My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Emily McCarthy is broken and scared girl. She’s running from her past and hiding from everyone. Through an unlikely friendship with an old boxing gym manager, she meets Cormac “The Hurricane” O’Connell. The moment Cormac meets Em he falls hard. He knows she the one, but Em is resistant to let him in. Cormac has the biggest fight of his life: the fight to win Em’s heart.
This is an older book that I found on Netgalley and I’m really glad I decided to give it a chance. This is story about two lost souls who have lost so much in their life, but find meaning and purpose in each other. It was a beautiful story about love and family.
“His dream was the same as mine-a home, a family, love, and trust.”
The best part about this book is the strong characters. I loved Cormac and Em. They were such broken souls but they both had this silent strength that emanated from them. They were brave and honest and I loved it! I loved that Em was strong and brave enough to escape her past. She is a smart girl and she knows what needs to be done and does it. Cormac made Em his world and he didn’t let anything get in his way. He didn’t let his mom or anyone mess things up with Em. She and Cormac were consistent in their behaviors and they were SENSIBLE!! They made sense and there wasn’t any unnecessary drama.
The second thing I loved about this book was all the side characters that made up this boxing family. What can I say about Kieran? I need a book about him!! I loved how loyal he was to both Em and Cormac; he was just as cute and sweet as Cormac. I hope he gets his own book and finds happiness. Danny was fantastic and I wish there were more Dannys in the world. He took all these misfits and made a family for them. My heart just goes out to all of them.
My biggest complaint is we get a glimpse of Cormac’s POV at the very beginning and then it is all Em’s POV except for the epilogue. I kept waiting for Cormac’s POV to come back but it didn’t until the end. I’m a huge fan of dual POV and the male POV so I was definitely disappointed . Overall though, this book was a pleasant surprise. I definitely recommend it.
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