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 chargeHad 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. ...more
I like cowboys. I like writers. I even like writers who write about cowboys, who are stuck in their creativity, who, according to their editor, need aI like cowboys. I like writers. I even like writers who write about cowboys, who are stuck in their creativity, who, according to their editor, need a dose of the real deal so they travel to a ranch for a little bit of firsthand experience. I didn't, however, like this story. It had all the potential with the heroine being a famous writer who's in a conflict with her editor about how real cowboys live and love. So our heroine packs her things, gets into her car and starts driving. During her roadtrip she has an accident where she has amnesia, is found by a complete stranger who's actually the seventy year old best friend cowboy of the hero who's there to pick up the woman the hero is going to fake marry in order to fool his grandmother into thinking he has his future all figured out so she can give over the ownership of the ranch he's loved and worked for all his life to him.
A couple of problems I had with this book. First of all, I truly believe amnesia should be taken seriously, and if a woman can't even remember who she is, her own name or what she does or where she lives, then she should know better than to get in a car with a complete stranger. Even if he's seventy years old and looks harmless. People get into more trouble for less. And of course she should be worried that she doesn't even know her own name instead of preparing for a wedding she can't remember she agreed to. Even though the people look and act nice and as if she's supposed to be there. Again, people get into more trouble for less. It wasn't just these issues from the beginning of the book, but more throughout the story that bugged me. From the way the heroine being worried more about her headache on her supposed wedding day than her amnesia, to the old man who picked her up from the middle of the road with only one small luggage in her hands and mud and bruises all over her, not at all being concerned about, well, her being in the middle of the road with nothing but a small luggage and mud and bruises all over her. The book is supposed to be a funny blunder of weird circumstances, but it frustrated me more than it made me laugh.
The characters weren't any better. Michelle, the writer heroine, was a shadow of the city-girl-finding-herself-in-the-country type. The first half of the book she couldn't remember who she was so we didn't have a chance to get to know her better and thus connect with her, and the other half, after she remembered, there wasn't enough time left for us to make the connection. The hero, Tag, the hardworking cowboy, was an unpredictable man at his best. Not only I couldn't connect with or care for him, he came off as one dimensional. And he had thought swings like no one's business. One minute he's worried that Michelle can have a husband or even children somewhere out there, and the next, he has no problem sleeping with her.
I'm sorry to say this book, although promised a fun plotline, disappointed me a great deal. ...more