Review: Lifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Publication: 2-7-2014
Rating: 4 Completely Unexpected Cherries


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 preachers 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 daughters 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 Jordans 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?

This book came out of nowhere for me, I mean, completely out of left field.  Sitting diminutively on my TBR list for a while, I finally got to read it and I was blown away. 

This is not your typical love story.  This is the story of a very broken man (Jordan Kane) who happens to find kindness and compassion in an unlikely place.  To tell you why this man needs kindness and compassion would be to ruin a huge plot feature so I will keep mum on the particulars, but trust me he needs compassion.

He finds his solace in the arms of the preachers errant daughter.  Jordan Kane...... meet Torrey Delaney......

To say that sparks fly between these two would be to put it mildly.  There is an almost immediate connection between Torrey and Jordan that feels right in a very real way.  The author did a great job of making the feelings fall in place at the right time and rate in the story.  They weren't rushed or hurried into being "in love" with each other to advance the story until the time was right. Even if that love was somewhat one sided at times.

There is a natural ebb and flow to the story telling, you realize everything the author is telling you is for a reason.  Even if that reason isn't fleshed out until the end of the story.  This was in total a very solid read and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see love triumph over small town gossip and prejudices or just about anyone else. 
********This book did have some sex scenes and some graphic violence, so it would not be suitable for people under 18.*******


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