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After Hours: (InterMix) [Kindle Edition]

Cara McKenna
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A dangerous infatuation with a rough and ready man…

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.

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"The sweet, smoking hot, standout erotic romance you've been craving." --New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery

"Intense, funny, and perfectly dirty." --USA Today bestselling author Victoria Dahl

"After Hours is incredibly hot. Cara McKenna brings the steam." --New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ava Gray

"Cara McKenna writes real romance. Rough around the edges and anything but easy, the relationship between the hero and heroine is something they have to work for, and is all the more rewarding for it." --Heroes & Heartbreakers

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 am a finicky erotic romance reader. I dislike when characters start porntalking, when there is endless discussion of who is what for whom (I'm hard for you, you're wet for me, she's humid for the mailman). I often find the amplified sex scenes...to be ill fitting with the rest of the story. So it is a huge joy for me to find exceptionally evocative writing and an exploration of sex and intimacy so well written that it all fits together." --Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

"Ms. McKenna's writing is what really sucked me into this book. She has a way with words and phrases that make me laugh or think or sigh or...well you get the point. She has a way with phrases, words and paragraphs that make me feel. This story was about two average people but I was completely drawn into their HEA." --Fiction Vixen

"It's a well done, real life, gritty erotic romance with a bossy, bossy hero and a heroine who can fight right back. Well done." --Smexy Books

About the Author

Cara McKenna writes smart erotica--sexy stories with depth. A little dark, a little funny, always emotional. She also writes red-hot romance under the name Meg Maguire. Her wonderful publishers are Ellora's Cave, Harlequin Blaze, Penguin / Intermix, and Samhain. She loves writing sexy, character-driven stories about strong-willed men and women who keep each other on their toes, and bring one another to their knees.

Before becoming a purveyor of red-hot romance and smart erotica, Cara was a record store bitch, a lousy barista, a decent designer, and an over-enthusiastic penguin handler.

Cara now writes full-time and lives north of Boston with her bearded husband. When she's not trapped in her own head she can usually be found in the kitchen, the coffee shop, or jogging around the nearest duck-filled pond.

Product Details

  • File Size: 637 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: InterMix (April 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KUNXIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,398 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By Regina
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After Hours is categorized by Cara as erotica and it definitely is that. There are explicit and beautifully detailed sex scenes to justify this category. Readers looking for this will not be disappointed. But After Hours is more than that, it is a romance. Yet, After Hours doesn't neatly fit into the romance category either. It is a romance without store-bought roses; it is a romance without courting; it is romance with very detailed and dominating sex scenes. After Hours tells the story of a real life romance, it isn't idealistic or fantastical. There is no millionaire hero that sweeps the heroine off her feet and at the end of the book, the heroine still has to go into to work to make a living. It is real life, but told in a very sexy (very sexy) way.

How does Cara McKenna do it? She seems to write characters I want to read about in settings that feel so real that I know I have lived there. (and yeah, I have lived there). The main character, Erin, is young inexperienced but not feeling so young anymore. She has spent six years taking care of an ailing relative and is now facing the job market for the first time in her adult years. She gets a job at a mental institution in a small town in Michigan and moves there. As described in the book, this town could be so many communities in the Midwest - factories and jobs have left, its residents are struggling with unemployment and the town is shrinking, not expanding. Instead, the town seems centered around a major institution, the mental institution where Erin and Kelly work. The setting plays a part in establishing that while this is a romantic erotica novel, the characters aren't offering us an escape from reality.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real, raw, romantic (eventually) April 17, 2013
By Nils
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really didn't want to like this book, for some reason. I kept thinking it wasn't for me, maybe I'd return it, maybe the loving was too raw for my taste, maybe the hero was just too macho. At first I skimmed the psych hospital parts, to get to the "good stuff". But then I went back and just read it. And the heroine has a very interesting job. She has a good voice. The hero is a bit of a macho, over-the-top controlling @sshat at first, but then the feelings underneath started to kick in. And I realized this book is the antidote for every single stupid FSOG-wanna-be type book I've read lately. There is no insta-love here. No one gets rescued. No one is perfect, by any means. The characters are real, gritty, tired, screwed-up, human. I loved it.

As with other McKenna's, the lovin' is hot. Extremely. But what made this a book I will keep and reread is the emotions underneath. The feeling that these are real people, with real problems. Who now have each other.

Every now and then I read a book and go, "THIS is what I read romance for." This is most assuredly one of those for me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After Hours April 18, 2013
By Cphe
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I'm rating this five stars. I've read other books by this author and she always manages to offer more than a spicy, erotic romance. There is always substance and depth to be found in her novels.

