The Hurricane by R.J. Prescott | Review *8/10 Stars*

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The Hurricane

(The Hurricane #1)

by R.J. Prescott 

Page Count: 368
Published: March 17th 2016 (first published February 10th 2015)
Publisher: Piatkus  
Genre:  Contemporary, Romance
Source: I received a paperback from the publisher for an honest review (Thanks!)
My Rating: 8/10 Stars



A heart-breaking story of one man determined to fight for the life - and woman - he wants...

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.

Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Debut Goodreads Author (2015)

The verdict

A couple of chapters in (or maybe it was from page ONE), Con had my heart resembling a pool of melted butter on warm toast (yep). Is he adorable or what? 

The story was really easy to get into and turned out to be a fast paced, quick read. I was instantly swept up by Con and the boys, and it just kept getting better. For once (after such a long time), Emily as the protagonist did not annoy me one bit! She was quite likable! I enjoyed watching (reading) her grow into this strong, brave, confident woman!

Though the plot started feeling a bit monotonous and slightly boring (repetition and cliches people!) after the first two hundred pages or so, but the anticipation of the impending meet-up with The Villain (da da daah) kept me turning the pages for more. I was a bit disappointed by the lack of action in terms of hero hulk-smashing the villain, considering all the built up anticipation throughout the book. But I loved the ending nonetheless. The bonus chapter at the end, with Con's POV tied up the loose ends nicely and answered the questions bothering me about him from the very beginning.

The Hurricane was not by far one of the most original romance novels I've read, and sure there were a lot of cliches thrown in there too, but that did not make it any less entertaining. I laughed, I awww'ed and I completely enjoyed my time with the characters.

Plus, this book got me out of my reading slump! Can you believe it? Just like that!  *poof* Gone. TBR-Mountain here I come!

Also, roughly three minutes ago I found out (thanks Goodreads!) that there's a sequel coming out in August (I think it's already out as an ebook somewhere? Let me go search for it now). Gimmie. Now!

About the author

R. J. Prescott was born in Cardiff, though she left to study law at the University of Bristol. Four weeks before graduation she fell in love – and stayed there.

Ten years later she convinced her fire fighter husband to move back to Cardiff where they now live with their two sons.

The Hurricane is her debut novel.

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