In this all-new novel from the author of 'After Hours' and 'Unbound', a woman with a rocky past finds romance in the last place she'd ever expect . . .
Annie Goodhouse doesn't need to be warned about bad boys; good sense and an abusive ex have given her plenty of reasons to play it safe. But when she steps into her new role as outreach librarian for Cousins Correctional Facility, no amount of good sense can keep her mind - or eyes - off inmate Eric Collier.
Eric doesn't claim to be innocent of the crime that landed him in prison. In fact, he'd do it again if that's what it took to keep his family safe. Loyalty and force are what he knows. But meeting Annie makes him want to know more.
When Eric begins courting Annie through letters, they embark on a reckless, secret romance - a forbidden fantasy that neither imagines could ever be real...until early parole for Eric changes everything, and forces them both to face a past they can't forget, and a desire they can't deny.
I received an ARC copy of ‘Hard Time’ by Cara McKenna through the Little Brown Book Group in exchange for an honest review. I never heard of this author before but I really liked the book description and I read a lot of good stuff about Cara McKenna’s stories.
In ‘Hard Time’ we meet Annie, a twenty something southern girl, on the verge of beginning her new job as an librarian/teacher in the town's medium security prison. Annie has been hurt pretty bad in the past and now she has been living without any man in her life for almost five years. What Annie doesn’t expect is to meet Eric. Eric is stuck in an terrible place but when he first lays eyes on Annie he feels hope for the first time in a very long time.
When I started reading ‘Hard Time’ I really didn’t know what I could expect. The cover lets you know that you’re going to read a romance novel but the description, although great, leaves you with a lot of possibilities. After reading only a view pages I made sure nobody could distract me of my task.. I never wanted to stop reading this book. I really just became addicted to the words in this book. Cara McKenna definitely knows how to grab a girls attention.
What I loved about this book was how original the story was. There are a lot of stories about ‘bad’ guys but this one was just really different and perfect. Although it doesn’t seem so at first, Eric is this amazing romantic and kind guy. And although he is in a bad place and has made some huge mistakes in the past he changed a lot and tries to be a better person. Eric is definitely made to be everybody’s new perfect ‘book-boyfriend’.
The best thing about this book was definitely the letters. I couldn’t stop reading them. I think I read every letter at least three times. Those letters where the perfect mix of romance and sexy. I definitely need to send my boyfriend on a ‘write-letters-like-Eric’ course. LOL!!
‘Hard Time’ is definitely going on my favorite list. I loved how Annie and Eric met and how they found each other against all odds. I loved their struggles and their fights, but most of all I loved reading about their love for each other.
I’m definitely an new Cara McKenna fan. I couldn’t get enough from this book and I loved it all the way.
Definitely a must read if you ask me ;)
What other have to say about the book:
‘Sweet, smoking hot, standout’
Beth Kery, New York Times bestselling author
‘Cara McKenna is my go-to author for gritty, hot love stories full of honest emotion’
Victoria Dahl, USA Today bestselling author
‘Gritty and compelling. McKenna is master at capturing realistic situations and characters’
Maya Banks, #1 New York Times bestselling author
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. 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.
For more information about 'Hard Time' and Cara McKenna please visit her website, Goodreads and Twitter.
Many thanks to Clara Diaz and Little, Brown Book Group for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing book.