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Hurricane Reese

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An endearing interracial love story, defying the boundaries of a religiously conservative family and a musical star's ailing grandfather.

Going into this book, I didn’t quite know what to expect, but it’s exactly what the summary explains, as you will see. Reese Matheson and Jude De la Torre are the personification of opposites attract. They both come from completely different walks of life and their organized and serious versus carefree and messy personalities make them that much more of a pair for each other. What really ties the two men together, though, is Reese’s aging grandfather, Mr.Matheson. He lives in a cottage where Jude takes care of him part time before conflict arises between Jude and Reese. Jude has formed an extremely close bond with Mr.Matheson during the time he’s been caring for him.


The connection and romance moved a bit too fast in my opinion, especially considering a fresh breakup and Reese’s rumored dating and sexual activities and Jude’s heightened cautiousness. They went from careful and hesitant to forgoing all limits they set and just going for it in under a month. I anticipated Reese’s ex, Jada, would have more of a presence, and should have, since she was so dependent on using his fame to boost her own. Jada does present a couple of road blocks early in the impending romance between Jude and Reese, trying to get in the way of Reese’s happiness, but the moment passes at neck-breaking speed. That makes room for the story’s main road blocks in Jude and Reese’s romance: Jude’s big, strictly Catholic family, his desire for low-key private intimacy, and figuring out how to come out to those closest to both men.


The intensity of emotions and tension of a new flame is to be expected, but sometimes it is approached with a heavy hand and abandons certain characters’ actions or reactions that would be in line with their previous behavior, particularly Jude and sometimes his brother. Still, the most prominent characters in the story are well developed and the establishment of Filipino culture is tastefully done, but the pace of the plot and establishing time could be slightly better. Other than that, readers who enjoy California beach vibes and unconventional romances might like Hurricane Reese.



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About the author

R.L. Merrill brings you quirky and relatable characters and romance full of Hope, Love, and Rock 'n' Roll. Whether she’s writing about contemporary issues or diving deep into the supernatural to give readers a shiver, she loves creating compelling stories that will stay with readers long after. view profile

Published on August 01, 2020

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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