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

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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.


The Hurricane was a fun read. I feel like I have been reading a lot of not so good books recently, but this was a fun, quick, enjoyable read. 

Emily has been living in fear of her step-father finding her. She ran away when she was old enough and scared enough of what would happen to her if she stayed. When she realized her mom wouldn't look out for her and would just let him do whatever he wanted. She is afraid to get close to people, afraid to make connections as the more people who know her, even with her new last name, the more chances there are for him to find her. She has been working at a diner and became sort of friendly with the grump older man who comes in every day. He doesn't really push her, but he comes to care for her. 

O'Connell is a boxer. He is huge and tough and intimidating. But from the moment he sees Emily in the diner he knows she is something special. He knows that he wants to get to know her, but she seems so scared all the time. How can he make himself not as intimidating so she will give him a chance? Oh he was cute. I really liked him. Sure he is this big tough guy, sure he threatens the other guys at the boxing gym if they look at Emily wrong, she is his, but oh he was sweet. He tries to not push Emily past her boundaries. He tries to take what she gives and has faith that everything will work out eventually.

When Emily gets a job offer from the cranky old man, to do the books for his boxing gym where O'Connell practices, she jumps at the opportunity. Only she didn't know it was a boxing gym when she signed up to work there. And she didn't know O'Connell would be there all the time. She slowly starts to let him in, but she doesn't want a boyfriend. He walks her home and they kiss sometimes and such, sometimes he sleeps at her place, but they are not dating. Or so she says. It was really adorable. She is just hiding from the inevitable. She is drawn to O'Connell and eventually she must admit that they are in fact an item.

I really liked both of them. Emily is so sweet, so kind, so caring. As is O'Connell. He is determined to keep her safe, to not let anything harm her again. When I did find out everything that the step-dad did I was a she isn't really acting like it did. Or I expected her to be worse than she is, have more hang ups about things, but I just went with it. Of course there are some problems at the end, but everything works out in the end. I saw that there is a second book, a continuation of their story, which I am excited to read. They were so cute together and this does read as a standalone, but I look forward to seeing what is next for the two of them.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


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