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The Hostage Bargain (Taken Hostage by Hunky Bank Robbers #1)

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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 obe
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Published April 2012 by Smashwords
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FREE on Amazon US today (8/6/2015)

Series is complete.

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
Penny Watson
Review of The Hostage Bargain by Annika Martin

There are some books that have a premise that is so ridiculous, you just can't resist. (At least I can't). As soon as I saw the blurb for this book--a sheep farmer who is abducted by three bad-ass bank robbers and subjected to super pleasurable sexcapades, I thought--"I have to read this one!"

There are not many erotic romances that can weave together ridiculous humor, a complex and suspenseful story line, intriguing characters, and sex so smoky and
♡Karlyn P♡
4+! What a crazy sexy hot book! Three hot bank robbers take Melinda as a hostage, and gives her a thrill of a lifetime. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, and look forward to more adventures staring these four. There was some good cheeky humor, intense suspense (the bad guys have more bad guys after them!), hot m/f/m sex, some light bondage, and plenty of hot tubs. This isn't the hottest erotica I've read, but I enjoyed how the author wove in a solid suspense story too. It's a pure fantasy read and ...more
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick
Nov 30, 2014 UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick marked it as own-need-to-read
Kindle Freebie!! (Thanks for the heads up, Viv!)


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's an all-too willing captive to thr
I really enjoyed this, it was a fun, exciting, sexy read.

The criminals themselves were all strong, protective alpha male types so that was a great start. They also like their sex kinky so again, that worked well for me.

There was actually more to this story than I expected. I was expecting a nice short smutty read and while there was definitely a lot of hot sex, there was an exciting plot which I really got into.

I'll definitely read more by Annika Martin, she writes steaming hot, kinky romance a
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

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 ev
Aug 10, 2015 D.G. marked it as may-finish-later  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica, standalone
How can I resist a book whose series is titled: Taken Hostage by Hunky Bank Robbers?
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This was a pretty good first book in a new series for me. When small town girl Melinda Prescott is taken hostage when the bank that she is a teller at is robbed 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. Malinda thinks this is very exciting she longs for something more than she has on the farm and sticking it to her boss is a plus to her. Her captors Odin, Thor, and Zeus, call themselves the "god ...more
Very well written and edited. Major Cliffhanger.

I had low expectations, despite the high reviews, because of the cheesy subtitle, so I was very happy to find a complex, suspenseful, sizzling story about four complicated people in circumstances they didn't plan, who are making the most of the alternatives they have.

This story has a little bit of everything: life on the run, sweet farm girl, danger junkies, hot sex, deep emotional scars, even cliché death scenes (that somehow elevate beyond clich
Mandi Schreiner
Favorite Quote: “A bank heist followed by an orgy is not typically on my daily roster,” I said casually.

Melinda Prescott hates the owner of the bank where she works. She and her sisters own a sheep farm, and the bank owner holds the mortgage. After a barn fire a few years ago, and the death of her parents, her and her sisters were left with a big mortgage, and missed payments. So her relationship with the bank owner is rocky at best. When three masked men come in to rob the bank, she actually de
A review for The Romance Reviews.

This is one of those books that I knew I would love just by reading the description alone. Happily, Annika Martin came through big time with THE HOSTAGE BARGAIN. From page one, it was an experience in humor, hotness, and hunks! How can any book get any better than that?!?

THE HOSTAGE BARGAIN is about a young woman named Melinda. She's--and I kid you not--a sheep farmer who is trying to make more money to save the family's farm by working in the local bank in her s
I love this book. The way the three of them immediately connected with each other is awesome! I think almost every small country girl fantasizes about being kidnapped form small old hometown and the same old people. But Melinda or should i say " Isis" got that dream come through. Being " kidnapped" by three so fucking hot guys that stares at her with pure sexual desires is more than a simple pantie soaker. I knew i wouldn't have been able to put the book down when they told Isis that they dont p ...more
Thank God I got it for free on Amazon because it was a huge let down. That is why I gave it 2 stars (and I never give a books 1 star so this is as low as I go).

The idea sounded pretty cool with the whole hostage-bank robbers scenario and I love a good 1 hottie-3 guys action as much as the next girl but the writing was BAD, the characters were surreal (and I don't mean it in a good way) and the whole story was OFF.

I don't really recommend reading it. Maybe only if you are stuck in a cabin in the
Taryn Elliott
I enjoyed this very much. Fun, funny, clever, and sexy as sin. It's hard to write a review of this kind of book without spoilers. I'll just say that if you can suspend disbelief and lose yourself in the story you won't be disappointed.

It's fantasy at its best. Both with the sexy times and the storyline. It kept my interest and made me want more of the backstory that will slowly be revealed through the series, I think. I'm glad I found this series a little late. That means I don't have long to wa
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
Not the most realistic, but still awesome and sexy.

Review coming soon.
☛ Kay

“We’re criminals, baby. Everything we do is inappropriate.”

Well, this novel is about what the title suggest, it’s no brainer.

