Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Booby Trap by Anne Browning Walker

Title: The Booby Trap
Author: Anne Browning Walker
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Bambi and Trip
Release Date: June 2012
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: Pixel Entertainment/Butler books
Links to Purchase:

Sexual Intensity: spicy

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Welcome to The Booby Trap, a seedy bar where waitresses' skirts are high, necklines are low and customers show up for the eye candy.

When brainy, beautiful, Harvard Ph.D. candidate Bambi Benson wants to study the women of the the Booby Trap for her dissertation, she goes undercover and joins them. All is going well for Bambi until handsome local celebrity Trip Whitley enters the scene.

Hoping to shock his high-society family by dating a bimbo, Trip offers to pay Bambi to pretend to be his girlfriend. She accepts his offer and bides her time, waiting for the right moment to reveal her true identity and teach Trip not to judge based on appearances.

After a series of dates carefully orchestrated for their publicity value, Bambi's trap is set. But there's one problem: the predator might have fallen in love with her prey.

My Review:
This was a fun book and that's not something I would probably say about most books with feminist themes. Bambi has the body that lives up to her name, but her brains far surpass the name. Her entire life she's been judged as lacking for her bombshell looks and name, so when it came time to do her dissertation for her Women's studies Ph.D, she decided to study just that. The father figure in her life is Joe and he runs The Booby Trap...not because he likes to exploit women, but because it's simply good business for a sports bar. When Bambi comes to him with her idea, he agrees to let her work at The Booby Trap for research.

Trip has a problem. His family runs the largest matchmaker business in the Boston area. He's their spokesman, but his consummate bachelor ways are starting to become an issue. What does it say when the face and name behind the matchmaking service doesn't date anyone for more than a week. As a result, the PR firm and his father decides that Trip needs to date someone steadily for nine months. He hates that they're interfering with his life so he sets out to find the most impossible choice to be his girlfriend...Bambi. He'll pay her if she agrees. 

This is a book about making snap judgments about people. Both Trip and Bambi are guilty of this and it takes a while for that all to come forward and for the pieces to unravel, but unravel they do. Just as they are both starting to develop feelings for each other. It was fun to follow them as they navigate the pitfalls of negotiating a relationship built upon assumptions. This was interesting in the fact that there's this whole PR angle and the cameras following them around. I loved the fact that Elizabeth (the PR gal) knew about Bambi's brains and plan and helped her. You have to hate it when the female persuasion decides that a cocky guy needs to be taken down a notch or two or ten.

Like I said, this was just a fun book. There were some fun details...a St. Patrick's Day pub crawl in Boston, the life behind a matchmaking business, and the inner workings of a girly bar. It was entertaining and I look forward to reading more from this author.

1 comment:

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

This sounds super fun and would make me want to go to Boston (ok it is already on my bucket list)