February 9, 2014 | by Alexis | Lifers

by Jane Harvey-Berrick
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)on February 7, 2014

Genres: Contemporary, Romance



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?

This book broke my heart.  There, I said it.  Namely, Jordan Kane broke my heart.

After being incarcerated for 8 years, Jordan is now living the rest of his parole in his small hometown in Texas. In a tragic accident, Jordan was convicted of murdering his older brother. Every day he endures the guilt of being the one who survived the accident, while his brother was killed.  I don’t know what’s worse, his guilt or how he is treated by the rest of the residents in his hometown.  Actually, I do know what’s worse and that is the way he is treated by his own family.  They completely disowned him, getting rid of his clothes, belongings, etc. but still kept his brother’s room intact.  The strength that he had to wake up every morning and face the day was just surreal.  The small things we take for granted were the big things he looked forward to. He carried his guilt and thought that he deserved all the crap that he was given.  In some ways, you could still see that he was that boy from high school, that he missed so much of his childhood while he was locked up and never really grew up.

Torrey had just escaped an ugly situation back in Boston and had come to live with her mom, who is now the town’s Reverend.  She makes no excuses for the way that she is, she is smart-mouthed, loves sex, hysterical and is just all around fantastic.  She is also not looking for anything serious when it comes to relationships. But what makes her even more amazing is her loyalty, especially to Jordan.  The minute he walks into the diner that she was working in, she was a goner.  Of course she had no idea who he was and when she offered to serve him she was fired.  From that moment on, they forged a friendship that ultimately became something way more serious.

I love Jane’s writing, I have been a fan of hers for a while and this book was no exception.  It really made me think of how we treat people and what we take for granted.  Also, Jane made me question my beliefs on the term murderer, the word he was so often called.  In my heart, I don’t believe that he really murdered his brother, it truly was an accident.  As I sit here and think about it, not many books actually make me rethink my beliefs.  If that isn’t a sign of a great book, then I’m not sure what is.