Review: Hot for His Hostage by Angel Payne

Review: Hot for His Hostage by Angel Payne
Hot for His Hostage

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Series: The WILD Boys Of Special Forces #6
Genres: BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Released on August 12, 2014
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Author

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Angel Payne’s W.I.L.D. series has been on my list to read for a long time. I really wanted to get into bad boys, dominant to the heart, faithful the submissives that own them. Well, I jumped in at book 6 and I was prepared to over look the things I didn’t understand that I should have read about in the first five books. So when the book started hot and heavy and I was lost about the airplane hijacking, I let it go thinking the set up came from a different book and I would just flow with it. It worked for a bit. I mean, Shay meets Zoe in the airport bar with her dancer friends who are coming on to him. He helps them get back to the hotel when all the planes are grounded from freaky fog. But he knows Zoe is submissive and he plans on having that one night stand and get back to his undercover mission.

The first night together I was all over Shay and how wonderful he is with Zoe. But when the next morning comes, I am immediately back in confusionville. And this had nothing to do with being lost coming into the middle of the series. See Zoe is on the flight Shay and the bad guys are hyjacking. Shay, or Shane, his undercover name, wears a mask but Zoe finds herself attracted to his voice. He does things on the flight I just felt gave up his cover. Then Zoe faints and we jump several hours into the future and they have landed.

That was the second problem I had with the book. Jumps in time that seem critical to the story. So here I am confused as to how they land a plane they hijacked in Area 51. While Zoe is hooked up to an IV to rehydrate her, Shay comes clean to her about his mission and then they engage in a BDSM scene again. All while they are on a base, where paranormal super soldier type stuff is taking place. I just sat scratching my head. Sure the BDSM was hot, but I kept waiting for the creepy nurse to walk in or the head bad guy, Stock. It was just too surreal.

So Shay is undercover to find his mom who he thinks they are keeping to do experiments. Rescuing her is his ultimate goal. Zoe on the other hand is just a dancer in Vegas. I didn’t feel much depth to her character and when they are running around from the CIA I just wanted to laugh. It wasn’t suspenseful or interesting.

Zoe has a group of friends that offered some comic relief. They even stayed in one of the friends mentor’s houses as they regrouped once. Zoe’s younger sister, Ava, is getting married to one of the WILD boys so her story must be one of the five I missed. Throw in Shay’s older brother, Tait, sharing a woman with Kell. I am pretty sure they have a book too. I could see Shay’s best friend Colton hooking up with Zoe’s friend Brynn. It all just felt disjointed.

So most of the book, I was fine with the two getting iy on and connecting. Otherwise I was just plain bored with the rest of the book since it left me feeling lost, uninterested and just not caring what actually happens because I found it all kind of silly. Then at the end, it felt like an abrupt ending. Then flash forward in time. Not really my kind of ending.

There is a paranormal, super soldier element as well. I don’t want to give too much away, but it seemed to come out of left field to smack me in the face. It all felt forced and uncomfortable.

I really, really, really wanted to love this book. That is why it is so hard to say I didn’t.

About Angel Payne

Well, hello there! My name is Angel, and I’m so happy to meet you. pic

Like many, I’ve had a journey to get here.

I’ve loved reading all my life, and have been writing nearly that long, too. I think it started when I penned an 80-page novel about a time-traveling family for a 5th-grade school project. You could say I was hooked. In middle school, I moved to the hardcore stuff: the paragraph-at-a-time “swap-stories” with all my besties. (C’mon…don’t lie…you remember those too!) Needless to say, the stories featured lots of French kissing, mindless groping and angsty drama – but I knew I’d found a niche when I was invited to participate in several more swap-stories on campus.

Some years, various entertainment writing gigs and a half-dozen historical romances later, I discovered the world of erotica – and home. (Not to mention a great place for all that angst I never gave up.) I love this genre – change that to love this genre – and hope my stories speak to your heart as well as your blood pressure, as well as your courage to explore new things and express your truth in beautiful new ways.

And where do I do all this? Well, if you ask my hubz, he’d likely say “on another planet,” especially if I’m in story-brewing mode! The rest of the time, I live in Southern California with him and our gorgeous child, where I’m abnormally interested in travel, coffee, wine, shoes, super heroes, fetish wear, ridiculous pop culture trends – but most of all, hearing from fellow readers and erotica lovers like you!

Remember: play safe, love completely and never, ever be ashamed to live your truth.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!


    1. I really wanted to love it and while I did come into it mid-series, I am not sure that is what caused all my confusion. I just think it had gaps that needed to be filled on the current story line. I have the first book since it was free for a while…will have to see if it is any better.

  1. I perked right up when you mentioned Area 51, but this really sounds like a series that needs to be taken in order and I hate feeling confused when I get a book out of order. Too bad it didn’t do it on the character development for you.

    1. While the camp was in Area 51, it really had nothing to do with sci-fi. Now if you wanted to make a man part lion, shark, or horse, then yep, it was right up there in the weird category. But in the end, that was a minor part of the story except the hero had taken the serum when he was a kid.

      I also think my confusion wasn’t because it was the 6th book. Those parts were kind of easy to understand. It was the current story line and how there would be a gap in time I felt was important…like landing a hijacked plane and how did the heroine make it to the infirmary. Or the ending where it felt like we were still in the middle of a mission to save them all. Just didn’t flow nicely together.