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Book Review: Abducted by Samantha Keith

Abducted isn't your average kidnapping story. Yes, it starts with a pretty, wealthy girl being kidnapped, but it then takes an unusual twist as we discover Cal, the kidnapper, has taken Lana to prevent something much worse… a kill order being executed.

Cal doesn't know who hired him to kill Lana, only that he can't let it happen. Together, the two of them track down the baddies and get justice, while falling in love at the same time.

This is actually a really intriguing plot, but I'm afraid the execution left something to be desired. I really liked Lana when she was fighting like a demon to escape, but the way she just took Cal’s word for it about the danger she was in was stupid. It didn't even occur to her that a ransom kidnapper might invent just such a story to keep her quiet and cooperative.

There were way too many unexplained things in the story… like Cal booking into a hotel under an alias but the bad guys somehow finding them anyway. Or a security expert who leaves his phone in another room while guarding his protectee.

Apart from these things which just made me roll my eyes in disbelief, there was also the ridiculous speed of the romance. Lana and Cal were having sex within a couple of days, declaring love another day or so later, and then moving in together after knowing each other a week, under intensely stressful circumstances. With the blessing of Lana’s father.

Basically, all of the characters reacted in the most stupid, unrealistic ways possible. After a promising start and with an interesting premise, I was really disappointed. Two stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.

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