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Perfect Bait

2.75 of 5 stars 2.75  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Thunderbird Press
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Sandra
This is a difficult book to rate. I waffled between 3 and 4 stars for a while before settling on the final rating. The book's blurb hints at a thriller, with the FBI using Corey and Jennifer as bait. While that is true, that actually doesn't happen until the last 60 pages or so, out of nearly 400.

Until about 60% in, this book is mainly about Corey Phillips, told from his perspective, though he occasionally seems to be omniscient, knowing what people are doing and saying even though he's not the...more
Judith
4.25 out of 5. This is one of those can't-put-it-down kind of novels that is written in the first person and draws the reader into the story of a young man who has literally been born and raised on the waterfront of Seattle and whose personal and professional life goes down the tubes in one fell swoop. Written in a rather rambling style that is nevertheless quite compelling, Corey Phillip's story takes the readers through the experiences of first love and betrayal, new beginnings, frozen emotion...more
Sara Palacios
Perfect Bait by Michael Fowlkes is a romantic thriller that begins with Corey Phillips in love with his high school sweetheart Karyn. He believes that he has finally found his happily ever after but that all changes when he walks into their house boat one day and sees his wife with his best friend. Devastated and heart broken, he decides to leave that life behind in an attempt to heal his broken heart. He travels along the coasts until he finds new love Jennifer. Ready for a new beginning, he ri...more
Charlotte Lynn
Living on a charter boat “Vintage” seemed like the perfect life for Corey, Seattle born and raised, and Jennifer, devoted and gorgeous. When the cook on another charter ship gets called away for a family emergency, Jennifer steps in to help. However, this charter group are not the usual group and trouble happens. As Corey, his right-hand man, Travis, and Travis’ girlfriend, Jasmine, rush to find Jennifer they find so much more than they ever imagined.

This story went from a young man raised by h...more
Angie Holtz
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This one is tricky. At times it got on my nerves, but all in all it was pretty thrilling. I thought I knew what was going to happen from the summary, but I was taken by surprise and in the end I couldn't put it down.

What I didn't like was the storyline dragged and had elements that just didn't need to be included. Like in the beginning with his wife, I can see that. At the end she shows up, but I have no idea why. It's never addressed again. And all the people, conversat...more
Liviania
I enjoy a good suspense novel now and then. They're fast and intense and good for distracting myself from a boring afternoon. PERFECT BAIT sounded like a fast-paced thrill ride from the back copy - "a riveting story of kidnapping, rape, and murder" and "a fight for their lives."

Well, I made it 111 pages (out of 381) and there was only the faintest suggestion that someone might be missing. Instead PERFECT BAIT was about Corey Phillip's failed relationship with his first wife, Karyn, his new relat...more
Tiffany
The Story:
Corey Phillips has everything he ever wanted. He is married to his childhood sweetheart and works for his grandfather. When he discovers his wife cheating on him, Corey takes off and drives for days, ending up in California. There, he takes a job as a cook at a small restaurant and is immediately drawn to Jennifer, the beautiful waitress. Eventually they start a relationship and buy an old dilapidated boat, rebuilding it from scratch. The start a charter business and are loving life. T...more
Frishawn Rasheed
The Story
Corey Phillips is a man who believe that he has found his "happily ever after" in the arms of his beautiful high school sweetheart Karyn, and is all set to live with her in wedded bliss on his boat in the sheltered harbor of Seattle.
That dream is shattered on the day that Corey comes home to find his wife and best friend lost in an undertow of passion so powerful that they are not even aware that he is in the room.
Heartbroken, Corey decides to leave it all behind, and with nothing more...more
TinaMarieSays
I was drawn in by the description of this book. It sounded like a page turner. I started reading. I continued reading. I read almost 70% of the book before it got to the part resembling the description. The author took the long way around, telling Corey's entire life story beginning as a boy, his first love, childhood sweet heart, who he married after highschool. He then came home to find her in bed with his best friend. He walks away, just up and starts a new life with Jennifer, who he never t...more
Passion For Pages
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Perfect Bait was not really what I was expecting. The summary on NetGalley sounded great and caught my attention instantly, but the book was a slow read until about 60% of the way in. For me, that’s where the story really started to get going and finally got interesting.

It’s told in first person POV by Corey Phillips. What irritated me, though, was it still had several other POV’s in it. And unless Corey is also psychic, it just didn’t make any sense for one ch...more
Joshua Fox
Though tagged as an erotic romance, thriller, Perfect Bait is neither. The first 2/3s of the story is about one persons failed marriage, his twelve year old running away from home act, meeting someone new, and restoring an old boat. The solitary sex scene was of the Penthouse Letters variety.
The last portion of the book becomes this utterly absurd attempt at a thriller. The plot is hokey at best, and struggles to reach even the regular inanity of most thrillers.
The writer should really try to p...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
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From the synopsis, I was beyond excited about this enticing read with a who dun it taking place on the water, it was a dream book. Corey is the main character and the book starts in Seattle where the reader learns of his love for fishing and boating. Issues arise and he travels to San Diego where he is able to pursue again the love for fishing and boating - this part of the book was fine, but we were 100 pages in and I still didn't feel the mystery...more
Eileen Dilbeck
Once you get past the fluff a very heart racing suspenseful read. Karyn, Shane and the whole sea rescue with the judge-could have been completely omitted or done as a BRIEF flashback.
When Jennifer is asked to fill in a gally chef aboard the swanky cruise ship DORSAL, she doesn't realize the chartered party are part on an international slavery ring. Her boyfriend Corey and his friends cross perilous seas in his ship VINTAGE to find and rescue Jennifer.
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ARC on 09/11/2012.
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