Series: Battle for Love #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Self Published on September 11th, 2013
Source: Tour Host
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All she wanted was a little adventure…
Darcy Williams is desperate for some relief from her ho-hum life, but getting kidnapped by an outrageously handsome man isn’t at all what she had in mind. She needs to keep it together long enough to escape. Because escape is what she wants, right?
He’s a nice guy doing a bad thing for a really good reason…
Ben Gallagher loves his baby sister, Ana, more than anything. So, when she’s date raped by the mayor’s nephew, Ben has no problem sending said nephew to the ER. Now Ana’s gone missing and Ben will stop at nothing, nothing, to find his sister and ensure her safety—even if that means carjacking and kidnapping an innocent woman.
Things spiral from bad to worse…
When Ben is injured protecting Darcy from some thugs, he has to trust her if he’s going to get to Ana. And he has to ignore the passion Darcy stirs in him. Darcy learns Ben is actually a good man, one she’s starting to have feelings for. Can their fledging relationship stand the test of time —and the law?
I was in the mood for a fun romance with a little action and a little adventure. Battle-Tested Love by Lynda Bailey seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations.
I wanted to like this book. I admit the premise sounded promising. The hero of the story kidnaps the heroine of the story because she’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. And as they travel to the hero’s destination, they get to know each other and fall in love. However, there were a few things that made this story fall apart for me.
A couple of complaints I had with this book was how quickly Darcy trusted Ben, and the plot devices the author used to keep Darcy with her kidnapper for most of the story, even when Darcy had quite a few opportunities to escape. Early in their adventure (a few hours to a couple of days), every time Darcy tries to escape from Ben, she’s attacked by either one guy or a group of guys; Ben has to come to her rescue each time, thereby proving to Darcy that Ben is really a good guy and that he would never harm her. And when Darcy has yet another opportunity to return home safely drama free, she attacks a police officer in order to remain with Ben.
The progression of the romance between Darcy and Ben was another issue I had with this book. They had not known each other for a good three days before they were having unprotected sex. What makes matters worse, it was Darcy’s first time being intimate with anyone and she didn’t seem bothered by the fact that they didn’t use protection. On top of that, Ben is already making declarations of love (in his head). In the end, their romance felt rushed and I was never able to buy that they fell in love as quickly as they did.
Once again, I wanted to like Battle-Tested Love, but the characters were bland, the plot was convoluted, and the love story wasn’t believable. Sadly, this book wasn’t my cup of tea. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover)