"Right now, though, the world spun on Kelly's c~ ck. The sun rose and set around it, and I wanted it like I'd never known I could want anything."
After Hours is the second book I have read by Cara McKenna. She does an excellent job of capturing real characters -genuine and tangible people with self-reflection and a non-perfect past. Though very much erotic tales, they also portray inner growth and the impact of the impending relationship. I very much enjoyed Kelly's and Erin's journey in After Hours and hope you will to.
Hero: Kelly Robak/38 years/orderly/dark brown hair, shaved/pale grey eyes
Heroine: Erin Coffey/27 years/certified LPN-recent graduate/brown hair/blue eyes
Erin Coffey had grown up fast, due to a neglectful mother, from age ten she had taken on the role of raising her sister. She had spent the last six years caring for her grandmother while attending school part-time to become a certified LPN. After her grandmother passed away and she graduated she decided to take a job at Larkhaven, a facility for people with various stages of mental illness. Story opens up with her arrival at Larkhaven. There she meets Kelly who works as an orderly. They have an instant attraction to each other and so their story begins.
Kelly Robak was an amazing hero. If I were to describe him in three words it would be: genuine, reliable and in control. Just like Erin, Kelly has risen from a difficult childhood. In the story you will learn more of his upbringing and why he ended up at Larkhaven; Glimpses into the enigma of Kelly:
"I watched him go, a tower of lean muscle and scar tissue camouflaging more secrets than I'd realized."
His way of dealing has been to be in control and dominant in his sexual relationships. He was very much in touch with himself and made no apologies:
"I spend forty to fifty hours a week at everybody's beck and call. When I'm off, I want what I want, the way I want it."
But he had a sense of humor about it as well:
"He smiled back. "I'm not awake enough to be a bossy d~ ck yet."
And sex with Kelly did not disappoint, Erin nor me:
"He was the best lover I'd ever had. So far ahead of the competition, I couldn't even recall their names or faces."
"My mouth could deny my interest in Kelly all day long, but my p~ ssy didn't lie. He felt like more than a single person. Two hands, a hard body, a mean voice. A one-man orgy. I'd leave here limping, just as he'd promised."
Just like Erin I was mesmerized by Kelly's moody pale grey eyes. These quotes are in tribute thereof:
"His irises were pale with a dark ring, gray like his self-designed uniform..."
"...his eyes looked different outside. Nearly blue, like a thick, antique glass bottle."
"I studied his eyes. They were nearly a color today, a frozen lake reflecting a clear blue..."
"His eyes looked pale green this afternoon, the color of corroded copper."
"Behind narrowed lids his eyes were ice, and they followed my every motion
"His mood-ring eyes were neutral gray, summer clouds that threatened no rain."
A very enjoyable read; Different storyline, excellent character development and a hero to remember. My only gripe would be that after reading a full length book the ending was a bit rushed and I would have liked an epilogue - fast forward a few years. Ms. McKenna please!
Hero rating: 5 stars
Heroine rating: 4 stars
Sex scenes rating: 5 stars
Sex scenes frequency: 4.5 stars
Storyline concept rating: 4 stars
Storytelling skills rating: 4 stars
Story ending rating: 3 stars
Book editing rating (5 = no edits spotted): 4.5 stars
Overall rating: 4.5 stars
Would I recommend this book: Yes.
Would I re-read this book: Maybe later.
Would I read future books by this author: Yes.