Today I reviewed Kidnapped by the Highland Rogue. I like highlander stories, and I like rogues. This one had both. Excellent! I opened my kindle and began to read…
Kidnapped By The Highland Rogue
It has a good beat, but I can’t dance to it.
First off… the cover. I know that writers sometimes have no control over the cover. It is colorful, but is he Scottish? I thought he was suppose to be Scottish. Dubh means black haired. Okay.. I will go with that. His outfit… Scottish? Anyway… I will move on, who am I to judge. Wait, what is that in his hand? Okay, never mind. There is a castle and snow. I guess you are solid.
There’s more to hardened outlaw Niall Corbett than meets the eye. Despite his merciless reputation, he’s on a mission he must defend with his life. One that means taking beautiful Fia Mackintosh prisoner for her own protection!
Fia may have dreamed of being swept away by a gorgeous Highlander, but never of being held hostage by a gang of outlaws! While her head screams for her to run, her heart beats a little too fast for her captor, a man she shouldn’t, yet can’t help but trust…
Kidnapped by the Highland Rogue is a cute love story. If you like books without a lot of descriptions and settings, and go for the beef, then you will love this one. The cover does not do it justice. After 26% of the book, it picked up a little more for me and the story became more engaging. There were parts I got confused. When Niall was beaten, there really was not any writing about it, I went back three times to see for myself if I missed something, but I couldn’t find any mention. Only that he was tied up.
The story was not strong, I had a hard time keeping focused on what was happening. I kept getting distracted. (movement outside my field of vision,my husband coughed once, and that threw me. My son flushed the toilet, the dog down the street barked, a car drove by,my foot itched three times.) Needless to say, I had to fight to keep my attention on what I was reading.
But I liked Fia, even without any common sense. Plus, I loved her name. I didn’t really care for Niall. I could not see why she would fall for him, I know I wouldn’t have. I don’t care if he was doing or saying things for the right reasons, he rarely told her he was doing it to protect her. Protect her from his men,protect her from him,protect her from loving him. What ever. Be honest with her. Tell her, “Look, there cannot be anything between us more than what we give each other in this cave, this night.” Instead he berates her to his men. I understand, she is a little slow, but he was harsh, and cruel. And he hit her, even if it was an accident.
Then, this gets me. He finds out who she is. She is a maid to a clans man. Uh oh. Before,taking her virtue was okay. Now, no. Can’t do that. It’s not noble. What a freakin’ putz. I just did not think he was a well written hero. I don’t care if he went all Officer and a Gentleman at the end. I would have blackened his other eye if I was her. Or walked away. Let him chase her, let him feel what he is missing. Let the angst flow!!!! Nope. No angst really in this story. Agh! I love me some angst. I want to call my next hero Angst. What do you think?
Honestly, someone needed to tell Fia how unromantic it really is to be taken and/or kidnapped. I mean , two , or was it three ? of the closest people in her life were kidnapped. (The odds of this are extreamly slim btw, unless the people of Scotland just went around kidnapping young girls every weekend. Guess it was the thing to do. Hey, have nothing to do today? Lets kidnap a village girl, who’s with me? You would think that they would somehow put a stop to that. Those wild Scots!!! ) , and none of them thought to give her even a little self defense training. Carry a knife, wear boots when going to the village, Bite him in his randy parts, or kick him where it hurts, or just simply, run!
She had plenty of opportunities to get the hell away from these outlaw men. She even knew the camp they were in. Get on a horse, you dumb bitch ! Get the hell out of there!
At the very least, someone could have told her that her dreams were misconstrued. Add a little rape in there to scare the girl from wanting so badly to have someone kidnap her. Granted, in real life , things would not turn out as well as it had for the countless others in this story. But this is not real life, is it? I am not reading this book for real life. So all the men in this book are handsome. Okay… I can deal with that. But, her mistress could have told her something to make her not so eager to have it happen. I chalked her up as just a brainless girl.
I was hoping to get more back story about her time at the camp, and what she did while she was there, her experiences, etc. She once mentioned she cussed like a sailor because of her uncle Rob, but then reniged her story at the end, telling Naill that she never spoke with such language until she met him…this was after she had told him her mother washed her mouth out countless times with soap. We never got to see the wild side of her. She was always tripping and trying to get her balance. Was she flat footed? I am kind of flat footed, maybe she was also. I never thought of that.
My weak suit is descriptive writing, So I know just how hard it is to do. I believe this book would have really shone better with a little more.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank You.