The Honey Trap
by Karli Perrin
After catching her childhood sweetheart cheating on her, Sophia Hamilton is hell-bent on stopping other women from getting played like she was.
And so the played becomes the player.
Fast forward two years and Sophia is now one of San Francisco’s most successful honey trappers. Getting paid to expose cheating men has become the norm but just when she thinks she has seen it all, she is offered a unique proposition which threatens to turn her entire world upside down.
Mason Hunter is a hotel tycoon, millionaire and cheater. Or is he?
Sophia has six weeks to find out.
She quickly discovers that Mason isn't the only one keeping secrets and she becomes caught up in a tangled web of lust, lies and misplaced loyalties.
Lines are crossed. Rules are broken. The real Mason Hunter is about to be exposed.
The hunt is on.
The Honey Trap by Karli Perrin centers around 24 year old "honey trapper" Sophia, and 27 year old CEO Mason. When Sophia went to surprise her long time boyfriend, she walked in on him with another woman. After a week of crying, her anger turned to vengeance. Wanting to help other women escape their cheating partners, she signs on to become a honey trapper: flirt with unsuspecting men, and if they kiss her, or ask her to their place, she leaves, and sends the evidence to the spouse. Two years go by when she gets offered a very lucrative proposal with unusual circumstances: spend six weeks with Mason to get the evidence of his cheating ways for his wife. But things aren't as they seem with the married couple, and as Sophia spends more and more time with the handsome and sweet Mason, she quickly learns that he isn't the bad guy, but his scheming wife. With an iron clad contract that can land Sophia in a lot of trouble, how can she save Mason from falling into his wife's trap? And can she save herself from falling for him, and risking potential heartache?
The Honey Trap has been on my TBR for a while now. I first came across the story on Chapters - An Interactive Romance book app. It's a short and sweet story, with an original concept. It's not spectacular or anything, but the writing is good, the flow felt natural (despite me feeling that their relationship was moving too fast), and the banter was top notch, and quite frequently had me laughing. It holds up technically, and it was an entertaining read, so major points for that. I think my only complaint about it was the steamy scenes felt very ... choppy. There is a line, where a steamy scene can be described too much, and not enough, and it just wasn't enough for me. The sexual tension though - woah boy.
The Honey Trap filled in my short gap between Ruthless Boys and ASITE, and yet I didn't feel like it was a filler for time. It was entertaining, and I genuinely liked the romance in this book. Is it going to be one of my favorites? No. Not that is matters in the end. It did the job - it entertained me.
Any interaction between Buzz and Mason
The allergic reaction
Sophia and Mason's texting
Buzz dragging Mason along to spy on Lori
Their first time
Sophia giving Mason his grandfathers watch back
She has zero interest in men unless they’re fictional. She once told me that book boyfriends were God's way of apologizing for men in real life. I spent a whole week wallowing in self pity until I woke up one morning with a clear head and knew what needed to be done. I needed to chop off his dick. But since I've never been cut out for prison, I settled on pinning up hundreds of posters around our neighborhood. It had a photograph of him accompanied by the following - MISSING: Scott Parker's respect for women. If found, please shove it up his lying, cheating, good for nothing ass. $1,000,000 reward. The search is still on. Buzz: "Guess who got laid last night?"
I turn around to see Buzz walking towards me, high-fiving people on his way.
Mason: "Your mom?"
Buzz: "Close. Your mom. Don't worry, we cuddled afterwards." Buzz: "Turns out that Victoria's no angel. You should see the rest of my body."
He begins to unzip his pants.
Buzz: "Look what she did to my..."
I hold my hands up.
Mason: "Woah, woah, woah! I'll pass. Just cover it up, it's unprofessional."
Buzz: "My neck or my..." Mason: "Both!"
Buzz: "Okay, Dad." Mason: "Hey, if I'm your dad, does that mean I get to fuck your mom? Don't worry, I'll make sure I cuddle her afterwards." Lori: "Sophia?"
Lori: "You're going to add him to your Pinterest board, aren't you?" Lori: "Rate him out of ten, boost his ego."
Sophia: "I'm not going to rate him out of ten, he's standing right in front of me."
I say it purposely to peak his interest and it works. He raises his eyebrow and leans his head to one side.
