Monday, 10 August 2015

Review ~ The Hurricane (The Hurricane #1) by R.J. Prescott

The Hurricane (The Hurricane, #1)ebook received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 14th 2015

Publisher: Forever Romance

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.

My Opinion

In the world of fictional fighter very few books come close to my favourites by L.P. Dover. When it comes to fighters I have high standards and they're probably the hardest characters to get me to like because of that. However, R. J. Prescott has almost done it. If this book had been MMA rather than boxing, she'd have probably equalled my favourites.

I didn't know what I was getting into with this author. This is the first book I've read by her, but I took a chance on it because she's going to be at a signing I'm attending next year. For that reason when I saw it on NetGalley I couldn't not take a chance on it  and I'm thankful to the publisher for approving me.

I loved this book. I didn't think I'd fall in love with it this much at the start, but as it went on I found myself unable to put it down. The characters were great--not only O'Connell and Emily but the secondary characters too. I thought the bonds created were believable and they felt like a family. I loved how they fought for Em and protected her. For tough fighters they had soft hearts. 

Similarly, the author balanced moments of light and dark brilliantly. On one hand there's all of the crap with Frank, which wasn't always easy to read. However, she then throws in scenes with Con that made me smile. It kept my emotions changing, but also had me growing to love the characters even more. I could sympathise and engage with them all easily.

As well as that the storyline was crafted well. At not one point did it become slow. It held me the entire way through and I didn't want it to end. I also liked how it was British/Irish. It was nice to read a book set in the UK without Americanisms.

Overall one of the best books I've read so far this year. Although it hasn't quite dethroned my favourite series, it's a close second and I would highly recommend it. I can't wait to read the next book!


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