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Hopeless

By: P. Rose
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Erotica, Fiction
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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.  

©2017 Patricia Rose (P)2017 Patricia Rose

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Terrific Story & Narration🎧 Captivating Suspense!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, P. Rose is a gift author, she created a great story here, a thrilling romantic suspense, with a side of BDSM, mystery along with some investigative elements too. The story grabbed my attention right from start and held it right to the end. The characters are complex and well developed. Hope Pendleton’s friend Callie enjoys her kink and alternative lifestyle, Hope is not into that lifestyle but when Callie goes out to play she is supposed to call Hope to let her know she is OK. When she misses her check in she knows something is not right when she finally gets in touch with her Callie drops her safe word to let her know something is wrong. Hope, an investigative reporter reports it immediately to the police. When an FBI agent reaches out to her she knows how much danger her friend is in, she teams up with him to get her friend back. Going undercover is not new to Hope but the world of BSDM is and it is way out of her comfort zone but she is willing to do it to save her friend. Eric has been working on this case and is close to getting all involved, he plays an alpha Dom and he is going to teach her ropes so she can join him and infiltrate an exclusive BDSM club, where he is a Dom. I loved how well plotted this book it, there is never a dull moment and the author keeps you thinking and on your toes all the way to the climatic ending. P. Rose thank you for this great story.

I listened to the Audible edition, Stephanie Murphy and Paul Brion are terrific narrators and voice artists. They bring the characters to life giving each their own voice and personality. They do a great job portraying the characters and projecting their emotions into their performance. They are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this great listen🎧

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Great storyline, fab chemistry

Reviewed for AudioBook ObsessionHope and Eric come together by somewhat somewhat forced issues aka Hope’s stubborn need to know what has happened to her missing friend.
Eric is an FBI agent and Hope is a journalist. Hopes friend went missing after going to meet someone from the internet who like her was into the BDSM culture. Eric happens to be investigating a really sadistic person and would rather Hope or any other female be nowhere near this manor his cohorts, but she is so determined he would rather know where she is so he can protect her than be clueless to where she is.
The odd couple start to investigate together and their relationship becomes more than just business the deeper and longer they go.
Will they find the friend in time? What secrets will they uncover?
Really well developed characters and plot. Good twists and turns i enjoyed the story and narration

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Lived this book!

Great audiobook and fantastic narration.
This is a different kind of story and I really appreciated that. It’s written well with lots of emotion. Narration makes the story that much better for the performance. Nicely done and well worth the listen!

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A book that is full of suspense

This is the first book that I have listened to or read by this author but can definitely say that I hope it is not the last. This is completely different to the genres I usually read but went into the book open minded. I think that the BDSM submissive element may put some readers off but I am encouraging all to give this book a chance. Yes BDSM is a main element but there is an amazing story surrounding it and that's what makes the difference to me . The book is full of suspense and mystery and is a strong story . It is very apparent that the author has done their research into the BDSM culture and this is shown throughout their work. I was given this book by the author/narrator in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Really enjoyed it

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This is not my usual genre but it had me hooked from the start my only peeve was the way the main male lead treated the female but as it fit in with the theme of the story I suppose it’s to be expected.
Stephanie Murphy and Paul Brion do an excellent job narrating.

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Suspenseful

Hopeless was my first book penned by Patricia Rose. I liked the concept of the story, it was well thought out and suspenseful. I liked the writing style. I'm not sure I fully liked the H though. I didn't like how Eric treated Hope. For the bigger part of the story he didn't think about her as a person but rather an object, merely a means to an end. His character was flawed and not somebody I'd call a perfect dom, but I warmed up to him by the end. Hope was infinitely brave and willing to sacrifice everything for her friend. Even teaming up with an infuriating agent who seemingly found joy in constantly keeping her on her toes while riding on his high horse.
This book was definitely one of those where I'd have loved an epilogue, looking a few months or years in the future. The author's note at the end was thought-provoking.

The narration was very good. Both narrators did a very good job. Their performance was absolutely enjoyable. I liked how both Stephanie Murphy and Paul Brion portrayed the different characters.
The quality of the recording could have been a tad better. I'm using earphones and a bit of static was audible throughout.

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 10-04-17

Suspense with a side of BDSM!

I really enjoyed this book for the sensitive story line and the suspense. The writing was great, with the right amount of detail for me. I don't normally listen to books like this (suspense/thriller/mystery) because I am easily bored with too much detail and this book was a perfect balance. I also really could tell that a lot of research went into the BDSM world when writing this book and that is important. This story pulled me in from chapter 1 and I finished in 1 day, I needed to know how it ended.

The characters were strong and bold and I think that was a great combination for this story. Hope started off a skeptic of the BDSM lifestyle but she was ready to do whatever it took to find her missing friend. Eric was a man on a mission and showed right away that he would do anything he needed to get the job done. Together these two had chemistry and a mutual goal. The heat between them is a low simmer in the beginning and turns out to be boiling by the end. The sex scenes were good because they leave a lot to your imagination.

