The Aftermath by R.J. Prescott book review and blogtour


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The Aftermath by R. J. Prescott, publisher Piatkus, is available in ebook format NOW and paperback format from THURSDAY 2nd June 2016.

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When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose. But what happens when you have everything you ever wanted? You fight to keep it.

Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell’s star is on the rise. Billed as the most promising young boxer of his generation, his new career is taking him to places he never dreamed. But O’Connell only needs one thing in life: his wife. In her final year of college, Em cannot follow him around the world but together they make it work.

Just when everything they ever wanted is on the horizon, the past resurfaces to haunt them and O’Connell realises that justice might not be a part of his happy ever after.

He couldn’t protect Em once before, but in the aftermath of the hurricane, he will make sure that never happens again.

*The paperback edition contains exclusive brand new bonus content*

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting The Aftermath and would like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.

Oh where do I start with this review? … The Aftermath was all I was expecting and more.  After reading The Hurricane back in March I was ‘hooked’ into the lives of Em and Cormac.  We left Em and Cormac in The Hurricane recovering from the terrible, traumatic  ordeal Em endured under the hands of her stepfather.  The Aftermath follows on were we see Em having to take the stand in court against her stepfather, having to rake over all her past nightmares and the most recent one.  Whilst the court case is on we are also seeing Cormac O’Connell (aka The Hurricane) train for the biggest fight of his life in his career.

Cormac is fighting with his mind coping with his worry over Em and the court case.  He wants justice for her and it’s taking all his strength and willpower not to act upon his anger against her stepfather.  I loved the advice that Father Pat gave Cormac and one of my favourite quotes from the book is from him …

“would you give up your vengeance for a lifetime with her?”

We follow Em’s journey in court and how it unfolds and on the flipside we follow Cormac on the brink of the fight of his career.

Can the young couple cope with all the emotional and physical strain and stresses life is putting on them?

This story was so intense and dramatic.  I was gripped and eager to find out the outcome.  Amongst all this drama we were treated to some wonderful tantalising, breathtaking scenes and some beautiful moments of pure love and heart ache.

A brilliant, irresistible two book series that I devoured.  I hope R.J. Prescott will write more stories from the wonderful array of sub characters we’ve grown to love in The Hurricane and The Aftermath.  5/5*

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The Hurricane by R. J. Prescott book review

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The Hurricane by R. J. Prescott, publisher Piatkus, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio download format.  P.S.  The paperback contains brand new bonus content.

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A love that’s worth keeping is worth fighting for . . .

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.

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I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.

I’d also like to thank the publishers introducing me to a new author in R. J. Prescott.  I was totally gripped with this intense, passionate debut novel.  The Hurricane was nominated and was a finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Debut.

I was soon engrossed with this debut novel and couldn’t quite believe it was R. J. Prescott’s first book.  The storyline hooked me in with the believable characters of Em/Emily and O’Connell.

Emily is a student far from her ‘so called home’ which held so many dark and terrifying secrets for her.  As soon as she could Emily moved away from a dangerous and terrorising past.  She’s struggling to make ends meet with studying and working in a café.  She has kept herself ‘invisible’ from many social interactions to keep herself safe however, this led her to become very insecure.  Her world was about to change when the friendship she had built up with Danny, the owner of an old boxing gym, had offered her a job doing the accounts for the gym.  Em was soon out of her comfort zone when she entered the gym for the first time and she soon caught the eye of the lads in the gym.  One in particular was Cormac O’Connell, a tough looking giant of a man with good looks and confidence oozing out of him.

O’Connell took an instant and almost possessive liking to Em and wasn’t afraid to show his feelings.  But when it came to Em he was prepared to wait for her, to wait until she wanted him as much as he wanted her.  Em also felt this instant chemistry with O’Connell but her past made her very wary of trusting any man.  O’Connell also has a very troubled past which has worn him down many times.

This story was very intense and passionate but also sweet at times with Em opening up to a whole new world of friends.  I loved all the guy’s camaraderie at the gym they were very funny at times larking about with each other but when a friend was in need they dropped everything and were committed to the cause.

The history of Em’s past was always scarily in the background which made the storyline very dramatic, thrilling and unpredictable.  I’d fallen for the characters of Em and O’Connell and was hoping so much that they had enough fight in them to overcome their battles and to let love find a way into their hearts and souls and heal them.  5/5*

I’d like to share one of my favourite quotes from the novel:

“Of course that was his name.  I felt like I’d been in the path of a hurricane from the day I met him.  Only this one wasn’t tearing me apart.  He was making me whole again”.

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