22817098After Hours by Claire Kennedy
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Edelweiss
Rating: DNF
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

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.  – Goodreads


After Hours is the story of Isa, Xavi, Peter and Finn who all work at the Waterside Cafe and partake in an after hours game called Tips. And that is where After Hours falls flat for me. Kennedy really never went deep into what Tips is about, while the blurb lead me to believe that After Hours was going to be about Tips it wasn’t. It was about the four characters. I do not mind a character driven novel, not at all; I LOVE THEM! however, because the flap jacket lead me to believe that After Hours was going to be about tips was a bit of a disappointment.

What also didn’t work for me was the multiple POVs. I never was able to get a feel on the characters and quickly they all started to blend together, even though all four characters have extremely different diverse backgrounds.

I wanted to enjoy After Hours, really I did, but After Hours fell extremely flat for me. I feel with the multiple point of views I should have been able to get a better handle on the characters, but I never did. They all blurred together for me and reminded me why I do not enjoy multiple POVs and at 37% I decided to finally quit because I really did have enough.