This book will always have a special place in my heart because it is the first book I ever reviewed for my blog. Her newest book of the series, The Storm, will be releasing next week, so I wanted to redo and update my original review and post because 1) back then I don’t think anyone even really saw my first few posts and 2) because I reread it for the release of The Storm and I wanted to share it again because I loved this book so much 🙂
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 really enjoyed this book. I’m a sucker for a good fighter romance and this completely delivered. I fell in love with her characters and she had a nice writing style. It was written in Emily’s point of view, but the prologue and epilogue are written from Cons POV.
Emily was a girl running from her dark past and just wanted to start her life over. She made herself invisible for fear of the past catching up to her. In walks Cormac (or Con as he’s called in the book) and he turns her life upside down.
From the beginning of the book you know that Con wants Emily. In the prologue it kind of ticked me off because it starts off with Con just meeting her and he already knows he loves this girl, which is all fine and dandy, but WHY? What did she do to catch his attention, where the hell did he even meet her or see her before? Well….. We find out in the epilogue, so that made me happy that we finally get a reason for why this girl caught his eye in the first place and it’s really sweet and made me fall in love with Cons character even more.
The book takes place in London England, but most of the characters are Irish. Danny (the old man that owns the gym), Kieran (Cons best friend), and Tommy (another of Con’s friends) were some of my favorite secondary characters. I loved the bond they all shared and how they all treated each other as family. It was a brotherhood where everyone had each others back and was always there for each other. Tommy was the joker of the bunch, and I loved the banter between him and Con when he’d hit on Em. Danny gives Emily the nickname “sunshine” which all the guys call her, but I kept wondering why he chose this name, and in a later scene we find out. That was the scene when I really fell in love with Danny’s character.
Also the fight scenes in the book are so well thought out and well choreographed. It’s like you were right there watching the fight in the front row. Same with reading about the training. You can tell the author did a lot of research and really took her time writing these scenes.
Overall I highly enjoyed the book and it would definitely be a re-read!
About the Author
R.J. Prescott was born in Cardiff, South Wales and studied law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation she fell in love with a crazy firefighter and stayed in Bristol. Ten years later she convinced her husband to move back to Cardiff, where they now live with their two sons. Juggling work, writing and family doesn’t leave 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 her week. Her debut book “The Hurricane” is a USA Today Bestselling duet novel concluded in “The Aftermath”.
Here’s some more amazing teasers I grabbed from her facebook page 🙂