January 23, 2013

Book Review: THE BOOBY TRAP by Anne Browning Walker

Book:  The Booby Trap
Author:  Anne Browning Walker
Publisher:  Pixel Entertainment
Category:  Adult Romance

Description via Goodreads:

The Booby Trap is 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 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.

Bambi needs money, fast, so she can go to a conference in London.  But being a simple student and working as a waitress at The Booby Trap, she isn’t exactly raking it in.  so when local heartthrob Trip offers her money in exchange for being his fake girlfriend for nine months, she reluctantly agrees.
Playing the bimbo is not as easy as it’s supposed to be for an intelligent woman, but though Trip has moments of doubt, Bambi still pulls it off.   Since they spend a lot of time together, their attraction for each other naturally intensifies. Until the day she reveals the truth to him…..on a local television show.   Trip is humiliated but later on decides to give Bambi and their budding relationship a chance to make it real…. But reality can bite one in the ass, especially when there’s someone else waiting in the wings…

Three cheers for the writer who here tries to change the basic assumption that beautiful, cleavage-baring women are all brainless bimbos. Here, the physically gifted women are smart and sassy as well, and it's a change well appreciated. However, the book itself isn't as great a read as I had hoped.

It didn't involve me as a reader into the lives of Trip and Bambi. I felt like a voyeur, an observer, from the outside looking in, watching the inevitable happen yet not quite getting into the emotion of the protagonists. I felt set apart from the story which was disturbing since the premise is very interesting and the flow was pretty good. It just lacked the thrill that I always look for in romantic books. The chemistry between the two is definitely there, just not as sizzling as I expected it to be, which was a bit disappointing.

Overall, The Booby Trap is still a book worth you time if you like romance and comedy rolled into one.

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