Take the Bait by Cindy Dees

Posted March 15, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Take the Bait by Cindy DeesTake the Bait by Cindy Dees
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Rookie attorney Dani Wellford's taciturn client has the strangest request: "Send me to jail." Easy case, right? Wrong, especially as she faces Cam Townsend, the hot assistant DA who's hell-bent on seducing her—and winning the case. The way he wears his suits should be a crime; he gets Dani's mojo going, in the courtroom and the bedroom.

Before long, their professional ethics are more tangled than the bedsheets. But when Dani goes to battle against her firm's old-boy network trying to prove a hefty case of discrimination, she ends up with the most unexpected ally…and perhaps just the right bait for a lifelong sentence.

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I really liked the idea of a book with a strong female character in a professional job. Dani is a new lawyer, just hired a well-to-do law firm in New York. She worked really hard in law school and, like everyone else, has a bunch of student loans to pay, but she is excited to be at work at the law firm, especially doing pro-bono work. Except one of the secondary plot points is that the firm has a big gender discrimination issue and only hired Dani for her “assets”. I have absolutely no problem with this story line, and it could easily work, but the author then proceeded to have Dani buy lingerie on the firm’s dime and go into some seriously misguided meetings with senior partners. I wanted to like Dani, but after the lingerie thing I was just kind of turned off.

Cam as a male character isn’t bad, he’s attractive, good job, and at several points in the book he shows his true colors as a good guy. He stands up for Dani whenever possible, and just in general was an pretty decent guy. I was a tad worried at the beginning that he was going to come off as some predatory jerk, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Another secondary plot point has to do with Dani’s client wanting to stay in jail. The author talks about it throughout the entire book, because Dani and Cam are on opposite sides of the case. But the guys reasoning is never really explained. When the book ends, you really have no clarification into the reasoning or what is going on, really Cam and Dani could have been in any kind of legal case, because ultimately this one didn’t do anything for the story other than bring the two characters together, which begs the question why talk about the clients desire to go to jail so often?

Ultimately the book is really quick read, so if you are looking for a quick romance with some steamy scenes then this could be your book. But for me, I wish it had been longer, and I wished I had liked Dani a bit more as a character, I don’t think she really helped the image of professional women, but at the end she did redeem herself a little bit, so I give the author credit for that.
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About Cindy Dees

Cindy Dees started flying airplanes while sitting in her dad’s lap at the age of three and got a pilot’s license before she got a driver’s license. At age fifteen, she dropped out of high school and left the horse farm in Michigan where she grew up to attend the University of Michigan.
After earning a degree in Russian and East European studies, she joined the U.S. Air Force and became the youngest female pilot in the history of the Air Force. She flew supersonic jets, VIP airlift and the “C-5” Galaxy, the world’s largest airplane. She also worked part-time gathering intelligence. During her military career, she traveled to forty countries on five continents, was detained by the KGB and East German secret police, she got shot at, flew in the first Gulf War, met her husband and amassed a lifetime’s worth of war stories.
Her hobbies include professional Middle Eastern dancing, Japanese gardening and medieval reenacting. She started writing on a one-dollar bet with her mother and was thrilled to win that bet with the publication of her first book in 2001.

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