While it wasn't what I was expecting based on the genre it was listed under on Audible (Erotica - Fiction), it was exactly what I wanted it to be. I would say it's more Romantic Suspense because it's mainly about an investigation which takes place in the BDSM community. Erotica to me is the amount of sex & how detailed the sex scenes are. While this book has sex scenes, they are few, short and light on details. If you don't read erotica because you need more story and less sex, don't let the genre sway you, this might be just for you. It's worth the credit IMHO!

I really enjoyed Paul Brion & Stephanie Murphy's narration, they are both new to me but I will be looking for more book they have narrated.

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  • Chopsticks11
  • 09-07-19

Moving!

There is so much to say about this book I’m not sure where to start. What I thought was going to be a story about friendship and experimentation quickly became something much darker a much more important to talk about. I commend Ms. Rose on taking on such a tragedy in our country and providing awareness of how it can happen. I live in a location where we are told the possibility is very high, but incidents of raids similar to that in the book are very infrequent. I would encourage readers to research how to identify the those that might be in danger so that we can stop these atrocities.

I’d also like to say that I appreciated the additional information provided by the author’s notes. I’m not one who typically reads the notes or pays that much attention when they are playing, but I would encourage anyone who reads this book, or even starts and decides its not for them to listen to Chapter 33 and keep it handy.

This book is so much more than just the story it provides, but it was certainly entertaining and a definite page turner. I wanted, no needed, to know what happened. It is certainly a story I will read again, because once you finish, you almost have to read it again.

Ms. Murphy and Mr. Brion did a great job with the dual narration. I do not recall reading very many books with dual narration that are more novel than romance. I really enjoyed it and felt it added even more depth to the characters. Mr. Brion did a great job with the accents and keeping them consistent for the many characters he played.

This book not only left me with a book hangover, it also makes me want to take action. Great job!

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
  • 12-04-17

Love Love Love it!

Erotica isn't my normal genre, although this is more suspense/mystery. This is definitely erotic, but still leaves a bit to the imagination. I loved it! I really don't know much about the BDSM lifestyle, but it seems Patricia Rose does or at least did her research!

This book not only deals with BDSM, but human trafficking as well. Hope's friend Callie is into the BDSM lifestyle. Callie is a sub. She's been talking to a guy online and plans to go on a "play date" with him and asks Hope to be her safe call. When Hope doesn't receive the last scheduled call she starts to worry until she finally is able to reach Callie. Callie mentioned a key work that lets Hope know something is very wrong! It's up to Hope and Agent Eric to find her. Hope has to emerse herself into the BDSM lifestyle to go undercover to find her friend.

Stephanie​ Murphy and Paul Brion do an excellent job with the narration! Each of them take on multiple characters and accents. Both of these narrators are new to me but I enjoyed both and plan to check out more of their work. Stephanie has a very seductive voice for her character and Paul's voice is very confident and commanding.

Patricia Rose is my favorite author! I was first introduced to her work in 2015 with her first book, Iron Mike. Another great book worth checking out! Patricia is one of only 2 authors I'd buy a book without even looking at the description! I love her work.

On a side note, I love Agent Todd Vogel! lol Seems like am awesome guy! Thank you Patricia!

~The real Todd Vogel

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  • timj26
  • 25-06-19

What’s your safe word?

Great thriller with a sexy twist
Not knowing anything about BDSM the author was very good at making it understandable
I like the dual narrators feels more natural
A pleasant surprise and possibly more books to com highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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  • medy
  • 01-06-19

Hopeless

This book has some BDSM scenes and a lot of discussions about BDSM. It's a dark novel as kidnapping and the sex slave business is a focal point.

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  • Virginia
  • 04-01-20

Fantastic!

This is a dynamite story of BDSM with the tale of the sex traffic scene that goes on everywhere. The narrators were wonderful! They will keep your interest with their voices.

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  • Kayla Krantz
  • 25-12-19

Suspense and BDSM

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.

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  • B.McGrath
  • 19-12-19

intense

Wow! I was not expecting this. I love bdsm stories, but the mystery thriller action really put this over the top for me. I couldn't stop listening to every last word. The narrators voices drew me in and kept me listening. I look forward to more from this new to me author. Magnificent storytelling. I voluntarily listened to this and am giving an honest review.

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  • SD
  • 03-11-19

Sexy, strong and danger

Perfect of anyone that views BDSM with a curious mind from the out side.
This is a thriller book about a recherche journalist that loses her friend for a human traffic network while dealing with the BDSM scene. Hope, that's her name, has then to enter that world to find her. She will have the help of an undercover officer that will make the intro.
I just love it. All of it. The thriller, the sexy scene, the BDSM intro.
The fact that the book has 2 narrators is even more great. Both do a great job and bring even more realism to the book.
There is a couple of chapters with a 3rd person point of view that we could live without (specially when he talks about something he doesn't sees), but it doesn't stop me from saying this book is awesome.
You can read it even if you don't find BDSM that much appealing.
I received this book as a gift.

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  • erobbins33
  • 11-10-19

Wow!

This was a seriously entertaining story. Both narrators were excellent. I don't really know what else to say, except wow! The story has the feel of an episode of Law and Order: SVU. Just a little uncomfortable, a lot mysterious, and very hopeless. I love how Hope grows as a person, and how Callie is such a free spirit. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to be pushed, just a little, outside of their comfort zone. Well done.

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