In a romance, can love exist without trust? What happens when your hero is an ex-convict? Several novels introduce heroes who has spent time in prison. Their crimes range from theft to murder, some have done their time and paid for their crimes and some have been falsely imprisoned for crimes they never committed. Regardless of guilt or innocence, we would like to believe that their time spent inside has reformed the criminal and has made him a better man. Yet, when something as fragile as our heart is concerned, can we ever truly trust in them?
The upcoming novel by Cara McKenna, Hard Time, introduces us to Eric Collier. Eric has been serving time for beating a man with a tire iron. After five years behind bars, he has given up his desire for many things of the outside world which are missing from his life, including women. That is, until the new librarian walks in, and for the first time since they locked him up, he wants to be good enough for a woman like Annie. Their correspondence brings desire back into both their lives, but can they have a future after Eric is paroled? Wicked fantasies with a prisoner are safe, but letting a violent criminal into your bed might be too much. While Eric has matured from the foolish boy that was first imprisoned, he still believes that what he did was just. Can Annie begin a life with a man who might be sent back to prison if his need to protect once again leads to violence?