Thursday, September 1, 2016

An Indecent Proposal (The O'Malleys #3) by Katee Robert: Release Blitz Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


Blurb:

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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Excerpt:

Need another drink?” The words were clear despite the general ruckus of the bar, the voice like whiskey on the rocks. If Cillian O’Malley put a little imagination into it, he could almost taste her tone. It was the closest he’d come to having an actual drink in ten months.

Olivia.

He looked up, straight into night-dark eyes that made him think reckless thoughts about leaning across this bar and kissing the hell out of this woman. It was something the old Cillian would have done, and if the look on her face was any indication, he would have gotten the shit kicked out of him for the effort. He smiled despite the dark mood that had brought him wandering into Jameson’s to begin with. “Hey, gorgeous.”

The guarded look on her face was the same as the first time they’d met, like she expected him to whip out a gun and start shooting or threaten her or some shit like that. Since he knew for a fact he’d ever so much as raised his voice at her in the two times they’d interacted previously, it stung a little that that was her knee-jerk reaction to him.

And it made him want to show her how wrong she was.

“You know, I’d pay good money to know what I did to piss you off so much.”

Olivia’s expression iced over in a way that would send a smarter man running. It just made Cillian more intrigued. He’d been caught up in his family’s dramas for so long, it was refreshing to having an unconnected interaction—even if it was with someone who hated him. Hell, it was almost better this way.

It just added to the tangled mess inside him caused by sitting in this bar. Jameson’s and he had a complicated history that he’d never be able to escape. It was the last place his family had felt whole. He’d been here with his brothers, Aiden and Teague and Devlin, on the final night when they’d been celebrating Teague’s impending marriage. Devlin had been shot in a drive-by on the way home, and the O’Malley family had lost the closest thing to an innocent they could call their own. Cillian hated this place as much as he loved it, but it was here his feet brought him when he wandered.

Olivia crossed her arms over her chest, which only served to accent the way her breasts pressed against her shredded T-shirt. It wasn’t ripped enough to be truly indecent, but he could see several slices of her dusky skin beneath the black fabric, and it was distracting as hell. She cleared her throat, but he still gave her body a slow look, taking in her spiked combat boots, tiny skirt, coming back to that shirt, and then settling on her face. She was beautiful in the way good models were—a little too sharp for strictly traditional good looks, but all the more striking because of it. The mass of dark hair and the anger in near-black eyes took her over the edge into devastating.

She looked like the kind of mistake he would have jumped at a year ago. He had jumped at her six months ago when they’d first met, and it had gone in the same direction their current interaction was headed. She’d taken an instant dislike to him, and nothing he could say seemed to convince her that he wasn’t this monster she seemed to label him as.

So much had happened between then and now, so much that weighed him down and threatened to drag him under for good. He hadn’t even been out by himself since he was shot—the same night he’d last seen Olivia. He rubbed his shoulder, half-sure he could feel the scar beneath the fabric of his shirt.

What would it be like to be that carefree and crazy version of himself, just for one more night?


About the Author:

New York Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author

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, writing speculative romance and YA horror.

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Review by Yvette:

You know when you're in a book slump and absolutely nothing sounds good? Nothing you read can hold your attention and you end up stopping as soon as you've started? That's how I felt before I started An Indecent Proposal by Katee Robert, yet, from the first chapter, this book had me hooked! It *might* have been the fact that I've read and loved the first two books in The O'Malleys series and was eager to continue the story, but it also *might* have been that, like Olivia Rashidi, I was highly susceptible to Cillian O’Malley's charms. Mystery…romance…suspense – this book has it all. If you’re looking for a book that will make your pulse pound and set your face aflame, An Indecent Proposal not only delivers, but will keep you glued to your Kindle until the very last page.

If you’ve read The Wedding Pact, you’ll recognize Olivia Rashidi as the bartender whose hands-off vibe intrigued Cillian O’Malley instead of deterring him. In An Indecent Proposal, we get to see exactly why Olivia is defensive when it comes to Cillian’s smooth-talking, devil-may-care persona. Cillian is the type of guy Olivia needs to stay far away from but their attraction to each other is undeniable. There’s nothing I love more than fiery banter and no-holds-barred passion between love interests, and Olivia and Cillian steam up the pages with their explosive chemistry. Katee Robert always brings the heat but An Indecent Proposal features some of her most erotic material to date.

While Olivia and Cillian’s romance is at the center of the book, An Indecent Proposal also focuses on the activities of the rest of the O’Malley clan. The aftermath of the events surrounding Devlin's death in The Marriage Contract is still reverberating within the O'Malley family, raising tensions, not just among the family, but among the criminal underbelly of Boston as a whole. The narrative is like a complicated game of chess, with players making calculated moves to gain control of the board, and Cillian and Olivia unwittingly become key players. Every chapter brings something new and the only thing I can recommend is to strap in and go along for the ride because it’s a bumpy one!

My first thought upon finishing An Indecent Proposal? I need more!!! I. Loved. This. Book. It's exhilarating. It's erotically-charged. It's unputdownable. I couldn't get enough. The O’Malleys are a fascinating bunch and there’s definitely never a dull moment when your father is one of the most notorious crime bosses in the city of Boston. Fans of the series will fall in love with Olivia and Cillian, but I can guarantee you’ll be left wanting more.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars


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