Thursday, 13 April 2017

REVIEW: The Storm by R J Prescott

The Storm

Marie Kelly is a survivor who doesn’t know when to quit. Against all odds, she’s living a life she never dreamed she could have. It was enough… until a stubborn boxer makes her want more. 

Irish charmer Kieran Doherty has been a fighter at Driscoll’s Gym for most of his life. He’s been content to let his best friend take the spotlight, now it’s his turn to make a name for himself in the world of heavy weight champions. Falling in love is the one thing he vowed never to do, but meeting Marie changed everything. 

It’s easy to imagine a happy-ever-after when the sun is shining. But when the storm comes, and all hope seems lost, they both learn that if you want something badly enough, you have to be willing to fight for it. 

The Storm is a full length boxing romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhanger and no cheating. Mature content means that it is intended for readers aged 18+.

Caroline's Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“He’s grown up believing that love is like a fire that will burn you. Now that he’s met you, he sees not what the fire can burn, but what it can forge.”

Kieran Doherty grew up determined not to love anyone enough to break his heart. As a young boy, he’d seen how the loss of a deep love could hurt someone. However, the minute he met Marie Kelly, he knew that she was the one to break down his walls. Even after she drops a bombshell on him, he’s willing to fight to have her in his life because she’s IT for him.

“Life’s just one long road that takes us where we’re meant to be. I was meant to be yours. It’s why life keeps throwing us together.”

Marie Kelly grew up in and out of hospitals. She’s given up thinking that her life could have a fairytale ending. However, the minute she met Kieran, she knew he could worm his way into her defective heart. Once she accepted that he was her fate, she truly starts to live her life, rather than be a bystander.

“true love ain’t the passenger train that pulls up at the station so that you can board when it’s time. It’s the freight train that ploughs into you when you least expect it.”

This was a great love story. It took me a couple of chapters to really get into it but, once I did, I loved Kieran and Marie’s story. I loved their connection - the bad-boy boxer and the sweet, shy beauty. I loved how they respected and cared for the other. I loved the honesty they shared. It was so lovely watching them fall deeper in love, and what they were willing to risk to have a life together – no matter how long that might be. 

As with the previous two novels in this series, this story was just as much about family, friendship and loyalty, as well as the central love story. The banter between Kieran and his boxing brothers was funny and heartwarming. Danny Driscoll is a real tough curmudgeon with a soft centre. 

This story took you through all the emotions – yearning, desire, fear, and joy - and the ending was really lovely. Looking forward to the next book in the series. 

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