- File Size: 2953 KB
- Print Length: 380 pages
- Publication Date: February 11, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BG0TI6A
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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KIDNAPPED COWBOY (Captured Hearts Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
This story line had real potential. I'm disappointed it wasn't realized.
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.