Saturday, March 22, 2014

Review : Lifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Lifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Excerpt

After eight years in prison, twenty-four year old Jordan Kane is the man everyone loves to hate.

Forced to return to his hometown while on parole, Jordan soon learns that this small town hasn't changed since he was carted off to juvie all those years ago. He is the local pariah, shunned by everyone, including his own parents. But their hatred of him doesn't even come close to the loathing he feels every time he looks in the mirror.

Working odd jobs for the preacher lady, Jordan bides his time before he can leave this backwards town. But can distance erase the memories that haunt him? Trapped in the prison of his own mind Jordan wonders if the pain of living will ever subside?

Torrey Delaney is new in town and certainly doesn't behave in a way the locals believe a preacher’s daughter should. Her reputation for casual hook-ups and meaningless sex is the talk of the town. Add that to her budding friendship with the hardened ex-con handyman, and the good Reverend is less than thrilled with her estranged daughter’s path.
As friendship forms, is it possible for two damaged people who are afraid to love take their relationship to the next level? Can Torrey live with Jordan’s demons, and can Jordan break through Torrey's walls? With the disapproval of a small town weighing heavily on them, will they find their place in the world? Can they struggle against the odds, or will their world be viciously shattered?

Is love a life sentence?

Genre

Contemporary

Review

"Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds."

Lifers tell a story of Jordan Kane, who was out from prison but having a hard time settling back in his hometown Texas. He became the local pariah, shunned by the community and even hated by his own parents. Facing his doomed future, he lost motivation in life until he met the local preacher's daughter, Torrey Delaney.

Running away from Boston after screwing her boss, Torrey came to seek shelter from her preacher mum in small town Texas. She practice an entirely different lifestyle from what her mother preach for. Initially she came off as a white trash that is slutty, bitchy, crude, crass and rude. I cringed when I first met her in the diner. But after getting to know more about her, she was just an extremely blatant girl, who didn't give a fuck about other people opinion, able to stand up for her own and she had a great heart to help others who deserve it. 

"Fine. You busted me eye-fucking the hot handyman. So sue me."

For someone who spent 8 years in jail, naturally I assumed Jordan would be older. So I was surprised to find out that he was only 24 and had been spending life in jail since 16. This explained the reason why Jordan had an extremely low self esteem, shy, subservient and basically let everyone in town trample all over him. In the meantime, he was also serving his parole and he tried to keep himself away from trouble. But trouble finds him no matter how he avoid it.

Torrey and Jordan formed a friendship when she found out he worked part time for her mother cleaning up her backyard. She was naturally attracted to this trouble young man, but after being warned by her mother, she tried to keep her hands to herself. 

Jordan was pleased and shocked at the same time that for the first time ever, someone befriended him and care for him. Torrey makes him feel like a normal man, and not some worthless piece of shit. 

"You're normal, Jordan. Your past is just a bit more colorful."

Is surprising to find myself really loving the heroine, Torrey. She was just full of energy, really protective of Jordan and kept reassuring him that he was not as worthless as what everyone thought of him. She taught him how to live. 

"You're not in jail now, Jordan, and you don't need to hide away. Live a little. Take a chance."

They faced a lot of challenges when they started seeing each other, but they never let these work against them. Most of my favorite scenes was when Jordan was getting all self-loathing and Torrey will give him a piece of her mind. 

"Jordan, you can be whoever you want to be. You've got to take a chance on life."

There were heartbreaking moments especially all those scene where Jordan suffered from verbal assault from his parents and physical assault from the townsfolk. Is really depressing. I'm so glad Torrey was there with him and being all supportive. What he was enduring was sad, but Torrey's love for him is beautiful. And together, they managed to come out of this despair of his life, better and stronger than ever before.

When she looks at me I can see my future in her eyes.

Rating 4/5

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