Thursday, February 8, 2018

{Blog Tour} The Bastard’s Bargain - Katee Robert (Review)

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert delivers the final installment in her sizzling O'Malleys family series, hailed as "The Godfather meets Romeo & Juliet." In THE BASTARD’S BARGAIN Dmitri Romanov must use his legendary focus and control to stay one step ahead of everyone else in the ever-shifting power plays of New York City.

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“The Bastard's Bargain presents a seductive escape and a fulfilling fantasy for that bad boy craving a girl can never outgrow.”—Isha at Book Likes

“Keira and Dmitri are everything. What develops between them is raw and carnal and wanton. The way they need each other and the way they connect is beyond sexy. It’s something deep and dark and heartbreakingly beautiful.”—Eva, Goodreads Reviewer

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Title: The Bastard’s Bargain
Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Grand Central/Forever
Series: The O’Malleys
Format: Digitial and Print


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.

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This book contains adult themes.

I love the O’Malley series by Katee Robert.  This was the 6th book in the series and my guess the final book since all the characters have had a book.   This was one of my top books I wanted to read in 2018 and I was not disappointed.

This book follows Keira the youngest O’Malley sibling and Dmitri who is the head of the Romanov family.  The story picks up right where the last book left off with Dmitri taking Keira.  Keira and Dmitri end up getting married quickly in the book and now need to figure out a life together.  Keira is used as pawn so she is always trying to keep herself one step ahead of the game and brings her own set of knowledge and experience to the situation. 

I loved that the book was told in dual POV’s.  We get to see the relationship between Keira and Dmitri unfold.  Keira has her guard completely up and doesn’t even realize that Dmitri is turned on by her being so strong.

Keira turned out to be my favorite female lead of the series.  She is so strong, but doesn’t see it due to her dependency on drugs and alcohol.  I love when she is forced to get sober that you can see she is fit for this world that she lives in and can take control of all situations.  Keira comes into her own throughout this book.

Dmitri was an interesting character in all the books in the series so I was very intrigued that the last book was going to be specifically about him.  We did get a little more backstory on how he became to be, but the story was more focused on developing a relationship with Keira.  Dmitri is a complicated man, but he does keep himself somewhat honest in the book and we do get a refreshing look at him.

The story line is great for this book.  We get a great look at the relationship between Dmitri and Keira from the beginning.  My second favorite part is seeing Keira begin to recover and her realizing what is wrong with her.  I loved the way the author handled addiction because it is not over when you are simply recovered.

My one complaint would be the lack of action in this book.  Other books in the series have hard more action in them and this one felt a good portion of the buildup was happening during the story and there was only a mild amount of actual action that happened towards the end of the book.  I felt that the focus of this book was more on the relationship between Keira and Dmitri versus the overall O’Malley story.   My other complaint is I wish they brought all the siblings back together one last time I missed Sloan.

I would suggest this as a weekend read.  I got totally sucked in as I knew I would and couldn’t put the book down.  The story line does have some parts where you can stop reading, but I found it very challenging to take a break because I just wanted to know what was going to happen.

I received a copy of this book from Barclay Publicity to provide an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book. 

