“The second book in a New Adult fiction series from USA Today bestselling author R.J. Prescott.
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.”
Holy Aftermath Batman!! This book was a crazy ride of emotion!
The Aftermath is the sequel to The Hurricane, which I reviewed earlier this week. We pick up about a year after where we had left off, only this time we are in O’Connell’s point of view. Different, extremely so. But I am not complaining in the least.
The story follows the trial against Emily’s step-father Frank, as well as O’Connell’s rematch against Temple. The usual characters Kieran, Liam, Tommy, and Danny are all preparing O’Connell for his fight while being the family and support system that Emily needs during the trial. I absolutely adore the relationship she has with them and how they really are a big, happy, dysfunctional family.
While I love the characters and the writing style, I didn’t love this book as much as I loved The Hurricane. I really enjoyed O’Connell’s point of view and all the crazy things he would say, but I didn’t connect as much as I did with Emily’s story. This felt like a love fest of why Emily is the best wife ever, and the story line kind of fell to the way side. While I enjoyed the journey this book took me on, I didn’t connect like I had hoped I would. And in the end, I felt like I needed 70 pages less of “O’Connell loves Emily” constant observation.
I’m not the biggest fan of sequels in the New Adult genre. It’s a hard thing to do without killing the characters completely. While not my favorite series, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend The Hurricane to friends and family. It has solid writing and fantastic characters and story telling. The Aftermath was a good story to tell, but could have done without a lot of the excess O’Connell and Emily love each other scenes and more of the actual story line itself.
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