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After Hours | [Cara McKenna]

After Hours

Erin Coffey has been a nurse for years, but nothing's prepared her for the 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jordy United States 07-25-13
    Jordy United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "" We got a little something between us.""

    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.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda C NORTHRIDGE, CA, US 07-30-13
    Lynda C NORTHRIDGE, CA, US 07-30-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Hooray for Erin"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 07-24-13
    Lulu KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Exceeded Expectations"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kd CLINTON, MS, United States 07-29-13
    Kd CLINTON, MS, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "We want more! We want more!"

    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!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 07-27-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 07-27-13 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Woah! What a good find..."

    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.

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    Angelique Vallejo CA, United States 02-26-14
    Angelique Vallejo CA, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Boring is right"

    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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    Damita Little Rock, AR, United States 10-27-13
    Damita Little Rock, AR, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Everything is not always as it appears"

    This was the first book I have read by this particular author and I must say I was impressed. She did a great job with the characters and the story. Sometimes you wants a story of people with everyday jobs you can relate with. She did that and left you wanting nothing. Very good read. Worth a credit.

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    Lexie Maryville, TN, United States 08-05-13
    Lexie Maryville, TN, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2012

    Audiobook addicted!!

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    "This book ROCKED MY WORLD!!"
    What did you love best about After Hours?

    This book is so real and raw. I took a chance on this book and I'm so glad I did. All of the great love stories out now comparable to FSoG are about small town girl meets rich billionaire but this is a real love story about two working class people that go on normal dates, live normal lives but have amazing sexual chemistry! I do not have the words to tell you how much I LOVED this book. I have not read one like this one in a long time. I do not give 5 stars away...this is DEFINITELY worth a credit or buy it...you'll thank me later!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 07-30-13
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2012

    Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!

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    "Mixed feelings...."

    On the one hand it was SOOO refreshing to listen to a book where no one was rich, or a virgin, and everyone was just normal Jo-Shmo! Erin is normal, sure she has had a rough life but she has normal problems one of which is her baby sister who she practically raised. She is forced to work at a psych ward because that was the job she was able to get and be close to her sister. Enter Kelly (the male lead), he's tough, he's alpha, and he knows what he wants....it was the beginning to a wonderful story....but it got off track for a bit in the middle.

    The dynamic that was building between Erin and Kelly took a sharp left and I was feeling like this book was horrible, totally ruined, almost shut it off....but the characters realized they had taken a wrong turn and got back on track which made me think the writer was just not firing on all cylinders and creating a weird dynamic for the sake of drama and I just hate that. They pulled off a good story in the end, and if there was a sequel I would buy it, but the book just leaves me wanting....wanting one continuous story, or wanting to cut out about 3 chapters, I don't know, it just wasn't a home run for me and I'm disappointed because it had some great potential and didn't follow through.

    So....credit worthy, but don't buy it, is my vote.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tatum Hayes Omaha, NE, United States 07-25-13
    Tatum Hayes Omaha, NE, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I purchased this audiobook based on the amazon reviews. I don't think I listened to the same book because the majority loved the book. This story was boring, lacked depth, and the narration was slow and dull.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Hopefully something better.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was very slow and sounded way to old to be the main character.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from After Hours?

    I would not have cut scenes but there really wasn't a story there.


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself fast forwarding through some of the book because it almost put me to sleep.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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