May 4, 2012

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Review: The Hostage Bargain by Annika Martin

Contemporary erotic romance
April 28 2012
140 pages (according to my Kobo)

Yummy Men – Thor, Odis and Zeus
Kick Ass Chick – Melinda Prescott

From Goodreads –
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 sheep 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’s an all-too willing captive to three smoldering sex maniacs…but is it all too good to be true? Will her delicious captors overcome their own demons enough to let her in…or is she going to end up a victim of the world’s sexiest crime spree?

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, villainous alpha heroes who bend the heroine to their will.


The Hostage Bargain is the first book in Annika Martin’s new series.  Melinda is a bank teller who happens to live on her family’s sheep farm.  In all seriousness, she doesn’t want to be a sheep farmer anymore but seeing that she is the oldest daughter, the responsibility of running the farm fell on her when her parents died.  To help pay the bills, Melinda took a job at the bank.  I have to say that I did find it a bit odd how quickly Melinda adapted to everything.  Even while the bank was being robbed, she was cool and collected.  Yes, she hated her boss and actually liked the idea that someone was taking his stuff, but still.  You would think a certain amount of panic would occur when three armed gunmen wearing zombie masks barge into your workplace and demand that you help stuff large amounts of money into their bags.  And when they take her hostage, she’s all excited!  But soon enough you learn that Melinda is like this because she craves excitement and sees her ‘hostage’ situation as a perfect way to escape her reality.

Melinda is super quirky.  To get the most out of her new situation, she makes herself fit into the guys’ gang.  I found it was cute how she called them ‘her robbers’ even after just meeting them.  The humor in the book comes from her.  She is put into so many situations (and positions *wink wink*) that she has never been in but figures ‘what the hell’ and goes with the flow.  She loves the crazy life that these three men lead as it is the complete opposite of what she lives now.  Melinda is smart but so many of her thoughts are borderline quirky…and I liked that about her.  There is an innocence about her and it made her character all the more funny and adorable.

Let’s talk about the men.  Oh, the men!  There is Thor, Odin and Zeus.  I giggled too when I first read their names but of course, they are code names.  All named after gods and fit their ‘gang’ perfectly.  They are all for one and one for all and I loved the bond these guys had.  You can tell that these men have been through some serious sh*t and I’m not talking about the robberies.  While you are reading you are wondering what happened to them and what exactly brought them together.  You don’t find everything out in this book which makes you feel two things:  it makes you happy that Annika is planning three more books in this series and it makes you want the next book sooner rather than later so you can find out the whole story behind these guys.

I think Thor is my favorite.  He’s the gentle one with heart.  Well, I suppose ‘gentle’ isn’t really the right word to describe him seeing what some of his ‘skills’ are *nudge nudge* but in comparison to the others, he is.  Odin is awesome.  He’s the smarty of the gang and since I like a smart guy, he’s yum in my book.  Finally there is Zeus.  He is the tortured arse of the gang.  He’s the one you want to know most of all because he’s the one you know nothing about!  I actually found myself saying, as I’m reading about Melinda doing the nasty with Odin and Thor while Zeus is watching (told you this book was hot):  “Kiss her, f*ck her, you know you want to!”  Really…what is that about?!  lol That’s how much these characters drew me in.  And I wasn’t just drawn to them during ‘those’ scenes – their steamy chemistry was great and their ‘just sitting around chatting’ chemistry was just as good.

My concern with erotic books, and I’ve mentioned this before, is that there is too much sex and not enough substance or that they are vulgar just to say they are.  I did not find this at all with this book.  The story contained some incredibly steamy scenes (as I may have mentioned a few times already) but it also held a very compelling story.  The robbers are being chased but we don’t know by whom or why.  Then there is the added suspense of whether or not a heist will go off as planned.  It’s a sexy book with a solid story and proof that it is possible to strike that balance in erotic romance.

The Hostage Bargain is a quirky steamy read with heart.  I giggled a lot and smiled even more.  It’s meant to be a fun read and it totally succeeds as I haven’t had this much fun reading an erotic romance in quite a while.  The Hostage Bargain is definitely worth checking out.  It’s the perfect weekend read.

4.5 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“I watched the three of them, filled with a kind of awe, thinking that when guys can dance around to Michael Jackson with total abandon and still seem powerful and dangerous, they really have reached the far end of the tough guy spectrum. Michael Jackson! These were my kind of bank robbers.”


“Odin, we must acquire some little green hats”

Books in the Taken Hostage by Hunky Bank Robbers series –
The Hostage Bargain
The Wrong Turn (summer 2012)
The X-Mas Stocking (December 2012)
The Deeper Game (2013)

  1. oooh, you liked it. I’m not going to read your review until after I read it…. smiles!

  2. This is one of the best erotic novels I’ve read….the perfect combination of humor, sex and suspense. Can’t wait for the rest of the series!

  3. I cannot wait to read this book! Hoping to start this weekend!

  4. But how can it end well? They are being hunted, they are robbers..Oh I do wonder now

  5. OK, it has a plot, humor and suspense, adding to my TBR.
    Thanks’ Julie.

  6. This looks good. I’m always on the lookout out for new erotic authors.

  7. Christi – You must tell me as soon as you’re finished. I wonder if this book will break the ‘oil and water’ thing we have going on lately… 😉

    Penelope – You said it!

    Amy – Woot!

    blodeuedd – lol

    Lup – So cute! You have to give it a try!

    Colette – You would like this one. 🙂

  8. After this review the only thing I can say is: “I want this book now”.


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