Author N. S. Moore
Genre: Dark New Adult
Release Date: September 10 2014
My life is split into two realities. Before Code. And after him.
The first time I saw him, he walked into my father’s bank with the strut of a man who knows exactly what he wants. I saw in him a fearlessness that I desperately wanted, needed, craved as much as my next breath.
Because I was watching him, I knew immediately when he pulled out a gun, aimed it at the ceiling, and fired three shots.
And that is the way I mark my life—before that moment and after it. Before, when I tried to be agreeable, tried to be admired, tried to be pretty, tried to make sure everyone liked me. Tried to shake myself of shame. And after, when all of that fell away. When I just didn’t care anymore.
Before Code. And after him.
I didn’t know then what he would be to me. I didn’t know how he would transform the fabric of my existence. I didn’t know he would move me, reshape me, mold me into someone else, someone I wanted to be.
Afterwards, he would become my lover, my savior, my hope, and my strength.
But, before that, he was my hostage-taker.
3.75 – 4 STARS
This book is sexy, rough, and one hell of a ride – literally.
After reading just the Prologue, I had high hopes for Hostage. Please, please, please don’t let me down…
(**HAPPY DANCING**) I can’t even begin to tell you how pleased I am with this book! Have you ever read a book that you really liked, but when asked what you liked about it you have no clue what to say? Well, that’s me…. right now. I enjoyed it to the point that I can’t even think of one thing to write down. I seriously have no idea what to say. It’s probably because I’m still in shock that the story is different from what’s out there now which makes it TOTALLY refreshing, and I just plain old enjoyed the crap out of it.
A guy and a girl walk into a bank…… one is there to meet for a lunch date and the other is there to make a withdrawal (of the not so legal kind). When things don’t go according to plan, Wren ends up as Code’s hostage. Code is a rough, sexy, tattoo covered badass. The total opposite to Wren’s prim, proper, and well-dressed good girl. The pair end up on the run, hiding out and moving from one motel to the next. Their adventure turns into more than just evading authorities and Code’s “colleague”. Even though she's a hostage, Wren feels freer than she ever has in her life. And, Code starts to realize a woman is good for more than just one night – at least not this one. Wren and Code may be the run, but are they really running away or toward something? Was Wren in the wrong place at the wrong time or was she really right where she needed to be?
I must say the storyline definitely grabbed my attention right from the beginning and didn’t let go until the very end. The characters are wonderful and easy to fall in love with. The interaction and chemistry between Code and Wren is what drives (no pun intended…. ok, maybe just a little – LOL) this story. Code had my heart racing one minute and breaking the next. He may be rough on the outside, but there’s something inherently good lurking just below the surface. At times it breaches his scary and brooding exterior, but he’s quick to hide it away. Wren is intrigued by those small glimpses. She wants to know the Code he keeps hidden. What’s his story? There’s got to be more to him than robbing banks and a life of petty crime. Wren is a fabulous heroine. She looks to be a spoiled helpless rich girl, but she is far from it. She’s sharp-tongued and absolutely feisty. The dialogue and banter between the two is entertaining. They are an unlikely pair, but not as unalike as you might think.
I’m impressed by the writing of this author. With as much as I read, I feel like my taste for writing style is becoming more and more particular and discerning. It’s not enough to just have a great story, I need great writing too. For a debut offering, it’s more than I expected. Either she’s written a lot that’s never seen the light of day, or she’s just a natural born writer. I rather enjoyed the writing style and the depth of it. I especially like the internal dialogue and how descriptive the writing is in general. NS Moore can write one hell of a male POV.
Hostage is a very nice debut.
I moan against his mouth because Code is just so much. He’s so much of everything—so big, strong, hard, and demanding. His mouth is devouring mine, his lips moving urgently, his tongue forcing its way into my mouth.
I open to him—not just because I know it’s the smartest strategy but because I want to. I want to feel even more of him.
He pushes forward with his weight until I’m on my back on the box, which is kind of uncomfortable and unstable but it only sends the spiraling excitement clouding my mind even higher. I clutch at his broad shoulders and try to hang on.
“Fuck,” he grits out, tearing his mouth away from mine. “What the hell…”
He doesn’t finish the question, and I don’t know what he was really asking. Was he wondering why he was so turned on, when he was being chased on all sides with only a hostage for cover? Or was he wondering why I was turned on, when I should be trying to rip out his throat?
His blue eyes are like fire, and they rake over my face and then lower to my breasts, which feel like they’re straining in my bra, my hard nipples clearly visible through thin fabric of my bra and top. “You are so fucking hot,” he mutters, his eyes moving back up to my face.
He seems to be holding back for some reason—or maybe just taking his time. Either way, I don’t want him to have time to think things through or second-guess himself. I want him to let his cock take control so his mind gets completely turned off.
I’ve seen it happen to guys over and over again. They’re really not that hard to manipulate if they’re suffering from a raging hard-on.
So I arch my back enough to display my breasts better, my breath coming out in fast, little pants. I tell myself it’s part of the strategy, but it’s really not. My whole body is flaming, flushed, embarrassingly aroused. I’ve never felt this way before in my life. Not once.
“What are you…what are you doing?” I asked, making my voice throaty and just a little helpless. It’s not hard to fake. At all.
“Don’t act all innocent. You know exactly what I’m doing. It’s what you want too.” He runs one hand over my breasts, feeling the curve of them, the tightened nipples through my top.
N.S. Moore has been writing for years, and she loves romance of all varieties—from sweet to very dark. Her first book, Hostage, is a sexy New Adult contemporary romance about two people who find each other in very unlikely circumstances but discover they’re exactly what the other needs.
When she’s not writing, N.S. Moore likes to read, shop, play tennis, and spend time with her family and her dog. She’s currently working on her next book.
She would love to hear from readers. If you’d like to get in touch with her, you can follow her on Facebook or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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