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THE AFTERMATH by R.J. Prescott 

December 15, 2015


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Blurb v2

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 realizes 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 second book in a New Adult fiction series from USA Today bestselling author R.J. Prescott.

Review Meli Mel v2


♥ ♥ ♥ 4.25 ♥ ♥ ♥

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“I promised myself once that I would conquer the world for you, and that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna be a legend, and when they ask me how I did it, I’m gonna tell them it was all you.”

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I absolutely loved The Hurricane, so when I heard about this one, I couldn’t wait to jump into this one. This book is a continuation of O’Connell and Em’s story. I was a little unsure if I would end up liking it, but I am glad to say that I very much enjoyed it.

If you have read the previous book, then you know that Em had gone through some horrible things at the hands of her step father Frank. All Cormac O’Connell wants, is for them to move forward from that, especially now that Frank is behind bars. O’Connell wants to protect and care for Em until she feels safe and normal again. Staying by her side is proving to be a struggle for Cormac with his career on the rise. He is working hard towards a fight that could mean everything for his career. But keeping focus is hard when Em is struggling with the effects of Frank’s trial and all he wants to do is be there for her.

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‘Life isn’t about settling for what you have and making the best of it. It’s about getting back up when everyone else around you is counting you out, and fighting for what you want.’

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Unlike the first book, this one is told completely in O’Connell’s POV. I really loved learning more about him. His thoughts were very interesting because he is as alpha male as they come. He is one sexy beast and I only ended up falling in love with him all over again. I admired the depth of his love for Em, and the lengths he would go for her. I also really admired Em in this book. The strength of this girl was amazing. She has grown so much since the first book. I love that she has a support system in her life and how much she gives to those loved ones in return. Together, these two are so perfect and heart warming. They sexual tension between them was still very much present.

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‘Her love for me was imprinted in every single cell of my body. I’d give anything to keep her safe and happy. I’d leave this life knowing what it feels like to belong to another person. To belong to her.’

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I don’t want to give much of the plot away, but it was very good. I loved having the whole gang together again. I am really hoping Tommy, Liam, and Kier will be getting their own book soon. The banter between everyone was the best. The story line was great. There was some dramatic and emotional scenes that definitely kept things interesting. But there were also some sweet and funny scenes that kept things from getting too heavy. I enjoyed the pace of the story so it never felt like it dragged on and fight sequences were very well written. Overall, this second installment did not disappoint. If you enjoyed the first one, then you should definitely give this one a read.

Excerpt v2

“Okay. Open your eyes. What do you think?” I took my hands away and let Em look. This was almost as nerve wracking as asking her to marry me. Back then I was asking her to forget all the crap surrounding me and imagine a better version who’d make something of themselves. I was asking her to take a chance on me. Now I was doing the same with this house.

Tommy was right. It was a shit hole. But when I was done, it would be a palace. A home for the two of us no one could ever take away. I stared at her expression, looking for any sign at all about how she felt.

“I love it,” she whispered, looking up at it in awe. I let out a deep breath I hadn’t realized I’d been holding.

“I know it doesn’t look like much now, but imagine if I cleared out and repaired the front garden, put in new windows and new fencing. Liam and I have gone over this place inch by inch, and the roof is sound. With a bit of hard work, it’ll look great.”

I was rambling now. She’d already agreed to it, so I have no idea why I was giving her the hard sell.

“Can we afford it?” she asked, her eyes full of wonder.

“It’d take all our money and then some. But I’ve worked out a loan with Danny for what we need, and we can pay him back with the rent money we’ll save on our flat. We’ll have to fix it up on a budget but the boys have offered to help with the labor.”

With a squeal, Em threw her arms around my neck and kissed me loudly. “I can’t believe you found this place. It’s going to be amazing! I know I can’t do any building work but I can clean, strip wallpaper, and paint,” she babbled excitedly. “Ooow, we could go and get some paint samples today,” she suggested.

“We haven’t even had an offer accepted yet,” I pointed out with a chuckle.

“I know, but there’s nothing wrong with planning ahead. Can we look inside?”

“Sure. The agent is meeting us in a few minutes to show us around. It’s pretty rough inside, but the rooms are a nice size. You just have to use your imagination.”

“I can do that,” she whispered as she smiled at me adoringly. Her eyes were full of everything I’d felt when I’d first seen the place, and I knew she was imagining our future in a real home of our own.

My heart was so full I felt invincible. The way she was looking at me, you’d think I’d built this place brick by brick myself. I’d spend the rest of the day trailing after her doing whatever she liked just to keep that look. With another squeal, she covered my face in tiny kisses, making me laugh, until a discrete cough sounded behind us.

“Are you here for the viewing?” a skinny kid who looked about my age asked.

“Yes please,” Em answered. She was lit up inside and practically radiated happiness. People couldn’t help but be charmed by her natural warmth, and he was no exception. He smiled broadly at her and with a wink said, “Let’s go and check it out.”

My crossed arms and fierce glare told him that I wouldn’t tolerate another wink, and he got the message as he messed around with the keys nervously. Rolling her eyes, Em pulled on my arms until I uncrossed them and clasped her fingers between mine. She was used to me getting territorial around her but she really had no idea how many hungry looks followed her around.

The agent used his shoulder to push open the front door, past a mountain of junk mail, then fussed about brushing the dirt and paint chips off his suit. The previous owner really had gone to town with a baseball bat, and literally everything would need replacing but it didn’t matter. The more we looked, the more Em fell in love.

By the time we were done, there were stars in her eyes. Having realized that flirting with Em was hazardous to his health, the agent couldn’t get out of there quick enough. He told us to call the office if we wanted to make an offer.

“I’ll be in touch,” I promised him menacingly, mostly just to fuck with him, but he practically wet himself as he hightailed it back to his car. Em was so caught up in the house she didn’t notice. It was going to be a hell of a day.

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About Author v2

R.J. Prescott author

R.J. Prescott was born in Cardiff, South Wales and studied law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation she fell in love, and stayed. Ten years later she convinced her crazy, wonderful fire fighter husband to move back to Cardiff where they now live with their two equally crazy sons. Juggling work, writing and family doesn’t leave a lot of time, but curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate for family movie night is definitely the best part of R.J. Prescott’s week. “The Hurricane” is her debut New Adult Novel.

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