Thursday, 6 November 2014

Hard Time by Cara McKenna

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (6 Nov 2014)

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.

Cover: I much prefer this cover to the US cover.

This was a little bit different.
A romance starting from erotic love letters exchanged between a convict and a volunteer librarian.
Definitely an interesting premise.
A lot of this book was focused on erotica, and preludes to sex.
I tend to lean more towards the romance side of things, so this in comparison for me, was a tad brash and rushed.  I didn't feel this supposed passion and chemistry, it fell a bit flat for me.
The first half, was quite suspense filled as it was the exchanging of the forbidden letters.  Exciting because nothing could seemingly happen between the two of them.
And then Eric is released.
For me, then it dissolved a little bit.
And the angst from his family was far too easily resolved at the end.
Over all, not one for me.
2/5 stars.

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