Enjoyable and sweet, and just a touch of angst. Good for an easier feeling romance read, especially if you’re looking for a bossy-pants alpha-male that becomes absolutely obsessed with that one special girl. ‘Cause you’ve found him!
And yes, it *did* have that feel… reminding me of some of our favorite bad boy fighter books (many of our fellow readers pointing to my absolute favorite book). I can see it…
Vicki: I started this last night, struggled to put it down, I’m really tired this morning and wish I didn’t have to work!!
Shunda: Just finished The Hurricane and OMG!! I died. It had such a BD feel to it. Read through the night and was a zombie for work. SOOOOO worth it!!
Amy: Shunda, you’re gonna start a frenzy around here with a BD comparison like that.
Lauren: Shunda, I loved it too. I wasn’t sure about it since I’d never heard of the author but….from the first sentence, you’re totally in. I couldn’t put it down. I gave it a 5 star review on Amazon.
Jean: OMG Shunda! BD feel….. those are magical words around here. 1-clicking The Hurricane right now!
Maryse: Magical is right!! Okay one clicking… bargain priced, too!
Jen: I am loving The Hurricane! I have to ask what are you guys talking about when you say it has a BD feel? Thanks!
Tara: I loved it.. Read it in a few hours.. I need a new book like this, any recommendations?
Jenny: Just finished the hurricane. Loved it
Rosheen: Thanks for the Hurricane recommendation . Great read! Usually avoid NA like the plague (no offence to anyone who reads and enjoys them, just not my thing). But very compelling read.
Paula: Hurricane was brill really enjoyed it and want the second one!
Vicki: I finished it last night. I liked it too. It was a really sweet book and I was thinking it would be more suspenseful.
But for some reason this one didn’t drown me in that delicious drama. The stuff that my favorite unputdownable books are made of. A constant push and pull laden in emotion, excitement, devastation and fury. Furious love and furious jealousy and everything in between. Where I become so invested, and my reactions are so visceral that I forget I’m NOT them.
That is what makes the difference between some of my absolute favorite bad-boy books, and some of the sweeter ones that I enjoy (like this one) but that I don’t devour so intently that I daydream about it, you know?
There were definitely those that loved it like crazy (up there and plenty of ‘em!!) and a few of us that enjoyed it, but didn’t feel that book-rush that we are always chasing:
MichelleS: So far so good on Hurricane. There’s some repetition, where the writer keeps saying the same thing or making the same point, but I like the characters so far….
Oh yes, Jean. Con and all of his “MINE” intensity feels SO real in that respect. I believe him. I see him. I feel him and I could love him. BIG TIME!
“I know I’m scary and loud. I’m f**ked up, and I’m gonna f**k up with you a lot because I’ve never done this before. I don’t date girls, I f**k them and walk away because that’s what they expect. It’s all they think I’m good for. I’m not smart like you, and I know I don’t deserve you. 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.”
*swooooooooooooon* He IS PERFECT and totally “makes the show”, for sure. Well… him AND Danny.
And Andrea… YES!!! EXACTLY. You pinned it down perfectly.
Yep! It was good, had an interesting “meet-cute” intro, and was engaging. And when the intensity was on between them (the insecurities, the claiming, the private discussions…) well… I was into it! Plus, what made this book so much more than just a cute love story between a typical “book-bad-boy” and the good girl, was his entourage. His family of fighters, and their make-shift dad (gym owner and coach) that had me smiling.
This mismatched band of people, educated and uneducated, fighters and pacifists, were slowly becoming the family that I’d never had. With them around me, I was young and happy, and for the first time in my life, carefree.
But the two main characters had some “bad guys” in their lives too, and for those reasons, both of them damaged and struggling to connect. Because she was in hiding from her abusive step-father, in school and struggling to make ends meet,
I WAS SO GRATEFUL to have escaped my former life that living for three years without forming any attachments seemed like a small price to pay for my freedom. The reality was that I had escaped from hell, only to find that fear still incarcerated me in a prison from which there was no escape. I was afraid that the more memorable I became; the more likely it was that I would be found.
and he had his own set of issues. His mother. Ugh!
But I’ll let you meet ‘em all yourself, and work out that “crazy”. Overall though, pleasing with moments that had me swooning,
“Baby, I’d better be the only one on that list. I feel like I’m gonna lose you before I even get a chance. I’m f**ked- up possessive over you. I know that, and I’m afraid that you’ll get sick of all the bullshit that comes with me.”
laughing (’cause of the guys!!),
“Con’s gonna be ten times more protective now that he’s staked his claim.”
“Tough shit, arsehole,” Tommy replied cockily, “cause right now Danny’s dropping medicine balls on Con’s stomach, and I’m going home with his girl’s chocolate cake.”
tearing up, and scowling. All of it, but sometimes… well for me? Not enough of that angsty *oomph* to thrill me into screaming it from the rooftops.
But like bev said:
“But I’m sometimes ok without the conflict or angst, yes I am boring. At times I just want a we’re falling in love story. Though I love good conflict and angst and the whole 80% something is going to happen heart in throat moments too.”
So this one just might be for you! Good writing, good story, sweet girl, and FREAKING AWESOME guy. Just sayin’
3.75 stars! (but 5 stars for him!!)