Review: Capturing the Bride (The Kidnap Club #1) by Samantha Holt - .Red Wine & Books

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Review: Capturing the Bride (The Kidnap Club #1) by Samantha Holt

Print Length: 233 pages
Publisher: Helstone Press (April 3, 2020)
From Goodreads.com:  Meet The Kidnap Club...
If one is very, extremely desperate, then one may call on the services of a clandestine group of men. The Kidnap Club—known to few—specialize in helping women out of difficult situations. Arranged marriages to awful men, for example. Miss Grace Beaumont is at her mercy of her uncle who is determined she marry the depraved Mr. Worthington. Desperate times call for…well, the Kidnap Club. It seems insane. Perhaps it is. But anything is better than being married to that man. Lord Nash Fitzroy has looked after many a kidnapee over the past few years, but none make him want to break the cardinal rules as much as Grace. Her determined spirit, quick wit, and, let’s be honest, her pretty looks have him struggling to remember his role in this. Protector, defender, and occasional shoulder to cry on. His way with women and the almost derelict offerings of his ancestral home as a hideaway make him a perfect pretend kidnapper. He doesn’t much mind the money involved either, seeing as his father cut him off. Which means, he cannot afford to get this wrong. No matter how tempted he is to show Grace that Worthington is not a prime example of how a man should be and burn the damned rule book.
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My Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Not going to lie, this book was a struggle to get through. To begin with, I saw nothing to indicate any chemistry or romantic feelings between these two. Grace is said to be "boy-like" and "child-like" in her size and lack of curves/other endowments, yet right off the bat Nash (a self-proclaimed rake) is immediately attracted to her sexually? Instead of coming across as lustful, it came across as creepy (especially when in the middle of the night Nash comes into her room to "check on her" and then HIDES instead of immediately letting her know he is there). Even the conversations between them felt stilted, (or in some cases downright obnoxious with the way Grace would ask him all sorts of personal questions AND take copious amounts of notes about him). 
I also feel like this book could have done with another round or two of editing. If I had to read about Grace describing something as "nice", or saying "goodness" or Nash pointing to a "damp spot" on the house and talking about his "need of funds" I would have contemplated throwing my kindle. I almost did throw it when I had to read them arguing back and forth as to whether or not Grace "hurt" Nash for numerous sentences. 
The final nail in this story's coffin for me was the absolutely anti-climatic ending. Seriously? After all the bullying/mistreatment we are lead to believe Grace and her aunt suffered whilst living in her uncle's house and that is how the author chooses to end things? Completely unbelievable for a man such as him to just sit meekly by while his wife moves out along with his niece. 
Don't get me wrong, I am sure this book will appeal to others, it just wasn't for me and at this time it is doubtful if I would read more about the Kidnap Club.
DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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                            Capturing the Bride is available from Amazon.com

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