by R.J. Prescott
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, but 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.
I love me a sexy, alpha fighter and Cormac O’Connell is that and so much more. Ridiculously swoonworthy... He's sweet and vulnerable and he loves so hard... Sigh!!! R.J. Prescott knocked it out of the park with this one!
The Hurricane starts and ends in O'Connell's POV but the rest of the book is told in Emily's POV. While I was a little disappointed about that at first, I quickly realized that I didn't need to be in O'Connell's head to fall head over heels in love with him. Seriously, he just made this book for me. Don't get me wrong, I loved Emily too, but O'Connell definitely made it to the top of my list of book boyfriends.
Now, let's get to the story, shall we?! Emily escaped a rough home life, changed her name, and has basically spent the past year afraid of her own shadow. She's shy and doesn't have friends but there's something about Danny, an old man that visits her at the diner where she works, that makes it easy to form a unlikely friendship with him. It's through Danny that she meets O'Connell.
O'Connell is a boxer at Danny's gym and the first time he see's Emily he knows he has to make himself a better man so he can have her. With Emily's rough past, she's reluctant to get too close to O'Connell so they agree on friendship until she feels comfortable moving forward.
I loved the pace of their relationship. While it really was a case of insta-love they didn't jump into anything. They got to know each other and through that bond they started becoming better people. O'Connell was a little pushy in the beginning when it came to getting Emily to agree to being friends but you couldn't help but love his cockiness.
I absolutely loved their group of friends... You have the fighters from the gym who quickly come to think of Emily as a sister and then you have the friends that she makes at school. And while they might seem like an unlikely bunch, I loved when they all hung out together.
There was seriously so much I loved about this book that I could probably go on for hours. There's the romance between Emily and O'Connell which is the best love story that I've read in a while, then you have the bond between Emily and Danny, add some super sweet sexy times, some suspense that'll have you dying inside for a little while, and the fun times with the guys. This book had it all and it kept me engaged throughout the whole thing.
I'm not sure if this is a standalone, if there will be more for Emily and O'Connell, or if the other guys will get their own books but I really hope this isn't the last we'll see of this bunch!
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.
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of The Hurricane in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.