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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harvey Berrick Publishing (10 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957496184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957496187
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It's about taking life by the throat and living every moment, about shedding guilt and not letting others preconception weigh you down. It was powerful, emotional and had us gasping with nervous anticipation. We fell in love with two characters who certainly took a piece of our hearts with them by the end of this book. Lifers is a standalone story and one we absolutely recommend picking up. Five gut-wrenching stars." TOTALLY BOOKED --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jane Harvey-Berrick writes smart, thoughtful contemporary romances, set in the real world that we an all recognize. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"Lifers" by Jane Harvey-Berrick is an extraordinary story - not just about love but about guilt, forgiveness, redemption, acceptance and second chances.
It is extremely intense without the need of big drama moments. By being more low-key, it actually manages to evoke so much more emotion and to move deeply. But not only did it touch my heart, but also my mind. There were so many emotions and thoughts towards various characters and although it was easy to consider some of the behavior described as wrong, this book made it hard to judge anyone. Pain, anguish, despair, loss and guilt can make people do things they normally wouldn't do.

And Jordan's life is governed by those emotions. Getting out of jail after serving eight years, he tries to survive his parole in the town he grew up in. In the town where his life changed forever, with one mistake affecting the whole community.
But Jordan wasn't just imprisoned due to a court sentence. Even more than that, the guilt and hate he feels for himself have been keeping him captive.
Feeling undeserving of forgiveness, love, happiness, a second chance and of life, he doesn't even question it when people treat him like the dirt on their shoes. This alone had me weep so many tears for him.
But things start to change when Torrey comes into his life and like a force of nature takes it upon herself to show him he is worthy - worthy of friends, laughter, joy, love, happiness and life. It is not an easy task, made harder by the fact that those two couldn't be any more different.

While Jordan, unlike his younger self, is now shy, reserved, subservient, careful, fearful and closed-off, Torrey is like a whirlwind. She is full of life, speaks her mind and doesn't do it in a diplomatic manner.
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This was a heart breaking story about a Man who at age 24 has just been released from prison after serving 8 years for a terrible mistake that ruined not only his life but the lives of his family too.
For Jordan Kane his life will never be the same again.

Moving back in with his parents things are strained to say the least. But he has to stay due to the conditions of his release.
The town is full of small minded people that will never let Jordan forget his past and they treat him like shit because of it.

Torrey Delaney is the town's little rebel the Reverends daughter.
Being newish to the town she doesn't know the history surrounding Jordan and is appalled by the treatment he receives.

When you're made to feel unworthy of forgiveness how are you ever going to forgive yourself.

Torrey decides to give Jordan a chance and makes friends with him. They eventually start to see each other.
When she finds out the truth she's shocked but decides Jordan has been punishing himself enough for a tragic accident and trying to atone for his mistakes will never be easy, not in this town.

I loved Jordan my heart broke for him. Meeting Torrey was exactly what he needed to try and move forward and start living his life. I adored her she is such a little firecracker. She never takes crap from anyone.

This book was so emotional. But definitely worth reading.
I wish I'd read it sooner.
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Jordan has just come out of prison after eight years’ incarceration. When he was 16, he caused a terrible accident that resulted in the death of his beloved older brother, and he’s been paying for it ever since. Now a man of nearly 24, he is finding it extremely difficult to adjust to life outside of prison, especially as he is the town pariah, and has been practically disowned by his own parents.

Torrey is licking her wounds in a small town where her estranged mother is the town preacher. She’s wild, blunt, genuine, and doesn’t care one bit for what anyone thinks. She’s living her life by her own rules. She’s biding her town before she moves on to new pastures.

“Touching her, feeling her hands on me, being inside her. I couldn’t remember it ever being that good. I know it had been a long time, but I thought my black heart would explode from the raw passion rushing through me.”

This was such a fab novel! Jordan and Torrey are both damaged and desperately in need of love. Jordan’s plight and loneliness tugs at Torrey’s heartstrings and she really ‘sees’ the man under the ex-con exterior, his beautiful soul, in spite of his past. Jordan is so grateful to this firecracker of a woman for letting him into her life. Their incendiary attraction adds to the mix and, in no time, he’s falling for Torrey hard, and finding a very real reason to live. Torrey has trust issues and, even though she doesn’t really understand the connection between them, she’s also not ready to run away from Jordan.

This story was sexy hot, painful, beautiful and touching. I loved it!
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Lifers by Jane Harvey-Berrick
5 stars!!

“You’ve turned…into a life sentence for all of you – for Paul, for Jordan. You turned them into lifers.”

This book was certainly an emotional rollercoaster and the writing was absolutely flawless! This is one of those books that makes you “feel” and as I have said in numerous reviews, that is a really special talent. Yes this story is sad in parts, it is emotional, it has you thinking and is extremely thought provoking, but the genius here is that Jane Harvey-Berrick has written her heroine (Torrey) with such an amazing sense of humour that even when I was crying, in the next heart beat I was laughing. This book is perfectly balanced, I totally and utterly loved it and I could not put it down.

Torrey was a girl that you couldn’t help but fall in love with; she has had more than her fair share of knock backs and this has left her very mis-trusting. After her latest failed relationship, she plays the field, desperate to never feel that sense of loss again. She literally puts up a wall on her emotions and her dalliances with the opposite sex are purely that, after all it is just sex, just a release. Having relocated back to her mum’s whom she hasn’t had a relationship with for over 10 years; she gets a mundane job in a café while taking a break from her career as a paralegal. One day in walks Jordan Kane, the world stops, he seems to be the local pariah but Torrey is fascinated and that is the day the world changed for them both.

Jordan Kane, I totally and utterly fell for this guy, hook, line and sinker. He had me the minute he walked into that café. You cannot help but be drawn into his story; he is out on parole, having had to move back to his parents as one of the conditions.
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