Erin Coffey has been a nurse for years, but nothing's prepared her for the physical and emotional demands of her new position. Needing to move closer to her dysfunctional family, she takes a dangerous job at Larkhaven Psychiatric Hospital, where she quickly learns that she needs protection - and she meets the strong, over-confident coworker who's more than willing to provide it.
Kelly Robak is the type of guy that Erin has sworn she'd never get involved with. She's seen firsthand, via her mess of a sister, what chaos guys like him can bring into a woman's life. But she finds herself drawn to him anyway, even when he shows up at her door, not eager to take no for an answer.
What Erin finds even more shocking than Kelly's indecent proposal is how much she enjoys submitting to his every command. But he can't play the tough guy indefinitely. If they want to have more than just an affair, both will have to open up and reveal what they truly need.
©2013 Cara McKenna (P)2013 Tantor
"A Dear Author Recommended Read! After Hours is a gritty romance... blunt, beautiful, and believable. It is a harsh tale well-told and I like it so much I've read it three times in the past month." (Dear Author)
I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....
After Hours is a deeply passionate and sensual read that I truly enjoyed. The story is well-written and very unique. An aspect of the story that I found interesting was the fact that the majority of the plot was centered on a psychiatric hospital. The author essentially gives you a different perspective and makes you feel sympathetic towards the psych patients. Erin the LPN who relies on no one and Kelly who has to have having complete control. These two individuals meet at work, become friends and got to know each other from the very first day. They are drawn to each other immediately. Kelly's words..."We got a little something between us." He propositions Erin in having a weekend of passionate sex but with him having complete control. Eventually, Erin gives in to his attraction and has the best sex of her life. They slowly build a relationship together but it's hard since they are both guarded from past events. I enjoyed the banter back and forth between them. I loved that Kelly was a tough manly guy but still sweet inside. Erin was a strong independent woman always putting others before herself. We learn right away that Kelly is extremely dominant & demanding between the sheets. Overall, the premise of the book was good. I will spare you from spoilers. I would not categorize this book with the typical romances. The story flowed well and didn't disappoint me at all.
I enjoyed this book immensely, I'm alway interested in stories and how they address mental illness. I liked how spunky Erin was, some of the scenes I was thinking OMG, I couldn't imagine she would do that! Or OK Erin stop talking... Please!! A thoroughly entertaining listen that definitely kept my attention. Oh yeah and hot sex!
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
I wasn't expecting a great deal from this book and was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. The writing was tight and the story moved along quickly. The sexual scenes were well written, including the dialog, which can often sound stilted and unnatural. The writer did a good job describing the somewhat unique workplace, giving it enough attention that you believed the characters worked there.
In this genre, plots that depend upon some dramatic event, crisis or perilous situation to bring the book to climax and bring the characters together often sound forced, false or jarring. This plot, thankfully doesn't go this route, even though the workplace and one of the secondary characters certainly provide the opportunity. I was glad the author didn't resort to this tactic. She let the characters develop, go through rough patches and find their way back to each other, without endangering their lives or surviving an artificial crisis. I found that refreshing.
This isn't one of my favorite narrators, but she did an adequate job with this book.
Mature & sexy. I loved the fact that there was no over-the-top aspect. No one was wealthy. Both the main characters were what many would consider blue collar, though both may still be middle class. There was no love-at-first-sight, though there was quick interest. The coming together made sense. And I enjoyed insight into Erin's internal conflicts in relation to her relationship with Kelly, the main male character. Kelly is an over-the-top alpha male, but it's explained, for a nice change. And he shows more complexity and therefore doesn't come across as just a brute. PLEASE, PLEASE GET MORE CARE MCKENNA! Be warned, that the author does use p***y, if you have a problem with that. But the sexual encounters are not explicit, though they are detailed. And there are only about three full encounters in the whole book. So it's not gratuitous sexual activity in any way. And one of my favorite aspects is the back-and-forth verbal play between Erin & Kelly. It's not exactly funny, but it shows such chemistry and a willingness to be themselves have fun with each other that it does produce a smile. I found myself smiling many times throughout this listen and not because of any sappiness. The ending leaves room for a continuation, and I would be soooooo interested. GET MORE MCKENNA!
