Title: The Offer
Author: Karina Halle
My Rating: B+
Narrator: Nicole Poole and Antony Ferguson
Genre: New Adult
Main Characters: Nicola and Bram
Release Date: September 2014
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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...
While I didn't like this story quite as much as I liked the first one, it was still very good. This story is about Bram, Linden's playboy brother. The thing is...no one really knows the real Bram...not until Nicola. He's been a disappointment for most of his life, so he just goes along with validating that belief, even though he's working on some amazing initiatives to help other people behind the scenes.
Nicola is a single mom who's hit a rough patch in her life. Just as her health insurance is about to kick in, she's laid off from her job. Now she's jobless and she has a little girl who seems to be getting sicker and sicker by the day. Everything is falling apart, but Bram steps in to help her...the guy who she almost slept with a couple of months ago...and then immediately watched him go have sex with someone else. (I had a really hard time liking this guy for this reason at the beginning of this book...no matter how misunderstood he is.)
Bram is the consummate playboy. He doesn't take anything seriously so it's hard for Nicola to take him seriously, but he quickly comes to care for her and her little girl. He's in deep and it happens fast...especially for him and the way he's always been. And in the background, there are hints that he still has secrets that haven't been revealed. (Note: I did see his secret coming before it happened, but I still thought it was a delicious twist in the story.)
I liked how wary Nicola is of Bram. She has a little girl that she also has to protect. It's not good to have people floating in and out of her life. She and her daughter need stability, but that doesn't do anything for her hormones that go haywire every time Bram is near. (The whole being able to hear every time he had sex was more than a little skeevy...not on Nicola's part, but on Bram's just because he's such a manwhore and totally doesn't care that Nicola knows it.)
This is another book that I listened to on audio...let me say this, if you love a Scottish accent (and honestly, who doesn't?), these are so fabulous to listen to on audio...both this one and the first in the series, The Pact. Again this book is written in alternating POV's between Nicola and Bram. The audio has two different narrators for the individual parts and I love that. The narrators did an excellent job on this one. The only thing that slightly bugged me was the female's narration for Nicola's daughter...it grated on me, especially that little song she sang. Seriously, talk about something highly annoying getting stuck in your head. But other than that minor niggle, both narrators did a great job...including Bram, Linden, and the new cousin's Scottish accents.
So there were a few highs and lows for me on this book, but overall, I did enjoy the story and listening to it on the audio. Definitely not time that I regret spending with these characters.