Hard Time


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.


"Gritty and compelling. McKenna is a master at capturing realistic situations and characters."
—Maya Banks, #1 New York Times bestselling author

A Dear Author Recommended Read! "For all of its forbidden nature, this is a lovely, heartfelt romance."
—Dear Author

"Hard Time delivers erotic passion unlike anything I've seen in awhile. Delightfully dirty, Cara McKenna has found her place among some of my favourite erotic writers."
—Under the Covers

"Ultimately, here in the underbelly of blue collar life, we learn that people are more than just labels, snap judgments are often misguided, and new life is found in the most unlikely of places. There's nothing sugar-coated here, and the romance stands out more because of it."
—Heroes & Heartbreakers

"★★★★½ Top Pick! McKenna has crafted an intense, at times dark, heated romance. Eric's letters to Annie are simply beautiful and build to a physical and emotional relationship that is completely addictive."
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