She thinks he’s an arrogant playboy.
He thinks she’s an uptight prude.
But he’s about to make her an offer she can’t refuse.
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.
Those McGregor brothers are nothing but trouble…
Though THE OFFER follows characters that were previously introduced in the novel THE PACT, you do NOT need to read The Pact beforehand as The Offer is its own story and is a fully standalone novel.
This book is rated 18+ for explicit sexual situations and language. Reader discretion is advised.
We met Nicola in The Pact. She is Steph’s best friend. We also met Bram toward the end of the same book. He’s Linden’s brother. They met briefly in that book. This book takes off at Steph and Linden’s wedding. Bram is a notorious player and Nicola doesn’t have time to play, as a single Mom, her time is consumed by work and her daughter. She struggles. In one week, she loses her job and her daughter ends up in the ER dealing with Type 1 Diabetes. In steps Bram. He was there in the hospital waiting for Ava and Nicole on that first night. He stepped in and offered her a place to live rent free in his apartment building. He’s everything that everyone said he wasn’t. And this is their story.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Nicola in The Pact. I can’t say that I disliked her character, she just wasn’t someone I could see myself being friends with. This book explains so MUCH of why she was the way she was. And by the end of it, I really loved her character. Bram was the black sheep of his family…well as far as his parents were concerned, but Linden felt that once he calmed down he’d take over his father’s legacy. We find, though, that there is so much more to Bram that he allows anyone to see. He thinks that people can’t see the real him, that they’ll cling to the preconceived notions, but he doesn’t do anything to dispel those ideas. But he lets Nicola see the real him, and that’s how he wins her heart. This story was so enjoyable. I found characters I wasn’t too fond of and made them to real people with flaws and insecurities.
Ms. Halle has this crazy awesome ability to create over-the-top characters that FEEL like someone you could know. She takes the human failures and flaws and she mixes them with dash and daring and chutzpah and makes these wonderful characters that you wished you could know. To say that I enjoy her books would be understated. Even her books that give me creepy crawlies, I enjoy. So, would I recommend this book? Oh yes, you will want to experience Bram McGregor. This is definitely for the 18 and over crowd as some scenes will make you just blush to your toes.
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.
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