I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
Hostage Moon is a mysterious, fun, and engaging investigative drama. I was hooked by the punchy prose, whip-smart plotting, and strong women characters.
A successful, beautiful woman wakes in a dark alley in a pool of her own blood to learn that she is being toyed with and hunted by a serial killer from her past. She receives aid from an ex-FBI psychologist with problems of her own. The two find they have an undeniable mutual attraction. Will they be able to evade and catch the creepy psycho-villain, and find love at the same time?
An entertaining listen.
Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
I was entranced by the first half of this audiobook. This was despite the characters inside this selection; outside of Hunter; were thinly drawn. Unfortunately the story collapsed under the weight of plot contrivances in the second part of this work. In the true nature of the romance writer the romance moves at the glacial pace that reflected an earlier era rather than the hook-up culture of the modern era.
In the end I can't recommend this selection. A.J. Quinn is a talented writer. However she needs to speed up the storyline if she is going to make a successful transition from Romance writer to the Mystery/ Thriller genre.
Its up there with Radcylffe, Gerri Hill and Erik Schabach who write the best lesbian romance writers. To me Quinn's spinning of a great mystery in with a romance novel takes a lot of talent, Radcyliffe tells an action packed sort of mystery tell with her Honor series and a mystery/romance series with her Justice series, and she also mixes in a little mystery in some of her p-town series, which is what makes them great. Hill tells a great mystery/romance story with her Hunter series, Also her Devil's Rock and Keeper series. All are action packed but the romance is first with Hill. Erik tells a great action young adult lesbian sci-fi/ fantasy story with his Valkyrie series, I also really like his Drakkon series, And what I hope turns into a series with his Bridge Trolls story. All are wonderful. Still I think the best think he writes is his music of the soul series. Which is simple good with no mystery like in Quinn's story. Which is well written story.
Sarah,was my favorite, I liked they way she tried to be professional, yet knew she was falling for Hunter. I really liked the scene where they simply held hands in the club and left the club that way. It was a great scene.
A good reading, straight forward story telling, good inflection, good dramatic pauses, good changing of voice for character. Generally excellent a good story teller.
Serial killer after the one woman who got away, a love afraid between ex-FBI agent and tormented woman. (I have no idea how to sum this up for Hollywood but it would make a great film)
It's an excellent story, great drama, great mystery, Great romance, Great characters. Just really great writing. Want to read other books by this author, Have Show of Force (May have name wrong) But it was also Awesome!
A better plot. More truthful advertising. Not a mystery but a lesbian love story.
Nothing. I would not have purchased it had I realized how poorly written it was.
Narrator was good.
Just a love story advertised as mystery.
Don't buy it.
I had already read the book, but listening to it gave me a new appreciation for the writing and flow of this book. I absolutely loved it.
This writer had a mature, elegant vocabulary and the reader nailed it.
Perfect. Love her voice.
I highly recommend this book.
I too was enticed by the beginning on the story but it quickly became mundane. Hunter was a character that I felt could have been developed into so much more. Sara was flat. Both characters were like able but neither made you want to go the extra mile. The pace of the romance was unrealistic and the backstory, felt contrived. I would give the author another shot because the premise of the book was good.
The beginning was a little slow. Stick with it and you won't be Sorry. The narrator was easy to listen to. The story was suspenseful. I'd recommend it.
This book is totally misrepresented. It's listed as a mystery or suspense book. It's really a lesbian love story. It should be noted in the summary that this is a romance, disguised as a thriller. Awful, plodding and lots of girl on girl flirting. So sorry I bothered.
Represent it as what it really is.
Yes, but I guess if I'd known it was a romance, I might have expected this type of presentation - halting & breathy . . . .yuk!
All of it.
First this should be billed erotica/mystery rather than a mystery with a love story. The writing was adequate, the plot absurd,though I could have suspend my disbelief if the characters and the development had not been so outrageous and adolescent. It felt like I was reading the fantasy musings of a teenager.
Though Quinn desperately tried to write a love story between the two main characters it did not come together that way. The character of Hunter is an adolescent ideal, rendered all that much more immature by the cliche sturm and drang of her damaged emotional state. This combined with the way to over the too over the top descriptions of their attraction and subsequent physical relationship made the story feel like it was conceived by a teenager. There was no depth to the characters so there was not depth or resonance with the story, and a ince there were no connections made by the characters, the loose absurdity of the plot was exposed.
She read the words she had as well as could have been expected. Kudos to her.
If you like over done erotica a couple chapters may suit.
I would advise against this book