Trapped (Trapped #1) by Beverley Kendall
Release Date: July 7, 2014
My life has turned out to be such a cliché. And not in a good way.
It’s not exactly Sixteen and Pregnant, but at eighteen my only advantage is a high school diploma. And if that’s not enough, the father—and I use that term loosely—couldn’t have hightailed it out of my life fast enough.
I thought I really knew him. Unfortunately, my boyfriend of three years transformed from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde once he realized his carefree, childless days would be coming to an end.
I’m over him now though. The real love of my life is chubby, has more gum than teeth, and stands a little over two feet tall. She may not have been planned, but I’ve never regretted having her. She is the center of my world.
A world that’s been turned upside down when Mitch returns ready to earn the love and trust of the child he abandoned before birth.
Letting him into my daughter’s life is one thing but letting him back into mine isn’t going to happen. Ever.
Now if only I can get my heart to heed the lessons of the past.
Trapped by Beverley Kendall is the first full-length novel in the Trapped series. The prequel, The Trap (Trapped #0.5), was released late this Spring and gave us readers a preview of what was to come. I reviewed the ARC on this blog back in April, you can find the review here: The Trap by Beverley Kendall.
As I voiced in my review of The Trap, I was doubtful whether Mitch would be able to win me (and Paige) over. To be honest, he didn’t succeed when it came to me. Ms. Kendall did a good job of portraying his guilt and the relationship between him and their daughter, but I had no attraction to him in a romantic sense. I felt he did nothing worthy of winning back Paige. Mitch stepped up and took responsibility, so what? He should have done that from the beginning; he doesn’t deserve a prize for that.
After The Trap, I liked Paige. As Trapped progressed, my opinion of her plummeted. Her inner turmoil was believable and it was understandable, but as the extent of what she truly gave up for Mitch was revealed, I wanted to shake her. The only redeeming quality to Paige was her desire to help fix the issue that takes place with her mother.
Overall, I was not impressed with Trapped. The characters were all flawed and the plot had some unnecessary twists that felt forced. The only reason I am giving the novel 2.5 stars is because the novel is well written. Even though I didn’t like the characters or the plot, I did enjoy Ms. Kendall’s writing. She continued to pull me in and made me finish reading. Will I read the next book in the series, which will be featuring Erin and Josh? Yes. Why? Because I have OCD and can NOT leave a series uncomplete.
Please don’t base your judgement on my review. To each his own.