Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hard Time by Cara McKenna

Hard Time by Cara McKenna
Penguin Group
Publication Date:  April 15, 2014
Date Read:  April 20, 2014

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

4.5 Stars

This is not the type of book that I would normally read, but I have to admit that I am oh so glad that I decided to give this book a try.  The reason that I am oh so glad?   One word - Eric.  I fell in love with Eric.  Eric is a honestly good guy who just happens to be a convict, so he has also been a bad guy.  This book was well written with characters that draw you into an intriguing plot.

Anne is starting her work as the prison librarian.  Despite all of her efforts to dress down and only focus on the task at hand, she finds herself drawn to a certain inmate at the prison with the numbers 802267 across his chest.  That same man, Eric, later comes into her area for help and the chemistry between the two is instant and intense.

The pair begin sharing letters where they share fantasies with each other.  Anne, or Annie as Eric like to call her, has spent the past 5 years of her life emotionally distant from others due to a past relationship.  Eric has spent the past 5 years behind bars.  The letters that they share wake something up in both of them. 

This is a hot, steamy read filled with lots of sex.  I usually do not seek out this kind of book because I have found the story linking the sex scenes usually fall short.  This book was different.  The sex scenes advanced the plot which was fantastic. This book was not perfect by any means but it was perfectly enjoyable.

I would recommend this book.  This was the first book by Cara McKenna that I have had the opportunity to read but I can assure you that it will not be my last.  This author has definitely secured a spot on my future to read pile.  I am in awe of this author for writing a character as perfect as I found Eric to be in this book.

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