I didn’t like how the story started, I guess. I was thrown into an adrenaline situation and I haven’t had the chance to prepare myself. With that said, I wanted to read some introductions, anything about Melinda, her life, why she’s like that. But it was just pitch in along the way and so I never had the chance to connect with her.
“…thrill-seeking people like me are
4.5 stars

I’ll be honest I wasn’t expecting much out of this book after reading the blurb. But I loved it. It was funny and oh so hot. The first couple pages had me hooked. The story was unique, fast paced and surprisingly complex. I loved all the characters. Melinda is one lucky lady to have snagged those three alphas. I will definitely continue with this series.
Apr 12, 2015 carol rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult readers of erotica and BDSM stories
Recommended to carol by: Book Addict
Thoroughly enjoyed this story by Annika Martin, which was the BDSM groups book of the month for April. It is currently free at present.
The main characters are likeable and their differing personalities and needs come across well. The female protagonist becomes the men's hostage in a bank heist, she takes on her persona based on the goddess Isis to match the three gorgeous men who take her hostage and who have taken the names of Zeus, Odin and Thor. The situation develops into relationships where
Mistik Ink
New Adult Contemporary Romance. 1st person. Heroine POV

SO much kinky fun plus action

"I was looking busy behind the teller window at First City National Bank one Sunday doodling a frame of stars around a piece of scratch paper when three bank robbers burst in, cleaned the place out, and took me hostage."

Where is this bank which is open on Sundays? meh, thats ok. This book was hilarious, fun, quirky and outrageous in the menage and more fantasy. Sugarkinktasic sign me up for some reading fun!

Heather in FL
Oh I can't wait for the next one, so I'm glad this was just a #1. So much fun!! Melinda/Isis cracked me up. I thought it was hilarious that she was helping the bank robbers while at the bank and then again when they were stuck in traffic and the cops were going car to car. I think she gave up her hair too quickly, lol, but it did the trick. I thought their first encounter in the car was hot. Well, heck, every encounter between Isis and Odin and Thor was hot. And I loved that she demanded her own ...more
Serban Georgiana
Nu m-a impresionat cu nimic aceasta carticica,si de aceea nu pot da decat 2 stele.
Laz the Sailor
I read this as part of the Make Me collection.

To be honest, the writing and smexy heat wasn't really up to a 5-star rating, but the concept and sequence was excellent - and hilarious! So add one start for uniqueness and execution.

"Take my wife - please!" (look it up if you're too young)

"Please take me hostage and get me the hell out of this dumpy town!"

First in a series, and I'll be reading the others.
The only book I have ever read by this author was Prisoner, co-written with Skye Warren and it was pretty sexy and tense. Now I forgot I had this one on my kindle and decided I should read it because I do love a hostage book and definitely when it involves three hot bank robbers.
Holy cow this one was steamy, kinky, and a real mind-blower of a story...Melinda was a bank teller with a dark side that she kept hidden from her sisters. These three "gods" drew her into their twisted world of money, po
Marina Lee
It's a blah.

When I read the synopsis, I thought it's gonna be a fun-quick read. The idea sounded good, but the exection is just a big MEH. I dislike all the character, inclucing the boys. No one is sexy enough. And oh boy, I want to rip Isis' head because she's so ... well, slutty.

And oh, by the way, the sexy scenes are not THAT hot.
The blurb states: 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.

... And that sums up the book perfectly. This book is a sex fest, so if that's what you are looking for, you've certainl
Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
The Hostage Bargain was a lot better than I expected from a free Kindle book. A whole lot better! I actually ended up loving the story as it was hot, well-written and just so damn funny. So close to perfection!

The main character, Melinda, is kind of hard to explain. But don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved her and she was hilarious. She's a sheep farmer and kind of addicted to danger because she feels trapped at home, forced to work at a bank. Until that bank gets robbed and she gets taken hos
Cyn Mistress Kitty
I didn't have high hopes for this story about bank robbers but I figured it was free so I'd give it a shot. I must say I was pleasantly surprised and really liked it. Now I'm off to read the next 2 books in the series and hope they are just as good.
Dee England
What a bloody great romp that was. Thoroughly enjoyed it, despite my early misgivings over the initial hook up.

I'd call this more kink than BDSM, although restraints were used in the most delightful way. YUMMY!!
More like 2.5 stars.

I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was honestly looking for a cute love triangle type of story. (a fact about myself, nothing makes me click that BUY button on amazon faster than seeing a book is free, even without reading the synopsis and a hostage situation seemed interesting enough). Back to the love triangle bit, I read on a kindle paperwhite. The books show up as little thumbnails and I could only read "the hostage bargain" and author's name. I def
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I’m a NYT bestselling author living a stone’s throw away from the Mississippi with my awesome husband and two cats in a home full of plants, sunshine and books. I'm heavy into writing love stories about criminals--some of them are dirty and fun (my Kinky bank robbers!) others are dark and intense (Prisoner!)

I also write gritty romantic suspense as the RITA-award winning author Carolyn Crane. That
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