Expected publication: June 16th 2015 by Simon Pulse
YA > Romance | Realistic fiction
256pages (kindle edition)
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Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn know that a job at the high-end Waterside Cafe isn’t just about waiting tables. It’s about the gossip, the hook-ups, the after-hours parties and, most of all, it’s about Tips.
Tips–the high-stakes game based on dares. Whoever completes the most dares wins the collected money. A sum that could change a wasted summer into a Summer to Remember.
Isa is the new girl with an embarrassing secret, and as long as she stays on top of her game, she sees no reason why anyone could ever find out.
Xavi will do anything for the money…absolutely anything.
Peter, Xavi’s stepbrother, has been in love with her for years, and he thinks the game is the perfect time to confess his feelings.
Finn is in the game just for the thrill. He has enough tips coming in to keep him happy…even if those tips come with some conditions.
From seduction to stealing to threats, the dares are a complete free-for-all, and only the best can win.
The sophisticated Waterside Cafe is anything but classy behind the scenes…and things are about to get dirty.
So that was pretty new. After Hours really caught my attention because of the cover alone but when I read that blurb, I was so sure that I NEED to read it. The cover is a little.. misleading, imo. Not in a bad way though! I didn’t expect four POV’S from that cover is what I’m saying. Four well written point of views. You can really say that After Hours is a character driven book.
I love that every single one of them deals with pretty heavy issue and it was tacked in a very easy yet accordingly manner. Isa may not be my favorite but I like her backstory and surprisingly, she gets my sympathy. Xavi is a hardworking young lady that I’ve been rooting for right from the start. Out of everyone, I think she have the hardest life and I am so into underdogs. Peter was such a lady’s man. Right from the start I already know what kind of a guy Peter is but he did some things towards the end that surprised me. For me, he’s the most matured one. And of course, my favorite, Finn. Adorable and perfectly flawed Finn. I just love him. Love the way he thinks, he acts, the mistakes he committed (yes even that) and how he learned from it. Each of them has a unique characteristic that makes their voice different and original. Every one of them got the character development they deserve and I really like how Claire Kennedy ended everything.
I really have no comments with the romance because sadly, I didn’t swoon that much. Its not that the romance was MEH or annoying so this is more of a personal reason. It just really came out as Icky to me. I do know that this isn’t a reason for you to not read the book. Trust me, Peter can really melt your heart.
After Hours really have a bit of everything. Just by reading, you can feel the adrenaline and feel like you’re one of the players in TIPS. Drama is served and romance is included. It was fun and easy and perfect for YA readers who wants to be invested in a story full of secrets and dares!
Claire Kennedy is a pen name for author Amanda K. Morgan. She is a freelance writer living in Nashville, TN. She covers events and works as a technical writer when she isn’t working on her YA novels.
At age 15, Amanda finished her first novel and continued to write in college, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing.
Amanda is an avid volleyball player and spends time playing both indoors and out. When Amanda isn’t writing, she enjoys being entirely too busy and trying new things. Endeavors as of late include appearances in music videos, TV, and movies, rock climbing, and attending as many concerts and shows as her schedule allows.
Amanda headed up the Do The Write Thing for Nashville Project (with co-organizers/authors Victoria Schwab and Myra McEntire), which tapped some of the biggest authors, editors, and agents in the industry for an online auction that raised over $70,000 for Midsouth flood relief.
For more information on Amanda’s freelance or technical writing, contact her.
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