The HurricaneSeries: The Hurricane #1
by R.J. Prescott
Published by Hachette, Forever on February 2, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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 misfire. He's never been knocked out before, but when he meets 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.
I grabbed The Hurricane by R.J. Prescott because I’m always up for a “new to me” author and I saw the good reviews for this book. The story of a gym-rat boxer turned up-and-coming amateur boxer who falls for a reserved, shy girl running from a horrific past absolutely melted my heart. This is a story that is not easy to put down for too long.
Set in London, Emily works in a diner while putting herself through college. She keeps her head down and tries desperately not to get noticed. As soon as she was able, she ran away from her mom and a nasty, cruel, I have no words for him step father. She is scared to death of anyone finding her.
After she briefly meets Cormac O’Connell at her diner, their paths continue to cross until O’Connell (that’s what Emily calls him) can eventually wear Emily down to be his friend. This is huge for Emily.
I really got tied up and drawn into the story of a girl who has been hiding so long that she doesn’t know how to make friends and is mostly awkward. But she is so genuine and sweet, you can’t help but love the girl and hope she gets the best in life. When she makes her first friend in college, I was on eggshells hoping that this would not blow up in her face.
Emily and O’Connell’s love story turned out to be a slow, sweet, burn that I savored while I could. The romance was perfectly paced and the sex scenes were some of the best I’ve read – exactly appropriate to the storyline (does that make sense?).
The supporting characters were outstanding, too. I’ve read on Ms. Prescott’s website (or was it her Goodreads page?) that she hadn’t meant this to be a series with books for the other characters but I’d like to see who the other characters end up with. I think she’d do a great job with writing their romances.
The reason why I didn’t go five stars on this was because at times, O’Connell seemed to be the hero that was too good to be true. I knew his motivation to “make” Emily happy but it seemed like he never screwed up.
The other issue I had was with how brutal this story got. Just a heads up – there are very graphic scenes in the story View Spoiler »There are multiple scenes of violence including beatings on teenage Emily and then her rape. « Hide Spoiler. I really wasn’t expecting Ms. Prescott to take it as far as she did, but perhaps she did it to underscore the contrast of Emily’s life.
Despite the harshness of Emily’s past, I adored how far she came by the end of the book. I don’t regret my time with this story at all! I don’t know if I want to put myself through the torture of the next book because I like the happy ending of this book, though. I like my glass lenses colored rose, thank you…