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Hostage Moon | [A. J. Quinn]

Hostage Moon

Everything can change in a heartbeat.Hunter Roswell thought she had left her past behind. But her carefully structured world starts to fall apart when a serial killer connected to her past emerges from the shadows and begins stalking her. Already responsible for the deaths of five women, the killer now has Hunter firmly in his sights. And he’s picked a target date - the night of October’s full moon - also known as the blood moon or hunter’s moon.
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Publisher's Summary

Everything can change in a heartbeat.Hunter Roswell thought she had left her past behind. But her carefully structured world starts to fall apart when a serial killer connected to her past emerges from the shadows and begins stalking her. Already responsible for the deaths of five women, the killer now has Hunter firmly in his sights. And he’s picked a target date - the night of October’s full moon - also known as the blood moon or hunter’s moon.

Sara Wilder, a psychologist and former FBI profiler, is brought in to help Hunter unravel the connection between her past and a ruthless killer. But as the search for the killer intensifies, both women find themselves struggling with an unexpected and undeniably mutual attraction. In a race against time, can they survive a killer who is willing to use anything - even love - to further his own agenda?

©2011 A.J. Quinn (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-06-12
    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012

    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."

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    "Outsmarting the Serial Killer, Finding Romance"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    realdog North Carolina 02-23-13
    realdog North Carolina 02-23-13 Member Since 2014

    realdog

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    "Perfect story, perfectly read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hostage Moon to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This writer had a mature, elegant vocabulary and the reader nailed it.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    Perfect. Love her voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy 01-07-13
    Stacy 01-07-13 Member Since 2015

    July is my month in the rotation; be gentle it's my first month doing this on my own

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    "Strong Beginning Wasted"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Clarke Hell sometimes called Kentucky 02-19-15
    Carol Clarke Hell sometimes called Kentucky 02-19-15 Member Since 2013

    zenabuff

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    "Quinn writes a good mystery and romance."
    Where does Hostage Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A good reading, straight forward story telling, good inflection, good dramatic pauses, good changing of voice for character. Generally excellent a good story teller.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    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)


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John 10-04-14
    John 10-04-14
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    "AWFUL"
    What would have made Hostage Moon better?

    A better plot. More truthful advertising. Not a mystery but a lesbian love story.


    What could A. J. Quinn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing. I would not have purchased it had I realized how poorly written it was.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bernadette Dunne?

    Narrator was good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Just a love story advertised as mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Sanchez USA 01-21-13
    A. Sanchez USA 01-21-13 Member Since 2002

    Shepherd

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    "Great stalking mystery"
    Would you listen to Hostage Moon again? Why?

    It was exciting. It builds background info on the characters and why they are they way they are


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hostage Moon?

    The tension and love between the two women.


    Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    fist read, but enjoyable


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, though it was very predictable and an easy read.


    Any additional comments?

    Easy read, predictable from the very beginning, but still really good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa C. Florida 01-20-13
    Lisa C. Florida 01-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Lacking"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret 05-18-15
    Margaret 05-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great!"

    What a great book. Really kept me on the edge of my seat. Can't wait to listen to more by the author.

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    Renee P. 09-26-14
    Renee P. 09-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "If I could give this one zero stars, I would"
    What would have made Hostage Moon better?

    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.


    What could A. J. Quinn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Represent it as what it really is.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes, but I guess if I'd known it was a romance, I might have expected this type of presentation - halting & breathy . . . .yuk!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hostage Moon?

    All of it.


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    HB New England 02-24-14
    HB New England 02-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A very immature story read as well as it could be"
    What disappointed you about Hostage Moon?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about A. J. Quinn’s story?

    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.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    She read the words she had as well as could have been expected. Kudos to her.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you like over done erotica a couple chapters may suit.


    Any additional comments?

    I would advise against this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Dreadful!"

    From a promising start, I have abandoned this book having suffered hours and hours waiting for the story to unfold. In the end I have determined that it is not a thriller at all, but a vehicle for a load of lesbians with men's names (Hunter, Adrian, Connor) to explore their relationships! Do readers (listeners) really need to know about putting the bread in a toaster? Oh dear - what a disappointment. Don't know who A.J Quinn is but I bet she's a lesbian with little else on her mind......

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crackdown
    Knighton, United Kingdom
    10/3/13
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    "Better than I thought it would be"

    I found overall this audio book was much better than I was expecting. And an admirable job was done by the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hazel
    Busserolles, France
    4/21/13
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    "A difficult read"

    This book starts well and just has one convinced that it is going to be a really good mystery...Then the author seems to go off in a different direction altogether...I have tried to listen to it and stay interested four times now...but instead of keeping the love interest as a side issue, the plot itself seems to become secondary! I feel the author has an agenda here (To normalise lesbianism) I just wanted a mystery story and I confess descriptions of woman being sexually aroused by each other...just leaves me bored, it all sounds so contrived and unreal too. As ofcourse, now I have been forced to consider it, it must be!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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