Series: The Pact #2
Published by Self-Published on 6/14/15
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...
Karina Halle delivers a charming contemporary romance, filled with humor, sizzle, and endearing, totally lovable characters.
Bram and Nicola were first introduced in The Pact and whatever impressions I had of them didn’t hold true as I read The Offer. My first impression of Bram was of a spoiled Lothario and honestly, Nicola didn’t leave too much of an impression other than that of a sidekick. She was a single mom, and the more reasonable and careful of her best friends. With The Offer I got a deeper understanding of both characters, and I grew to love them.
“Never let them see you cry; never let them see you as anything but perfectly appropriate. Suck it up and carry on, a vision of cool.”
Nicola Price is a single mom struggling to give her daughter a life without want while keeping her own dreams alive. Unfortunately, life doesn’t ever play fair, and as she begins to hope for better, she’s fired from her job. With the very real possibility of eviction, she’s is forced to take Bram seriously when he offers her and her daughter a place to live.
“No matter how much you change, some people will always view you as you at a certain time of your life, at a certain age.”
Bram McGregor is a trust fund playboy who’s trying to make his own moves in life and separate himself from his family and his reputation. He has a serious hard on for Nicola, but he fights it, knowing that he left a bad first impression and the only way for her to trust him enough to let him in is to be the type of man she and her daughter deserve. Of course, Bram can’t change completely, and he realizes that his carefree, sex-loving attitude might be exactly what Nicola needs in her life.
“No regrets, right?” Bram asks me with a disarming grin.
“No regrets.” I smile right back at him.
This story was one about taking chances, growth, and courage. These characters had to let go of their fears, and fight themselves in order to get the future that they dreamed of. I loved that these characters were older and their world was one I identified with. Nicola was a realistic heroine; a mom who tried to balance her responsibilities as a mother as well as her responsibilities as a woman – something that isn’t easy to do. Bram was as sexy as any hero could be, but his sweetness was what made him so endearing. It was fun to see characters that I fell in love with in The Pact, but this book definitely stands alone, and Bram and Nicola’s love story is comparable to any of Karina’s couples. Also, theirs stood out for it’s humor and I think this was her most fun book; I laughed many times.
I loved watching the interplay between Bram and Nicola – I thought they had great chemistry and banter. The story was engaging and I breezed through it because it flowed so smoothly. It wasn’t heavy laden with angst, but there were definitely some poignant moments balanced with the sexier and more lighthearted moments. I loved the characters more as I found out about their pasts, but the story didn’t harp on it; it focused mainly on the present and their evolution from enemies to lovers to loves. And more than anything, I loved watching them build a family together.
If you’re looking for a romance that will make you sigh then The Offer is for you. It was truly romantic – almost a fairytale, and you’ll definitely feel the magic.