This book ripped my heart out of my chest, shredded it, and stomped on it. It has been a while since a book has really succeeded at putting my emotions through the wringer. While I was reading Bait, I felt as though I was experiencing the story right along with the characters. It was painful, frustrating, maddening, heartbreaking…and I loved it! This book and the characters just felt so authentic and real that I was completely pulled into it. Bait is not an easy romance by any stretch of the imagination. It is a love triangle extraordinaire that will make you want to scream and pull your hair out.
Blake has everything going for her. She has a supportive family, a great career, and a dependable boyfriend. When Blake travels to San Francisco for a couple of days to attend her best friend’s graduation, she doesn’t expect for the brief trip to turn her whole world upside down. When she meets Casey one night at a bar, she is immediately attracted to him. He comes across as cool towards her at first, but things heat up quickly between them. Casey has a girlfriend too, but he’s planning on breaking up with her. Blake has a weak moment, a momentary lapse in judgement, and she gives in to her temptation to be with another man. What they both thought of as a one night stand, turns into something bigger than either one of them had ever anticipated. This was out of character for Blake – she’s just not that kind of girl.
Casey is different from Blake’s boyfriend, Grant. Casey is carefree, easygoing, and full of fun. They have an intense chemistry that just sparks whenever they are together. They continue to keep in touch via text messages and the occasional phone call long after Blake has returned home to Seattle. She stays with her boyfriend and pretends that nothing has changed. She feels guilty about her indiscretions, but not enough to be able to stop herself from communicating with Casey or meeting up with him in various cities when they are traveling for work. She is torn between a man that ignites passion in her, and a man that offers comfort and stability.
There is so much back and forth, push and pull, and raw emotions in this book. I felt sorry for all of the characters involved in this romantic fiasco, but I especially felt for Casey. I know that I shouldn’t be rooting for the other man, but if you read the book you’ll understand why. He wanted Blake so much. He knew that she wanted him, but she always ran back to Grant. My heart broke for him… repeatedly. He would ask her to stay, be with him, end it with Grant, but she always went back to Grant. Casey wanted any little piece of her that she was willing to give him. Crack, shatter…there goes another piece of my heart! Ugh!
The chemistry, the tension, and the angst in this book is just incredible. Bait is an emotional, gut-wrenching, imperfect love story that will eat away at you page by page. I am looking forward to the next roller coaster ride…I mean…book in this series!