Nov 09

Bait by M. Mabie Review


5 Smooches!

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He was trouble from the start, but I couldn’t resist. 
[She was the best kind of trouble. The kind that was so wrong, it felt right.] 

I’ve tried and failed to stay away from him. 
[I’ve done everything in my power to make her mine and keep her.] 

He’s almost impossible to say no to. 
[She never tells me yes.] 

We’re always fighting. 
[When we’re not fighting, we’re… well… making up.] 

He makes me laugh so hard. 
[I miss her laugh the most.] 

I’m a liar. 
[She knows the truth, but won’t admit it.] 

Sometimes, I wish I’d never met him. 
[I wish we could meet all over again. I’d do better.] 

His girlfriend knows. 
[The guy she’s with is a fool.] 

I’ll never love anyone like I love him. 
[She doesn’t love me enough to choose us.] 

It was the wrong place. 
[It was the wrong time.] 

It should have been him. 
[It will always be her.] 

*This book contains adult situations and is recommended for adult readers.


First of all, I feel like M. Mabie must be a damn marketing genius.  I love that cover so much and the blurb immediately made me take notice and add it to my TBR.  And the title.  Well it is just the icing on the cake, especially after you read it and really understand it.  Anyways, all of these phenomenal things made me want to read this book and I am sure glad that I did.  Bait wrecked me, ruined me, made me cry so hard my husband rolled over in bed and asked if I needed anything.  I love a book that makes me feel and this one had so many feels.  It was mostly sad feels with a huge side of ANGRY!

So, I read Bait all in one day.  I ignored all of my responsibilities because I just couldn’t help it.  I was IN the story; transplanted to that special place only a few authors manage to take me.  I spent the entire day in a state of despair and ugly cried my heart out and I loved it so much!  Seriously,  I am tearing up writing this review.

Bait is a cheater book.  Bait is a love triangle.  Bait does not have a happily ever after.  Bait has a huge cliffy.  Bait spans years of heartache.  I just wanted to get that out of the way for all the haters out there.  😉  Some people just cannot stomach that stuff but personally, the more drama in a book, the better for me.  Yes, it was hard and painful and I felt slightly sick about it but hey, IT MADE ME FEEL, and I seriously love that.

Did I want to strangle the hell out of Blake?  Yes!  She continuously makes  the wrong decisions but in real life we all make bad decisions from time to time.

I had a boyfriend.  I had an almost financé.  I was a ho.  

Yes, Blake, yes you are.  And you didn’t feel bad enough about that shit in my opinion.  Nor, did you feel bad enough for Casey either.  Casey.  Sweet, delicious, at the top of my book boyfriend list Casey;  I love you.

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For once, in a book, the damn male lead makes the right decisions for the most part.  Casey won my heart immediately.  He is funny and honest and I could immediately see why Blake would cheat with him.  He is simply amazing.  His character made this book.  He is the source of all the good and torment that kept me turning every freaking page.

Even though Blake pissed me off, I knew that she loved Casey and that probably pissed me off even more because in true insecure heroine fashion, she just kept making the wrong decision when it came to the men in her life.

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Poor poor Casey keeps sticking around and the more he sticks around, the more I love him and the more I hate Blake.  Sister needed a reality check and Casey keeps giving her them, but she is so blind.  I was practically screaming at my kindle.  What the hell is wrong with you, Blake!  Can’t you see how much he loves you?

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If you ask me, this book is not about cheating or love triangles.  It is about Casey’s love for Blake and her inability to accept it.  She is just too scared to take a chance on something as wild and feral as Casey Moore.  Who could blame her, really.  He is so incredibly gorgeous, kind, hilarious and kind of perfect.  Often in life we put people up on pedestals and I feel like that is exactly what Blake did with Casey.  She doesn’t feel deserving and she probably isn’t but it doesn’t matter to him.  He loves and wants her with such passion, just the way she is.


I think the main reason this book spoke to me was because it just felt so real.  Bait is not a fairy tale romance.  Blake and Casey’s story was not easy nor was it far fetched.  I felt like this was totally something a friend of mine could be relaying to me as her story.  It felt like real life.  Real pain.  Real sadness.

Our pain and our love are one and the same.  I’l wait for you.  Probably, forever if that’s what it takes.

Go on, take the plunge.  Read it!  Hate it!  Love it!  Medicate with some fabulous chocolate and wine, but make sure you have some tissues handy.



1 comment

  1. Amy

    Amie – Your review is absolutely. spot. ON. I couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t stop the feelings of elation that come with pure love, and I couldn’t stop crying with sadness and anger and frustration at Blake. I felt every bit of their pain and euphoria. While I was reading, the story WAS my reality, and I had a massive book hangover when I finished. I actually could not pick up a new book for several hours. And I can’t wait for the sequel.

    Read it with a soft blanket, a new box of tissues, wine, and some good chocolate. But most definitely read it.

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