide it. When Jared and Evie are hot, they’re sizzling, and they have so much adoration for one another is completely captivating, and so beautiful. But when they are not, oh god, they are a disaster. So much so that I was left heartbroken on more than one occasion, and I felt absolutely EVERYTHING.

“I feel like everything is so much brighter when I’m with you. When you are not there it’s like someone turned out the lights”

I absolutely loved this book. LOVE LOVE LOVE! The drama in this story will keep you turning pages until you have completely finished. You will not want to stop, so make sure you don’t start it late at night, or you will be up till the wee hours of the morning.

Being from Sydney myself, I LOVED reading about our beautiful places around the city, but Kate writes the story in a way where you don’t need to know anything about Sydney. You are able to visualise every detail in the story- I kept thinking to myself “I can really picture this happening” – Kate is very good like that.

This is a standalone, with a complete HEA and an Epilogue. But I just want to mention this Epilogue… Oh my god. One of the best Epilogues I have ever read, and the last Epilogue I read that was just as amazing was in Fighting Redemption. Kate is a total writing genius. This whole book took me on an incredible journey. I felt so much for each character that was involved in anything, I loved, I laughed, I cried and I seriously could not put this down.

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