A stranger online. Dark hair and even darker eyes that knew my dirty desires before I did.
A fantasy that should never be spoken. But he pulled the confession from me.
And now he’s coming for me.
Rough. Dirty. Dangerous.
It’s supposed to be one night to get me off and make me forget.
He’ll make me his and I’ll pretend I don’t want him to.
I’ll run and he’ll chase.
Because I asked him for this.
I begged him for this.
Tonight, in the darkness, he’s the hunter.
And I’m the bait.
I’m seeking my monster in the darkness.
Bait is the tale of Abigail and Leo, two broken souls seeking light in an all-consuming darkness. It’s a beautiful account of the journey of self discovery, along with the hope that a stranger can aid in mending the broken pieces that lie within. I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into when I began this book, as this is the first that I’ve read by author Jade West, but I can tell you it most definitely won’t be the last. What. A. Story.
Between the covers you’ll find themes of love and loss, guilt and betrayal, and West makes the accompanying pain feel so very real. Her ability to convey hopelessness is stunning, and the way she portrays the slow climb out of the seemingly bottomless pit of anguish – a smile, a phone call, anticipation, color slowly bleeding into grayscale – is something special to witness.
Two strangers circling each other’s darkness as our demons said hello.
These two…oh man, these two. Both Abigail and Leo have experienced the worst of what life has to offer, and are existing day to day without truly living. Abigail’s act of desperation to feel leads to a chance encounter beginning a whirlwind relationship with chemistry that is off the charts. Both teeter on a knife’s edge between danger and thrill, hoping anything will bring them back from the brink of utter despair, allowing them to find themselves once again.
Bait is an exceptional, sexy story of unapologetic urges and finding salvation in the most unexpected places, and I just couldn’t get enough. It may not be for everyone, but if you’re on the hunt for something unique and raw, West doesn’t pull any punches with this one. Loved loved loved it, and highly recommend it. Onto the next!
CW: This is not an easy read and has some pretty intense triggers. I suggest taking a look at warnings before diving in.
Jade has increasingly little to say about herself as time goes on, other than the fact she is an author, but she’s plenty happy with this. Living in imaginary realities and having a legitimate excuse for it is really all she’s ever wanted.
Jade is as dirty as you’d expect from her novels, and talking smut makes her smile.
She lives in the Herefordshire countryside with a couple of hounds and a guy who’s able to cope with her inherent weirdness.
She has a red living room, decorated with far more zebra print than most people could bear, and fights a constant battle with her addiction to Coca-Cola.