Author: Jade West
Genre: Dark Romance/Erotica
Publication Date: August 14, 2017
Abigail Summers is on the run from hurtful emotions and past trauma but being caught is exactly what she craves. Not disillusioned about the danger of her longtime fantasy, Abigail creates an online profile hoping to find the person who can sate her urges and make her feel again.
“I’m seeking my monster in the darkness. I’ll run but you’ll run faster. We’ll play cat and mouse until you catch me.”
Phoenix is recovering from a loss and dealing with the mess it left behind. While he is a loving father, socially he’s been living in solitude and realizes it’s time to move forward. Upon viewing online profiles, one person particularly appeals to his predatory needs.
“Scared pussy always hurts so fucking bad. Scared pussy always fights. And scared pussy always tastes the best.”
As Abigail and Phoenix begin to correspond by messaging, they both experience a wave of excitement as both need to satisfy their dark desires. Despite his warnings, both in words and imagery, Abigail believes she’s finally found her monster and Phoenix is ready to give chase to the bait.
“I head to her left and she runs to the right. Runs further into the darkness. The bait is snared. Mine.”
What ensues is an adrenaline rush as unknown elements of the monster’s identity and when the chase will begin creates blood pumping excitement. Once the game commences, fear is present but also sexual excitement that can only be quenched from a fruitful hunt.
“With my beast of a dick stretching her pussy to gaping and metal bars grating her deep, she comes for me as she cries out. It’s wild. It’s hard.”
Told in dual POV, the vulnerabilities and struggles experienced by Abigail and Phoenix feel weighty. With each having their own regrets, they also share the common thread of wanting to start again and shed their enormous emotional burden. As the chase continues, it starts to fuel their need for something more. When secrets and deep scars are revealed, Abigail and Phoenix learn to trust each other with feelings that have been deeply buried.
Abigail is easily likable and her experience certainly draws empathy. Her long-time fantasy adds the dimensional element of Abigail being slightly unsteady and shows how desperate she really is to feel any sensation other than being numb. Running with the wind in her hair and fear deep in her lungs, she is adamant about getting caught by her monster.
Phoenix brings the element of logic to the story, although his desire overrules. Knowing what he brings to the experience, physically and mentally, distinctly gives him the advantage as a predator. While Phoenix has an intense dark side, it is balanced by the love he shares for his family proving he will go to lengths for them.
Bait is a story about loss and how two people can find solace together in the darkness. While how these characters meet is certainly unconventional, it proves to be right for them and I like how they found their unique way. As always, Jade West crafts a story about every day characters that is compelling and erotic. When reading this in the dark, be sure to look over your shoulder every now and then for the monster that may be lurking.