Publisher: Self-Published on February 16, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: Blog Tour
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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. 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.
At A Glance
I love the story but let’s tone down the sap.
This story hit close to that little, black thing the doctor keeps calling my heart. Emily has gone through some crap, really bad crap. She’s hiding from her past. She keeps to herself most of the time, but once Cormac, a beefed up fighter, sets his sights on the quite, meek waitress, all bets are off. Emily likes her anonymity, but Cormac pushes her to come out of her shell. And boy does Emily blossom beautifully.
Emily firmly kept Cormac in the friend-zone as long as she could, be she eventually caved. Who wouldn’t? Cormac is hot, sweet, and charmingly cocky. Plus, he’s totally whipped at first sight. His whole world becomes about Emily and becoming a professionally boxer so he could make a better life for her. I love how these two contrasted perfectly together. They both know about poverty and about heartache caused by their parents. But it’s their intense connection that keeps them together. Each one wants to heal the other, mostly with kisses…and penis/vagina dancing.
I loved the side characters a lot. They made the book for me. The friendships between the boxing buddies and then Emily was so endearing. There were also a lot of dramatic and intense moments that made my heart race. Especially near the end. The writing was good and the pacing kept my interest.
There was too much sappiness in certain scenes. It took me away from the story.
Emily becomes comfortable with Cormac way too fast. With her past, I would think a big, muscled fighter would scare her. But no, she just “knows” he’s good. Yeah, okay, whatever your say.
I liked the sex. It was sometimes a little, *clears throat,* quick, but it was sexy and passionate. And there was a good amount of it, but not too much.
A very enjoyable read. I loved the characters. I just wish the sappiness was pulled back on. Very recommended.
“Kier, do friends kiss each other good luck?” “Hell, yes,” he replied in mock seriousness. “I gave Con a good bit of lip loving this afternoon to cheer him on.”
“A champion is someone who gets up when they can’t.- Jack Dempsey.”
“Right now, I’m dirt poor, but one day, I’m not gonna be. I will fight to make something better of myself, to be someone better. Someone you can be proud of. If you need time, then I’ll give you time. If you need friendship, then I’ll give you friendship. But you’re mine, and when the time is right, when you’re ready, I’m coming for you.”
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