Baiting Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Series: How to Catch an Alpha #2
Published by Montlake Romance on January 14, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Chrissie doesn’t have time for guys, hot or otherwise; most days, she barely has time to sleep. With a thriving bakery that demands her attention and plenty of proof that relationships aren’t worth the trouble, she’s content to go it alone. Too bad she’s unwittingly baited Mr. Tall, Dark, and Way Too Gorgeous—and he’s just waiting for a chance to bite.
Gaston is used to getting what he wants, but he also knows nothing good ever comes easy. From the moment he meets Chrissie, he realizes that this woman who makes him laugh, smells like cupcakes, and looks like a tasty snack is going to be his greatest challenge. And if he’s lucky, she’ll be his biggest reward.
But someone else wants to catch Gaston at all costs—even if it means endangering the lives of the people he loves. Somehow Gaston must thwart danger and convince Chrissie that he’s the perfect catch.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
You know what they say about great expectations, right? Well, I don’t know what they say, but I know that going into a book with them is a risk. In this case, after reading the blurb for Baiting Him -and having read my fair share of ARR’s books- I was definitely expecting something else.
We get the usual set up (which I don’t mind in the least) where the hunky and successful Gaston lays eyes on the sweet and wonderful Chrissy and after talking to her he knows she’s it for him.
Gaston was set on pursuing Chrissy, and even though he was all possessive and protective I found the fact that he kept “giving her time” to acclimate to the idea of them as a couple quite weird. I mean, I was expecting OTT-warp-speed.
I found Chrissy very hard to connect to. I felt her issues were out of proportion to her reality, making her border on dramatic to me. I’m not a big fan of dramatics, and her daddy issues drove me to violence, I mean you’re an adult, deal with the divorce! Ok, so it was a bit more complicated than that, but sheesh!
We still get the romance, and the sexiness and the “I want you in my house” stuff I love so much about these books, but the “danger” aspect fell completely flat for me. It felt forced and ended up detracting from the storyline rather than adding more depth to the plot.
While not my favorite book by the author, I still had fun and enjoyed my time with these characters. Will Baiting Him go to my re-read list? Nope. But I still love Ms. Reynolds’s books and I will continue to read her romances.
Rating: 3 “Not what I was expecting” Stars
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