Mason: "Please go ahead. Don't let me stop you."
Sophia: "Well this is a little awkward."
Mason: "It's only awkward if your answer is below a six."
Sophia: "No pressure then?" Mason: "None at all."
Sophia: "I need a minute to think. Something this important requires careful consideration."
Mason: "I understand. Take as much time as you need."
I take a step back and begin to peruse every single inch of him. I start at his feet and slowly rake my eyes upwards. His suit is tailored to perfection, accentuating his broad chest and strong shoulders. What is it about men in suits? Even though every inch of him is covered, I can't help but wonder what's underneath. By the time our eyes meet, I'm pretty much a puddle on the floor.
he asks, his voice noticeably huskier than before. Very.
Sophia: "Hmmm, I guess so."
Mason: "So what's the verdict?"
Sophia: "A solid six point five."
Mason: "I'll take it." Mason: "I thought you two were over for good this time."
Buzz: "We are but it was Thursday yesterday."
Mason: "What's that got to do with anything?"
Buzz: "Throwback Thursday. I'm allowed to sleep with my exes, no strings attached."
Mason: "I'm seriously contemplating firing you for saying that." Buzz: "Why do you think Fifty Shades of Grey is so popular? The main character is a moody bastard who treats that poor chick like shit but hey it's fine because he's an alpha male."
Mason: "How do you know so much about Fifty Shades of Grey?"
Buzz: "I went to see the movie." Mason: "Why?"
Buzz: "Because I knew there would be hundreds of horny women leaving the cinema at the same time as me."
Mason: "You're such a creepy bastard."
Buzz: "I think the word you're looking for is genius." Mason: "Even if I was back in the game, I would never follow your lead."
He nearly chokes on his beer.
Buzz: "Even if you were back in the game? Have you heard yourself? You're either in denial or full of shit. I'm leaning towards the latter. You wouldn't have chosen a table directly opposite the door if you weren't back in the game. Your legs wouldn't be nervously bouncing up and down if you weren't back in the game and don't get me started on that fancy-ass cologne you're wearing. Not only are you back in the game, you're about to bat for the fucking Yankees, my friend."
He holds up his bottle of beer. Buzz: "On behalf of the entire female population, welcome back." She hands me my usual Jack and Coke without having to ask.
Tarryn: "Anything else?"
Mason: "Just a beer, please."
She rolls her eyes.
Tarryn: "Let me guess, you're here with Buzz?"
Mason: "Afraid so."
Tarryn and Buzz used to be good friends until the night he took her little sister’s virginity. He swore that he had no idea she was a virgin until afterwards, not that it would have stopped him. I regularly remind her that it could be worse…he could have ended up being her brother-in-law. That always seems to make her feel better. She gets a bottle of beer from the fridge and removes the cap.
Tarryn: "Can I spit in it?"
Mason: "You know what Buzz is like, he would probably like it." Tarryn: "I bet he would, the asshole." Buzz: "The ladies were keeping me company seeing as though you ditched me."
Lori: "You're a big boy, I'm sure you can be left alone for ten minutes."
Buzz: "You're right. I am a big boy. Very big."
Lori: "Yeah, what are you, about six foot four?"
Buzz: "I wasn't talking about my height, sweetheart."
Lori: "I know, I was joking. Just like you were joking about being big, sweetheart." Mason: "Seriously though, I'm sorry if I came across as rude yesterday. I wasn't having the best day as you could probably tell."
Sophia: "Yeah, I kind of guessed when I saw you assaulting the bench."
Mason: "I'll admit that wasn't one of my finest moments."
Sophia: "I hope you didn't take it out on your furniture when you got home."
Mason: "I didn't go home,"
I know, your wife has already told me.
Sophia: "Couldn't trust yourself?"
I joke. He shakes his head.
Mason: "I couldn't take the risk. I really like my coffee table."
Sophia: "That's very sensible of you. And what about tonight?" Mason: "What about it?"
I drop my gaze then look back up at him through lowered lashes.
Sophia: "Do you think you’ll be able to trust yourself?" She shakes her head.
Sophia: "He probably walked in, saw me, and then left."
Mason: "I'm pretty sure that wouldn’t have happened."