Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Review - The Bastard's Bargain by Katee Robert

The Bastard's Bargain
by Katee Robert
Series: The O’Malleys, #6
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 6, 2018

Married to the enemy

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 she closed her eyes, she could almost pretend this was another time, another place. That she was just a woman and he was just a man, and nothing stood between them and the fabled happily ever after.

Hers wasn’t that kind of story.
What a way to wrap up this series! Katee Robert delivered another intense and gritty read in her O’Malley series that is filled with all the emotion, heat, and suspense I’ve come to expect.

I was a bit unsure going into this one – Keira hadn’t shown much of who she was and I wasn’t sure how she would be able to stand up to Dmitri now that she would be forced to play in his world. But I must say, I absolutely loved the way her character developed and came into her own. From owning her shit to calling Dmitri on his, she was the perfect queen in the Romanov kingdom. It wasn’t an easy or pretty path that Ms. Robert paved for her, but it was the only path that could lead to what I must say was a masterful end.

From the fantastic dialogue and worldbuilding to the emotional depth and development of her characters, Ms. Robert has woven a story and series that delivered everything I love when I open a book. The pacing is fast at times and the romance even faster, but every element works together to deliver a top notch story and series, one that has become one of my favorites.

Although this book can be read as a standalone, because each previous book in the series has been building to this conclusion I would recommend starting from the beginning – and I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed in any of the books in this series.

Another great read and one I highly recommend to anyone who likes some edge and a whole lot of heat in their romance.

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