Author: Cara McKenna
Published: November 6th 2014 by Piatkus
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Blurb: By the bestselling author of After Hours and Unbound, this is romance like you've never seen it before. Utterly intense, unforgettable and not for the faint-hearted, Hard Time will turn your world upside down...
My pounding heart went still, eerie as birds fallen silent in the wake of a gunshot.
He was big. Tall frame, wide shoulders-but not burly. His near-black hair was due for a cut, curling under his ears. Dark brows, dark stubble, dark lashes and eyes.
And he was handsome. So handsome it broke your heart.
A deck of cards was split between his hands, paused midshuffle. Some of the men wore navy scrub tops and bottoms, some navy tee shirts, a few white undershirts. This man wore a tee, with COUSINS stenciled on the front, above the number 802267. Those digits imprinted on my brain, burned black as a brand.
He watched me. But not the way the others did. If he was trying to picture me naked, his poker face was strong, though his attention anything but subtle. His entire head moved as I passed through his domain, but his eyes were languorous. Lazy and half-lidded, yet intense. A hundred looks in one. I didn't like it. Couldn't read it. At least with the horny jerk-offs, I knew where I stood.
I wondered what the worst thing you could do and still only get sent to a medium-security prison was. I hoped not to ever learn the answer.
And I hoped to heaven inmate 802267 hadn't signed up for any of the day's programs.
*First of all I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and inviting me to take part in the Blog Tour.*
Review: I had never read anything by Cara McKenna but the plot and the setting of a prison sounded interesting, as I had never read anything quite like this before. I was surprised of finding myself liking Eric from the beginning, I mean, he is prison, he cannot be a really good guy but, like Annie, I wanted to know more about him and prove to myself that he was in prison by mistake. That he really was a good guy.
Annie and Eric's chemistry was palpable from the moment they set eyes in each other and I loved this "relationship" they started through their letters. The letters were really hot and romantic and let us discover a new side of Eric: the caring one who just wants to hold Annie and spend his life with her.
When Eric is granted early parole though, there's a big shift in the situation. They can actually be together. I really had no idea how Cara McKenna was going to take the story from there. I was enjoying the letters so much that I didn't know if I actually wanted them to get together.
Hard Time is a very romantic, sexy and steamy novel and even if I enjoyed more the first part of the story, I think that in overall it is a great book that you will fall in love with. Its setting makes it quite unique and the author plays her cards very well, making us love Eric from the beginning.