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 misfire. He's never been knocked out before, but when he meets 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.
©2016 R. J. Prescott (P)2016 Hachette Audio
"Enjoyable and sweet, and just a touch of angst. Good writing, good story, sweet girl, and FREAKING AWESOME guy." (Maryse's Book Blog)
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Beautiful and tragic Emily (Em) just wanted to be left alone, she is living in fear of being found by her violent, cruel and physically abusive Step-Father so she keeps her head down, does her work at the Coffee Shop, studies and goes to College part-time to further her Qualifications. The timid little mouse is afraid of everything - everything except the elderly gruff man who regularly comes in for breakfast and Em instinctively knows that he would never hurt her.... but he is, in a roundabout way, going to change her life.
Because he is the Trainer/Owner of an MMA Gym and O'Connell (Con), who's handsome, tattooed, sexy as sin and one of his best Fighters, has joined him and he stirs something inside Em that she never knew she was capable of feeling. But little did Em know that Con was just as nervous, just as turned on and just as aware of her too... because this fierce, bold and besotted Fighter has been secretly watching her from afar.
The fight to win Em's trust, devotion, support and love will start with a very tentative friendship and slowly grow into undying love.... but it is going to be a difficult road for these two damaged characters because Em doesn't trust easily, a Mother's greed will become toxic and a Step-Father's obsession will prove to be dangerous, bloody and life-threatening.
Em and Con are very different and yet they also have a traumatic and heartbreaking childhood in common, a childhood that shaped who they are, but in one another's arms and with each other's support and love, they each blossom and change to become strong individuals. There is a roomful of loveable secondary characters, there's humor, teasing witty banter, raw emotions, sex, passion, romance, tragedy and heartache but despite all the angst that life throws at them, love does conquers all. And, in the end, the Fighter becomes a Winner and the Mouse becomes a Survivor.
Although the storyline was set mainly in a gym with Fighters it wasn't a 'fight' based book and there's only intermittent Chapters relating to training, upcoming fights and the Championship. Personally, I like my Fighters to be a bit more Alpha and be more 'in your face' pumped up with sexual testosterone fuelled desire than Con was but I do understand that that's the last thing Em needed and that Con toned down his attitude, but not his jealousy, for her. Told from Em's POV except the Prologue and the Epilogue which was Con's POV, I think it was set in London, most of the characters were Irish, I'm sure Em was 20, it did have a NA feel about it and the narrator did a good job.
Worth a credit? This was an enjoyable listen, different because the Hero wasn't all Alpha to his woman but instead he was kind, thoughtful, considerate, understanding and patient, the secondary characters were like one big family and were at the forefront of the story as Con wooed, won and wed the woman of his dreams. A good story, a good listen and, if you want a much 'lighter' Irish Fighter, then you too will find this listen creditworthy.
This love story was intense, sweet and fulfilling. It wasn't overly dramatic and angst-filled. More than that, it had a sense of family and/community along with the romantic love that made the whole experience satisfying.
Emily McCarthy was a strong heroine who amazed me with her growth in the story. I was proud of her. Cormack O'Connell "Conn" grew a lot too and I was proud to see them give each other space as well as support.
While I loved this book, I didn't feel like this story was unique. The storytelling was interesting enough that I wanted to know more about everyone from the main characters to the supporting characters like Danny, Kieran, Tommy, Nikki etc. That's a sign of a good writer, when you weave the supporting characters in so that we care about them too.
Pearl Hewitt added to my enjoyment of this audio. Her accent really brought home the character's background as well as their environment. Her various tones elucidated the emotional states and kept me engaged the entire time and I listened to this book straight.I will definitely listen to book 2.
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The story is full of drama, sadness, overcoming the past and making a better life for yourself. The saddest part for me was her mother letting her stepfather do whatever he wanted to her and standing by him. They were so close before her father died and then he came along and her mother just fell apart. When most mothers would be protecting their child this mother more or less said yes beat my child and rapes her in front of me while I close the door and walk away. You can do whatever you want as long as you do not hit me just hit her.
Cormac was just living day to day with no thought of tomorrow until he met Em than his life changed as he tried to better his self and make a life for her. I really loved this character he was a protector from the start he gave so much of his self. I really felt bad for him when something happened and he thought it was his fault. No one can be there 24/7. His mother was something else and I was glad to see he saw the true her.
