20 Oct '13
A Nix Review – Kidnapped Cowboy by Lindsey Brookes (3.5 Stars)
After countless attempts to speak with the owner of the retreat for troubled teens she runs on the outskirts of Lone Tree, Montana, Caitlin Myers resorts to kidnapping Brandon ‘The Ogre of Lone Tree’ Barnes in a desperate attempt to change his mind about turning Stoney Brook into a vacation resort for the wealthy.
Retired rodeo star, Dalton Barnes, gets the surprise of his life when he’s abducted by a soft-spoken female with a ‘gun’ and taken to the retreat his family owns. He soon learns she’s kidnapped the wrong cowboy by mistake. She wanted his brother. Things go from bad to worse when a late spring snowstorm strands them together at the cabin. But it’s during their snow-in that Dalton learns why Caitlin has gone to such lengths to save Stoney Brook. Having had issues with his older brother himself and a not so happy past, Dalton promises to do what he can to help her.
When confronted Brandon tells Dalton he’ll hold off on his plans for the retreat, but only if Dalton agrees to stick around and help run it. Keeping his promise to Caitlin, Dalton agrees and what starts out as a common goal to turn the troubled teens’ lives around that summer ends up turning theirs around as well. Can a man who has always avoided putting down roots and a woman with a deep-seated fear of abandonment hang on to the happiness they’ve found together? Or will the past return to threaten their newfound love?
Love, laughter and a heartwarming read…
FTC : I requested this for an honest review. I have no relationship with the author.
This book starts with a kidnap. I thought “yay! A romantic suspense”. That wasn’t what I got. What I got was a rather sweet story about a reformed trouble maker and a woman who was willing to do anything to keep the camp she ran open. I don’t think it’s one I’ll read again but it was fun to pass the time with.
It started off with Caitlin kidnapping Dalton with a curling iron. No, he doesn’t know that’s what it is and it amused the hell out of me. That kind of delicate humour was present throughout the book, maintaining the light theme of the overall tale. I loved the relationship between the adults and the teens in this book as it created some of the more memorable moments in the book. I truly believed in the main couples desire to help these trouble kids and it helped me engage with their story as I honestly don’t think there was enough to sink my teeth into otherwise.
The thing that stopped this book from being great for me was the lack of actual conflict keeping the hero and heroine apart. They were trapped together in the snowstorm, he changed pretty much overnight and then everything was on a pathway to being OK. I wanted more, I wanted some angst but this wasn’t the book for it. If you like your romance fluffy, this could be one that you’ll enjoy as the writing was both fluid and entertaining. If the elder brother gets a book I’m reading it ‘cos he was the only character in this book that showed some promise in the angst category.
It was a entertaining read that didn’t really leave a lasting impression. If you like fluffy romance with fun characters and a mild amount of heat, this could be one to float your boat.