Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review & Giveaway: "An Indecent Proposal" by Katee Robert (Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance)

An Indecent Proposal
by Katee Robert

Publisher: Grand Central - Forever
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: August 30th 2016

Series: The O'Malleys, #3
Standalone: Yes
Other Books In Series:
#1 The Marriage Contract GoodReads Amazon
#2 The Wedding Pact GoodReads Amazon
#4 Forbidden Promises Amazon

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Description from Publisher:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert continues her smoking-hot series about the O'Malleys-wealthy, powerful, and full of scandalous family secrets.

Greed. Ambition. Violence. Those are the "values" Olivia Rashidi learned from her Russian mob family-and the values she must leave behind for the sake of her daughter. When she meets Cillian O'Malley, she recognizes the red flag of his family name . . . yet she still can't stop herself from seeing the smoldering, tortured man. To save her family, Olivia sets out to discover Cillian's own secrets, but the real revelation is how fast-and how hard-she's falling for him.

Plagued by a violent past, Cillian is more vulnerable than anyone realizes. Anyone except Olivia, whose beauty, compassion, and pride have him at "hello," even if she's more inclined to say good-bye to an O'Malley. While his proposal of sex with no strings seems simple, what he feels for her isn't, especially after he learns that she belongs to a rival crime family. Cillian knows that there is no escape from the life, but Olivia may be worth trying-and dying-for . . .

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My Musings:
What a great addition to the O'Malley series!!

Like the first two in the series, this is a standalone novel and can absolutely be enjoyed without having read about the other O'Malley siblings. However, having read the second book and now the third, I do feel that it was more enjoyable already knowing some of the side characters and what has happened to Cillian up to the beginning of this story. But I still haven't read the first book in the series and love what I've read, so they are definitely standalone.

Cillian's story is less gritty than it's predecessor, having a little less of a focus on the organized crime families and, I feel, more of a focus on the couple and both of them not wanting their 'families' ruling their lives. Olivia doesn't even acknowledge her own affiliation with New York's Russian OC family to Cillian for most of the book, though she struggles with aspects of it throughout. This story was one more about being on the fringe of organized crime, than necessarily part of it.

There was still a healthy amount of action and suspense in this, and you really wanted Sergei, Olivia's ex, to get his at some point. He was seriously unlikeable, which was perfect. Olivia's daughter was a cute addition, and Olivia being a single mother was a new angle for the series. Olivia herself was a bit naive at times, but I still really liked her. And Cillian, who I didn't get to know very well in the second book, definitely grew on me more and more.

These two aren't really about Romance, exactly, but their love feels genuine and they can really steam up an alley or two!
I received a digital ARC from the publisher for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.

About Katee Robert
Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.

Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way—as it often does—and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.

Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?

She now spends her time—when not lost in Far Reach worlds—playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
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