Published by Harvey-Berrick Publishing on 7th February 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance
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After eight years in prison, twenty-four year old Jordan Kane is the man everyone loves to hate.
Forced to return to his hometown while on parole, Jordan soon learns that this small town hasn't changed since he was carted off to juvie all those years ago. He is the local pariah, shunned by everyone, including his own parents. But their hatred of him doesn't even come close to the loathing he feels every time he looks in the mirror.
Working odd jobs for the preacher lady, Jordan bides his time before he can leave this backwards town. But can distance erase the memories that haunt him? Trapped in the prison of his own mind Jordan wonders if the pain of living will ever subside?
Torrey Delaney is new in town and certainly doesn't behave in a way the locals believe a preacher’s daughter should. Her reputation for casual hook-ups and meaningless sex is the talk of the town. Add that to her budding friendship with the hardened ex-con handyman, and the good Reverend is less than thrilled with her estranged daughter’s path.
As friendship forms, is it possible for two damaged people who are afraid to love take their relationship to the next level? Can Torrey live with Jordan’s demons, and can Jordan break through Torrey's walls? With the disapproval of a small town weighing heavily on them, will they find their place in the world? Can they struggle against the odds, or will their world be viciously shattered?
Is love a life sentence?
Due to scenes of a sexual nature, not recommended for under 18
REVIEWED BY JOANNE
*An E-ARC was supplied to me in exchange for an honest review*
Well, what can I say? Jane Harvey Berrick does it again! She created characters I loved, a storyline that had me hooked and plenty of steamy action.
Jordan Kane is fresh out of prison, for a crime he will never be allowed to forget. Thanks to the Preacher in his local parish, he’s out on parole, living back in his parents’ house, and hoping to get a chance to start again.
Torrey Delaney is the estranged daughter of said Preacher, staying with her mother after her father recently remarried. She hasn’t seen her mother in a long while, not since she left her behind to pursue her religious vocation. New to town, she has no idea who Jordan Kane is when he walks into the diner she’s working at. All she knows is that he’s hot but not very talkative, and she’s perplexed at the animosity towards him.
No one is willing to give Jordan a chance, except Torrey’s mother. She gives him a job doing things around the house, and this is where Torrey gets to know him better. As they share conversations over coffee, they gradually build a friendship. Torrey is an ideal match for him. She takes no crap, and gives as good as she gets.
I loved Jordan. My heart went out to him for all he went through. Yes, he made a mistake, a HUGE one, and one that shattered a lot of people’s lives but he was young when it happened, and not everything is so cut and dried. He doesn’t believe he deserves to be happy after what he’s done and there are plenty of people around him who believe that too. After 8 years in prison he’s become institutionalized, wary of people, unsure who to trust, and so fearful of going back to prison that he won’t even defend himself against others. There was many a time in this book where I cried for him, he took everything people threw at him, he had no belief in himself whatsoever. Even his parents made it very obvious he was not wanted, that they only took him in under sufferance and a lot of persuasion on the preachers’ part.
Torrey sees beyond the labels and vicious attitudes of others towards Jordan. She sees the kind, loving and loyal man he is underneath. She brings him out of his shell, makes him start to believe in himself, and gives him a new purpose in his life. She’s like a whirlwind in his life, the storm to his calm. She wants to see him start to LIVE his life, and not just merely exist.
Torrey has her own issues too, she is afraid of commitment, she doesn’t believe in long term relationships after seeing her parents marriage breakdown and having her first serious boyfriend cheat on her. Before she met Jordan her life consisted of meaningless hook-ups with random guys and she had lost her way in life. Jordan grounds her, and he makes her want to believe in Happily Ever Afters. They’re perfect for each other.
If you’ve read any of Jane’s other books, you’ll love this one too. And if you haven’t read any of hers yet, I STRONGLY recommend you do!