Welcome to my tour stop for Lifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick. This is an Adult Contemporary for ages 18+. The tour runs Feb. 24th - March 5th. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
Lifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Released Feb. 7th, 2014
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 sent away. 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 time or distance erase the pain of living?
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 quickly spreads. And that’s on top of her budding friendship with the hardened ex-con handyman—the good Reverend is less than thrilled with her estranged daughter’s path.
As friendship forms, can 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, they struggle to find their place in the world. Can they battle the odds, or will their world be viciously shattered?
Is love a life sentence?
About the author:
I started writing contemporary romance two years ago. Before that, I didn’t think I could write a sex scene.
Turns out I can!
My lucky number is 13 because I was born on the 13th and live near a haunted castle by the ocean. My number one past-time is watching hot surfers get changed into (and out of) their wetsuits.
My husband doesn’t read my books. My mother does.
Writing is my love, my hobby, my total addiction. All my characters are important to me and whisper their stories, even when I’ve finished writing their books. That’s why you’ll often find bonus chapters/out-takes from various books, because those voices just won’t be quiet.
Readers can find bonus chapters for several of my books on my website www.janeharveyberrick.com
This book was a little rougher than most books I read in this genre. It was slightly crud, filled with bad behavior and even worse language and the protagonist was someone I wasn’t' sure I was going to like let alone love. To be honest, I was a little nervous after the first chapter and was starting to wonder what in the world has I gotten myself into.
I love it when I can look past the nerves and the trepidation and even the really bad behavior and rough exteriors and see goodness instead. See pretty messages and even kinder people underneath.
This was one of those reads that takes you by surprise. One that you may even need to grin and bear it for the first few minutes but, once you do, something will come out of nowhere and surprise you and you start to relax and before you know it, you are even liking it.
I think if it weren't for Jordan I wouldn’t of liked this one as much as I did, okay, that might not be true because overall, the messages and growth in this were pretty amazing but Jordan just adds a whole level of yumminess that needed to be there.
He brings a whole new definition to the term bad boy. He is surly, has a guilty shady past and is the ultimate broody bundle of moodiness you could ask for and yet, even with his troubled past (which broke my heart!!) he has a heart of gold. Yep, this tattooed prison serving bad boy will make you want to read more and have you turning the pages not to mention grab hold of him and hug him tight.
I wasn't sure if I liked Torrey but the girl grew on me, especially with the way she brought Jordan out of his antisocial shell and really showed him how beautiful he was and that our mistakes and past don't define us but who we are right now, in this moment do.
I couldn't help but love her foul mouth loving ways after that.
This has so many wonderful, beautiful and very real moments in it. A great reminder how things can change us and make us grow. How bad things can happen but good things (and people) can too.
This really was wonderfully done.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by an outside source. I was not compensated for this review.*