Bait by Jade West
on August 14th 2017
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Available on KU at posting: Yes
A stranger online. Dark hair and even darker eyes that knew my dirty desires before I did. A fantasy that should never be spoken. But he pulled the confession from me. And now he’s coming for me.Rough. Dirty. Dangerous.It’s supposed to be one night to get me off and make me forget.He’ll make me his and I’ll pretend I don’t want him to.I’ll run and he’ll chase. Because I asked him for this.I begged him for this.
Tonight, in the darkness, he’s the hunter.And I’m the bait.
Confession time – I really shouldn’t have enjoyed Bait as much as I did. It was wrong on so many levels but it was so good! I shouted out to the girls I was reading one of the hottest dark books I have read in a long time.
So what made me pick up Bait? A reading group of fellow dark readers suggested it as a book we could all read and discuss after. What a score! I chimed in early to let the girls know here I was reading one of the hottest books ever. Then I had to admit I was feeling a tad awkward about the heat factor because this was far from sweet. Dirty was a more an apt description.
“You summoned a monster from the darkness,” I grunt. “Is it everything you were hoping for?” “More than I was hoping for,” she whispers.
Well, before I admit to being totally ambivalent to the antics between Abigail and Leo – early on my moment of morality did have me wanting to suggest surely a trip to the therapist would have been easier, but no they both thought one anonymous chase would end their darkness. Wisely I ignored my good girl advice, brazenly read on and took the bait!
I began reading Bait in the late afternoon and as luck would have it I got about 10-20% in before I had to drive one of my kids to a catch up with his mates. Thankfully it wasn’t a long drive, so I knew I would be back to my book again in no time. Now even on the shortest car trips I will tune into Spotify and for this drive I had put my starred list on shuffle. Having just dropped my cherub off and as I was pulling out of the parking lot…
Sandman comes up on my playlist. I smiled how appropriate. Next was Dreams by Bishop Briggs, now I’m thinking my playlist is talking to me LOL. I just about freaked when Hey Now by London Grammar came on. I pulled up into my driveway and smirked at the coincidence! Perfect music to accompany this book and I went straight back to see what Abigail was up to next.
Bait is a game played by consenting parties. The main players Phoenix and Abigail have separate reasons for needing to participate. Phoenix ups the ante by giving Abigail what she demands, a good chase, and she can’t believe her good luck. The surreal tactics that kept her calm soon became so familiar I didn’t think twice about the potential danger that loomed at every turn.
“Somehow I don’t think he’s much of a flowers and chocolates kinda guy.”
Not one to let a sordid plot get in between me and my reading addiction, I powered through each chapter. Casting aside my moral compass I dove in deeper and put my trust in Ms West to deliver me intact at the end of the story. And deliver Ms West did! I was taken on a forbidden dark suspenseful tale littered with streams of light radiating throughout allowing my book buzz to flourish!
Bait kept me on edge from beginning to end steeped in mystery and suspense, leaving me in a total book buzz. I was so tempted to pull an all-nighter but I resisted. The start created the air of intrigue and mystery, the ending was intense yet soothing. In between I savoured the hot dangerous game of cat and mouse that fortunately left all players relatively unscathed.
5 Monstrous Stars
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