Erin Coffey takes a position at Larkhaven, a secure Mental Facility as a nurse to be closer to her sister Amber and nephew Jack. There she meets the rough looking, physically imposing, controlled and controlling Kelly who is an orderly. It's a difficult environment to work in and Erin is often very unsure of herself. Kelly brings out many feelings in Erin, many of them unwanted and uncomfortable.

Against all the warning bells Erin can't help but be attracted to Kelly. They start seeing each other in a no strings relationship. But the more Erin gets to know Kelley the more she realises that there is more to Kelley than meets the eye and she is in danger of having her heart broken. They are both lonely and wounded souls.

I like this author her characters are always well fleshed out. There is a poignancy to this erotic romance that's not always evident in this genre. The characters are adults and their actions and feelings believable and realistic.

Yes, it is erotic and there are shades of D/S, but it is part of Kelly and seems quite natural. Erin as a character matched him every step of the way.

It was an erotic romance but it was much more.....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, raw and exquisitely executed. May 6, 2013
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At the time of reading this novel, I had read only one previous work by the author, being "Willing Victim". I enjoyed that story, but felt the character development was a bit weak (see separate review).

"After Hours: (InterMix)" suffered no such shortcomings. In fact, I'm a bit in awe of McKenna's ability to write such a well-rounded romance that delivered on all fronts. In particular, some of the imagery and the author's writing style were so exquisitely executed, I found myself wanting to highlight and quote lines for this review, which is something I'm never tempted to do. (Fear not, I resisted the urge.)

This is not just a story about two people falling in love, it's a detailed snapshot of their lives as they face everyday challenges and learn how to grow together. It's set against the very well-researched backdrop of their work on a psych ward - and kudos to McKenna for a setting that seemed so credible (and which I found fascinating in itself), yet was never portrayed in a way that was creepy, tedious or overly depressing.

Erin, the heroine of the story and the main protagonist, has been brilliantly crafted. Her voice is very real and her character is that perfect mix of likeable, strong, yet far from perfect. Yes, she has some hang-ups from her less-than-stellar upbringing; however, the author skilfully walks that fine line of showing her as vulnerable, without her being angst-ridden and irrational, as so many of the damaged ones tend to be.

As for Kelly - oh, Kelly, what to do with you... I'm slightly ashamed to admit my favourite heroes are usually the younger ones who are tall, dark, handsome, a bit refined on the outside and a lot of bad on the inside, and not usually financially-challenged.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I have to say.... I didn't think I would like this one....
I read all the other reviews before buying this book, but when I started reading it, I almost felt like the characters were TOO real for me -- meaning so real that they weren't... Read more
Published 5 days ago by CLRH
5.0 out of 5 stars NONONONO, Do not pass up reading this one. Pass up that other shit,...
No, no no no no! Srsly no. You don't get to give this four stars ONLY, becuz this damn thing actually has characters, real characters that are flawed and now all "hot and... Read more
Published 12 days ago by mayalala
5.0 out of 5 stars Great example of erotica at its best, dominant sex that doesn't cross...
Clearly a talented author, a cut above most in this genre. I will re-read this one. Plot and characters all nicely done, as are the steamy scenes, lovingly written at length. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Justjane
5.0 out of 5 stars After Hours
The book was soooo different. It actually had a very interesting story to go along with erotic romance. I couldn't put it down and would highly recommend reading. Great writer.
Published 1 month ago by teri1012
5.0 out of 5 stars compelling
Compelling characters who live in a rough world but find heat and heart between them. I think I might be Ms. McKenna's biggest fan.
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Grimaldi
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good erotic love story
I loved this one,probably the best in the InterMix series.The plot was well developed and felt real and credible. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hothouse Flower
5.0 out of 5 stars What I like in this story
I love McKenna's voice and characters. In AH, there is an impressive male lead. It doesn't matter if Robak is handsome or not, because he is so soothing in his commanding manners... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best authors I read lately
Love the writing, the charachters... ohand thesex scenes are of the chart! So happy i found her.
A must read.
Published 3 months ago by Rinat Benor
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Setting, Bleh Characters
I thought the setting of the psych hospital had good potential however, our two love birds fell flat for me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it.
This book is one of my all time faves. It took the (hot as hell) backbone of Willing Victim and expanded it to a more emotionally satisfying read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by readymade
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Cara McKenna writes contemporary romance and smart erotica, sometimes under the name Meg Maguire, and has sold more than thirty-five novels and novellas to Ellora's Cave, Penguin, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain, and Signet Eclipse. She's known for writing no-nonsense, working-class heroes with capable hands and lousy grammar. She was a 2010 Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award nominee. Cara writes full-time and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her own bearded hero.

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