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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

Critic Reviews

"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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" 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.

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Half baked but smelled 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.

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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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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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Awesome story, horrible narration

I bought this book years ago and it's been a favorite for a long time. I think getting the audio version might have ruined it for me though. This is a very romantic, very erotic story, and Lucy Rivers sounds like a school teacher reading a children's book. It doesn't sound good at all. I never really could listen to the story I love because I couldn't get past the awful narration. Just try to imagine one of your old elementary school teachers reading about sex, in the same chipper tone and proper speaking that you'd expect her to read Charlotte's Web or Harry Potter in. Absolutely horrible! I had been planning to get another Cara McKenna favorite, Unbound, but since it's also narrated by Lucy Rivers, I'm definitely passing on it. And that's really a shame. Audio books are so convenient, but I can't sit through another one like this. I highly recommend any Cara McKenna book, but pass on the audio books that are narrated by Lucy Rivers. Prim and proper school teacher voices along with erotic stories are a very uncomfortable combination. I very highly do NOT recommend that.

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Overall, good

Spice level 1.5-2/5
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Well this book was not nearly as spicy as I was hoping, but I did really like the main character, her love interest, and I thought their story was sweet.

I got the impression this was going to be a little bit more on the dom/sub spectrum, but it really wasn’t. He’s just a big strong dude with a heart of gold.

Some of the dialogue in the more intimate moments seemed a little, well honestly, boring, but I used my imagination, and decided the main character’s bedroom vocabulary would have been a bit more confident and diverse.

Overall, I still really liked the story, and would recommend, but wasn’t exactly what I thought I was getting into.

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4.5 Stars!

After reading this book some time ago, I chose to listen for a "re-read." This is probably my favorite book by McKenna. I love the delicate handling of the work place relationship and ensuing romance, as well as the gentle and realistic prose during the erotic scenes. I'm not a regular reader of erotic romance and it's probably because this author no longer publishes. There is no one like her. As for the audio, Lucy Rivers did a fine job, but I think I prefer reading this book over the her interpretation of the material.