Em what can I say about her to have lived through all she had and still have faith in mankind is amazing. I think I would have had to kill the stepfather before I left town. I thought she was a wonderful character picking up her life and moving on getting an education and paying her way was outstanding.
I thought the author did a great job her voice was strong and real for the characters. You could feel the emotions as the characters were dealing with the drama. I didn’t hear any background noise just a few places where the audio when from normal to a little louder. The characters emotions were all over the place and I felt she did them very well. I thought the tones were even with you knowing just what each was feeling at any giving minute. Her character voices were good you had no trouble knowing who was talking. Her male to female were nice, she has a very clear easy voice to listen to. I thought she did a good narration with a lovely voice.
I thought this was a great plot but could have been made a little shorter. At times I thought not enough information had been given and at other times way too much. It wasn’t a audio I had trouble putting down and coming back to. I did want to know the ending and found it to be an interesting read. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop with her stepfather but the author keep that for later building it up to a wonderful ending. I hope he got what he so richly deserved. It was really a nice second chance story that at times was very touching. I would have liked to have known after so long where the mother stood and how she was doing. I would have also liked to have known what happen 10 years down the road with the main characters. All in all it wasn’t a bad listen I give it a 3.5 starts with a 4.5 for the narration.
I really enjoyed this book! I was so happy to finally have a male lead that loved the heroine so mich but at the same time, didn't treat her like he owned her! and the heroine was great! she wasn't stupid and didn't say she would do something and pulled back last second! so annoying when that happens! and the other cast of characters were great! they made the story that mich brighter, all in all I really enjoyed this book! and would totally recommend
p.s. the lady that read the book did the voices great, at some points when the character felt a very strong emotion she would convey it with her voice.
I loved the story. It was definitely a romance between O'Connell and Emily. Prescott also developed the sub-characters so well that I am dying to know more about them!! If she turned this into a series, I would buy every single book.
While I do love me a smexy book every once in a while, this one was a lovestory first and foremost. Cormac O'Connell was the quintessential hero. Another thing that makes him a stand out is that none of the characters were millionaires or billionaires. Seems that a majority of the books of this genre have to do with the really rich guy who falls for the regular girl. This book is about 2 people who have nothing but their dreams and each other. It made it a little more relatable.
The only thing that really bothered me was when she tried to do the male voices. It is SO difficult to find female narrators who can pull off a believable male character voice. Listening to the narrator when she was speaking for O'Connell, who is a blue collar boxer type sounding like a teenage boy BEFORE his voice changes. It makes the suspension of disbelief much more difficult.
If you don't mind the narrator issue, its definitely worth a credit. If you do mind, then just buy the book... this is a great story that should not be missed.
This story is a little heavy and needs a content warning for those that may be unable to listen to rape and abuse by a family member. I loved the way the author handled the tough subject matter. The characters were well written and fleshed out...my only complaint is that I wish the story was dual pov ... I would have liked to listen to the reactions and steps that were taken from the Hs pov... about the situation with Emily.
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This is the first time I have read this author. It was an okay love story. I could easily put this story aside to do something more important. I am not sure this story was on that needed to be penned. I believe she is a talented writer, however I did not find myself invested in Oconnell or Emily's love story. There is the requisite attraction, angst and challenges to their love. They do find their HEA ...... but it was kind of flat. I bought this book on sale. I did not return it. I do not find it credit worthy. Performance was ok.
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This was a sweet story. I enjoyed and felt the love these 2 had for each other. I also liked all of the other characters.
There's just one complaint I have. I really, really wish there was a MMA/Fighter series I could read that the males are not man whores prior or during meeting the forever girls. It is so over done. I get it they are men yeah, but can we just kinda leave that part out. If you have to have that part of their past, then just mention it in passing, not a detailed club/bar scene where all the slutty girls are dry fucking them and naked. I lose respect for these future hero's and have actually stopped several series because it's just so common and old.
I would love where that was left out and we focused more on their careers/family life/and funny times with their friends. This is the reason I took this book down to a 4 star rather than a 5 star.
The narrator was awesome loved her.
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