Wolf Bait by Nina West – REVIEW

26986103When life turns to hell, most people talk about running away. Abbi Mitchell actually does it. Determined to escape her humiliating heartbreak and her overbearing mother, Abbi takes a summer job at a resort in Alaska. It’s supposed to be four months of snow-capped mountains, peaceful wilderness, and figuring out if she should wait for her lifelong sweetheart to come back, as he has promised he’ll do.

Instead, it’s Henry Wolf.

Owner of the luxury hotel chain, Henry Wolf is cool and composed, successful with everything he touches, and undeniably beautiful. And for some reason Abbi can’t fathom, he wants her—the farm girl from small town, USA with no corporate experience—as his personal assistant.

Abbi scrambles to meet his professional demands while she battles her growing attraction to him. Physical feelings she shouldn’t have because he’s her boss, because she’s way out of her league with him, and because they’ll never be reciprocated.

Until they are.

Will Abbi be able to let go of herself—her values, her dreams, and her inhibitions—to give him all that he’s demanding of her?

Excerpt from Wolf Bait:

When things take an ugly turn, people are always saying they’re going to pick up and move far away. Australia, France, anywhere that puts an ocean between them and their problems. Most don’t ever act on that. I certainly had no intention of doing so.

And then I went to that job fair in the city library, more than a little panicked about what I was going to do this summer. Recruiters were peddling administrative and counselor positions, trade internships, day care. Nothing I was interested in. Plus, they were all local Chicago-based positions. The last thing I wanted to do was stay in Chicago for the summer. I needed to separate myself from it and its bitter memories, if for only a few months until school started again in the fall.

But the idea of going back to Pennsylvania, where everyone including the cows had heard the nitty-gritty details about my breakup with Jed, was even more unappealing.

That’s what happens when you grow up in a small town and then go away to college with your high school sweetheart, who’s also the reverend’s son, who you were supposed to marry the summer after you both graduate college.

Who you’ve been saving yourself for.

Who you caught with his pants down and thrusting into some raven-haired jezebel.

And, while in the depths of despair, though you know better, you tell your upstanding, churchgoing mama, who is known around town as much for her raspberry pie as for her big mouth.

That scandal sure gave the folks of Greenbank something to talk about during Pennsylvania’s long, cold winter. It’s been months since D-Day, or what I like to call Dick Day, when I caught him. February 2, to be exact.

I’m sure tongues were wagging across pews during church service. When I visited over Easter weekend though, I got nothing but sympathetic nods and pats. Jed, sitting in the pew directly across from us, earned more than a few glowers. Not everyone shared those feelings, though. His father, Reverend Enderbey, decided that giving a sermon on man’s weakness for carnal flesh and the need for forgiveness and understanding would be more appropriate than discussing the resurrection of Christ that day.

Much like Jed promised me, Reverend Enderbey has promised my parents that this is just a momentary blip in Jed’s faith; that he’s feeling confused and needs to sort out his priorities. He’ll come back to me, after he’s done sowing his wild oats.

Why do they all think I’ll want to take him back?

He broke my heart that day, and has continued breaking it daily, every time I see him walking hand in hand around campus with her.

He’s not just sowing wild oats. They’re dating now.

So when I passed by the Wolf Hotels booth at the job fair a month ago and spotted the pamphlet with a beautiful vista of snow-capped mountains and forest, I immediately stopped and started asking questions, and within ten minutes I knew that Wolf Cove was my ticket away from sadness, temporarily at least. I just needed to get myself to Homer, Alaska. They’d provide transportation to the hotel, subsidized accommodations and meals onsite, and weekly transport to Homer, if needed, and in turn I’d work like a dog and keep my mind occupied.

The best part? It was almost 3,800 miles from everything I know.

Review by Gina:

Wolf Bait (Wolf Cove #1) by Nina West

If you’re reading Wolf Bait looking for some deep storyline, you might be disappointed. Though told well, Wolf Bait is not filled with complex issues—at least at this point. But if you are reading this book looking for fun and entertainment—you’ve scored! I truly enjoyed this read despite not knowing when it was offered to me that it would be a series. I’m not sure that would have changed my mind about reading it—as some others have claimed—but I do think it is nice to know when a book is a stand-alone and when it is going to hang you from a cliff until book 2 comes out. That being said…I relished the ride!

Abigail “Abbi” Mitchell is a small town Pennsylvania girl, who has protected her virtue and saved it for her fiancé, Jed. Jed, however, wants to sow his wild oats and “take a break.” Abbi is devastated and on top of that, her family and Jed’s family envision her taking him back once his oats are sown. Hahaha! Not on your life—if I were Abbi. So, what does Abbi do? She applies for a summer position at a resort in Alaska—Wolf Cove—run by none other than one of the world’s most eligible bachelors, Henry Wolf.

Abbi is thrown into a cabin at Wolf Cove with five other girls—hired for various jobs at the resort—from various parts of the country and varying degrees of experience—if you know what I mean. In my opinion, it’s exactly what Abbi needs. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with saving your virginity until you’re married, but naivety is exactly the reason Abbi is duped by her selfish and ignorant ex-fiance—Jed. Personally, I’d like someone to punch Jed in the face. Maybe at some point in one of the other novels, Henry Wolf will do just that and I can sit there with my Kindle in hand with a satisfied smile. 🙂

I also wouldn’t mind a little retribution on Abbi’s mother. For the love of God, your daughter’s fiancé was caught with his pants down—literally—with another woman and you’re defending him and encouraging her to still save herself for him. What the what?! Get out of town! I don’t care how religious you are or if Jed is the town’s pastor’s son—I don’t care! Back your daughter. And where is Abbi’s dad? I’d expect my husband to exchange some words with my daughter’s fiancé if this situation faced one of my girls. These family dynamics hopefully come out more in book 2.

Henry Wolf is your usual young billionaire—hotter than hell and knows it. He’s the heir to the Wolf hotel conglomerate and in some sort of battle with his brother. A little insight into that relationship would be great, though I expect Ms. West will dive more into that with book 2. Despite Henry’s billionaire status, he seems like a down-to-earth guy when he’s not in front of the public and for that, I like him. He’s endearing. But it’s business as usual when the public’s eyes are on him—and that means no one must know that he has his sight on Abbi–his employee and personal assistant.

Abbi and Henry’s relationship is fun. I enjoy their banter. I loved the way they met—nothing better than a girl’s first drunk experience being with a hotter-than-hell billionaire. I enjoyed the fact that he’s tired of chasing tail and is drawn to someone less high-maintenance, less self-indulged, more real. Though I will admit, I’d prefer Henry not refer to Abbi’s “you-know-what” as a “pink hole.” I’m all for dirty talk—but I wasn’t fond of that reference! But otherwise, Ms. West put together quite a fun read that I have recommended to several friends. Looking forward to book 2!

4 Silver Buckles

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*This book was provided to Pink Lace & Silver Buckles Book Blog by the author/publisher for an honest review.

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