Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: The Hurricane by R. J. Prescott

The Hurricane by R. J. Prescott
Excerpt

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.
 


Genre

Contemporary

Review

I felt cheated when I found out that the 'aging, cantankerous gym owner' is NOT the hero of the book. It was mentioned that the heroine was a 'gifted mathematician', not much is explore on her talent, she is just a reclusive college student struggling to make ends meet.

Emily is running from a past and hiding from her abusive stepfather. While she is living a new identity, she formed a close friendship with Danny, the aging, foul-tempered gym owner through his regular visit to the diner she waitressing in. When he offered her a part time job working on his account, she found herself immersed into the loud, boisterous and rough Irish family among the young fighters. The one that caught her eye is Cormac O'Connell. 

Cormac O'Connell is the kind of classic bad boy fighter. He was smitten with the do-gooder Emily since he first lay eye on her. But despite his obvious intention, Emily was feeling reserved and they both settled for a friendship before they further explore their relationship. They are that kind of friends who kiss and sleep with each other. Yeah, right. Friends. It seems like everyone around them assume they were a couple beside these two, which I find it a tad juvenile. But once they decided to make things official, things were great and I love seeing them so committed and smitten with each other.

I think in order to enjoy this book, one can't be allergic towards sappiness. Honestly, Cormac is the kind of hero who is pussy-whipped and a tad sappy. Same goes to the heroine, but at least female often had the rights for it. 

We had some side drama of Cormac's alcoholic mum came to stirred up some minor drama, which were dealt easily. And the penultimate chapter is the reappearance of Emily's stepfather, of course. The psychopath really did make up some great suspense in an otherwise sweet and subdue tone of the book.

The relationship in this book is sweet and easy to read, not much angst and the friendship among the fighters were heavily featured. The sex can be spice up more, though. I would appreciate more than a few thrusts before the happy ending. Considering this is a debut novel, I'm impressed with the quality. I'm vying between 3 to 4 stars because although I enjoyed this book, I don't feel like the character O'Connell and Emily stood out from the dozens of couples I read per month. I will be looking forward to the sequel and see how the author improved from her first work.

Rating 3.5/5

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