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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Book Review - The Booby Trap by Anne Browning Walker

The Booby Trap is a seedy bar where waitresses skirts are high, necklines are low, and customers show up for the eye candy.

When brainy, beautiful, Harvard Ph.D. candidate Bambi Benson wants to study the women of the Booby Trap for her dissertation, she goes undercover and joins them. All is going well for Bambi until handsome local celebrity Trip Whitley enters the scene.

Hoping to shock his high-society family by dating a bimbo, Trip offers to pay Bambi to pretend to be his girlfriend. She accepts his offer and bides her time, waiting for the right moment to reveal her true identity and teach Trip not to judge based on appearances.

After a series of dates carefully orchestrated for their publicity value, Bambi s trap is set. But there's one problem: the predator might have fallen in love with her prey.

I found this debut novel by Anne Browning Walker to be highly entertaining and a lot of fun to read. Walker's characters are fascinating, the plot moves along quickly, and the romance level is high in this contemporary story.

The only thing I would have changed about the book is the title. "The Booby Trap," a men's sports bar/nightclub, is the main location of much of the book's action, but I think the title will scare off a lot of readers, which is unfortunate, because this is a really good story.

I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a great contemporary romance.

Anne Browning Walker, published author for the Huffington Post and Publishers Weekly, is a career writer and researcher who has turned her pen to fiction with her debut novel, The Booby Trap. The contemporary romance novel explores the impact of the assumptions made about others based on occupations or appearances.

An avid reader of fiction, particularly romance, Anne set out to write a romance novel where the heroine reflected the many smart, savvy, thoughtful, and driven women she calls friends. After earning a B.A. in political science at Duke University (2004) and her M.A. in international affairs at George Washington University (2006), Walker joined the staff of Governor Deval Patrick of Mass. in the Legislative Affairs Office. As the Legislative Aide to the Governor, she was responsible for researching bills, drafting briefs, and working with state legislators.

In 2009, Walker moved to Washington, DC to continue her research and writing for business, academic, political, and non-profit entities. Her most recent work was for the national non-profit organization Blessings in a Backpack, named the 2012 Charity of the Year by People Magazine.

Currently, Walker lives in Washington, DC, with her husband Justin, and is working on her next romance novel. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.  Check out her website at www.annebrowningwalker.com

My thanks to PR By The Book for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


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