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Peek Inside Free Hostage

Jaxon King is a muddler.
A manipulator. A liar. A con and a thief.
He’s as beautiful as innocence, as harmless as a feather.
Except, it’s all an illusion.
But fool that I am—I still rush in.
Now, I am a part of his game.
And the only way to to give in.

Free Hostage

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My name is Timberly Day. I don’t drink, but I do know things.
I know the heart beats over 100,000 times per day.
I know for every one second, lightning strikes the Earth 100 times.

I also know that Jaxon King—the bloody tosser!—is a muddler.
A manipulator. A liar. A con, a thief...and a closet nerd.
He’s as beautiful as innocence, as harmless as a feather.
Except, it’s all an illusion.

I see him and I see lies. I smell him and I taste deceit.
And still—fool that I am—I rush in.
His eyes are like ice. His tongue is like fire.
His lies are white, but his touch is red hot.

I had the chance to run.
I didn’t.
Now, I am a part of the game.
And the only way to to give in.


“This book was fantastic and as crazy as crazy gets. The characters are written to perfection, the plot line is perfect, the backstory is important in this one and is woven seamlessly into the story. Loved it. It's a great story, great twists, insanely great characters that you'd want as friends.  An absolute must read” –Lori Z., NetGalley

“Oh my god, this was absolutely hilarious. I laughed so hard I cried in places. Jaxon is the perfect aloof hero, loved him and watching how hard he fell. Timberly was fantastic, odd name, odd girl but absolutely hilarious. Mel and collin, were brilliant secondary characters. I couldn't stop reading and certainly never expected it to end how it did. Loved it!” –Charly M., NetGalley

Twists, turns, and a hero to die for.” –Erika C., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640634022
Release Date: Nov 27, 2017
Page Count: 468
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: enemies to lovers

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By Melanie March 15, 2018

5+ STARS!!

A lady should always have a fancy knife in her purse, not lipstick. Unless it's a knife disguised as lipstick.
Wow! Wow! Wow! What a total and utter surprise this book was!!! So charming, so absorbing, so original, so FUNNY, so heart-wrenching...I did NOT want it to end. O ...more

By Robin November 08, 2017

I can just imagine Ms. Cole sitting back with her feet propped up sipping a Mai Tai trying to come up with a title for this book.
Cons Conning Cons
The Con and the Con Who Loved Him/Her
We'll Always Have Paris
Your Heist or Mine?

Thank God all of those were tossed because Free Hostage is an absolutely ...more

By Josiane March 29, 2018

This book was a fun ride. It seemed quite innocuous at first. Genius girl with glasses, confident and curious, a bit of a Nancy Drew with a penchant for theft. Then she meets con man thief extraordinaire Jaxon. He's gorgeous, suave, smooth as a babies butt and it becomes hard to tell who's conning w ...more

What in the world did I just read?!! I'm not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't that. It was so much more! Amazing characters! Amazing plot! This book was F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!

I love characters like Timberly. Both she and her BFF/Sidekick/Partner in Crime Melanie are super intelligent tech geniuse ...more

By Bookgasms November 28, 2017

Good Lord people!! Free Hostage legit came out of nowhere and knocked me flat on my behind!! I absolutely FLOVED it!! Right from the first page I was hysterically laughing at Timberly's inner thoughts, ramblings and commentary. She was so damn funny and so real!! And I absolutely loved Jaxon right a ...more

By Grey December 06, 2018

This is my December 2018 Pick-for-Me Challenge read, thank you, dearest Lisa! Also, it's the first book for me by Ms. Cole. I've had this one kicking around on my kindle for a while. I went to pick it up from Amazon and charming little thing that Amazon is... it tells me that I've owned it since las ...more

By Ri November 03, 2017

Sweet Holy titfire. Where do I begin? There needs to be more than five stars for this book. I won't lie, I love everything and anything that S. Ann writes but hands down this is her best work yet. BEST WORK YET. S. Ann is one of those authors that I want others to discover. I have been waiting a ver ...more

By Shierly December 01, 2017

I don't want this book to end! So, so good! Badassery to the highest level! 😁 epic writing! 👍👍👍👏👏👏 ...more

By Em__Jay November 28, 2017

You smell like games and lies and knavery and immorality

I am on a roll! S Ann Cole joins a short list of new-to-me authors whose books I have thoroughly enjoyed.

With a title like ‘Free Hostage’, I’ll admit I was expecting something BDSM-ish and that’s not my jam. The blurb, however, had me hook ...more

By Gigi December 01, 2017

My name is Timberly Day. I don’t drink, but I do know things.
I know the heart beats over 100,000 times per day.
I know for every one second, lightning strikes the Earth 100 times.

