Friday, August 17, 2012

Review: The Booby Trap

Title:  The Booby Trap
Author:  Anne Browning Walker
Genre:  Romance
Publisher:  Butler Books
Release Date:  September 1, 2012
File Size/Pages:  272 pgs
Source:  NetGalley
My Rating4/5

Summary:  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.

Review:  In this novel, the main character, Bambi Benson, is 27-years-old and is working at The Booby Trap for her dissertation.  One night while she's working her shift, she meets rich boy Trip Whitley.  Trip's family owns a dating website, Belles and Beaux, and Trip is the face of the company.  When he meets Bambi, he assumes that she is just some bimbo waitress who will teach his family and co-workers to not meddle in his personal life, but things don't turn out as he expects when he finds out Bambi's true identity.  This book was incredible; it had just the right amount of feminism and romance without being overly feminine.  I absolutely loved Bambi's character; she was smart, sassy, and she wasn't the epitome of a Women's Studies student, but that played really well in her favor.  I adored Trip...I thought he was very drool-worthy.  Aside from the characters in themselves, I think Anne has done a great job building a relationship between each of the characters; for example, I loved the relationships between Bambi and Lainie, Bambi and Joe, Trip and Pat, and Bambi and Trip.  Although this is a romantic book, I think the author has done an amazing job tapping inside a man's brain and writing from his perspective as opposed to just sticking to Bambi's side of the story.  The only issue I had with this book when I first began reading it was that I had to start it over because of the fact that Trip's character was introduced so all of sudden, with no warning.  You have to REALLY pay attention when you read this book because there was no indication of when the story was about to switch from Bambi's point of view to Trip's point of view.  Overall, this was a good read!

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