Mar 6, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of The Hurricane by R.J. Prescott

The Hurricane by R.J. Prescott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Sports, Romance, Abuse


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. 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.


I love sweet relationships, but even more so when a small sweet girl can make a big burly man crumble and become a big softy. There were so many elements I loved, the dynamic contrast of secondary characters, the British slang, and of course the romance. I hope so much that Prescott continues with these characters, the family that was brought together by the two protagonists’ was so much fun to be apart of I can’t wait for more.

Hurricane follows Emily McCarthy who is a non-social college student going through the days. After running from an abusive father, she is always on the alert and doesn’t trust too many people. Working at her job at a local dinner in London, she meets an older man named Danny, whom she begins to open up too. She soon comes to work for Danny to help with school payments and finds out he owns a gym. After meeting all the fighters there is only one who sparks something inside her that she didn’t know she had. Cormac O’Connell is a force to be reckoned with, he’s a fighter and has had a tough upbringing. But after meeting the sweet and shy Emily, he cant resist the way she makes him feel. But there is a lot at stake with Emilys dark past and Con wanted to fight professionally one day.

Emily is a mouse of girl when the readers first meet her, she is in a shell and not sure if she ever wants to come out. I felt for her, when she jumped or was nervous I felt the same with her. Her emotional state was sad, her abusive upbringing hurt her social life. After meeting Danny and his boys at the gym she becomes apart of a family. It helps her open up at school and make friends but also feel like she’s living again. Plus O’Connell aka Con can’t get enough of her, he makes it clear of his interest but the big fighter is not pushy and wants to be friends. It’s a sweet building relationship that Emily has with Con and I adored how gentle this big lug was with her. I also liked how she made friends with a feisty girl from school who helps her open up more. In the end Emily starts out as a completely different person then when the story ends, it’s a personal journey and I was so happy she fought for her happiness.

Cormac O’Connell aka Con, is a fighter and usually drinks and sleeps around and parties with his friends. But something hits him hard when he meets Emily, she melts away all the bad he puts himself through and wants to be good for her, fight for her, protect her. Cormac goes on a journey of his own, trying to get away from a broken home and drunken mother, while fighting for a chance to go pro. Emily shows him the good in the world, and he will do anything to be with her and make her proud of him.

Overall I enjoyed watching two people so opposite of each other fall so hard for each other. The romance is a slow and perfectly paced build up, Con falls for Emily and has to win her over, it was so sweet to watch him grow up for her as well as watch Emily put down her walls. What was also great were the secondary characters, The fiery Nikki and bestie to Emily, Danny the old man who was tough as nails on the boys but sweet as pie with Emily, Tommy the flirt, and Kieran Con’s best friend and brother. Each person was so memorable, I felt like I was apart of their family in the end and I never wanted to leave. The plot had some heavy tones along with the romance, such as abuse and broken households, it really brings some thing in perspective to feel the emotion from how these characters grew and did better for themselves. In the end I look forward to more from Prescott, I can’t wait to see if she will come back to these characters.

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I was born in Cardiff, South Wales although I left to study law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation I fell in love, and stayed. Ten years later I convinced my crazy, wonderful fire fighter husband to move back to Cardiff with me where we live with our two equally crazy sons. Juggling work, writing and family doesn’t leave a lot of time, but curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate for family movie night is definitely the best part of my week. “The Hurricane” is my debut New Adult Novel. 

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like an intense love story and very character driven, too, which is right up my alley! Great review, Kristen! :)