I felt that there were so many things wrong with this book, I'm not certain where to begin. But I'll try.
Perhaps most annoying is the constant reminder of Luke's "massive" body and Jenny's "lush" curves. I like to know how the people look, and I have nothing against the characters being attractive, but if the author is going to shove her attempts at sexiness down my throat, couldn't she at least have invested in a thesaurus?
The language is pretty hokey. Not being a student of colloquial expressions of the old west, I can't say that people didn't walk around saying "blazes" and "hellfire." However, when I read "Luke's massive shoulders blocked out the sun" (a picture of Atlas popped into my head) I lost any respect I MIGHT have had for the book.
The characters are definitely stock characters cut out from cardboard. Daniel is the standard rich, evil, man who has everyone but the hero fooled; Luke is the soft-hearted rogue; and of course the child is mentioned so little, he might as well not have existed. The few times he is ever present, he hardly speaks and serves merely as a catalyst for a redundant soul search on the part of the H/H. Victorian sensibilities would be pleased, but I'm not. I did enjoy Jenny. She was a strong, intelligent individual who knew what she wanted and went as far as she could, for the time. She wasn't wishy-washy, she didn't rant at the hero because she was trying to fight her attraction, nor was she stubborn for stubbornness' sake. If even the rest of the characters had been crafted as well as Jenny, I might have enjoyed this book at least a little.
KIDNAP VICTIM---OR RUNAWAY BRIDE?
What would people think of her, Jenny Eriksen fumed. After all, she'd disappeared from her own engagement ball! And now she was trapped in a tumbleweed of a town, facing down Luke McLintock, a man with a mission, who'd stolen her away from her fiance---body, soul...and heart!
Luke McLintock couldn't afford to fail. Yes, he'd "kidnapped" his boyhood friend's fiancee---but only because Jenny Eriksen was the key to a little boy's future. But beneath the wide Western skies Jenny had bloomed beyond her high-society restraints and Luke was wondering how he would ever be able to let her go!
Westren Historical storie set in the 1800!
What would people think of her, Jenny Eriksen fumed.
Luke McLintock couldn't afford to fail. Yes, he'd kidnapped his boyhood friends fiancee but only becouse Jenny Kriksen was the key to a little boy's future.
Jenny is kidnapped from her engagement ball and trapped with a man who will steal her body, soul and heart.
When had the prisoner become a willing guest.