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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Review: The Hostage Bargain - Annika Martin (From MAKE ME)

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 Title: The Hostage bargain
Series: Taken Hostage By Hunky Bank Robbers #1
Author: Annika Martin
Published: April 2012, also in MAKE ME
Format: Self Purchase in MAKE ME boxed set

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 these underdogs fight an evil 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.

So this weekend I cracked into MAKE ME, which is by far one of the very best boxed sets I’ve seen. Of course, any follower of mine knows I’ve already 5 starred and favorited Wanderlust from Skye Warren. Well, this weekend I read The Hostage Bargain by Annika Martin.

Before starting this book, it’s safe to say I knew nothing of Annika Martin. Now she is on my radar, and I’m not letting her off. The Hostage Bargain was sexy, dangerous, even more sexy, hot and fun. I have a special love for captivity in my dark erotica. This book hit all of my check marks, and I have already bought the second book in the series and I’m eagerly waiting for my chance to continue the story of Zeus, Thor, Odin, and Isis.

So Melinda is this teller at a bank, a bank run by an udder jerkoff. But it basically comes down to the fact she has no choice, a job is a job and money is money. And she definitely needs money. Her parents died not too long ago, and Melinda is the oldest of she and her sisters. They run the family farm, and none of them want to see that disappear. So her dreams of travelling and adrenalin rushes are pushed to the wayside to take care of her family. Right away I liked Melinda. She seemed to have a strong core strength, she was funny, and very personable. I could see myself wanting to hang out with Melinda, she just seemed like good people.

Odin simply smiled his evil smile.  Thor could get a certain mischievous grin, but Odin had an evil, glittering-eyed smile that made you feel like he was gazing right into your deepest, darkest secret - and lewdly violating each and every one of them. 

Zeus was a force, like a storm: frightening and magnificent to behold, with a charged power churning inside. 
And then one fateful day, three robbers come in to rob the bank – dressed as zombies. Oh yes, I love them immediately. But even under their disguises, there is heat and chemistry with Melinda. Through a twisted set of circumstances, she ends up becoming their hostage… their willing hostage.

Oh, how I loved these boys. First I was drawn to Thor, who seems to be the kindest of the bunch. He’s got the boy next door feeling, but with a very sexy edge. He laughs, he jokes, and he does his best to make Melinda feel comfortable and at ease. Next up is Odin, and he seems kind of like the intellectual of the group. Dark and sexy, he pays attention to detail and picks up on things that aren’t said. His intellect is sexy, and so is his freaky nature. Lastly we have Zeus, who I didn’t not like. But Zeus is the one with some issues due to some things from the past. It takes a while to warm up to Zeus, but once he lets you in, you know you aren’t getting out. Together these guys are like the trifecta of hotness and ménage fun. It’s no wonder Melinda didn’t exactly mind being taken hostage!

This story is HOT. It’s all m-f-m. Annika Martin’s writing style is fabulous – I finished the book in less than a day. Seriously, I couldn’t put it down. There are some definite high adrenalin scenes packed in with exciting twists and turns. Heck, there is even emotion and drama. It’s just plain awesome from beginning to end.  And did I say it was hot?  You'd better turn on the air conditioning when you read this, because you will definitely be sweating!  Even when the touchy points came and I thought it was time to throw in the towel, I was still super-glued to my kindle.

So I’m a couple stories into this boxed set, and it will be no time before I finish them all. If you want to see my review of Wanderlust, just click on the cover. And if you haven’t picked up MAKE ME yet, you’d better do it quick – word is that it is gone at the end of the month!

Title: Wanderlust
Series: No
Author: Skye Warren

Can love come from pain?

Evie always dreamed of seeing the world, but her first night at a motel turns into a nightmare. Hunter is a rugged trucker willing to do anything to keep her—including kidnapping. As they cross the country in his rig, Evie plots her escape, but she may find what she's been looking for right beside her.

Wanderlust is a dark erotic novel which explores dubious consent, captivity, and power play. Not intended for those uncomfortable with the subject matter or under eighteen.

Click the Wanderlust cover to see my review!!

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