Author: April Kelley
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Pages/Word Count: 80 Pages
At a Glance: A good, if a little repetitive, story.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Being a hostage isn’t so bad as long as you get to negotiate terms.
All Ryan Newell wants to do his prove to his brothers he is just as capable as them of going out on a mission. This time they actually listen, sending him out to rescue three men from a cult that is holding them prisoner. Right from the start things go wrong. One of the prisoners, Zach Landen, manages to break out of his cell and holds him at knife point.
Ryan hates the idea of calling for back up but knows he needs to after he learns Zach is very ill. It’s second nature for Ryan to take care of Zach, but Ryan’s giving nature has gotten him in trouble before. Does he really want to get hurt again?
Review: Ryan Newell is struggling with being a younger brother of the Newells. At the age of twenty-five, he’s still dealing with very protective older brothers. Plus, he feels that his brothers don’t trust him to make good decisions, even though they’ve taught him everything they know about going out on a mission. Ryan’s finally given the chance to go out on a rescue mission by himself, and feels good about it, until he finds out that Tripp has been following him.
Zachary Landen left home to get away from overbearing parents, and a father who didn’t approve of him. He wound up homeless, but then the day came when a man offered him a job and he disappeared. He has been held in a religious cult compound for almost 9 years and is working on his escape, but suffering from pneumonia slows him down some until Ryan Newell shows up. Ryan has been an experienced paramedic for a while and is very good at taking care of the injured and sick.
Ryan successfully rescues Zach and they hole up in a motel. He’s trying to deal with getting Zach settled, and well, and decides to go off the grid so he doesn’t have to deal with his overly concerned brothers too. Zach and Ryan spend days together and share a lot about each other’s lives, and they really start to enjoy each other’s company. Ryan learns that Zach was somewhat of playboy in his high school and college years, which leaves Ryan questioning himself about caring for Zach. Being caring and nurturing, Ryan wears his heart on his sleeve and has been taken advantage of in past relationships that have never amounted to anything. Ryan is also worried about going home to face the wrath of his brothers for going off-grid. Zach picks up on it and has found himself not just liking Ryan, but he is becoming very protective of him too.
Hostage Love is good. I saw Ryan as a really a strong person, an in-charge type of guy in his own way. He cooks and cleans for his rowdy group of brothers, and I’m amazed they survive without him in this story. Nowhere in the series do other characters seem to bring this up, until Zach comes along. Zach turns out to be a good fit for Ryan, but he still has a lot of issues to deal with.
Besides being a little exciting, with some drama added in, there is also humor in this story. Though I have to say that while I’ve tried to be a fan of all of April Kelley’s work, I do sometimes find the stories to be a little repetitive, not to mention the editing of these books continues to be a problem for me.
Hostage Love is a continuing story in the Lakehouse Security series (Sudden Love is book #1 and is a must read, as April Kelley tends to create a lot of interesting characters and the stories do overlap).
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