Author: Karina Halle
Published by: Metal Blonde Books
Publication Date: June 13, 2015
Nicola Price used to have it all – a great career, the perfect boyfriend, an excessive shoe collection and an apartment in one of San Francisco’s best neighborhoods. But when she gets knocked up and her a**hat boyfriend leaves her high and dry, Nicola’s perfectly crafted world comes tumbling down. And stays that way.
Now, Nicola is the proud single mom to a five-year old daughter and living a giant lie. She can barely afford their ghetto apartment and all the men she dates run when they hear she comes with a child. She’s struggling and scared – and nowhere near where she thought she’d be at age thirty-one.
Her saving grace comes in the form of a tall, handsome and wealthy Scotsman Bram McGregor, the older brother of her friend Linden. Bram understands a thing or two about pride, so when tragic circumstances place Nicola at rock bottom, he offers them a place to live in the apartment complex he owns. It’s pretty much the perfect deal, so as long as she doesn’t mind living beside Bram, a man that, despite his generosity, seems to antagonize her at every turn.
But nothing in life is free and as Nicola gets her feet back on the ground, she discovers that the enigmatic playboy may end up costing her more than she thought.
She might just lose her heart.
Ahhh … those McGregor men …
I want one! Or two.
I have yet to read a Karina Halle book that I dislike, or that I even feel mediocre about. She is one of my go to authors and she certainly didn’t disappoint with The Offer. I will say I enjoyed The Pact (Linden, yum) more, but this was still high up there.
We met Nicola and Bram in The Pact, so I was looking forward to seeing how these opposites come together. Turns out there’s more to both of them than what meets the eye. Nicola is known for being prim and a bit uptight since becoming a single mom, while Bram is the total player that Nicola wants nothing to do with. This dynamic is one of my favorites. There’s just something about a guy working hard to tear down the wall a girl has built up and winning her over. Especially when he has a great sense of humor.
They have chemistry! Oh, yes they do. Things heat up between them quite nicely, but it’s more than that. They get to know each other in a way know else has. Nicola gets to see beyond Bram’s reputation and sees what a truly caring guys he is. And it’s always interesting when children are involved, because they tend to bring out a different side to the hero/heroine we don’t usually get to see. Plus, Ava is a cutie and her affections for Bram was pretty entertaining at times.
So, yeah, I loved The Offer and got a nice dose of the feels. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next book. Or, you know, anything else Karina writes.