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
This was actually really really good. Good smexing and good story as well. Two people working in a crazy house, and their connection outside of work made a very good story. I have to say, the first smex scene is extremely long. Like 2 chapters it felt like... After that long smex scene.. the others were not as long, but just as good. I think this is erotica but I see why it's in the romance section... It was a good romance story that led, not the smexing.
Just trying to find my next great read
I would not seek out books narrated by Lucy Rivers.
I really liked this one. I loved that it was not insta-love but a slow friendship. The road was not easy, but it was a journey that I enjoyed. I did not know how it was going to end and that made it all the more better. I loved the last 20% of the book. I hope, HOPE that there is a sequel.
Erin is the nurse and Kelly is the orderly at Larkhaven Psychiatric Hospital. I love the set up, I loved their meetings, I loved that it was only told in Erin's POV. I am getting a little annoyed at how every book I pick up lately is written in dual POVs. With those, I know each character's thoughts and feelings at every moment and it leaves the suspense out. With this book, I loved that I had no idea what Kelly was thinking, but his actions were telling me his feelings.
I thought that Erin would be annoying me. I love strong heroines, but sometimes the ones that preach feminism, drive me nuts. I adored Erin though. Her character was written very well.
The narrator, Lucy Rivers, I thought sounded to old to be the voice of a 28/29 year old woman. Also, her narration seemed so slow. Like every word took her a minute to pronounce.
I love nurse/orderly love stories. If anyone can recommend others to me, I would appreciate it!!!
I know moving forward that I will be reading/listening to more by Cara McKenna.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a really good story. I liked both Erin and Kelly and their story was well done. It's what you'd expect from the description but it was well written enough that it didn't seem like the same old boring co-workers turned lovers story (even though that's what it was...just not boring).
Erin is a LPN (licensed practical nurse) who is just starting a new job at a mental institution. She grew up with a mother who didn't do much in the way of taking care of Erin or her sister so Erin pretty much raised her sister. Erin went into nursing to take care of her grandmother who had dementia (who Erin spent 6 years taking care of until her death). Erin took her current position because it was the only nursing job that she could find anywhere hear her sister and nephew and she's determined to take care of them both as much as she can.
Kelly is an orderly at a mental hospital. He was raised in a home with a drunk stepfather and a mother that never protected him. He had to learn to protect himself early and this ended him up in jobs that took his size, strength and abilities into account. Kelly has had women but he's rather bossy and never found a woman that could deal with him...and it didn't help that none of the women really understood the real him.
Erin starts her job at the mental ward and is working in a closed ward that's the home of some of the more unstable patients. During her first day, Erin meets Kelly but mistakes him for a patient at first because he's so big and bad looking. Of course it doesn't help that Kelly wears grey (the same color as the patient's uniforms) as a way to make the patients feel more comfortable so her mistake is understandable. She's attracted to Kelly but sees him as the meathead type of man that her mother and now sister always get involved with and ruin their lives with. Erin decides it's best to stay away from Kelly but after a rough first day, Kelly surprises her by offering to buy her a drink and she needs one badly enough that she accepts. They go to a bar and Kelly shows his bossiness and Erin isn't pleased about it. She makes sure to tell Kelly just what she thinks about his bossiness and decides that she needs to stay away from Kelly. That doesn't exactly happen though as Kelly seems very interested in pursuing her even if she's not sure if she wants to be pursued (which is pretty much a constant battle in the back of her mind).
