THE HURRICANE                                       R.J. PRESCOTT

The Hurricane (The Hurricane, #1)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.

Cormac “Hurricane” O’Connell, is a boxer, fighter who has never been knocked out before. That is before he laid eyes on a waitress named Emily McCarthy who worked at the café that he and his trainer would go for breakfast, Daisy’s Café. From the first day that he saw her was actually before he entered the café and he was sitting on a park bench and noticed her walking from the bus stop to the café and stopping to talk to a few homeless people and giving a few what little money she had and then going inside and coming out with some coffee so they could get warm after the cold night. This more than anything touched his heart because he knew what it was like to have nothing. When he finally went inside and sat at her area he could barely order something to drink let alone talk to her. He felt he was not up to her standards, not knowing that from her past she did not feel worthy herself. Working and going to school to finish her degree in math were her only to goals, yes she thought he was attractive but she felt even if she wanted to she would not have a shot at going out with him, and then he spoke to her and they were both nervous. Every day he shows up at the café and sits at her station he even runs off other women who are after him even after a fight. Slowly they begin to talk more and when he asks her to go with him to a party she declines. Later that day her to college friends talk her into going to that same party with them and when he walks in and looks at her they ask her do you know the Hurricane and she says yes. He thinking that she is with the guy friend from school gets jealous, and she finds this out later that night, and she also finds out that he likes her a lot. Later Danny gave her a job at the gym to take care of his books, taxes, and collect the dues everyone owed. When she walked in the first day and the Cormac working out she was impressed with his size and just overall body. Later when one of the guys started hitting on her and making her feel uncomfortable he ended up knocking him out in the ring and had to stay later for extra work. After spending more time together she was getting closer to him and after he showed up to her place one night and passed out on her bed she was hooked. He then got her coffee and doughnuts the next morning for being a jerk. She though was hooked. After they were together for a while she finally told him about her step farther and how he abused her and raped her. She left the town she grew up in has been frightened that he might find her. He then made sure someone from the gym was always walking her home at night if he could not. This is a very good book and has very good characters and an excellent story line. The epilogue is good as well. You really need to read it to find out if this couple can make it. I got this book from netgalley.  I give this 5 stars.

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