The Aftermath (The Hurricane #2)
by R.J. Prescott
Cormac "The Hurricane" O'Connell's star is on the rise. Billed as the most promising young boxer of his generation, his new career is taking him to places he never dreamed. But O'Connell only needs one thing in life: his wife. In her final year of college, Em cannot follow him around the world but together they make it work. Just when everything they ever wanted is on the horizon, the past resurfaces to haunt them, and O'Connell realizes that justice might not be a part of his happy ever after. He couldn't protect Em once before, but in the aftermath of the hurricane, he will make sure that never happens again.
Everything I meant to say went straight out of my head when I walked through the door.
“Arsehole,” was the first thing my wife said as she smacked me on the chest, then surprising the fuck out of me, threw her arms around me.
“I’m sorry, baby. I’m so fucking sorry,” I blurted out, as I held her as tightly to me as I could.
“What’s going on O’Connell?” Em mumbled into my chest.
I took a deep breath, knowing that she needed to know where my head was at. But it went against the grain to do anything but protect her and make her feel safe.
“I’m scared, Em,” I told her.
“Of what?” she asked.
“Of losing you. I promised I’d protect you, and I couldn’t have fucked that up more royally if I tried. Now I’m doing it again. Frank’s finding ways to get to you that I can’t stop. I’m pissed off and frustrated, and I’m hurting anyone in my line of fire because I can’t hurt Frank.”
Bone wearily tired, I sat down on the sofa and pulled Em to sit down in my lap. If she forgave me enough to hold me, then I wasn’t letting her go.
“Why the fuck didn’t you just talk to me about it?” she asked.
“I think you’ve sworn more today than any day since I met you,” I answered.
“Stop changing the subject,” she replied.
“Because husbands are supposed to protect their wives. It’s my job to deal with my shit, not drag you down with me,” I said.
“I didn’t marry you for protection. I married you because I love you. If there’s stuff worrying you, then I’m the one you talk to about it. Because this marriage isn’t going to work if you try and keep me in the dark about important stuff. I get that you want to take care of me, I really do. But don’t you think it worries me more to see you go off the deep end like this?”
“I’m sorry,” I repeated, but I really did mean it. There weren’t enough apologies in the world for the way I’d been acting.
“Don’t be sorry, O’Connell. Do something about it. You promised me once that you’d be a better man. Well, be it. You can’t solve every problem with your fist. This shit has to end now or you’re going to end up in prison one day, and I really do not want to be visiting you there.”
“And if Frank gets to you again?” I asked her.
“Then I’ll fight him off again and stay alive until you rescue me. I’ve lived life in fear once before, O’Connell. I won’t do it again. You can’t worry about everything. Just take things a day at a time, and what will be will be. And when you get angry, hit punch bags, not people,” she ordered me.
“I can do that,” I agreed. I was so relieved that she hadn’t just up and left me after knocking Earnshaw out, that I’m pretty sure I would have agreed to anything. In all honesty, it felt like a weight had been lifted off me just by sharing with her.
I’m not the only one you need to apologize to either,” she reminded me.
“I know Sunshine,” I agreed, as I rested my forehead against hers. “I’m just really not looking forward to it.”
You know when you read a book and you fall in love with the characters and you get so scared that when the sequel comes out said characters are going to do something that completely changes the way you feel about them? Well that was me when I started reading The Aftermath. I mean, I loved The Hurricane, fell totally head over heals in love with Em and O'Connell and I was so worried that something would happen, mainly something that Con would do, that would ruin it for me... Luckily, that did not happen!
If you've read The Hurricane then you know that O'Connell was 100% in love with his wife and that mans feelings did not waver one bit. He's possessive, protective, jealous, loving, and everything I was expecting him to be and I fell even more in love with him than I already was.
And Em... That girl is so strong and she proved it time and time again in The Aftermath. She had a lot going on, and I mean A LOT, but she didn't let that stop Con from following his dreams and honestly I think I love her almost as much as I love him!
That being said, there were a couple times when I felt that this book dragged a bit and I almost feel like maybe it should have been a follow up novella instead of a full length novel but I was just happy to be back with Em, O'Connell, and the gang again that I couldn't help but love this book... And of course I'm desperately waiting for all the guys to get their HEA.
Enjoy Em & Con’s story from the beginning with THE HURRICANE, available now in e-book and coming to trade paperback February 2, 2016!
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of The Aftermath through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.