The Aftermath (The Hurricane, #2) by R.J. Prescott
Series: The Hurricane #2
Also in this series: The Hurricane
Published by Grand Central Publishing on December 15th 2015
Genres: New Adult
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When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose. But what happens when you have everything you ever wanted? You fight to keep it.
Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell’s star is on the rise. Billed as the most promising young boxer of his generation, his new career is taking him to places he never dreamed. But O’Connell only needs one thing in life: his wife. In her final year of college, Em cannot follow him around the world but together they make it work.
Just when everything they ever wanted is on the horizon, the past resurfaces to haunt them and O’Connell realizes that justice might not be a part of his happy ever after.
He couldn’t protect Em once before, but in the aftermath of the hurricane, he will make sure that never happens again.
I was excited about reading The Aftermath having enjoyed The Hurricane and couldn’t wait to see how Con and Em were doing after the horrific attack on Em. Please note- do not read this book without reading The Hurricane first or you will be completely lost. I actually read this a week ago, got half way through writing the review, but then got so conflicted in what I wanted to say I put it down for a bit to collect my thoughts.
For the most part this book was Con’s love letter to Em and I freaking adored it. I loved that the author showcased a healthy new adult relationship and kept the angst out of it. I would have been sorely disappointed if the author had gone down the “famous guy is pursued by skanky women making the wife feel like she’s not good enough to keep him” route. It would have diminished the beauty of their relationship in the first book. Instead, Em and Con are beset on all sides by a multitude of problems and instead of imploding the relationship, it made it stronger. One of my comments as I read was “there is a whole lot of adulting going on in this book”. As some new issue would present itself, it was nice to read about a couple actually communicating about it and putting the others’ needs in front of their own.
Told entirely from Con’s POV, which I wasn’t sure I would like but Ms. Prescott did an admirable job. Con was wracked with guilt over what Frank did to Em and we get a first-hand account of his internal struggles with that. I have to admit, at times it got a bit tedious, but I have little patience with that sort of thing so that may not bother others. Con impressed me in The Hurricane, and he continued to impress in The Aftermath as he thought through every decision he made about his career and how it would affect Em. I loved this about him.
Em is struggling a bit herself, but is working through it. I like Em and was impressed with the strength she showed by not letting her past and the ordeal she lived through dictate the rest of her life. She was sweet, smart, funny, and just about perfect. Sometimes the way Con and the boys went on and on about how perfect she was got a little on my nerves. In fact, that was my one problem with her. She was too perfect and quite frankly way too forgiving to people who didn’t deserve it.
A main plot point of this book was Frank’s trial. I was ready for some serious angst while Em and Con were going through this, which there definitely was. Unfortunately, the huge plot holes going on with the trial tarnished what would have been an otherwise 5 star book for me. I can’t really explain without spoiling things so I’m just going to say there is no way that things could have happened as presented. It was unneeded angst and there was no way I could believe that the OTT mess could happen in real life. I need my book plots to at least somewhat make sense and several times I found myself saying “no freaking way that would happen like that”. Maybe part of this could be explained by the fact this happens in a different country than mine so it’s a different court system, but I found myself saying “If this is how things are handled when it comes to rape cases, no way would I ever want to live there.”
The good news is the rest of the book made it so I could somewhat overlook the trial. Just like with The Hurricane, no matter how deep and dark things got, I still found myself laughing. Father Pat with his twitter picture had me cackling so loud I woke my husband up. Tommy stole the show again and I can’t freaking wait until he gets his story. Of course it wasn’t just Tommy, I love all the boys. Liam stole my heart and I just know he’s going to break it then put it back together again someday.
This book had me laughing at the antics of the boys, it had me swooning over Con and the fact that Em was his absolute world, it had me wishing Danny was my Dad, and it had my eyes welling up with tears over the horrible injustice done to Em and what continued to happen to her.
No, it wasn’t a perfect book, but it was pretty damn good and I can’t wait until I can read more about what is rapidly becoming one of my favorite group of “book friends.”
Spice’s Rating: 4 Absolutely Adored It Despite The OTT Trial Stars
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