The Bastard's BargainSeries: The O'Malleys #6
by Katee Robert
Published by Hachette, Forever on February 6th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
If there was ever was a book that I could say I felt drunk reading, it would be this one. Like a fine liquor, I had to moderate myself and read this story in small doses, savor it. I didn’t want to rush myself and miss anything. At times, I did feel totally overwhelmed by the story of addiction, control, and love. Did Keira and Dmitri’s story do the entire series justice?
Keira O’Malley, the youngest daughter in the O’Malley clan, has been “protected, discarded, and under-estimated” throughout the entire series. Left to her own devices, she’s tried to numb the pain of loss with drugs and alcohol and has lived in a haze ever since. Being “sold off” as a possession to a rival mob boss by her father was never the future she envisioned for herself when she was a little girl.
Dmitri Romanov has been the major bad guy throughout the entire O’Malleys series. He’s cold, calculating, and always one step ahead of everyone else. Reading the series, you really wanted to hate Dmitri but somehow, he got under our skin with his Russian accent and the way he seemed to really want Keira for all the right reasons.
At last we finally find out if that’s true.
As the book that, I think, everyone has been eagerly waiting for, this story has high expectations for it. Okay, I had high expectations. Would you believe they were met, and then some?! The writing was Ms. Robert’s best. I felt everything she wrote. Okay, there could have been a wee bit more intrigue to the story but honestly, for me, I was done with it and wanted a happily ever after for these two. I knew it would take some work and that was what took up a majority of the plot (or the meat of the story). Don’t worry, there’s trouble. Just not pages and pages and pages of it.
Throughout the entire series, Ms. Robert’s characters kept their personalities. No sudden overnight changes because they fell in love. Aiden still treated Keira the same as he did before, blinded by his big brother role. Cillian’s personality didn’t change. Heck, even James Halloran was still staring sharp, deadly daggers at everyone. I commend Ms. Robert for that aspect to her writing. I wish more writers did that.
Yes, you want to read this book. BUT, don’t jump in without reading the previous books in the series… pretty please? You’ll regret it. Trust me, they are worth it!!
Thank you, Ms. Robert. That story rocked 🙂