Greed. Ambition. Violence. Those are the "values" Olivia Rashidi learned from her Russian mob family-and the values she must leave behind for the sake of her daughter. When she meets Cillian O'Malley, she recognizes the red flag of his family name . . . yet she still can't stop herself from seeing the smoldering, tortured man. To save her family, Olivia sets out to discover Cillian's own secrets, but the real revelation is how fast-and how hard-she's falling for him.
Plagued by a violent past, Cillian is more vulnerable than anyone realizes. Anyone except Olivia, whose beauty, compassion, and pride have him at "hello," even if she's more inclined to say good-bye to an O'Malley. While his proposal of sex with no strings seems simple, what he feels for her isn't, especially after he learns that she belongs to a rival crime family. Cillian knows that there is no escape from the life, but Olivia may be worth trying-and dying-for . . .
First let me start off by saying if you haven’t read the first two books in the series, don’t stress, you can easily enjoy and read An Indecent Proposal. I have not read the other books and didn’t feel lost. I really think if you will enjoy it. Just be warned though, if you think this is a sugar filled love story with hearts and flowers and rainbows and unicorns you may want to step away from the train of that. What it is, is an emotional, it at times is heart breaking, it will make you question what would you do to find your happiness.
I am purposely going to keep this review very short, I am scared if I go further along I will give spoilers away and I do not want to do that. I really want you to not just pick this one up but the previous books as well, because what this book whore plans on doing is reading them all from start to finish so I can really fall even more in love with this series than I already have with just one book.
This is the 3rd installment in Katee Robert’s “The O’Malleys” series. While it is probably helpful to have read the others, it is not necessary. In fact, I read the 1st and somehow missed the 2nd, and I was able to follow without issue.
Olivia and Cillian are both interesting and compelling characters. The organized crime backdrop of the story definitely makes the attraction between them feel a little dangerous, like there is something around the corner at each turn, and that there is a constant danger. While not a “forbidden” relationship, there were definitely elements of this in the relationship.
Katee Robert is a strong writer, which matters here as this keeps it from feeling melodramatic and overwrought. Throughout the story, Cillian and Olivia are both believable. Their reactions seem like the way people would react in the same situation, even though it is tough to gauge this as I have never been in a similar circumstance.
The pacing of this is strong, the characters real. I recommend the latest O’Malley.