The Offer

Posted July 17, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

The Offer Book Cover The Offer
Karina Halle
6/14/15
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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 asshat 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...

“No matter how much you change, some people will always view you as you were at a certain time of your life.”

A few months back I read my first Karina Halle book, The Pact. I loved it. So when I heard that Bram was getting his own story I was super excited! I really enjoy when the side characters that we get small snippets of get their own book. This story was just as amazing as the last. Bram is a little more aggressive and a little more rough around the edges than his brother, but under that he is completely swoon worthy. When he meets Nicola, he has his eyes set on her for the hunt. He soon realizes that he wants more than that, and even more so he knows that she deserves better than a “wham, bam, thank you Bram”.  Nicola, while intrigued, and extremely attracted to him, has her guard up. She is wary of his intentions and has also been burned before. She also has her daughter to think of first and foremost. But Bram has a certain charm about him, and when he makes Nicola an offer she can’t refuse, for herself or for her daughter’s sake, a tenuous friendship is formed. Their friendship blooms into something more, but not without some bumps along the way.

I love Karina’s writing style. This story is sweet, funny and steamy all at the same time. She can have you laughing at one moment and teary eyed the next. Bram is just an absolute joy of a character. He’s funny, cocky and super-hot, without being over the top. He is also sweet and vulnerable and just as capable of having his heart broken as Nicola is. Nicola is great too. She is tough and smart without being overbearing and bitchy. All of her guardedness is for good reason, and not just for the sake of a personality trait. This is the second book in a series of standalones and can be read alone but I would recommend reading The Pact first. We get some scenes with Linden (swoon) and Stephanie that may be lost on readers who haven’t read their story first.

5 stars and bottle mimosa for this great summer read! Enjoy! 

Purchase link – http://amzn.to/1gCpikn


Other Books from Karina Halle

Karina Halle is one of our top go-to authors. Her books never miss and we love them all. If you like a thrill or a scare, Karina Halle is your girl. Here are some of her books that you should check out:

Experiment in Terror Series:

In a large, flaky nut­shell, the Exper­i­ment in Ter­ror Series is an nine-part sci-fi/fantasy/horror series that revolves around a pair of ghost hunters. Well, aspir­ing ghost hunters, any­way. After film­ing a creepy expe­ri­ence in her uncle’s dilap­i­dated light­house, 22-year old Perry Palomino becomes a YouTube and inter­net star overnight. She attracts the atten­tion of Dex Foray, a pro­ducer and cam­era­man for a site that spe­cial­izes in var­i­ous webisodes, who con­vinces her to be a host for a low-budget ghost hunt­ing series. The only prob­lem is, nei­ther Perry or Dex are entirely “with it” — I mean, they see ghosts, after all. And when the duo isn’t wrestling with their very notion of real­ity, they’re grap­pling with a work­ing rela­tion­ship that’s deep-cut with sex­ual ten­sion. As the series moves on, lead­ing Perry and Dex to new locales and super­nat­ural sit­u­a­tions, their lives become more and more inter­twined, where they dis­cover that ghosts aren’t the only things that can haunt them.


The Artists Trilogy:

***The Artists Trilogy is a dark and sexy contemporary ride about three flawed individuals caught in a world where it’s so easy to justify the bad things we do. This is a pure adult read (Not YA or NA).
This is the 1st book in the trilogy. It is followed by the novella On Every Street (released in March 2013) and the sequel Shooting Scars (released in May 2013). The third and final book in the series will also be released October 15, 2013.***


Love, In English:

To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.


Dirty Angels:

***While this is a spin-off of The Artists Trilogy, prior knowledge of the books is not needed. DIRTY ANGELS is the first in a trilogy, however each book can standalone and follows or introduces different characters***


Devils Series:

The Devil’s Metal is the first book in a two-part New Adult Horror/Paranormal Romance and very (very!) loosely based on the author’s exploits as a music journalist. Hell comes in different forms.


Standalones:

Donners – A note about this book: Donners of the Dead is set in 1851 – couples were often thrust into marriage together with short courtships, racism was widespread and not overly frowned upon, and women had little to no rights. What wouldn’t fly in today’s day and age was unfortunately the norm back then – it is worth keeping that in mind when reading this book.

The Pact- Back in their mid-twenties and tired of the competitive hit-or-miss dating scene of San Francisco, Steph and Linden made a pact to marry each other if neither one of them are in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.


 

About this author Halle Headshot (1)
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and rock music journalist and the USA TODAY bestselling author of Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Experiment in Terror and other wild and romantic reads. She lives in a 1920’s farmhouse on a bucolic 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.

 


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