I also know that Jaxon King—the bloody tosser!—is a muddler.
A manipulator. A liar. A con, a thief...and a closet nerd ...more

By Nicole April 09, 2018

This is my first book by S. Ann Cole and I'm thoroughly impressed. At first I was like this character is odd. This is a strange way to start a book. But then it picks up and you can't help but like Timberly Day, the heroine of this tale of deceit and cons and love. All told from Timberly's POV (henc ...more

By Tara March 05, 2018

I really liked this book! The story line was different and it had me guessing the whole time. There were a few inconsistencies but not enough to rate the book lower. The twist at the end really surprised me which I liked but the change in the H after it was a little too much too fast. Again not enou ...more

By Niki December 04, 2017

4.5 Stars!! Another great read by this author!! ...more

By Evelina January 31, 2018

This book was great! It had everything I love in a book: hot guy, nerdy girl, suspense, a bunch of twists, laughter, and smart-ass comments. This romance unraveled in the perfect pace. Basically. this is about a girl and her friend who are super geniuses and rob things just for the fun of it. And th ...more

By Kristina July 15, 2019

So original and consuming. S. Ann Cole has quickly become one of favorite authors & automatic one-clicks. No two stories are the same & her characters are so multi-dimensional. Timber & Jaxon are probably one of my favorite couples. I can’t wait to see what Cole gifts us with next.

*Thank you for my ...more

By NINORE May 30, 2018

I just love, love, love this book! OMG! It is something wonderful! ...more

By Nadine November 25, 2017

5+ 'Conned right into my heart' Stars!

Free Hostage well and truly blew my mind. I'm not sure what I anticipated when I started this book. Clever, witty, captivating and exceptional story-telling is what I found in the pages I couldn't flip through fast enough.

Timberly Day -- this bespectacled beau ...more

By Sangria March 17, 2018

LOVED this book!

What a unique, clever refreshing romance! I adored both characters....that never happens for me. I was pleasantly excited! This book is full of humor, excitement and suspense. Watching two thieves fall, never thought about it, but it definitely works here.

Timberly is a brilliant Mrs ...more

By Christine November 16, 2017

Timber and Melanie best friends and work mates out in a museum to right the wrongs they've done, come face to face with a couple of masked men all in black. All Timber sees and remembers are those deep blue amazing eyes she will never forget. At an auction in Paris a year later she sees those eyes a ...more

By JBird831 December 01, 2017

I loved this book!! It was a breath of fresh air as far as storylines go and I enjoyed every minute of it... Timberly and Melanie were hilarious! Loved how intelligent and sassy they were... How they get involved with Jaxon is a whirlwind of an adventure that I couldn’t get enough of...

I think the o ...more

By Jeisha November 27, 2017

Love love love it!

I’m torn! I love JK and Saskia but I think I’m loving Tim and Jaxon more. You’ve outdone yourself S Ann Cole. Can’t put it down! ...more

By Jennifer November 29, 2017

Brilliant, per usual. Review to come! ...more

By Ayekah November 11, 2017

What can I say? I could spew facts; all the things we ever or maybe never wanted to know Timber knows them. What an amazing creature she was, I absolutely loved her. Timber had it all going on, the brilliance, the wily wit, no nonsense, sensitive, and so much more. Her bestie Mel was the ballsy one, ...more

By Miriam November 29, 2017

This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

Wow, there should be an option to add an extra star for an exceptional book! I was so intrigued with this book that I could not put it down and stayed up til 3 am to finish it (I had to be up for work at 7 am so not the best choice!)!

This book is filled ...more

By Mitch December 25, 2017

Oh wow! This book is unexpected. Started with a two totally hilarious nerdy and crazy to the max girls. They made me laugh out loud a lot of times. Their banter are batshit crazy. And there was Jaxon, oh you would swoon all over for him. Suppressing his actions but really can’t get his hands and hea ...more

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S. Ann Cole

About the author

S. Ann Cole

Reader first and second a writer, S. Ann Cole is an exaggerator, a laugher, sometimes overly chatty, sometimes overly shy. She’s afraid of cats, dogs, snakes—heck, she’s only tolerable to gold fishes in a tank. She hates fireworks, schmaltz, and arrogance. She loves carbs, full moons, and humility. She lives nowhere and everywhere. Jokey people are her favorite people to be around, as laughter is the way to her heart. An accented island girl, she loves GOD, fiercely, and believes prayer is the essence of all good, great, wonderful and miraculous things, and the most powerful privilege given unto man. A hater of rain and thunderstorms, Ann is the author of eight contemporary romance novels, all of which are bold, unconventional and rule-breaking. When Ann’s not abusing her computer keyboard, you can find her nosing a novel, watching anything on television that makes her laugh until she breaks into hiccups (loves Disney, TBS, and Impractical Jokers!) studying the Bible, or sipping red wine. You can find Ann on all social media platforms, but her current obsession is Instagram and Goodreads. Catch her on the gram, how bout dah?

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