The Offer (The McGregors #2) by Karina HalleThe Offer by Karina Halle
Published June 2015
Series: The McGregors #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
five-stars
Format: eBook
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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 read The Offer quite some time ago, so apologies if my review is rather succint!

The Offer is Part 2 of what is now called the The McGregors series. It is Karina Halle’s well executed attempt at Contemporary Romance, and the part of the series deals with Bram McGregor, Linden’s brother. But the story also evolves around Nicola Price, who is Linden’s friend and just so happens to hit rock bottom in life, losing her job and not being able to afford her apartment anymore – and she has a little daughter to take care of.

That’s when Bram comes into play: she hadn’t seen him in a while since he came on too strong at her at a wedding, and left a bitter aftertaste in her mouth. But he just so happens to own an apartment complex, and is eager to offer her a place to stay. But Nicola is such a tough-cookie and has a lot of pride too. She is actually too proud to accept Bram’s help in the first place. After all, she knows that Bram is your usual manwhore – and dealing with those in the past has not been so successful. But as circumstances get worse for Nicola, she has really no other option than to accept the offer.

“Sometimes I feel life is just one episode after another trying to find another way. I wonder what happens when you discover there is no other way this time.”

That’s when the story really begins. Nicola is trying to make her way through the tough times, still reluctant to get more help than necessary from Bram because she feels quite attracted to him and well… he’s a manwhore. And the screams she hears coming from his bedroom at night are proof of that.

But it turns out that the more time Bram spends with Nicola, the more he sees her for who she really is, and is hell-bent on trying to do good, and changing the perception she has of him. It was wonderful watching his transformation and how he turned into quite a romantic – a lover and a surrogate to Nicola’s daughter.

“I just wanted to make you smile. That’s it. That’s all there ever really way. I wanted to make you smile because it seemed like such a hard thing to do.”

So all in all, The Offer was a funny, endearing and steamy story in the neighbour/hate-turns-to-love style that I definitely recommend!

Detailed Rating
Storyline
5 Stars
Characters
5 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
5 Stars
Overall: five-stars