The Bastard's Bargain
Book 5, The O'Malleys
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"The Bastard's Bargain is deliciously gritty, darkly romantic, drop-dead sexy and thoroughly engrossing." --USA Today, Happy Ever After Married to the enemy When Keira O'Malley was a child, she used to picture her perfect wedding. The flowers. The dress. Her husband. But nothing could have prepared her for saying "I do" to Dmitri Romanov-cold, domineering, and always one step ahead of everyone else in the ever-shifting power plays of New York City. She agreed to his bargain to secure peace for her family, and she may want the bastard more than she'd ever admit, but she'll be damned if she'll make this marriage easy for him.
Dmitri knows better than to underestimate Keira for one second. Molten desire smolders between them, a dangerous addiction neither can resist. But his enemies are already on the move, and he needs every ounce of his legendary focus and control to keep them alive. Keira could just be his secret weapon-if she doesn't bring him to his knees first.
"A tension-filled plot full of deceit, betrayal, and sizzling love scenes will make it impossible for readers to set the book down." --Publishers Weekly on Forbidden Promises
Previous books: THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT THE WEDDING PACT AN INDECENT PROPOSAL FORBIDDEN PROMISES UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION
Sad that it’s ended but what an ending it was!
***5 ‘Because of Course’ Stars***
This book has me at a loss for words, but only in that whole ‘Hello, book hangover.’ kind of way because this book was everything I could have hoped for when it came to Dmitri and Keira getting their HEA, as well as the finale to the series, and more. It was all kinds of smexy (not that I expected any less) mixed with a lot of heart, a touch of swoony heart twitterpating moments and a good dose of intrigue with a dash of crazy that had me savoring each word and moment and wishing that it didn’t ever end.
I think it’s safe to say that Dmitri Romanov was THE most hated character of the series, but that also made him the most popular in that whole the one you love to hate the most way. But now? As much I loved, and even adored, the rest of the Alpha AF males in this series, Dmitri out does them all ~ and that’s saying A LOT. The man is Alpha AF, ruthless and unforgiving, but the heart that lies beneath, and his unique code of honor, makes him one that I’d give my loyalty (and body) to in heartbeat.
Keira has been the O’Malley who has spent the entire series teetering on the very edge of a cliff that depending on which way the wind blew could be the end of her. But here we finally see the problem child of the clan get her issues straightened out and finally claw her way out of the abyss and become the force she was always meant to be. I seriously ADORED Keira (even more than Dmitri), she is a woman I’d have at my back any day.
”What a polite monster you are.” He growled against her skin. “Your monster, at least in this”
From their first collision, Dmitri and Keira’s relationship has been a rocky, yet entertaining one. The chemistry was immediate and I knew that should they actually become more it would be explosive, and lemme tell you ~ it was nuclear. These two were so evenly matched in so many ways it was scary. The smexy going on when they were together was HAWT, but it was the blunt, and at times brutal, honesty they gave each other that showed how perfectly matched they really were because instead of tearing the other down, they did everything they could to make each other stronger.
As sad as I am that this is the end of the series, I cannot deny that The Bastard’s Bargain was as perfect an ending as it could get. True, there are a few things I’d love a little more of, whether it’s a couple of secondary characters getting books (Liam anyone???), or getting a little more of O’Malley siblings working out their own relationships in the new world that they now live in, but I really am good with where everything was at when the book ended.
Even though I didn’t start with the first book of the series, I jumped in with the second one, I highly suggest that you do start at the beginning to get the true emotional gut punch this one serves up and understand all the ties that bind these characters together.
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
Keira is the youngest of the O’Malley’s and going downhill fast with her drinking. Dmitri Romanov has been her family’s enemy for years. He is the Russian mobster who lives in New York, where his territory is. He wants Keira. and tells Aiden, her brother, that they’ll make peace if he gives him Keira. Aiden starts too but decides to back out and Dmitri knows this. So he calls Keira and tells her to marry him and he’ll leave her family alone for trying to double cross him. Keira agrees and leaves with him. He tells her right off he doesn’t believe in romance and love. She keeps that in her head but he slowly shows her the real man no one knows. There is still danger out there and there seems to be a traitor in Dmitri’s ranks. As they are looking for the threats, they slowly fall in love. Can they find their enemies before they can attack?
Excellent story. Kept me on the edge of my seat. You’ll need a cold shower after the sex scenes. Loved Keira and Dmitri. I love this series but I believe this is my favorite. If you like mobsters, steamy sex, and suspense this is for you.
* Voluntarily read and reviewed this for Netgalley *
A Bargain Worth Making
The O’Malleys was originally slated to be a 5 part series. That was before Dmitri Romanov muscled his way onto the scene and into readers’ hearts in book two. Katee Robert created such a magnetic, compelling character in this villain that readers—including myself—begged for the sexy Russian’s story. And then, thankfully, there were six.
In decades of reading romance & romantic suspense, I have never, ever, fallen for a villain. So falling for Dmitri was a complete shock, and one I wasn’t comfortable with at first. After my initial shock wore off, I fully embraced my feelings for the mobster. Ever since Carrigan O’Malley boldly outplayed him in The Wedding Pact, I’ve hungered for his story. The two year wait has been long. One would think the exceptional stories in between would have made the wait more bearable. Yet they only served to heighten the need. Yes, need.
After the deal Dmitri struck with the O’Malley patriarch to marry his oldest daughter was thwarted, Dmitri was determined he would have the remaining single daughter. But did he settle? It becomes clear Dmitri recognized something in Keira O’Malley that no one else had seen: Not her extensive family; certainly not me; not even Keira herself. It was this that made the unlikely pair a formidable force against the evil threatening all four crime families and the Romanov empire specifically.
I must admit pairing my Dmitri with the youngest, most unstable, and my least favorite O’Malley wasn’t a move I appreciated until book five. It was then I began to warm up to Keira and trust that Katee Robert would do right by the menacingly seductive Russian who captured part of my heart. I should have never questioned Robert’s genius.
This much anticipated finale is a culmination of a uniquely complex, deliciously hot, incredibly well-written series unlike any other. The Bastard’s Bargain is many things, but paramount is (crime) family drama, betrayal, justice, vengeance, love, and the ultimate metamorphosis. I not only got my hero, I got a bad@ss shero too.
Many thanks to Katee Robert for an epic series that I will re-read for years to come. Just one more request, if I may: Epilogue novella, please.
To fully enjoy each story, this series should not be read out of order.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Feb 06, 2018
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
- Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
- Print Length: 368 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 5, The O'Malleys