Author: Lindsey Brookes
Page Count: 380
Published: Toot Suite, 2013
Had I known kidnapping a cowboy was this easy, let me tell you, I would’ve been on my way to do just that a long time ago.
Caitlin Meyers is in charge of running a retreat for troubled teens, which is in danger of being closed down by the town’s rich guy Brandon ‘The Ogre’ Barnes. Brandon is the owner of the retreat and he wants to turn it into a resort for the rich ones like him and add more to his finances. In order to speak to him and change his mind, Caitlin decides to kidnap him in the middle of a snowstorm but ends up with taking hostage the wrong guy, Dalton Barnes, The Ogre’s rodeo riding, easygoing, commitment phobic brother.
What promised to be a fun ride actually turned out to be less than that for me. I really wanted to like the characters, especially Caitlin, since she was selflessly taking care, and fighting for, a place that aimed to help young people with troubles, teens that a lot of people have given up on. Unfortunately, she was anything but selfless. I regret that we never got to see any interaction between her and the kids, even though it was constantly pointed out to us that she helped change them in a good way. Rather than being told that, I would’ve preferred to read it myself to be convinced, because this way it felt a bit forced. And I didn’t appreciate that at the first sign of a misunderstanding, she was ready to quit and leave those kids behind. I understand the pain from a possible betrayal can be harsh, but to say you’re devoted to troubled children, one of whom you’ve been yourself in the past, and then quitting on them when you think your boyfriend had lied to you is not good heroine material in my book, I’m sorry to say.
Dalton, as a hero, didn’t impress me either. And I have to say, his character development either came in such a rush that I was blindsided, or he was never as much the commitment phobic as they made him out to be, because let me tell you, when it came to those kids, he was more willing to make sacrifices than Caitlin ever was. In fact, we saw Dalton interact with the teens more than her, and whenever there was trouble, he was the one at the scene trying to fix it. He did a much better job at maintaining those youngsters and the retreat than Caitlin ever did.
Surprisingly, against all the badmouthing of him, the one character that I ended up liking was The Ogre. I think great injustice had been done to that man, when push came to shove, he was there for support. Turns out the ogre is better than the cowboy. Go figure.
I liked where the plot was going, the setting of the retreat and the idea of bonding with, and turning around the lives of, young troubled teens, but I’m afraid the book didn’t deliver what I expected. The kids were there only to create a fan base for the couple, and perhaps a few funny scenes, but other than that we never got to see more of them which I regretted.
I’m sorry to say this book fell short on impressing me, even though it did have a promising plot line and characters, so I will be adding two spoonfuls of this into my hodgepodge and dream about kidnapping my own cowboy.