My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My thoughts .... I really, really, really, REALLY liked it. There are so many good elements to this second installment of the Cougarville series. Of course, there are the normal elements like the dangerously sexy hero and pretty yet feisty heroine. The author gives the reader a little bit more than the norm.
Both leading characters (Liam Keller and Samantha Becker) were first introduced in the first installment of the series (Buck Naked) where Liam is the good looking ass everyone loves and hates at the same time. While Samantha, is skeptical about everything she sees and learns. From the beginning of their interactions with each other the normal assumption would be that both characters are a natural fit but Cougar Bait demonstrates that there is much more to their characters. Liam is arrogant but not to the point that you would want to chase him with a broom. His character has more heart than could be first imagined (especially since the Liam in the first installment was a royal arse) and it was to discover Liam's true character. Samantha's character shows that she is confident in her work but really insecure in her personal life. The insecurity is understandable to an extent but soon the behavior becomes kind of annoying. It has to be taken into consideration that Samantha's logical world is changing right before her eyes and not all the changes are happy ones.
All in all, this was a fun, steamy and exciting read with a cast of interesting characters. Even the bad guys are interesting because those darned hyenas are up to something big. I'm really interested in seeing how this series develops.
Thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.