Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance
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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...
I love Karina Halle, she’s the author of my favorite book (one I haven’t gotten around to reviewing even though I have read it 14 times and want to tattoo the title on my body, but that’s besides the point), so needless to say whenever a new Karina Halle book pops up, I know I am going to buy it and read it as soon as humanly possible. I was looking forward to this book, because I really enjoyed reading The Pact (which I did actually review), and the characters in this book were first introduced in The Pact, and let’s face it I love getting a glimpse of the characters I loved in The Pact.
So this book is all about Nicola and Bram. Nicola is a single mom to Ava and let’s just say that romance is the last thing on her mind right now. I think she is pretty much given up on the idea of finding love, and like a lot of single moms the only thing she is focused on is making sure her daughter has a good life and is provided for. Of course it doesn’t help that Ava’s dad just completely walked out on them when Ava was a year old. Of course when the book starts Nicola is totally in bad shape, she gets fired, is pretty sure she won’t be able to pay rent, and Ava has a big medical crisis that is going to involve hundreds of dollars of upkeep every month. You can’t help but feel for Nicola, she really is doing the best she can, and you can tell she is a great mom, but at the same time the girl needs to have some fun, I mean she deserves some happy. I loved how strong she is, and more than that I loved how good of a mom she is.
Bram is such a great character. I like the way he talks, he always has the greatest retorts to people and some seriously come on lines, which are equal parts hilarious and awesome. I think what I liked the most about Bram is that everyone thinks he is just this bad boy who is only interested in bedding women and being the stereotypical rich playboy, but there is so much more to him going on. You can just tell from the beginning. And you can tell with how good he is with Nicola and with Ava for that matter. I liked that he was patient for the most part, and he is also a pretty honest guy. Not a lot of guys are honest about how they feel about things, but I thought Bram was. Plus there are some really hot scenes with Bram, I mean really hot scenes, the incident with the tea kettle was kind of awesome (read to find out).
All in all this was another great read from Karina Halle, but I was pretty much sure it was going to be from the start. As always I have no problem recommending this book to anyone and everyone. Seriously if you haven’t experience Halle’s writing yet, you don’t know what you are missing and should totally work on fixing that immediately.