My Rating: 4/5

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The Bastard’s Bargain Excerpt
Copyright © 2018 Katee Robert
It wasn’t until the front door closed behind Ivan that the reality of her situation sank in. Dmitri was furious. He might have faked it for his friend, but he stood next to her, a pillar of stone with anger coming off him in waves. His grip on her elbow didn’t hurt, but if she’d tried to leave, he would have restrained her.
She should be afraid. She should be terrified.
Keira’s heartbeat picked up, adrenaline kicking in. She swung to face him with a fierce smile on her face. “You didn’t compliment me on my dress.” It was a work of fucking art. She smoothed her free hand over her hip and up her side. “Actually, you called me a high-class sex worker. Is that any way to speak to your beloved wife?”
His gray eyes followed the movement, a muscle ticking in his jaw when she cupped her breast. “I meant it when I said you’re playing with fire.”
That wasn’t just anger on his face now. No, it was rapidly being overtaken by sheer lust. An answering feeling sent a bolt straight to her core. She stepped back, and he released her instantly. A strange feeling coursed through her, straightening her spine and making her want to laugh out loud. Power. This is what power feels like.
He wanted her. He wanted her so badly, he had his hands clenched at his sides to keep from touching her again. But he wouldn’t until she gave the green light. Keira took another step back. “I have a hypothetical question.”
“Ask.” His voice was rough. The way he watched her made her feel like prey, and she liked it far more than she should—because she wasn’t prey. Keira had her own teeth and claws, and Dmitri would learn that as time went on.
“Hypothetical, if I said yes tonight…how do you imagine that would go?”
He stared at her a long moment. “Nyet. I’m not playing this game with you.” She blinked and he was on her, one hand snaking around to press against the exposed small of her back, the other tangling in her hair. “We are not children, moya koroleva. These games don’t become us.”
He kissed her. There was no cautious exploration or easing into it. Dmitri kissed her like a conquering warlord who was sure of his welcome because he owned everything in the room—including her. There was no fighting this. She didn’t even want to try. Keira slid her arms around his neck and pressed herself more firmly against him. His cock was a hard length with too many layers between them. She rolled her hips, an invitation she wasn’t sure she was ready to follow through on.
Dmitri slid his hand down to cup her ass, guiding her movements. Long slides up the length of his cock and back down again. The stupid goddamn dress kept her from spreading her legs wider, from getting him exactly where she needed him. Her nipples rubbed against his shirt, the silk incredibly decadent across her sensitized skin.
“Keira. Moya koroleva.” He kissed down her jawline, tilting her head back until she had to arch her spine to accommodate the position. “Did you enjoy their eyes on you? Ivan’s. The men who owe allegiance to me. Anyone who cared to look.”
It took her desire-drugged brain a beat to catch up, but by then he was already growling out more words against her skin. “Did it make you feel powerful to know they were imagining stroking the nipples you flash with such impunity?” He moved his hand from her ass to do exactly that, dragging a finger over her puckered nipple. “They wanted the body you so proudly put on display.” His voice roughened. “They wanted what’s mine.”
ve in tonight and then it will all be over.
He moved his hand to her back and bent her until she relied solely on his strength to keep her off the ground. And then Dmitri’s wicked, wicked mouth closed around her nipple. The weight of the beaded design seemed heavier with his tongue flicking the engorged bud, making his touch that much hotter. She couldn’t hold back a moan as he moved to her other breast.
Dmitri dragged his mouth up the center of her chest, the only part of her not caged in the dress, stopping at the thick collar. He flicked the hollow of her throat with his tongue. “This is my favorite part of the dress.” He ran his thumb over it. “This, more than anything else, marks you as mine.”
A collar for a kept pet.

It was as if he’d doused her in icy water. Keira went rigid and shoved Dmitri away. She almost fell when he released her, but she regained her balance at the last second. They stood mere feet apart, breathing hard and staring at each other. I am no one’s pet. She slashed her hand through the air. “I might be your wife, Russian, but I’m not yours. I’ll never be yours.”

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About Katee Robert
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension."  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. 
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  1. I am so glad you enjoyed this book! I'll be reading it this weekend and I'm so excited. Dmitri is already a fav!!!

    Have a lovely day, Kristyn. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I hope you enjoyed this one! Have a great day Alyssa!

  2. The O'Malley series has been popping up on my radar a lot lately! I assume that's because a new book is coming out/came out, but it looks interesting!

    You said there was a "lack of action," which worries me. I'm always hesitant to start a series that has SO MANY BOOKS, and action is kind of needed to keep things going.

    Do You Dog-ear?

    1. This book was more background story and I enjoyed reading it, but there is more action in the other books of the series. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. I haven't read this series but love a dual POV. Sorry there wasn't more action int his one. Great review!

  4. I have been hearing great things about this series. I don't think I have ever read a crime romance, but I think I have to check this one out. Great review!

  5. Great review! I'm glad you enjoyed the read! I like books with likeable characters, makes the read more enjoyable :-)


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