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Friday, June 22, 2012

Review: The Hostage Bargain by Annika Martin

Title: The Hostage Bargain
Author: Annika Martin
Series: Taken Hostage by Hunky Bank Robbers, book 1
Genre: Erotica
Source: Review copy from author
Format: E-book
“When small town girl Melinda Prescott is taken hostage by three hot bank robbers, she quickly discovers that a life of bank heists, luxury hotels, and kinky menages is way more exciting than working on the family farm. She should be scared of her dominating, fierce captors…but there’s something wicked inside her that’s craving to obey their every dark desire. 
Melinda eagerly throws in with her three smoldering fugitives…and soon realizes that these are no ordinary bank robbers—and that bad guys aren’t always who they seem. But will her delicious captors overcome their own demons enough to let her in? And can they fight a conspiracy that’s larger than all of them? 
Warning: This book contains a sexy bank-robbers-and-their-captive sandwich, light bondage, spanking, teasing hints of domination, and a little play-time in a hot tub. Oh, and some all-too-delicious alpha heroes who bend the heroine to their will.”
The Hostage Bargain is the first installment in the Taken Hostage by Hunky Bank Robbers series by Annika Martin.

After reading the blurb I knew I have to read this book and I can honestly say I’m very glad with my decision.

Melinda Prescott is not your normal sheep farmer; for starters she works as a bank teller for the bank that controls the mortgage of her family’s sheep farm. She works there as a way to pay the late payments her parents left after their deaths; although if it were for her she would be doing something a lot more exciting than banking and sheep farming.
Melinda’s boss is a despicable man who is using the farm’s loan as a way to manipulate Melinda. When the bank is attack by bank robbers Melinda’s see it as an opportunity to make his boss pay for everything he has done and decides to help the bank robbers as much as she can, she shows them where the money is kept, she even shows them some diamonds that were kept hidden by her boss.
The bank robbers seeing her wiliness to help them decide to take her as a hostage, she knows she should feel afraid but Melinda can help but enjoy the situation, she is a thrill seeker at heart.
What Melinda wasn’t expecting was the connection she feels towards these three hunky bank robbers who use names of gods as their own. A connection that fills the void she felt in her life. The only problem is to convince them to let her stay with them and be part of their group.

The story is a little bit farfetched and Melinda’s character is a bit too much to be real but the way Mrs. Martin writes makes it work perfectly.
Melinda is funny, smart and sassy with a winning personality. She also has a good balance between innocence and wickedness that make her easy to connect with.
The hunky robbers, Zeus, Thor and Odin are dreamy and sexy as hell (lucky Melinda). Zeus is the tortured hero you want to take care of, Thor is the softhearted and kind who takes care of you and Odin is the witty and the brain of the operation who likes to play with your head in more ways than one. Together they made a dysfunctional group that works masterfully as a whole. It’s obvious by the way they related to each other that their relationship is more than a simple friendship and that together they have experienced more than good moments. We learn a bit about their pasts but not enough to satiate our interest in them.

The plot is well developed and moves fluidly. The story is very character driven, with some unexpected twist and turns. The steamy scenes are really hot but what I liked the most was the buildup tension preliminary to those scenes... Hot, hot hot! 
The end is not a cliffhanger but one that will leave you wanting for more. I can’t wait to read following installments in this series, I’m dying to know how is going work the new dynamic of the group as a long-term situation.

Annika Martin brings us a new and refreshing take in erotica. The Hostage Bargain is a great and funny story with complex characters and many laughing out loud moments. If you want a well written, fun, sexy and easy read this book is for you.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

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