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"I'm so glad I read the book before I read the reviews or I may have missed an opportunity for a great read. This wasa fun romance to watch develop as the Hero fell for the damsel in distress. I'msurprised at how many people attacked the author thinking his misogynisticviews were the same as the authors. I think she did a great job of showing whatis in the mind of some people. It's much more fun to read about differentpeople with antiquated views that slowly get altered or changed as the storydevelops." ★★★★★ Ceonas Rose
"Saved has it all, mystery, intrigue,deception, romance, and the truly uncomfortable realities of human trafficking.It is a fantastic read." ★★★★★ ViviBee
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The way she said it clogged Eric's throat to the point thathe didn't think he could speak, so he looked up at the pipes that made up theceiling until he knew his voice wouldn't crack. "I will, Abby, until youbelieve it. I swear it."
- ASIN : B00CQUW9YC
- Publication date : January 10, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 3338 KB
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- Print length : 184 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #292,375 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The surly man in the story met someone and felt something he hadn't experienced before. It happens. Her story was tragic but abuse of some type regretfully happens to women every day. I have experienced that. They fell in love and moved on. That's fiction. Not badly written and I actually liked the characters.
I was 40% of the way through this book, and I really started to wonder if perhaps it was written by a man posing as a woman. Further, that it was written by a man who had issues with women, because that's how this comes across.
Abby, a young, inexperienced and completely one-dimensional character, is kidnapped and sold into the sex trade while on holiday. She escapes nearly a year later from her Arab captor, pregnant. What she went through is completely glossed over. They mention sexual assault a few times, but I did not see the "R" word once.
Eric is some sort of Navy captain who is literally known for not thinking women should be in the Navy. Instead, he thinks (and says, repeatedly) that they should be at home keeping their men's beds warm and taking care of kids.Eric's ship encounters Abby on a dinghy when she escapes from her captor at sea, and inexplicably starts feeling that something special from the moment he lays eyes on her.
At the same time, there's a Navy woman on the ship who is a bitter, man-hating shrew and she swears to bring the captain down. She attempts to accomplish this by telling everyone he made a pass at her and threatened retribution if she didn't give in to him.
Okay. I can live with all of this so far. Though it pains me to see a depiction of a false accuser rather than one of the many, many truthful ones, they do exist. But then it just starts getting crazy.
You'd think that Eric eventually comes to learn that women are just as capable of making decisions or serving in the military as men are, but no.
Not only does he NOT come to that realization, he continues insulting women left and right, even telling the woman investigating his sexual assault claim TO HER FACE that she shouldn't be in the military. He also acts like a complete neanderthal to Abby, who, let me remind you, has been assaulted repeatedly for the past year by a guy who acted like a complete neanderthal to her.
And it's not just him. Let me give you a few examples:
An Admiral tells Eric, "I don't think I need to tell you that there is more focus right now on women's rights in the military. The media are all over any perceived abuse, especially assault on women...You of all males have been quite vocal in your low opinion of women, saying they've no place in the Navy. The rest of us have learned to find a way to deal with them."
Later, Eric and his first officer are having breakfast with other guys in the good old boys club, and one says that she has the face of a toad. "Fat chance she'd have of getting some guy to **** her in the back room." Another responds, "Only in her dreams" and then everyone laughs.
Yes, because unattractive women are never harassed or assaulted.
Even the female officer sent to investigate the accusation does this when reflecting upon Gail: "But there was just something about her. She was by no means good looking: plain, ordinary, with small eyes, a pudgy nose, and thin lips, definitely not the type of girl guys went nuts over...But the captain, he was distinguished. Joan had been shell shocked when she met him. He was tall, by far one of the handsomest and most well-muscled men she had met. She might have compared him to a Greek god, and she just couldn't see why he would go for Carruthers. It made no sense. Did the man have some hidden perversion?"
This officer, by the way, is named Joan. And she spends so much time thinking about how hot Eric and his first officer Joe are, it's amazing she gets anything done. She's attracted to both of them, embarrassingly and very unprofessionally so. Her mind is not focused on her job at all.
The one time Gail does do something useful, questioning Abby without Eric and Joe present, Eric chastises her: "To be quite frank, I'm very disappointed in you. I honestly started to believe that I may have misjudged women in the military, but I believe that from your current behavior you have just proven me correct."
Yes, because you should totally judge all women, or all men, based off of the actions of one.
Abby, for her part, does one useful thing in the whole book, and that's getting away from her captor before the book even starts. The rest of the time she's just helpless, and seems more than happy to be "protected" by Eric, no matter how deplorable his behavior is. She tells Joan, "He didn't do anything. I know it here. He keeps me in the dark, trying to protect me. Someone who truly dislikes women wouldn't do that."
So that's Abby's idea of how a guy who likes women protects them. Which I guess explains why she puts up with his extremely domineering behavior.
Again, keep in mind that this woman has just spent the last year as a sex slave, getting assaulted and beaten repeatedly by her captor, having NO CHOICE as to what happened to her. Here are the sorts of things Eric does and says to her:
* He decides to marry her to keep her out of the CIA's hands. When Joe asks if Eric thinks she'll agree, Eric replies, "I don't plan on giving her much choice."
* Eric tells her flat out, I'm an overbearing man, and I can be a real bastard at times. You need to understand what you're in for. I will protect you, I will order you, I will piss you off and I will demand all your attention. I won't let you go, and if you want to leave, you can't. You're mine.
* In an attempt to make their marriage something like a true partnership, Abby tells Eric, "I do have a mind of my own, so I won't promise not to argue with you or disagree with you, but I won't go against you. I believe in you, in us, and I want you." Eric replies, "You don't get to put yourself out there for me. But I will always, always protect you, defend you and fight for you. That is my right."
* When they're about to dock, Eric tells Abby to go back to their room. She would like to stay and watch. Eric says, "This isn't the time or place. When I give an order, I expect it to be obeyed."
This book portrays women in two ways: Conniving, homely lunatics or meek, lustful women who just want big strong men to take care of them. There is no evolution of Eric's character, and we never really understand why he's drawn to Abby, other than she's the female lead. I guess maybe she's meek and submissive enough for him? Which of course she would be, because she's a rape victim. It's pretty twisted that he is as domineering over her as he is, considering what she just came from.
So therefore, I concluded that this book must actually have been written by a man, or a woman who idolizes her husband or something. Either way, you couldn't pay me to read more from this series.
In stead, it's a book that "ends" rather abruptly without tying up the lose ends.
If it had been properly edited, it would have dodged the missing words ("so he could that), wrong words ("listed" where "listened" would have made sense), extra words ("something else passed else") and pure nonsense ("aroused his him" and "so he could that"). When I get bored, I start making notes of the glaring errors I might have skipped over if the plot had not bogged down.
It is a shame that a plot that had great potential was so poorly done and left unfinished.
This writer has been added to my list of CLIFF HANGER authors to avoid. I will not support CLIFF HANGER writers who give away a first installment in what they call a "series" which better fits the term serial. They try to hook the reader into buying the next and then the following "books" just to get a completed story.
One thing that amazed me was how easily Abby acclimated to her new role of motherhood. She had no post partum depression. She took the nursing Rachel like a pro. There were no problems with her new born “latching on” when Abby first nursed her. Baby Rachel was a good baby. She slept through the night with no 3 a.m. feedings. She was a happy baby. No need to get in the car at midnight to drive around, hoping the baby would finally fall asleep. (Not that such a thing was possible while Abby was at sea!) We wish our babies were like that!
I’ll be reading book 2 “Vanished” in “The Saved Series” next.