Thursday, February 13, 2014

Review: Lifers by Jane Harvey - Berrick


Title: Lifers
Series: Standalone.
Author: Jane Harvey Berrick
Release Date: February 7th, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Cliffhanger: No

After eight years in prison, twenty-four year old Jordan Kane is the man e
veryone 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.

Lifers was definitely story like no other I’ve ever read. Jane Harvey – Berrick created something else entirely, something that caught my attention with unusual plot and heartbreaking storyline. It was not only your normal new adult read where both tortured characters find comfort in each other. Lifers was so much deeper and complex than that. I can honestly say I was hooked from the first page to the last and felt glued to them.

This is very complicated story. Told from dual point of views, Lifers is a novel focused on Torrey, twenty four year old woman who came to live with her mother who’s a preacher in small southern town. She’s wild, she likes to hook up with different guys and is definitely not a good little girl, her mom would like her to be.

Then, there is Jordan who just left prison after spending eight years behind bars. Being on parole makes him live in town where everyone treats him like trash and murderer. Even his parents hate him. The only person in the whole town who seems to be on ease with him is Torrey.

Together they start their journey of true love, loyalty, fighting with guilt and blame as well as finding their new path.

The main characters were awesome! Total opposites yet they were like two perfect for each other puzzles. While Jordan was shy and a little bit antisocial and insecure, Torrey was confident, outspoken, wild and crazy! Every time she made Jordan blush with her bluntness I was swooning. That was something else to see hero who’s not your usual badass jerk and heroine that isn’t naïve virgin. I had so much fun thanks to those two. And don’t worry, despite the fact that Jordan’s not your usual man whore with perfect moves, he’s total beast in the bedroom! Eight years without sex will do that to a man. Honestly, I think it would be even better if author made Jordan virgin, but you know, I was still extremely happy with what I’ve got.

Why not five stars then? Well, I found some parts cheesy and a little bit over the top. While romance was great, and the storyline refreshing there was a tiny, little bit thing missing, the cherry on the top, that would make me give it a perfect rating. Still, I highly recommend Lifers for those of you that want to read something different and well full of angst and hot sex!


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