The Hurricane by R.J. Prescott
Series: The Hurricane #1
Also in this series: The Aftermath (The Hurricane, #2)
Published by Self-published on February 16, 2015
Genres: New Adult
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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.
Even in that shitty uniform, she was gorgeous. The first time I saw her, I thought she was hot. Then again, every girl I fucked was hot. But this girl was something else. She was beautiful, and there hadn’t been much of anything in my life you could call beautiful.
NA and fighter books generally aren’t something I read a lot of. I have no patience for TSTL heroines and NA books seem to have loads of them. I was in the mood for something different and I saw some great reviews so I took a chance and one-clicked The Hurricane. This was nothing like what I expected. I was thinking it would be a so-so book, but what I got was a well-written book with balanced characters. Readers with triggers do need to beware – there is violence in this book along with child abuse and sexual abuse. This was not noted in the synopsis but definitely should have been.
Emily is a broken girl on the run from an abusive step-father and doing her level best to give herself the best life she can. She’s going to school and trying to stay under the radar because she just knows her step-father will find her someday. This entire book revolves around Emily accidentally finding a “family” of men, many of whom battle their own demons. These men are led by an old, scary, rough, little leprechaun of a man named Danny who sees the strength in Emily, a strength that she herself doesn’t know she has. Danny decides that little Emily is just as much a fighter as the boys he trains at his gym. In order to help her, he gives her a part-time job and makes her a part of his makeshift family of Irish fighters.
Through Danny, Emily meets O’Connell who scares her because he exudes violence but is the most beautiful man she has ever seen. He realizes immediately there is something special about Emily and goes out of his way to win her over.
“You have to loosen up if we’re gonna be friends.”
“Um, I don’t really do friends, either.” I replied quietly, as I glanced back up at him.
“Well, you do now,” he answered, as though my opinion on the subject was completely irrelevant.
“Don’t look so worried,” he reassured me, “I’m a fierce friend to have in your corner.”
One thing I loved about O’Connell was the fact he wasn’t a super-rich billionaire CEO. He was poor and struggling but was determined to work as hard as possible to better himself. He was willing to work himself to the bone, not only in training, but in everything else to help Emily get to a place where she felt safe, secure, and loved. Reading about O’Connell’s journey to be a better man was a treat. There were several instances that O’Connell or even Emily would say something that was so above their age in years and maturity, that I would just pause and take it in for a minute. This is what enabled me to get past some of the NA bullshit from both O’Connell and Emily because most of this was beautiful to read.
Not only was this story beautiful to read, but despite the dark undertones of what happened to Emily, I found myself grinning like a loon more than a few times. Not only could Danny’s crew of over-testosteroned fighters be funny but so could Emily’s little band of college friends. I loved that the supporting characters weren’t just so much background in this story but a huge part of making this book work. I’m really hoping that there will be more stories about other members of this little family with hopefully Kier up next.
There were some things I didn’t like about this book. Both Emily and O’Connell had some moments that made me roll my eyes. One of my notes reads “This is why I hate NA books. So freaking stupid”. There weren’t enough of these moments to make me DNF this book (yes, I will DNF a book for juvenile crap) but enough to bug me. Of course, I don’t usually read NA books for this reason and lots of people do so this is my issue and may not bug you in the least.
All in all, I really enjoyed the book and I hope I get to see more of this family of fighters.
Rating: 4 Beautiful Stars
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