Book Review: Hopeless

Title: Hopeless

Author: Patricia Rose

Narrator: Stephanie Murphy, Paul Brion

Link: https://www.audible.com/pd/Hopeless-Audiobook/B06XYDG6NN

Summary

“What’s a safe call?”

Hope Pendleton is a prude – a straight, by-the-book investigative reporter. Then her best friend, Callie, goes on a date and doesn’t come back. 

Gone. Totally off the grid.

Hope’s instincts kick in. The only clue is her friend’s alternative lifestyle, and Hope finds herself faced with uncomfortable choices. Partnering with the stand-offish but enigmatic FBI agent investigating her friend’s disappearance, Hope retraces Callie’s path, following her trail through the underbelly of the Nashville BDSM scene.

The scene in Nashville, though, isn’t just a bunch of consenting adults playing sex games. Before Hope realizes it, she has gone from investigative reporter … to bait.  

My Review

5/5 Stars

This is a dark thriller/suspense novel with touches of erotica. In this story, Hope’s best friend Callie goes missing after a date. Being the prude she is, she doesn’t know much about her friend’s BDSM lifestyle, but something is wrong. When Callie uses a keyword to signal her danger, Hope must go undercover into this lifestyle to save her friend.

I liked the way the author was able to gradually introduce the BDSM scene. While I’ve had a basic understanding of it, I didn’t know the amount of details discussed in this book. The author’s writing style is easy to follow, and her characters are all very well-developed. Excellent.

The narration from both narrators was well done. I especially enjoyed Mr. Brion’s narration for his ability to grant different accents and keep them going throughout the entire story.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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