Indecent Proposal (Boys of Bishop #4)
By Molly O’Keefe
Published September 30th, 2014
Source: received from Bantam in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)
About the book:
With his chiseled jaw and his thick blond hair, Harrison Montgomery was born to lead. Four generations of Montgomery men have served the state of Georgia and now he’s next in line. Harrison, though, is driven to right wrongs: namely to clean up the political mess left by his father’s greed and corruption. But Harrison must first win his congressional bid, and nothing can get in his way—not even an angel who served him whiskey and gave him a shoulder to lean on and a body to love for a night. Problem is, she’s pregnant. Scandal is brewing and there is only one solution: marriage.
Damage control? Ryan Kaminski can’t believe that a cold, calculating political animal now inhabits the body of the emotionally vulnerable stranger who’d given her the most unforgettable night of her life. Really, she doesn’t want anything from Harrison, except to be left alone to have her baby in peace. But Ryan is broke, jobless, and essentially blackmailed by Harrison’s desperate family to accept this crazy marriage deal. For two years, she will have to act the role of caring, supportive wife. But what is Ryan supposed to do when she realizes that, deep in her heart, she’s falling in love.
I am about to get my ass kicked in by Christy at Christy’s Love of Books. Watch… you’ll see. She hates when I do this….
This is the fourth book in Molly O’Keefe’s Boys of Bishop series but it’s the first one I’ve ever read by her (can you hear Christy winding up to throw something at me?). Yes, yes, I’ve gone and read books out of order again… sue me! But honesty, in this case, it really wasn’t a big deal because this is kind of a spin off from the Boys of Bishop. Basically this is Harrison’s story and he is the brother of Ashley Montgomery, the heroine from Never Been Kissed (Boys of Bishop #2). This story takes place simultaneously or very close to Ashley’s story.
Told from both Harrison and Ryan’s POVs, we actually get Ryan’s POV first (and for quite a few pages) as she meets Harrison in the upscale hotel bar she works at. What starts out as a random hookup that scratches both Ryan and Harrison’s itches ends up wrecking both of their worlds. Things actually go from bad to worse when well meaning relatives try to fix the situation and Harrison does the one and only thing he knows to do – offer a deal. Marry him, with a contract, terms, and an out-clause. It’s all drawn out in black and white.
Ryan is my kind of heroine. She lives impulsively, leads by her heart, and then thinks with her head. She’s not dumb, in fact she’s extremely smart. She’s just not had a lucky childhood. You’d say circumstances beyond her control have lead her to have a less than ideal childhood. But she has made her own mistakes and lives with the aftermath as bravely as she can. I liked her!
Harrison drew my ire as soon as the POV switched to his. As the story progressed, it’s revealed why Harrison’s way of thinking about love is so completely out of whack. This is really a story of two people that are so totally meant for each other… if only they can clear the obstacles out of the way.
I read this book in about a day and the story really moves quick. I never wanted to put the it down because I had to know what was going to happen next! It’s one of those books I found myself walking out of the breakroom reading on my way down the elevator back to my locker at work. “Don’t talk to me, I’m reading!” Yes, I can get pissy at work sometimes when I’m engrossed in a book.
The reason I only gave the book four stars instead of four and half or five is because of the ending. It seemed a bit rushed along for the last three pages. I wanted a bit more out of the ending. Personal opinion only, you see. You may like how the story focused solely on these two getting their acts together, not necessarily how they made it work. I’m a sucker for a wee bit more meat to my happily ever after. But then I guess the tone wouldn’t have gone with the rest of the story. Heck, who am I to say, I’m only the reader.
Read it for yourself 😀
I’m going back and reading Never Been Kissed… I need to learn more about this Brody fella.
Jeez, Christy! That hurts when you make it projectile!
About the author:
Molly O’Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.
She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring every character’s road towards happily ever after.”
Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she’s not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.
Dishing It Out, her last Harlequin Flipside won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for best Flipside in 2005.
Her Superromance Baby Makes Three won the RT Reviewer’s Choice for best Superromance in 2006 and her novella, “The Christmas Eve Promise” in The Night Before Christmas was nominated for a RITA in 2009.
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