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KIDNAPPED COWBOY (Captured Hearts Series Book 1) by [Brookes, Lindsey]
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BOOK #1 IN THE CAPTURED HEARTS SERIES

Kidnapped Cowboy - 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…

(If you enjoy Kidnapped Cowboy, be sure to check out Book #2 in the Captured Heart Series - Captive Cowboy by Lindsey Brookes - where Brandon, the Ogre of Lone Tree, finally gets his very own happily-ever-after!)

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By Jo-Anne B. TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 4 2014
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Caitlin had a very hard life and basically grew up on the streets. One summer she was sent to a retreat for troubled teens called Stoney Brook which changed her life. The camp was so important to her that when she grew up, she got her PHD and became the camp director. She learned that the camp was to be demolished so it could be turned into a resort. She tried many times to contact the owner, Brandon, to change his mind. When she didn't get a response to her messages, she desperately wanted to talk to him so she took matters into her own hands and kidnapped him - or so she thought. She ended up kidnapping the owner's brother by mistake.

Oddly, everything got straightened out (without Caitlin going to jail) and the resort was not sold. But Brandon would only let the camp continue with one condition. That was that his brother, Dalton, had to run it with Caitlin. Dalton agreed to the condition and actually liked working with the kids, seeing the difference he made in their lives.

Dalton didn't want to be tied down in the family business but liked being the rodeo cowboy that could be free to go on the circuit with no responsibilities. I like Dalton. Especially the way he faced the fact that he allowed a woman to kidnap him - with a curling iron no less! - but still lived up to his commitment to work at Stoney Brook.

I admired Caitlin's determination to do whatever it took to save the camp for the kids. However, she was a little toooo clumsy for my liking and I didn't see how Dalton fell in love with her because of her antics. I chalked it up to chemical attraction but that wasn't enough for me to see her appeal. Having said that, Dalton and Caitlin were a good match in that they offset each other's weaknesses.

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KIDNAPPED COWBOY is a very sweet romance. Caitlyn is trying to get the attention of her ogre boss because he wants to close down the camp she runs and essentially leave her jobless. She doesn't worry about losing her job as much as she cares about the troubled teens that will miss the opportunity to go to the camp. She decides some drastic measures and kidnappimg her boss to make him see the error of his ways, instead she learns that kidnapping just isn't something she is not all that good at. In fact she's downright anwful. :)
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By Dana on March 22 2015
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Enjoyed the interaction between Dalton and Caitlin. The relationship Dalton and Caitlin developed with the troubled teens was inspiring. The writer has a great way of telling a story that draws you in.
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Very funny, passionate love story. Enjoyed it from start to finish.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b3547c8) out of 5 stars Beware of curling irons! July 13 2013
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book from given to me from Netgalley for an honest review.

I found this book to be very entertaining, it was very cute and had me giggling at times. I loved Caitlin, she was just absolutely adorable. I mean come on now a curling iron? lol It honestly sounds like something I would do though so I can't make to much fun of her. Plus the whole "accident waiting to happen" thing is me also. That poor girl could probably stub a toe while sitting in a padded room. And oh so yummy Dalton the ex rodeo star. he may have been an arrogant ass at the beginning but yeah I did find myself swooning over him, especially when it came to how he acted at the doctors office. To funny! I am glad you got to see him mature in a way and her to open up and trust more.

I thought the story was really sweet and well told, i liked getting to know these characters. The only problem I had was with the editing. Whew that was pretty bad and it wasn't really about misspelled words or punctuation marks but the spacing. A lot and I do mean a lot of the words were not spaced and a couple of times it would take me a minute to figure the words out. Great book but next time please find an editor or get a new one.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b35481c) out of 5 stars Not that cute. July 25 2014
By Sandy - Published on Amazon.com
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This book had some laughs and it was ok to start out providing you don't expect too much from it. But I didn't take long for me to grow tired of the heroine...

1. She makes stupid decisions that make her far less mature than the teens she's supposed to be helping.

2. Her constant drooling over the hero gets old fast, ok so he's good looking, we get it already, the book could have been much shorter had a bunch of the horny nonsense been left out, she acted like she'd never seen a man before.

3. Her attitude to the hero's brother, she judged him without ever talking to him and blamed him for anything that went wrong.

4. For someone that was supposed to be so good at her job she folded like a ladder as soon as the hero was out of the picture and was ready to quit on the teens, someone she claimed to be so devoted to.

5. Last but not least, she claimed to love the hero and promised to trust him, but no sooner was he gone when she takes something she heard and assumes he lied to her, as if that wasn't bad enough she blames her brother for everything and behaves like a big baby by not even speaking to either one of the men, whining around and hanging up on them when they try to reason with her.

I really don't see what the hero found in this whiny, jealous, immature idiot who's devotion is limited to only if things are going her way.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b354af8) out of 5 stars Smexy Cowboy Romance March 15 2014
By K. April Holgate - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a terrific read! I was in the mood for a sweet and spicy romance, that's just what Ms. Brookes serves up!

