cover image After Hours

After Hours

Lynda Aicher. Carina, $8.99 mass market (368p) ISBN 978-1-335-44805-7

Aicher’s outstanding second Boardroom erotic contemporary romance (after Done Deal) is unapologetically sexy: ménage, voyeurism, and exhibitionism are the order of the day. When executive assistant Avery Fast accidentally stumbles upon after-hours sex games in her San Francisco office’s upscale boardroom, she’s shocked, but it doesn’t take long for her to get turned on. The ménage scene would be hot enough on its own, but viewing it and commanding it is Carson Haggert, her company’s extremely attractive CTO. After his parents’ painful divorce, Carson vowed to never fall in love, but he’s happy to enjoy some no-strings kinky sex. As Avery’s inhibitions tumble, so do the sturdy walls around Carson’s heart. But with one major error, Carson may lose Avery forever. Carson stands out among the genre’s many moody money men, and Avery is a compelling mix of naive and hot-blooded. Red-hot love scenes are peppered with positive messages about enjoying sexuality and overcoming societal shame. This is one office readers will want to visit repeatedly. (Feb.)