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Monday, August 29, 2016

Barclay Publicity Blog Tour: An Indecent Proposal by Katee Robert (Review, Giveaway + Music Selection)

I am so addicted to this series by Katee Robert it's not even funny and I'm delighted to take part in the tour this time around. Heck, I even picked a song for Cillian and Olivia. Plus Katee is one of the most entertaining and nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of talking to. Oh and she has a wicked sense of humor too.

About Katee Robert

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life.

When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: August 30, 2016

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 . . .

Single mom Olivia Rashidi is determined to leave the influences of criminal life behind so she moves as far away from her Russian mob family as she can only to come face to face with another mob family in the form of Cillian O’Malley. Olivia is drawn to Cillian’s vulnerability that only she can see, but when he learns that she comes from a rival mob family their “simple” involvement suddenly turns into a life or death battle for Olivia because a mob family doesn’t just “let go” of their members without a little blood spilled.

Cillian was such a contrast in this book than when he first appeared in book 1. He’s suffering from some major survivor’s guilt and kind of just floating through life, not really in it but not really ready to check out. Then he meets Olivia and he starts to change. What I loved about this character is that he didn’t go back to being the man-child he was before. That version of him was shattered and it didn’t make sense to rebuild him. Instead, the author had Cillian character grow up and step into a new role that kept him in the “family business” but also had him looking a bit more like a hero. The sympathy that the author created for this character was amazing but she didn’t make him into this symbol of knighthood either. Cillian had a dark side that came with the O’Malley name and lifestyle. I’d say all these characters quite literally straddle the line between good and bad and that makes them all the more interesting.

Olivia was a bit on the paranoid side and with good reason. She had the guts to try and change her future and protect her daughter so I had to admire that. She wasn’t some weakling looking for a handout or a big strong man to save her. Her determination crossed over into reckless sometimes when it came to her daughter. I think she was so hell bent on not depending on anyone because in her life it always came with strings so she didn’t have much in the way of no strings attached help. I did like this character though. She was self sacrificing without being a martyr but didn’t put silly things before her daughter and their safety. I liked the balance of single mom and red blooded woman because a woman can be both and I felt that Katee Robert really brought those two sides out in Olivia, making her a bit more realistic and conflicted than most. Cillian appealed to her as a woman and she had to fight to keep a balance between that side and the side that was a mom.

So far, each of the couples in this series have been very different from one another and I find the differences so interesting. With Cillian and Olivia there was plenty of attraction but the overall feeling I got from them was one of emotional and physical care. In any other circumstances, the tenderness and care that was present from almost the very beginning would seem normal and bland but because Cillian and Olivia are from rival mob families, it made those moments seem so strange and special. It also provided such a stark contrast to the violence and danger surrounding them. I loved it because it made their love story more interesting and kept me as a reader off balance wondering when the other shoe would drop for them.

One thing that stood out for me about An Indecent Proposal was that it was this book that readers get to see some of the fallout of Carrigan O’Malley’s decision to be with James Halloran, the leader of yet another rival mob family. The events of the previous book hang heavy over the heads of the remaining O’Malleys and it is clear that Carrigan’s choices have lead to difficulties for everyone involved. There are no clear cut happy endings and every mob family is connected in some way or another mob family so “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe these characters’ lives. The one bright spot in the O’Malley’s lives is the flourishing relationship of Cillian’s brother Teague and his mob boss wife Callista.

There’s so much imagery going on, not just with An Indecent Proposal but with the entire series yet not one book drags on and on in my opinion. I really got a solid sense of the setting and surroundings in every scene but Robert didn’t get wordy and take away from the heart and heat of the story. Just like its predecessors, An Indecent Proposal has a moderate pacing but if you’re a huge fan of this series then you’ll feel like you finished it in the blink of an eye. Unless you have to “Adult” like I did about halfway through. Then it’s time to pull on the cranky pants and reluctantly put this gem down. It was a dark time for everyone who suddenly needed me to do something.

Naturally once I finished this book I started thinking about the other characters who have thus far survived and may end up having their own stories told. Cillian has three other siblings in addition to Carrigan and Teague: Aiden, the oldest and leader of their family, and sisters Sloan and Keira who are each fighting their own demons. Dmitri Romanov, the ruthless leader of a mob family in New York, and possible new Book Boyfriend Jude, who doesn’t have much more than a handful of lines in this book but sometimes that’s all it takes to get attention right?

Final Verdict: Once more Katee Robert has crafted an emotionally charged, passion filled romance within the criminal underworld that will grab readers’ attention and make a lasting impression. The bottom line? Cillian and Oliva’s story is not to be missed!

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