Lifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick.

18929979Kindle edition, 435 pages

Published February 7th 2014 by Harvey Berrick Publishing

Jordan is the town pariah. He’s on probation, after an eight-year prison sentence. People refuse to serve him in shops, they vandalise his car, and even his own parents can’t stand to be around him. The only person in town who’ll talk to him is the preacher lady. He does odd jobs for her for practically nothing.

The preacher’s daughter, Torrey, is new to town. She’s pretty much the opposite of a good girl, and not at all what the townspeople expect her to be like, knowing whom her mother is. She’s got a real potty mouth and she likes to have a good time with guys.

Torrey didn’t know about Jordan’s past when they met. But even though she knows now, she doesn’t treat him any different. The two of them become friends, and then something more. To truly move forward, Jordan needs to face his demons, plus, Torrey isn’t exactly ready for a serious, settle-down-for-good-kind-of-relationship.

 

The writing Lifers is from two points of view – Torrey’s and Jordan’s. They are very easy to tell apart as you read.

There’s a lot of swearing, and lots of mature themes and scenes that are not suitable for children. Seventeen and up, the blurb says.

When it comes to New Adult fiction, I’m always looking for a higher quality novel. It’s hard to sort through them all because there are so many now and the storylines can be very similar. The best one I have read is Easy by Tammara Webber, so that’s the benchmark that I’m working with. I think that Lifers falls somewhere in the middle of the scale. It was a bit better than average, but it did go for a bit too long. There were bits in the second half of the middle that dragged, but then it got better and wrapped up nicely.

I liked the Texas backdrop, and the lovely twang that Jordan has. I liked how compassionate Torrey is. She’s got a massive potty mouth, a quick temper, and a whole lot of sass, but she’s also got a big heart. She doesn’t care that Jordan a widely hated ex-con, she accepts him anyway.

Really, this is Jordan’s story. When we first meet him he is completely closed off and downtrodden, and with the help of Torrey, you get to see him come out of his shell. You learn a lot about what his life was like on the inside, and you watch his life improve outside. It’s a redemption story.

My Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Rating: 4.06/5

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