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Hostage Heart [Kindle Edition]

Joleen James
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Hostage Heart is a short story by award-winning author Joleen James.

"The perfect beach read by a fabulous new author!" - Gerri Russell, author of Seducing the Knight

Overview

What happens when two desperate people suddenly find themselves alone in an isolated cabin?

Kristi Palmer has reached a crossroads in her life. She heads to her beach cabin, hoping to find answers in the endless ocean waves, but instead she finds herself held hostage by a desperate man, a man on the run from the law.

But things aren't always cut and dried and a night of fear slowly turns into a night of shared dreams, and finally, passion.

In the end, just one night will change Kristi forever.


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About the Author

A four-time Golden Heart finalist, Joleen James won the Golden Heart® Award in 2008 for her series contemporary book Under A Harvest Moon.

In August 2012, she became an Indie author with the launch of her short story Hostage Heart. Her contemporary romance novel Falling For Nick debuted in October 2012.

When she's not busy writing, Joleen enjoys spending time with her family at her lakeside home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. You can find Joleen James at joleenjames.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 205 KB
  • Print Length: 21 pages
  • Publisher: Joleen James (August 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008XNAL8M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,997 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seemed rushed even for a short story July 3, 2013
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This is a decent easy breezy read for when you have a small window of time to kill. The story was interesting enough to keep me reading but it didn't really have anything that will linger on my mind. The characters have what seems like just a few mins of conversation before they fall right into your cliche romance novel sweet nothings and "the earth moved"--esque sexy time. No real thriller moments though, for being about a woman held hostage in her own home.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! August 15, 2012
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I could feel the emotions that Kisti was having toward this stranger that had taken refuge in her beach house. It's amazing how Joleen was able to establish the characters with such detail in a short story!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hostage heart March 15, 2013
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Interesting idea for a book and a quick read but too short to let me form any kind of an option.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Way too short and strange. November 14, 2013
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Joleen James is a good writer, and I've enjoyed some of her other books, but this story just didn't do anything for me. I was just getting into the story and it ended. I thought it was way too abrupt and strange. I found it unbelievable that anyone would be held hostage and then turn around and have sex with him a few minutes later. The ending was pretty weird. The story needed to be expanded and have more substance to it. I got it free, so I guess I'm not out anything but a few minutes time.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! August 20, 2012
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This was a captivating short story. The author's descriptions were vivid and made you feel like you were actualy at the beach.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The ending was cr*p November 13, 2012
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Would have been a great short story. Well written, it drew me in quickly and didn't feel glossed over, even though it was really short. The ending, however, was lame. Short romantic stories should have happy endings, nothing poignant or thoughtful.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A story of choices October 28, 2012
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Krista and James meet in the most difficult of circumstances. Krista comes to her long time family cottage to mourn her mother and try to make sense of the issues in her life. Disillusioned and needing to move on, she is taken hostage by James, a man more desperate than she is. This is a short story about how people in horrible situations choose the path ahead.In their time together James and Krista face hard truths and both make choices. A challenging and memorable short story. Engaging from beginning to end.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beach read August 17, 2012
By Gina R.
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Joleen James does a superb job of evoking emotion and building a strong beach romance between two wounded and sympathetic characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hostage Heart
Terrific story line and very suspenseful for a short story. Really liked the plot and left me wanting to read more. I hope there is a sequel from Joleen James on this story too!
Published 23 months ago by Sturdly
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbed
Loved how this book captured me and felt like a complete story in such a short read. Can not wait to read the new book Falling for Nick
Published 23 months ago by radiverson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short story
Wonderful short story. I love it when a book draws you right in to the story and keeps your interest. Very captivating. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Chop
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
What a great short story! Hostage Heart is the perfect name for a story which holds your attention hostage after just the first page. Looking forward to more from this author.
Published 23 months ago by Gspars
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beach Read
I loved Hostage Heart! I am definately excited to see what Joleen James writes next. I love a good beach read, and my only regret is that I wish the story was longer!
Published 23 months ago by Andrea Goetsch
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I grew up on the beach so I love any book with a beach setting. Hostage Heart did not disappoint. Not only did I enjoy the beach setting, I loved the story! Read more
Published 23 months ago by surfer girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Reflection
A fun and easy read. I appreciated the author's reflection concerning the surprising gifts that can come forth from our most painful times. Read more
Published on August 23, 2012 by Deb Sack
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful story!
Joleen James understands beaches - how they draw us in times of confusion and crisis, how the water, wind, and sand heal our spirits and renew us. Read more
Published on August 21, 2012 by Judith Laik
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More About the Author

Small town settings, ranch living, and quirky characters are all things that have long intrigued award-winning author Joleen James. For as long as she can remember, Joleen's been spinning stories centering around home, family, and of course, true love.

When she's not busy writing, Joleen can be found with her family on their party barge, traveling, or indulging in her hobbies of home decorating and recipe collecting. Visit Joleen James at www.joleenjames.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

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