TeriLyn's thoughts: This is my first title from R.J. Prescott, a fighter romance with a rough-around-the-edges, alpha hero and a lonely heroine camouflaging herself from the world. The story paces itself nicely as a contemporary romance, grasping the edges of friends-to-lovers tale. Told mostly from the heroine's point of view, the reader as well as Emily receive a big, warm, welcoming as this cast of characters opens their hearts to her.
Cormac O'Connell is a man laden with self-loathing, going through the motions of his life thinking he'll never amount to anything. His talent in the boxing ring speaks for itself, he has people literally in his corner believing in him but until he meets Emily he gives himself no reason to believe in himself. Emily is searching for an invisible existence as events of her past lead her to hiding yet wanting so much more. The cast she meets gives her a family unlike any other she's ever known. As her and O'Connell's trust in each other blossoms she really comes out of her shell and we can feel their connection.
The writing in The Hurricane kept me interested throughout the story. There were just a couple times when I thought the pacing could be a little faster and some aspects were a little cliche and overused but overall I felt for both of these characters and appreciated their story. I didn't feel an overwhelming epic feeling to the story of O'Connell and Emily but rather an enjoyable reading experience. Two friends of O'Connell's made me laugh out loud so many times and the sense of family portrayed by this band of misfits is great. The Hurricane is an enjoyable New Adult read great for a lazy weekend day afternoon.