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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thoughts on...Perfect Bait by Michael Fowlkes

I don't usually read reviews on books I'm going to review but I couldn't help but read a snippet that was posted on the book's website. "Blows Fifty Shades out of the Water..." Now I have no desire to read Fifty Shades so I'm not sure if this little snippet is a good thing or not. Time will tell.

Off to read....

I have very mixed feeling about this title. There were brilliant bits of philosophy and a heart stopping rescue even before the kidnapping. The kidnapping itself was so slick no one, except Corey of course, had an inkling something was wrong. Even when there was no radio contact and the ship was late.

Flaws: I was having trouble keeping up with the fact that the time setting of the book was not recent. For example, Seattle waterfront that "used to be a shantytown of makeshift craft...were being run off by multilevel, built-to-the-hilt, wall-to-wall floating condos" sounded current then the third of the best friends gets drafted for the Vietnam War. 

There were several places where there were no spaces... andIreallyhopethatiscorrected...

Sex: Most of the sex flowed well, just like any other mainstream novel, nothing kinky going on here. Some seems added just to have a sex scene. None of that bothered me as much as three pages of descriptive sex between between teens. Call me a prude if you want but it wasn't the sex, which was quite vanilla as far as sex goes, it was the high school freshman part!

Corey grows up in chapter one. Has sex in chapter two. He gets married in chapter three...

Gems: I absolutely loved Augie and think every child needs one in their life. Lloyd Wolf was an angel with his timing and knowledge. Also, someone I'd want in my corner. The philosophy of Jasmine and Jennifer could be made into a small inspirational book. The relationship between Jennifer and Corey shines. The teamwork of Corey's crew made me want to book a fishing trip.

The book didn't really grab me until the end of Chapter Ten. Still, it wasn't my complete attention. That didn't happen until pages 231. Was there too much back story? I don't know what could have been left out. Maybe I was focused on other stuff, I was vacationing after all and working on a deadline.

The books ending was all I was expecting before I started reading and I am glad I finished it. Would I read the author again? Yes, but it would be a library check out. Perfect Bait may have started as a D+ but it ended as a B and I feel that's a pretty good improvement.


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of Barnes and Noble, amazon and my copy of the book.


Perfect Bait
previously released as Flawed
by Michael Fowlkes

publisher: Thunderbird Press
ISBN: 978-0974240657
Publication date: May 2012
Trade Paperback
Fiction/Erotic Romance
Mature Audiences!
392 pages
Grade: C

Book's website


Product Description:
The richly-textured settings of Seattle's commercial waterfront, San Diego's topless beaches and the breathtaking waters off Cabo San Lucas create the backdrop for a riveting story of love, romance and betrayal, as a young couple find themselves in a fight for their lives having been set up by the FBI as perfect bait.

Now, that's what it says at amazon and Barnes and Noble but the back of my book?
The richly-textured settings of Seattle's commercial waterfront, San Diego's topless beaches, and the breathtaking waters off Cabo San Lucas create the backdrop for a riveting story of kidnapping, rape, and murder.

Born and raised in Seattle, Corey Phillips is new to Southern Calfornia, but with his devoted and beautiful girlfriend Jennifer by his side, their boat "Vintage" has become one of the top charter operations in the area.

However, not all those seeking trips offshore are looking for fish. Young girls are disappearing. Local authorities hope the FBI can put the pieces together, but nothing fits-until Corey and Jennifer become the perfect bait and find themselves in a fight for their lives.


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