I have got a great new book to tell you about called Perfect Bait written by Michael Fowlkes. I wasn't too sure when I peeked at it if it was going to be a good one or not but once I started reading it and once the main character leaves his wife and best friend who he found in bed together, is when the book finally gets very interesting. This is as good a suspense/thriller as you could want without all that blood and guts that some books and movies seem to think the more the better. Yeah, some is good for the story but too much is too much.
Here's an excerpt from the back of the book:
A spellbinding thriller, as suspenseful as it is sensual.
The richly-textured settings of Seattle's commercial waterfront, San Diego's topless beaches and the breathtaking waters off Cabo San Lucas create the backdrop for a riveting story of love, romance and betrayal, as a young couple find themselves in a fight for their lives having been set up by the FBI as perfect bait.This book kept me awake several nights as I tried my best to finish it quickly but my body had other ideas and it took longer than I liked, especially once it got nail biting suspenseful and thriller all rolled into one.
Corey and Jennifer meet at a restaurant when Corey leaves where he was one day after going home unexpectedly, he walks in on his wife and best friend in bed, they don't see him and he doesn't let them know he did, he just quickly leaves. He has nothing but what's on his back when he leaves. He leaves them with everything, which I don't get that part, I would be darned if they would get everything I owned! But anyway, he ends up in a beach town and walks into a hamburger joint and decides to stay and go to work for the owner.
It's not after that he and Jennifer, a waitress, start seeing each other and it gets pretty intense. He bolts when it gets too intense but quickly comes to his senses and goes back. He buys a boat and they set about fixing her up on their spare time in between the romancing and working, he falls hard for her and she for him. But, he doesn't tell her he is married. Or that he has not filed the papers which is a serious issue that will be dealt with later on in the book.
They make alot of friends on the docks and marina and they decide that one day when they finish fixing the boat up that they would like to do tourist/charter/fishing type expeditions and that is how the planning starts. They slowly start putting together a team that will be able to handle the customers and the boat. Finally, the day approaches that they are ready to take their first trip out and they are all on cloud 9. However, that day doesn't go so good, but only they know that, not the tourist fishermen, they think they did an awesome job.
The second job is a bunch of lawyers who are seriously into drinking and they have brought along a judge, a very important judge, who while walking around up top manages to fall overboard. Nobody notices it for a little while and it's dark now and it's storming. They frantically search for him knowing it could be their downfall if he dies. Just as they are about to give up, they spot him and are able to get him back on board. That one was really a close call.
But, Corey and Jennifer have more serious problems coming up in the form of a powerful enemy who will do whatever it takes to get what they want and what they want is illegal and dangerous. They are into human trafficking of women and nobody puts it together until Jennifer agrees to help out another ship who is short a cook/waitress/bartender. When the boat disappears and the captain of the boat doesn't answer the constant chatter going on with all of the people on land and on sea, they become deeply worried.
Then Corey puts it together that Jennifer has mentioned that alot of girls have been turning up missing or not showing up to work alot lately and then when the final piece is put into place, they go into full blown panic mode because they realize that 2 of the girl's have worked in the bar's and resturants and that these girls did not return to pick up their checks so they are missing also. It is at this point that Corey quickly determines he needs to leave and he needs to leave right now.
He is in the race of his life speeding towards where they think the boat was headed and Corey knows if they don't find her soon, before they have a chance to get out far enough that the boat and the people aboard it are gone forever. His mind racing, trying to figure out where the boat might be and going there and finding it gone, makes him question every guess he has made.
Will he find Jennifer in time to save her? What will he tell her when he does find her and she is safe?
There is still a huge part of this book I am leaving out and skipping over and a large part of the ending that will shock you a little or maybe alot depending on how naive you are. It is really a good book that will keep you up hours after your bedtime but it's well worth the wait.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.