The Hostage Bargain (Taken Hostage by Hunky Bank Robbers, #1)
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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 obey their every dark desire.

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ebook, 197 pages
Published April 2012 by Smashwords Edition
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♡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
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...more
Julie
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 eve...more
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...more
~★Kimberly★~
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.
D.G.
Jul 25, 2012 D.G. marked it as may-finish-later
How can I resist a book whose series is titled: Taken Hostage by Hunky Bank Robbers?
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...more
Sassafrass
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...more
Christi Snow
My Review:

Reading the story description, I thought this story was going to simply be a sexy, erotic romp....and it was... but it was also so much more. These guys are so much more. There's real depth to these guys (yes, the hunky bank robbers) and what they're doing that was really unexpected.

Melinda is a bank teller trying to save the family farm. Her parents died unexpectedly and ever since then Melinda has had to be the adult for her three younger sisters. That's meant putting her needs and...more
Tina
This was quite an interesting book.

The bank where Melinda Prescott works is held up by three hunky robbers. Oh, she can't see their faces -- only the deep green eyes of one of the robbers known only as Zeus. But that is enough to intrigue her. That and the fact that she hates the owners of the bank who are not very nice people. So she decides to give them a helping hand.

The beginning, when the bank robbery takes place is stellar. It is really funny and the writing is quite zippy. In fact, it was...more
Angela
5 stars from me!
What a cute, funny & hot book!
I read this book through the Make Me: Twelve Tales of Dark Desire . With that series, I got 12 books from some of the darkest authors I know for 99 cents! Squeal! This is the 6th book I have read on this collection.

Okay, so what worked for me about this book?
*It was quick read (good or bad deepening on what you are in the mood to read)
*The sex developed along with the storyline. Not the other way around. This, for me, was refreshing.
*So for a h...more
Liz at Fictional Candy
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 captivit...more
Lisa Jo
This was a funny little story! I loved it! The heroine's humor was so hysterical! Even when her life was on the line. Hot hunky fake Gods/robbers in real time with a sheep farm girl who just wants to have fun! A great story. My only criticism was the editing. The absence of such words as and, a, at, the, of was distracting but didn't affect the story too much (the reasoning behind not giving it 5 stars). Read it, you'll laugh. ;)
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!

Mel...more
Petra Grayson
I can't say I'm all that adventurous of a person. No bungee jumping or ski jumps for me. So on the one hand I had a little trouble connecting to this book. It was all about the thrill and the adventure and just letting go. I could understand the feeling of just being pulled along through life and never really doing the things that would make you happy. I connected with Melinda on that level and enjoyed her adventure. So when you're able to completely release the real world and just settle in to...more
Georgiana
Have to agree that this is at least 4 stars. Not in the Great American Novel way but more a delicious and well crafted, sexy story. Read the sample and, if you like it (and I can't see how you wouldn't) you'll really enjoy the book.
~*~Brooke's Stripped Down Reviews~*~
WOW! This was such a short book but feverishly erotic! I can't wait to read more about this exciting foursome. I don't think there's anything more delicious than being the object of three hunky men's sexual hunger *purr*.
Booklover, Indianapolis
(August) More like 3.5*. Liked the characters, liked the premise, didn't like how it ended - very vague, and while the ecopy I have says more books are to come, so far I don't see any more listed. Overall, a fun read, though.
Jill Myles
A fun story about a gal that gets kidnapped by 3 bank robbers and joins their gang. Reads quickly and is a lot of fun. Some MFM but nothing crazy to scare people away. I enjoyed it. :D
Jennifer
This was so cute! And funny! And hot! Loved it. I was pretty much a goner with Odin's extra "g". 4.5 stars.
Rene Lewis Mahood
Wow. This is one hot book. A small town girl working at a bank is taken hostage by the three bank robbers. She has longed to get away from her family farm and although she should be scared, she is secretly thrilled to be taken as she craves adventure. What she soon discovers is that they don't only rob banks together but share everything together, including their women and finds out just how erotic adventure can be. I loved this book. The characters work well together and I'm looking forward to...more
LAKristy
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...more
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
Jessi
FUN!

I haven't read Annika Martin before, but after this one, I might have to make her an autobuy author. Her voice is so light and easy and fun. She gives her heroine, Isis (that's her badass bank-robber God Pack name, by the way, not her given name which is Melinda), this danger-seeking, unsatisfied with life vibe, but she balances it with a commitment to her sisters and to doing anything in her power to keep the bank from foreclosing on the Midwestern farm they inherited from their parents.

Mel...more
Marcella Burnard
This is the first novella I've read by this author and I'll defintely read more. This is erotica as adventure seeking - the heroine is a risk taker at heart, one who's been nearly smothered by the stultifying small town she's been trapped in. When three, hot bad-boys in zombie masks turn up to rob the bank where she's been forced to work, she's thrilled by the chance to help the boys rob the boss she despises. She's equally thrilled when the men take her hostage. The sexual tension ratchets way...more
Shari
I saw a tweet on Twitter on night about this book and decided it was something I needed to check out. On the first page I groaned when I saw it was a first person voice story. If you know me you know I don’t like first person voice at all. I like to see what is going on in multiple characters minds and with first person, you have to rely on the one person to interpret everything for you. I moved on past that problem because I really thought the premise of the book was interesting.

The story opens...more
Katherine
I can't completely decide how I feel about this one. One the one hand it was entertaining and definitely HOT. Melinda, a closet thrill seeker, gets to live out her fantasy when taken hostage in a bank robbery and it's fun to be along for the ride. The story is light and not too serious, even humorous at times. Overall I really enjoyed reading it and I plan to read the rest of the series.

One the other hand, it was just like all the rest of the erotica I have read (which I will admit is a bit limi...more
Patti Loves FAB Romance
3.5 stars
PJV Quickie: Short, sexy and silly; The Hostage Bargain is a quick, fun read.

Review
I picked up The Hostage Bargain when I saw that Annika Martin is actually Carolyn Crane‘s alter ego. I love her Disillusionist trilogy (my review of book 1 here), but understood immediately that this book would be nothing like her UF books (thus, the new name).

Melinda Prescott is a disgruntled bank teller, well actually she’s a sheep farmer who’s been forced to work as a bank teller to prevent the bank fr...more
Hilcia
I also enjoyed this erotic roller coaster about thrill seeker Melinda Prescott and the three bank robbers who kidnap her and at her request make her part of their gang. This story works well as an erotic contemporary with plenty of hot D/s threesome and one-on-one scenes, thrilling adventure moments, plenty of snappy, humorous dialog, and some voyeurism to top it all off.

The three bank robbers are only known by their "god" names: Thor, Odin and Zeus, and although Melinda takes the name Isis as h...more
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