I totally enjoy reading a series. The Colton Ransom introduces you to this branch of the Colton family with the youngest daughter (Gabby Colton) and her ever-present optimism. She's young and you can tell by her responses. Though it can also be that, as the daughter of a cantankerous father Jethro Colton, she's extremely sheltered.
Trevor Garth is the head of security for the Colton ranch. Took the job to get away from the crime he dealt with as a police officer only to have it hit close to home when his daughter is kidnapped in error (kidnapper wanted the Colton granddaughter who just happened to be the exact same sex and age as his daughter).
Trevor is the ultimate negative person. He's seen so much bad in the world that he assumes everything in the same light. He has a daughter from a one-night-stand with a woman he doesn't even know the last name of when she just dumps his daughter on him at three months of age. Avery (his daughter) shakes his world upside down - as babies will do. After only having the child with him for 2 weeks, he decides putting her up for adotpion to a loving family would be in her best interests. Until she's kidnapped.
Gabby feels guilty as she's the one who put Avery down for her nap in the Colton nursery, creating the "wrong baby kidnapped" scenario. She wants to help find her. How Trevor is allowed to conduct the investigation on the kidnapping of his own daughter isn't logical to me. The sheriff isn't really involved at all.
The attraction between Gabby and Trevor is a bit hard to swallow. She's perky and positive and drives him crazy, yet "boom" there's attraction and in the midst of looking for his daughter (which takes days ... also illogical) they have sex and he decides he all of the sudden loves his daughter and can't see a life without Gabby in it.
Since Gabby's father treats all those in his employee as though they're dirt beneath his boots, it's hard to accept this paring without the father's strong disapproval - which never happens! Even as Gabby herself witnesses how strongly her father feels the staff are beneath them, she seems shocked by this. Has she not been living in the same house her entire life? Has her father's staff not waited on her hand and foot since birth? And how could a strong personality as Trevor is supposed to be tolerate being treated like this let alone fall for one of the daughters? Jethro will need a radical change throughout the series to even begin to comprehend this.
The rest of the series is written by various authors, so it will be interesting to see how Jethro is in their books. I also look forward to how the mastermind behind the kidnapping will be revealed (slowly I'm sure) throughout the series since he or she wasn't caught in the first installment.
I have enjoyed Marie Ferrarella's books in the past, but this pairing seems off and rushed to me.
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin (UK) (21 June 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0263907201
- ISBN-13: 978-0263907209
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.7 x 17 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 118 g
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