I received this book for free from Forever in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Bastard's Bargain by Katee Robert
Also in this series: The Marriage Contract, The Wedding Pact, An Indecent Proposal, Forbidden Promises, Undercover Attraction
Series: The O'Malleys #6
Published by Forever on February 6th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Mafia
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.
The Bastard’s Bargain is a passion filled and angst packed romance that will send you sensations and tingles from head to toe….a vibrant and powerfully provoking tale!!
WHAT A BOOK!!! I have been looking forward to this book ever since book one came out and boy it was a wild ride but one I had a blast to participate in. Now this is the last book of the O’Malley series (as far as I know) …to be honest I think the ending of this book left me a bit unsure, it wasn’t as final as I was expecting it to be so maybe another book or novella…who knows but I am SO *crossing fingers* that this isn’t the end.
I will say that this is one of the most intense and action-packed books of the series, although I would like to mention that all of them are configured to turn out that way because these definitely aren’t calm or cool like vibes….they are intense and crazy and out of this world but you fall in love anyway.
Our key players of this intense romance are:
- Keira O’Malley is the youngest of the siblings, and she is struggling the most out of all of them. She feels guilty for her brother’s death. She is the most “lost” of them all. She feels like a misfit around her siblings, and she drowns her pain in alcohol and drugs.
- Dmitri Romanov is tough as nails and hardened as he was born to be. He is the boss of the Romanov. He is dangerous, calculating and cold at times. But also craves something more and he senses that he can have something unique with Keira and that she will warm the ice around him.
So this book pretty much takes off after book five. Where our heroine, Keira, agrees to go with Dmitri and be his wife. She chooses to leave her family and take part in her own destiny. But it’s not as easy as she thinks it might be. At first, all she cares about is getting away from the protectiveness of her family and nothing else. Until Dmitri forces her to become more than a drug addict. He pretty much makes her go cold turkey from the drugs and the drinking. He knows that she is the weakest with her senses out of whack and he needs her to be sober. Because marriage to him is not going to be safe or easy. He knows what she is capable of and wants her to be his partner…his queen.
“Do I have a choice?”
Dmitri watched her closely. “I won’t force you there any more than I’d force you to have sex. It’s your choice, It’s always been your choice.”
Now Keira isn’t like the other siblings, she is harder to like. I knew that going in that this book wouldn’t be easy at times especially with this heroine because out of all the siblings, she struggles the most internally. Now I love this crazy family, but we see another side to them in this book and I loved how strong Keira stands up to them. They don’t really realize that she CHOOSES to be with Dmitri because he understands her in ways that her family never will or never will be open to understanding. It happens when you have highly overprotective brothers that act before thinking.
There is also some great scenes of suspense and action that I have come to look forward to in these books and Katee Robert’s does them so well. We still have our villains Althea and Mae and boy are these two a piece of work and boy I really liked the justice they receive FINALLY!!! But there was a fun twist of a betrayal that you totally don’t see coming. But seeing this couple just come together in this book is so FANTASTIC!! I honestly couldn’t get enough of them mostly because they fit just right. They both have inner demons they deal with daily, but once they decide to take a chance on each other, the ball on this romance really gets rolling. We see so much growth, especially in Keira. She begins painting again and just living life and not swallowing in her own misery. And we see a different tender side to Dmitri, and he makes the best anti-hero that you will fall head over heels in love with.
I’ll never get enough of you. You are mine and I am yours, and I’m keeping you for the rest of our fucking lives. I love you, you crazy woman and I’m never letting you go.
Quite frankly, this book knocked my socks off and the only reason it’s not a five star is the ending was a bit disappointing, to be honest. But other than that…this book was full speed ahead FANTASTIC and I can’t recommend it enough!!