I love Caitlin and her schemes, that go awry. She has her heart in the right place, she just seems to be a touch accident prone. That adds to her love-ability! I did find some of her reactions at the beginning of camp a touch untrue, she has been running this place for years, she should be more adept at controlling things from the start. Fortunately, she shows real skill throughout the time with the kids, even if she is a bit too rule heavy.

Dalton is a great character, he has a sense of humor and rolls with the punches. I adore his relationship with Caitlin, he fights the commitment but totally goes in for the attraction. They balance each other very nicely. I also liked the interactions with his brother.

The bedroom door is wide open in this book, plenty of naughty little scenes! They are not full on erotic detail, but they are plenty spicy! Definitely a fan of skinny dipping!! Hells Yeah!

I really enjoyed the build of the relationship. They spent time together so the feelings felt real and natural. Sometimes I like to spend time getting to know the characters as they get to know each other. It adds to the warm fuzzies of the romance.

This is a mixed narrative, giving POV for both leads and from the brother a couple times. This helps make the story fuller and more engaging. This also makes me really want his brother Brandon to get his own book with a sassy HEA!!! Please say it is in the works!

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Kaleo Griffith, he is delicious!! Oh yeah, this guy has a great voice and adds major energy to the read. He has a nice gruff tone that suits the guys and does a terrific job making Caitlin sound like a girl. Great pace on the read, I like things a touch on the brisk side, so he made me very happy, especially when I put it on triple speed.

I did think there would be more of a conflict with the money manager, I was a touch disappointed with that angle. It was more of a whimper than a bang in the conflict. The story moves nicely but that added drama would have been welcome.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, but what isn't there to love a big ole cowboy, smexy action and a sassy gal! I am definitely going to look for more of Ms. Brookes. Finger's crossed that this has a sequel with an uptight rancher who need a little lovin.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b3549f0) out of 5 stars Lack of research and a heroine who was TSTL May 29 2015
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I made it to 41% on my kindle before I finally threw in the towel and had to stop.
1. The first thing that really bothered me was the blatant lack of research on the author's part, it seems. Caitlin explains that she has been working at Stoney Brook as a licensed psychologist since she graduated college. This is impossible. In order to become a psychologist, a person usually has to get a doctoral degree (or sometimes a masters degree) in psychology in order to achieve this status. Earning a bachelor's degree in psychology in college does not qualify you to do anything except be eligible to apply to masters and PhD programs. Caitlin's lack of knowledge and expertise in psychology is then blatantly obvious when she says that Dalton potentially has Stockholm syndrome because he finds her attractive, and then proceeds to define it as: "...this is one of those cases where the captive - being you - finds himself falling for his captor. That being me." Stockholm syndrome is a psychological phenomenon where hostages are abused by the captors to the extent that they begin to associate the absence of abuse as acts of kindness, and can feel positive feelings of sympathy or empathy towards their captors. This is extremely rare, and is not even an official psychological diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual (DSM) that psychologists and psychiatrists use. Caitlin timidly persuaded a drunk full-grown man with a curling iron for a couple of hours; yeah, that's going to cause Stockholm syndrome...

2. A few other reviewers have touched upon this, but I feel I need to mention it: the female protagonist is too stupid to live as well as extremely immature. She is supposed to be 28 years old and a licensed psychologist, yet she has less common sense than the average middle schooler. She kidnaps a man "at gunpoint" and brings him to a place with no phone or internet in order to convince him to keep her summer camp for troubled teens open? What use is blindfolding him and having a "gun" if there's nothing he can do to revoke his decision from the location where she took him? Who kidnaps someone without knowing what that person looks like, and having any form of plan for what to do once you have that person captive? This woman also bought play handcuffs online and had NO idea that there's such a thing as play handcuffs, which are different from the handcuffs that the police use. She is genuinely SHOCKED by this fascinating revelation that these exist. As far as I made it through the book, Caitlin acts like the most pathetic simpleton that ever walked the earth. As someone else pointed out, there is a line between cute/silly and just plain dumb; this book crosses that line a lot. I personally don't like the message that this sends to younger readers: act extremely dumb and clumsy, then men will think its "cute" and instantly fall in love with you, despite your lack of a brain. I want to point out that sending troubled teens to Caitlin's camp would probably do more harm than good, since she is an idiot with no common sense masquerading as a licensed psychologist...

I like reading romance novels because they're usually entertaining, easy to read, and have a happy ending. Maybe the lack of research would not have bothered me so much if the heroin had been a more interesting and realistic character... unfortunately, I found her insufferable and could not force myself to continue reading and enjoy the story.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b354bdc) out of 5 stars DISLIKED Book Despite Many Positive Reviews Sept. 22 2014
By Carolyn Kay - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gets the distinction of being the only romance novel that I have not been able to complete in over 3 decades. I am a avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, and I enjoy romance because it is usually relaxing and enjoyable. I decided to give this book a try because of so many positive reviews, but now I am actually rather shocked at these reviews. The heroine was supposedly a psychologist, but her behavior was that of a very immature female. Instead of being relaxing, I found the book to be irritating and completely unbelievable. After fifty pages, I was done. When I read romance, I generally read authors of New York Times best sellers. If you are an experienced reader of similar works and you have grown to expect characters with substance and depth, this book will probably not appeal to you.