Give Me Love (Give Me #1) 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?

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What a spectacular début novel! I absolutely loved Give Me Love.

I was asked to review this book, by the author, and it was such a lovely surprise. It has been one of those tiresome weekends, where every time you try to grab a bit of reading time, someone wants something from you. So I found myself very frustrated, because all I wanted to do, all weekend, was curl up with Jared and Evie.

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

Let’s start with Evie. She has suffered a huge amount of loss and disruption in her short, twenty four years. Going off the rails, in her teenage years, as a means of coping, she is now back on track and ready to launch her career in music with her band, Jamieson.
I loved Evie. She was fabulous to read and I really felt like I connected to her quickly. She had a fantastic sense of humour and her internal monologue was witty and relateable.

They were part of the Awesome Hot Guy Society. Instead of Jamieson and Valentine: Badass Brigade, maybe it should be Jamieson and Valentine: Bootylicious Boys, or Jamieson and Valentine: Bootylicious Brigade of Badass Boys.

And then there is Jared. Jared is one of three older brothers of Mac, Evie’s BFF. He is a hot, ripped, professional badass. One of the crime solving, baddie killing, shirt-stretchingly-muscle-bound team, better known as ‘Jamieson and Valentine Consulting’, working with his other brother, and Evie’s brother to chase the psychos around Sydney.

“The first rule of being a badass is that you don’t talk about being a badass. Period.”

And from the moment he meets Evie, he wants her. He’s so completely adorable. I swooned every time he called her ‘Baby’, even before they were an item, and his protective, jealous, talk-with-your-fists, totally alpha-male attitude quickly became my guilty pleasure.

“Evie. Up there? Wow. I already knew you were the hottest thing I’d ever seen in my life, but that voice of yours…” he leaned in close until the warmth of his breath tickled my ear “…makes me want to fuck you.”

Evie and Jared conduct a brilliant, long distance, text message relationship, before Evie, Mac and the band finally move to Sydney, closer to Jared. The text message are great and I really enjoyed reading those. Again, they are funny and quick witted. I love that Jared and Evie’s relationship, supposedly, takes a long time to develop, yet it’s done so well that isn’t drawn out and boring, yet there is a great amount of sexual tension and build up.


The odds are heavily stacked against Jared and Evie. Everything seems to stand in their way, yet nothing feels more right than when they are together. My heart broke for both of them at various points in the book and I was rooting for them to make it all work.

“You just make it work, Evie. It’s that hard and that simple.”

I have to delve into the surrounding characters of this book, briefly, because Kate McCarthy has written an absolute fabulous cast of loveable personalities. There is Mac, of course, who is hilariously ballsy and the ever loyal best friend. There are the Jared’s sexy badass colleagues (Travis, Mac and Jared’s bother), Coby (Evie’s brother) and Casey (friend and Jensen Ackles lookalike). Then there is policeman Mitch (Mac’s other brother) and his partner, Tate. And, if that weren’t enough hotness, there’s the band… Henry, (Evie’s closest, life long, male friend and gorgeous guitar player) Jake, (sexy, ripped drummer) and Frog and Cooper (who have some cute non-sexual bromance going on).

Now, that sounds mind blowing, but the book is so well written that you get to know each character individually, without it frazzling your brain and causing confusion. It made me want friends like these. The banter, the nicknames, the support for one another… I can’t wait to read more. I assume that other characters will get their own books and I can’t wait to read Coby’s and Henry’s!

So, back to the main story… there really is a bit of everything in this book. It has a real KA’s Rock Chick feel about it. There are hot men, as we have already covered, with badass, criminal hunting day jobs. There’s the rock star lifestyle that we all love to read about. There is romance, tonnes of humour, a bit of steam, a whole load of action, a side dish of angst, gun shots, stab wounds, sex, drugs and rock and roll (literally), car chases and one very cute Dachshund puppy, called Peter. Phew!

“You’re the light I can’t live without and the only one that has ever held my heart. I want to be the man standing beside you, laughing with you, crying with you, holding you, and loving you.”

I really did immerse myself in the book entirely and would thoroughly recommend taking a chance on it. I think this is going to be a great series. And, if all that doesn’t persuade you, it’s Australian! So all those sexy muscled men… yeh, they’ve got delicious Ozzy accents too!


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One Response to Give Me Love (Give Me #1) by Kate McCarthy ✰✰✰✰✰

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