Thursday, May 24, 2012
My thoughts: The title reminded me of Boobylicious - from the tv show GCB. And the plot sounded interesting, so I gave it a go.
Bambi Benson, yes that's her real name, is working at The Booby Trap, while doing her Ph.D. in women's studies. In fact her dissertation is based on the women who work at The Booby Trap. She's sort of undercover at the sport's bar. :D
Trip Whitley is going there for his best friend's bachelor party. His family owns a successful matchmaking business and he's the face of the company, but not really taken seriously by his father. Plus Trip is with a different woman every week, which is not good for the company's image. So his father gives him an ultimatum, if he wants a bigger role in the company he has to date one woman for at least 9 months. Trip of course is beyond furious. And as a revenge he thinks it would hilarious to pick a hot, but airhead bimbo who works at a shady bar. And if she's called Bambi, that's more than perfect :) However Trip gets more than he asked for. :D
I loved Devil Wears Prada, Bridget Jones, etc. and I occasionally like to read some chick lit, so I was really happy when I saw this book on Netgalley. It had a great premise with lots of potential. I really enjoyed Bambi and Trip's story, but it wasn't as funny as I thought it would be. It was still good, but I wanted it to be more witty and sassy. I wanted laugh-out-loud funny, and I didn't get that. The Booby Trap was a smart, more intellectual type of chick-lit. Bambi was a real feminist, and gave Trip a big don't judge a book by it's cover lesson.
I liked both Trip and Bambi, and the other characters, like Pat or Miss Pinckney (another funny name) were great, as well. The romance was predictable, but still entertaining. And I actually liked the slowish pacing of it, made it feel more real.
One thing that kept bothering me was that the machmaking company, Belles and Beaux was described as huge and famous. Everyone seemed to know Trip and his family. Yet they only had two "matchmakers", Trip and his friend Pat. And they were happy when they get one (!) new client.... Another thing, that there wasn't a date where the tv or/and the press weren't present. I know that Bambi just played the girlfriend. But nobody else knew that. Wasn't it weird that they only have met on those social outgoings?
But all in all, I liked this book. If you like chick-lit, feminist women, hot men and some funny misunderstanding you should give The Booby Trap a try.
Title: The Booby Trap
Author: Anne Browning Walker
Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
June 1st 2012 by Pixel Entertainment/Butler Books
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