Published by Harvey Berrick Publishing
Published on February 7th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Love & 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.
The first thing that drew me to this book, besides the gorgeous cover was the unique synopsis. I immediately was intrigued by the premise of this story and was definitely NOT disappointed one bit. This book held me captive from beginning to end.
Lifers is the story of Torrey Delaney and Jordan Kane. Coming from very different circumstances, they both land in a small Texas town around the same time. Torrey has moved from Boston to live with her estranged mother who is the local preacher. She’s a bit wild and owns her sexuality. She’s unapologetic in her actions and it has made her the talk of the town… until Jordan comes home. Jordan Kane is fresh out of prison after being put away when he was sixteen. He’s completely alone, the whole town and even his own parents hate him for the crime he committed.
”It was hard to make plans for what I wanted to do with my life when I didn’t deserve to have any… I guess my punishment was to carry on living.”
As part of his parole, Jordan must have a job. With nowhere to get regular employment, he starts doing odd jobs for the preacher, which is where he meets Torrey.
“Don’t it bother you? Sittin’ here with … with someone like me?”
“I’d say it bothers you more than it bothers me.”
“Yeah, it bothers me.”
Torrey is the first person to talk to him like he’s human and soon Jordan craves that interaction, even though he doesn’t believe he deserves it.
”Well? How do I look?”
Beautiful. Gorgeous. Sexy. Off limits.
“Um, fine,” I managed to squeeze out.
She raised her eyebrows. “You smooth talking stud. I can see that I’m going to have to watch myself with you.”
I felt completely connected to both characters and getting this in dual pov was perfect. Every small interaction, every conversation, just everything had me completely enraptured. Seeing Jordan, who has been dehumanized for so long struggle with his feelings and be so completely vulnerable was incredible.
“This is real good, Torrey,”
“I know. I’m the perfect woman: I can cook and I drive a cool car.”
“You are,” he said, quietly. “You’re perfect.”
His mood was serious as I looked over at him in surprise. “Um, thanks. I was joking actually. I’m a complete bitch most of the time and have gazillions of annoying habits.”
“I wasn’t jokin’,” he said, holding my gaze. “I’m just so fuckin’ grateful that you’re here.” He took a deep breath. “And I really want to kiss you right now.”
I love how things between Torrey and Jordan progress. He’s a different person when he’s with her and I love that she allows him to unwind. He’s just the perfect mix of manly, sexy, and vulnerable.
“Fast, slow, hard, soft— I want it all with you, Torrey. I cain’t imagine not wantin’ you. Ever.”
From the very beginning Torrey is accepting of him, but she is also apprehensive. There are many things she doesn’t know right away and I liked how she could go from being harsh and sarcastic to loving and understanding. She’s not a sweet, generic, immediately likable character, but I loved her for her flaws and strength. She did everything she could to understand the layers of Jordan.
Through and through, Jordan was an intriguing mix of contradictions: his hard body, his soft lips; his serious, sensible nature; his wild and passionate side; the scary, prison demeanor he could switch on; his gentle soul.
Torrey also pushes him to be a person again, to really LIVE his life. He’s learned to be stoic and follow the rules of prison, so now that he’s out in the real world he doesn’t know what to do with himself. He’s defeated and feels unworthy of the second chance he’s been given, so much so that he’s afraid of even having his own opinions. It was at times almost physically painful to watch his struggle.
“I won’t stand by and let you self destruct out of some twisted sense of … justice … or atonement. If you can’t move on, I don’t see that we can have a future.”
The story that Jane told here felt so incredibly real to me. The development of the characters was so perfect for the situations they were in. There was never a moment when I doubted the truth behind either characters actions. It was all so fitting and just right. I know some have said this book is slow, but for me it was just the little things and I appreciated every page.
The depth of emotion I felt was palpable. This is truly a story with so much heart, hope, desperation, and pain. I felt everything along with the characters. I ached, I had butterflies, I swooned, I cried. I have come to the realization that I love this authors writing. It’s so understated, it flows so effortlessly, and the raw emotion that she conjures in me as a reader is amazing. 5 stars!
“I didn’t believe life was worth living ‘til I met you. I’m so, so happy I was wrong.”