Wednesday, 17 June 2015

After Hours by Claire Kennedy

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss.
After Hours
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Scandals and hook-ups abound in a summertime restaurant drama where four teens are all willing to do whatever it takes to make it through the workday…and hopefully to win the money in the after-hours dare-based game of Tips.

Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn know that a job at the high-end Waterside CafĂ© 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.


After Hours by Claire Kennedy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


After Hours(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss.)

“Tips is a game that’s been running for about thirty years. Every two weeks, the staff contributes about 20 percent of their tips into a pot for a chance to take an unknown dare. A task or stunt, if you will, that isn’t revealed until the night of the game.”



This was a really enjoyable YA contemporary story, and I really liked it!

There were 4 main characters in this story, with parts told from the point of view of each character. Sometimes this confuses me, but I didn’t find it confusing in this book at all.
I really liked the characters in this book, Peter made me laugh with his crazy plans to kiss his step-sister, Finn was obviously hiding something big, Isa seemed to take to blackmail very well, and I felt really sorry for poor Xavi! Everything just seemed to go wrong for the poor girl!

“I spread the delicate fabric out over the table… and see a huge snag, running up and down the length of the material. “Are you kidding me?” I groan.”



The storyline in this was pretty good, with the employees of the restaurant all playing a game called ‘Tips’, where they would put a percentage of their wage into the kitty, and then whoever completed the given dare won the money. Some of the dares were a little tame, but some of them did get interesting, and even downright illegal.

“Trust me. People who play Tips can be a bit… maniacal. Tonight was tame, Isa. You got off easy. You wouldn’t want to see how we’d tear apart someone who didn’t honor the rules.”



There was some romance in this story, even if it did take place between step-sister and step-brother. This pair were really cute together though, and it seemed so unfair that they couldn’t be together because they were step-siblings.

“Xavi tosses her hair, and it tangles. The wind is stronger up here on the roof. She meets my eyes for a second and notices me watching.
And then she smiles. And her eyes move away.
She smiled. At me.
Tonight – tonight is going to be perfect.”




The ending to this was pretty good, and I was happy with the way things turned out. I would definitely read more books from this author in the future.
8 out of 10

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