After Hours by Claire Kennedy #BookReview #Playlist #Giveaway

After Hours
by Claire Kennedy
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 16th 2015

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.


After Hours is one of those books that would probably make a great crazy movie. There are so many things going on it, that kind of have you going...what.

You’ve got a whole host of characters but I think the main ones would be Finn, Isa, Xavi and Peter. The most interesting thing about them is that you might think of them one way but then their true colors come out in the end. It was probably my favorite part about the book, even though we are only really getting snippets of each of them.

Peter is the all around nice guy. The only problem is that he is in love with his step-sister. This reminded me of so many manga/anime’s and it’s always a cute storyline. They are not related by any means but living together in the same house.

Xavi is the step sister that has her own dreams. She wants to be a designer but doesn’t have the funds to make it happen.

Finn might be on the football team but he’s worried about college all the same. He’s got his own little dirty dancing thing going on.

Isa is a lot more elusive until we get further in the story. We know that she doesn’t have the greatest situation with her parents and that she wants more out of life. She plays her cards pretty close to her chest until towards the end though.

The things that go on in the story are crazy town. Especially Rico the creepy, I’m not so sure I would want to work for a guy like him. He seemed a little off from the get go and then he lets the employees participate in the game called Tips that can hold some high stakes.

The romance is very light and really not the focus.

This book is a bit of a crazy ride but a really interesting look at people. I don’t think this could happen in real life, or maybe it could I don’t know. If you’re looking for something different then this would definitely be that. It definitely keeps your interest the entire way through.

For some reason this playlist was a little harder for me. I couldn't find quite the right songs. 

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.