Things with Erin and Kelly are unsettled through most of the story, first because of the pursuit that Erin's not sure if she wants or not and then because she's not sure what they would be once Kelly catches her and what she wants to be to him. Yes, they do indulge in a sexual relationship and then aren't sure about how the other person feels and some assumptions have them both not communicating about their interest in more. The things is, this story did it in a way that I didn't feel annoyed at the drama/angst of the situation...I was wondering what would happen next but the story didn't keep me hanging on for long periods and it didn't make me want to pull my hair out at the stupidity of the MCs. It took some time but as Erin gets to know Kelly more, she realized that he's not one of the jerks like her mother and sister always date and that Kelly is actually a good guy, even if sometimes annoyingly bossy. And TBH, most of Kelly's bossiness seems to taper off as they spend more time together so it becomes kind of a moot point and Erin is tough enough that she doesn't wilt under his attitude anyways. It takes some time, but Kelly and Erin do realize they're good for each other and after they have the feelings talk and all that, they come together to start their HEA.
This was a very enjoyable story. I liked both Erina and Kelly and had no complaints about either of them. I really liked how they were together once they stopped fighting their attraction. Overall, the story was very good and kept me engaged. I'd recommend this story. :D
* note - The narrator did a very good job but I will say that the playback seemed a little slow to me so I listened to the book at a 1.25% playback speed and it still sounded very good.
This was a great idea for a story, just not enough follow through on the stories and characters lives. I just felt like the characters were underdeveloped and the story left me wanting more. Overall, it was a great story, just a little bit more character development and less fluff, would have helped build the story more. The narrator did an awesome job with the male lead.
Not enough warm interaction. Great audiobook narrator.
I was pleased with Lucy Rivers. Her voice is clear, not elderly, not teenagerly. She enunciates well, speaks at a slow good pace. Nice emotional interpretation. She’s not perfect for men but good doing them. I wanted to buy more books that she narrates so I studied her list. Sadly, most of her books are 1st person New Adult - so I did not get them. I hope more authors will use her.
Erin is 5'3" pretty and smart. She starts a new job as a nurse at a psychiatric hospital. She meets Kelly 6'3" big muscles, mean looking, bouncer-type orderly who is there to restrain patients. Kelly tells Erin they are going out. He orders her drinks and food without asking what she likes. But he does ask if she will spend the weekend with him for nonstop sex.
I enjoyed Kelly’s personality. He’s all cave man. He does neat things. I liked Erin and her interaction with patients, her sister, and the sister’s bully boyfriend. But I did not like the way she treated Kelly. She played hard to get and acted indifferent to him. She was attracted to him and desired him as a boyfriend, but she didn’t want to admit it to herself. And she thought he if she showed interest, he’d lose interest. Those are real life things, but not necessarily fun to read about. When Erin’s car broke, she called Kelly for help. He came and helped her but she was mean to him because she didn’t like needing someone’s help. And when he did something really cool to protect Erin and her sister from a bully, I loved it. But Erin was mean and angry about it. So, I did not enjoy her. The effect was emotional distance. I did not feel as good as romance usually makes me feel.
The author has some good ideas. “Use the word “doctor” as often as possible when speaking to Dr. Morris. It’s courtesy but also currency.” Kelly has a calming effect on patients. He walks among them. He’s like a wall that they can lean on (figuratively).
The sex scenes are good. There is a little spanking and slapping. The cave man demands were fun. But some of the sex scenes felt too long. My mind wandered at times.
At the end of the book I felt like it should have been shortened. Something about it was too drawn out.
I was annoyed that the author used a female name for the hero Kelly. It requires the reader’s brain to do a special translation every time it is used. It reminded me of the Johnny Cash song about a man called Sue.
I would have preferred 3rd person.
Narrative mode: 1st person Erin.
Genre: erotic contemporary romance.
I've tried to listen but have fallen asleep twice, I won't make it in the car with is one, I'll fall asleep on the road. There is absolutely no chemistry between the characters. It's unfortunate because I've read another short story from this Auther and it was good. Maybe it's the narrator?
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