The Offer by Karina Halle
Published by Metal Blonde Books on June 13, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
The Offer was a great and fun read I completely adored.
Down-on-her-luck, single mom Nicola doesn’t seem able to catch a break. Out of a job and now with a sick kid to take care of, she is desperate enough to accept help from her friends. So when her best friend’s brother-in-law offers her a place to stay she accepts. Even if she hates his guts.
Bram is… well, Bram. Great if you’re looking for a quick hook up, and while he has calmed down some from his partying ways, he is still mainly a playboy. At least that’s how most people see him, anyway.
Being neighbors now (Bram owns the building and lives next door) gives them the unique chance of getting to know one another. There’s always been an attraction but they had fought it for different reasons. As time goes by and they spend more and more time together, magical things begin to happen…
“All mothers just want their angels to find men worthy of them. Even more than that, someone that will look at them like they’re magic.”
Nicola and Bram have had to face hard times and difficulties at one point or another. This led them to build protective shells that keep most people away. Now if they want a chance at being together they’ll have to learn from their past mistakes, but sometimes our mistakes are not entirely behind us and the consequences cannot be disregarded. Plus, if a relationship is not solid enough, one hard bump on the road could completely break it.
I liked how this was a slow burn romance. Allowing time for Bram and Nicola to get to know each other and the chance to let their relationship grow naturally. Nicola’s baby girl, Ava, was a total cutie. And to see Bram melt for her that was just…. *insert one of those exploding ovaries memes here*
I really enjoyed reading The Offer and I’m definitely looking forward to more from Ms. Halle.
Rating: 4 “Bram-a-lama-ding-dong!” Stars
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