Author: R.J. Prescott
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Rating: 4.5 stars
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Blurb: 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 meets E 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.
Review: This was a beautifully written story about a completely incongruous couple–a frightened woman and a huge, menacing man. She should have been horrified by him, but she could see in his eyes and hear in his voice that he meant her no harm. And he had the patience and the dream in his heart that one day she would be his.
Emily’s growing up years were very hard. She lost her dad when she was about ten years old, and her mom remarried shortly after to an abusive asshole who very slowly started physically menacing her. Luckily she escaped to go to college, but not until one last night that shattered her dreams and left her physically and emotionally incapable of ever letting anyone near her again. She changed her name and moved far away, but she always lived with the fear of what would happen the day he found her again.
Cormac O’Connell’s alcoholic mom abused and neglected him his entire life. Luckily he stumbled into Danny’s gym early on and fighting saved his life–literally and figuratively. One morning he caught sight of a beautiful girl being kind to a homeless man and saw his future. He’d do anything to win her and have her in his life, and when he realized that she was as damaged as he was–he was prepared to wait.
When they get together, as friends and then as lovers, his sweet and chivalrous behavior combined with his alpha possessiveness and crazy hot, absolutely wicked dirty talk make him one of my favorite book boyfriends ever. And Em’s ability to look beyond her dismal situation and find the good in other people even though she’d been treated to very little in her life was sweet and inspiring. I especially liked how the author portrayed how the two embraced their poverty together and weren’t embarrassed by it anymore–really beautiful and touching and a great intimate connection point between them.
This is a gorgeous, gripping story that rips your heart from stem to stern, hitting the highs with heated, hot sex only to plummet to horrible, tragic violence against a delicate heart that had already seen enough. I recommend it highly and cannot WAIT for the sequel! Thanks Ms. Prescott!