The Hurricane by R.J. Prescott
Publication date: February 16th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Emily McCarthy is living in fear of a dark and dangerous past. A gifted mathematician, she is little more than a hollow, broken shell, trying desperately to make ends meet long enough to finish her degree.
Through an unlikely friendship with the aging, cantankerous owner of an old boxing gym, Em is thrown into the path of the most dangerous man that she has ever met.
Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell is cut, tattooed and dangerous. He is a lethal weapon with no safety and everyone is waiting for the mis-fire. He’s never been knocked out before, but when he meet Em he falls, HARD. Unlike any other girl he’s ever met, she doesn’t want anything from him. Just being around her makes him want to be a better person.
They are polar opposites who were never meant to find each other, but some things are just worth the fight.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 3.75 Stars ~
I have to be honest….I was totally drawn to this book because of the blurb and the cover!!!! I am sucker for a fighter type storyline. I can honestly say that I enjoyed this book but it didn’t WOW me. As far as I know this is R.J. Prescott’s debut novel and for being a debut, I thought it was good. I thought the writing was smooth and the characters and storyline were very well developed. What I had the hardest trouble with was all the excess information and filler to the story that we got. To me some of it was unnecessary and slowed the pace of the story down.
I thought this was a really sweet love story about two people who on the outside were complete opposite, but as their stories unraveled, we found out that they weren’t that different from each other. I will warn readers that this book does touch on some really serious subjects, such as rape and physical abuse, that may be triggers for some readers. This story didn’t have an overabundance of drama, but the author did put in a few sketchy characters to shake the pot for O’Connell and Emily.
What I really enjoyed and found refreshing was that both Emily and O’Connell come from poverty and were scrapping by to make ends meet. Usually we see the rich Hero sweep in and help the poor heroine, but that was not the case in this book. Both O’Connell and Emily had rough upbringings. Emily lost her father when she was young and then her mom remarried an evil man who physically abused both Emily and her mom for years. That is until Emily escaped and ran away to start over. O’Connell grew up without a father and his mom was an alcoholic who only wanted him when he was bringing home money. But one major difference between these two was that O’Connell had a great friend in Keiran and Danny to help him through the rough times. Emily only had herself, which led to severe trust issues, plus she lived in fear waiting for Frank (the evil stepdad) to come find her. O’Connell was drawn to Emily from the first minute he met her. He was determined to make her his. I liked watching these two grow a friendship and eventually a relationship over the course of the story. We also got to see Emily become a stronger person and open up to others and learn to trust as the book went on. I think these two characters were great for each other.
This book is a standalone as far as I know, and it did end with a Happy Ever After, but the last sentence of the book leaves it kind of open, that if the author wanted to create another story for Emily and O’Connell she could. But if not then I still think the ending is fine how it is.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a fighter type book, with little drama, but an emotional backstory that will bring tears to you eyes.
I was born in Cardiff, South Wales although I left to study law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation I fell in love, and stayed. Ten years later I convinced my crazy, wonderful fire fighter husband to move back to Cardiff with me where we live with our two equally crazy sons. Juggling work, writing and family doesn’t leave a lot of time, but curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate for family movie night is definitely the best part of my week. “The Hurricane” is my debut New Adult Novel.