It’s been 3 years since the first story in this series, Take It Like a Vamp, came out. I read and reviewed it and I can honestly say that I remember neither the plot nor the characters in that first story. This story picks up during Nick and Casey’s (book 1) wedding. Casey’s best friend Bennett and Nick’s best friend and second in command, Linc, decide to have sex because well… that’s what people do at weddings. Two and a half months after their sexual rendezvous, Bennett finds out that she’s pregnant with Linc’s child. Doing the right thing, she goes to Linc and tells him of his impending fatherhood. Linc is ecstatic and over the moon with the news. He’s been without family for a long time and anticipates when he’ll have his own.
I’m not sure why, but I just couldn’t like Bennett. I’m not sure if it was her coarseness or just an overall sense of unfamiliarity with her, but I just found her to be well… coarse and uncouth. Cursing doesn’t make you cool, it just means you have a limited vocabulary and that’s the way I felt about Bennett. The friendship she has with Casey worked much better than the pseudo-relationship she had with Linc. I felt their affection much more that the manufactured love she had for Linc.
As the second in command for Nick, Linc’s life is primarily encompassed by the security that’s required as part of the job. That is, unless he’s designing a new fashion label. I found the dichotomy of Linc’s two roles pretty interesting considering they’re so far apart on the ‘manliness’ scale. But it worked for him and he got enough ‘dates’ from his day job, per se.
There’s not a lot that about Bennett’s or Linc’s youth that I thought was interesting. It’s a case of being told what happened in a couple sentences versus showing me what happened in order to maybe learn more about the underlying factors that current decisions are based on. Linc’s got a case of daddy issues while Bennett’s got a case of missing father and dead mother syndrome. I really would have liked to know more about that and especially the rationale behind Bennett’s mother’s decisions that changed so many lives.
Even though there was a ton of dialogue, including Bennett’s constant snarky comments, I still didn’t feel as if I got the same story that the first book had. The telling of this just didn’t work for me – I couldn’t drum up any enthusiasm for Bennett or Linc.
Overall, this was a ‘meh’ book that was saved by the conflict of who/what Bennett and Linc are and how their being together affected all those around them. If you’re wondering, there are no sex scenes.
Happy Reading Folks!
*Book provided by publisher via NetGalley for review
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Baby’s Got Bite
by Candace Havens
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Publishing