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- Print Length: 214 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (November 20, 2018)
- Publication Date: November 20, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DZGP99Q
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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how man times can one woman get hit over the head, drunk, almost killed before someone steps in to help?
When reading this book please tell me I was not the only yelling at the Riley telling her to stop?
Why is Riley so hung up on a guy that she refuses his help over and over again.
Riley is suppose to me smart but she never once uses her head each for getting hit. She refuses help, tries to save her friend by getting drunk with guys who will rape her. On top of that the one person that scream crazed killer is the one person she refuses to knowledge.
It would be almost laughable if the author didn't put so much heart and soul into the story.
This is the story I would tell Romantic Suspense avoid this style of story. While it has promise it falls on every single romantic suspense cliche. Its a fast summer read with you typical cast of characters and ends just as you imagine it would.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Lyrical Liaison for the advance copy of Samantha Keith Bait
With a little more focus and mystery this story could have been a 4 out of 5 instead it was predictable and lacked focus.
For starters, Riley, the heroine, quit her job in Boston, and hurried to Beaufort, NC, when she learned that her lifelong best friend, Hanna, has disappeared. The police have no leads, but having watched enough true crime shows on TV, she knows that the longer Hanna is missing, the less chance there is of finding her alive, so, after finding Hanna's journal, she thinks she has an idea of how to catch Hanna's abductor, by using herself as bait--hence the title. The journal clued Riley in on the type of men who were hitting on Hanna at the local bars, and Riley believes that if she dresses slutty enough, and drinks enough, that one of guys who hits on her will be Hanna's abductor. Dumb, dumb, dumb idea!
Riley has zero self-defense skills, can't hold her liquor, and her new next-door neighbor, Ethan Worth, who, unbeknownst to Riley, is former military and an ex-FBI agent, is worried about her behavior, follows her, and saves her from being raped on two occasions. Is Riley grateful? Nope. She's ticked off because he interfered, and she won't give him a reason for her unusual and risky behavior. The two are physically attracted to one another, but that's pushed aside by Riley, who chooses to risk her life to save her friend and to do so alone. To say I disliked her is putting it mildly--the foolhardiness of her mission, her lack of self-defense skills, and the rude way she treats Ethan, were among the many reasons I disliked her.
Not surprising at all was that Riley soon attracts the attention of Hanna's abductor, and the fact that since little attention is paid to him as a viable suspect, makes his identity too obvious, and pretty much killed the suspense for this reader. One of the reasons I seldom read mystery novels is that I know that the culprit is usually the character who is pretty much ignored throughout the book, and that's true in this novel as well. When Ethan finds that Hanna's home, where Riley is staying, is bugged, she reluctantly stops fighting his attempts to help protect her, but again, she does so grudgingly, and only because he's got the skills to protect her, FBI connections, and is ruggedly handsome.
While I liked Ethan as a character, liked his protective nature, and came to understand some of the reasons why he left the military and the FBI, neither he nor Riley were given much depth, nor was the culprit, who wasn't even given a real reason or enough of a backstory for readers to understand why he preys on women as he does, or even what he does to them after he abducts them--a glaring omission, in my opinion.
Add to the aforementioned issues, the fact that the course of this novel, and the mystery of who abducted Hanna was so familiar and predictable, and the romance between Ethan and Riley so lightweight that it was practically nonexistent. Unless you're looking for a quick romantic suspense read without much character development, romance or suspense, I'd suggest that there are far better novels in this genre than this one. For this reader, Bait was just a so-so read.
I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this novel. The opinions expressed are my own.
is the type of book/storyline/plot that is my favorite.
I love a good Romantic Suspense and Bait is just that!
I couldn't put it down. From page 1 this reader was drawn into the story and these characters.
Ethan and Riley were fun and somewhat fascinating characters.
Ethan was just a great guy. The kind of guy that stands up for what's right. The kind of guy that that is ready to help a damsel
in distress. Even if she isn't too keen on his help. In the beginning
Riley thwarts Ethan's attempts to keep her out of trouble.
Eventually things get out of control as the bad guy begins to focus his attention on Riley and she realizes her idea to capture him herself and find her friend Hanna is way more than she can handle.
Riley is a surprising character. She is strong and isn't afraid to step into to danger. Although she isn't very worldly nor is she the least bit trained.
For her sake her new next door neighbor is. Ethan wastes no time getting into protector mode and then into investigator mode.
I have to admit I did figure out who the bad guy was. But that is o.k. because it just fit and was easy to figure out. There were not
alot of suspects.
There are a couple bedroom scenes that would make MaMa blush but she'd be turning the pages all the while!
Bait was a great read and I have to say was one of my favorites for the year.
If you like a good Romantic Suspense check out this series.
I have not had the chance to read book 1 and that didn't effect my enjoyment. This series is on my TBR list!
I received a complimentary copy.
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I did enjoy the book even though it could be a bit predictable at times and as someone had previously mentioned there's only so many times in one book the girl can be hit over the head but for me personally it didn't take anything away from the book for me, I still enjoyed it and would still recommend it.