Earlier this year I read R. J. Prescott's debut, The Hurricane, and I really enjoyed it. So when I was offered the opportunity to review its sequel, The Aftermath, I didn't hesitate. The Hurricane was a finalist for Goodreads Debut of the Year and here is what I thought of its sequel:
Title: The Aftermath (Hurricane #2)
Author: R. J. Prescott
Published: June 2nd 2016 by Piatkus
When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose. But what happens when you have everything you ever wanted? You fight to keep it.
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.
First of all I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Review: The Aftermath is the sequel of The Hurricane, R. J, Prescott's debut, which I read and I enjoyed earlier this year. The story in this second book starts when the first one ended, with Em and O'Connell very much in love but with the shadow of Em's abusive step dad still there. He is behind bars but waiting for trial. I'd say that to read The Aftermath, you need to have read The Hurricane first as otherwise you won't really understand what's going on and who all the characters are. The main difference with the first book though is that this one is told from O'Connell's point of view while the first was told from Em's point of view.
My favourite character from the first book was actually O'Connell, because he was always true to himself and to his words. He was not a big fan of games and you always knew what to expect from him, which was a refreshing change from what NA novels have us used to. Well, in this sequel, O'Connell is in great shape and being in his head is a very interesting exercise. He is no longer that broken kid looking for love but a man with a clear purpose: love and protect his wife and become a professional boxer. And we soon learn that once something's inside his head, he gets it done. The only thing I don't like about him is that he is quite a possessive bastard, as he himself says, but he is such a good guy and respects Em so much that we can even forgive him that.
I did think that this story dragged a bit more than the first one, which was really fast paced and action packed. This might be because this one focuses more in Frank (Em's stepdad) and his actions, and you are just waiting for his next move during the whole book. But all in all I think the whole plot was handled well and I still enjoyed getting to know O'Connell and his mates better. It looks like some of his mates might get the spotlight in future books and I can't wait to find out more, as I really like R. J. Prescott's fresh and honest style. So if you enjoyed The Hurricane, you can't miss The Aftermath. And if you are looking for a refreshing, hot and sweet NA series, this one is for you!