Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review: The Hurricane (The Hurricane #1)

The Hurricane (The Hurricane #1) by R.J. Prescott

Publisher: Not available, 2015
308 pages, kindle edition
Source: Purchased through Amazon
Release Date: February 10th 2015
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Sports, Contemporary, Abuse, Erotica, College
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.

My Review:
Emily McCarthy escaped a very abusive stepfather to start a whole new life at the University of College London, she works at a café part time and attends classes. One of her regulars is an older man named Danny, he takes a liking to her and asks her to come and do the books part time for him at his gym.

Cormac O’Connell works construction and is a member of Danny’s gym, from the moment he had laid eyes on Daisy, he has been intrigued, and he is a very gifted fighter but hasn’t put in a lot of effort into training much to Danny’s frustration. When Connor decides that he wants Emily, he also wakes up to the realisation that he cannot spend every night drinking and every day giving a half assed effort into training. So he throws himself into training so that he can win matches and gain sponsors.

Also one of the best aspects of this book is the secondary characters, particularly the other fighters at the gym. As Cormac is wooing over Emily aka Sunshine, he says that he will be fine with being just friends but does things like holding her hand or kisses her. Kieran is a funny and enjoyable character far more relaxed than Cormac. The best man speech he gives is so wonderful. It takes time for the couple to get together only because Emily is afraid of herself and the shamefulness of her past but Cormac told her that he was willing and happy to wait for her.

There are no surprises in the book, the one female friends is portrayed better looking and somewhat promiscuous. I did feel that there was some low level slut going on in the portrayal of the villainous women as loose, makeup wearing, short skirt, big boobed women also not to mention that they are referred to as sluts, I could have seriously done without that.

My Rating:

Author Bio:
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. 10 years later I convinced my crazy, wonderful fire fighter husband to move back to Cardiff with me where we live with our 2 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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