Series: The O'Malleys #3
Published by Forever
Publication Date: August 30th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert continues her smoking-hot series about the O’Malleys-wealthy, powerful, and full of scandalous family secrets.
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 .
Katee Roberts continues to enthrall readers with this passionate, emotional and riveting installment of her O’Malley series where the antidote for greed and deception is love and loyalty.
Cillian O’Malley knows that his family lost the best part of it when his brother was killed and his role in what happened is something he is yet to forgive himself for, but that loss was the wake up call he needed to clean up his act and step into his place in the family business. The thing is, that loss has also left him with a gaping hole on the inside that nothing has been able to fill. Until Olivia.
As the unacknowledged daughter of a Russian mobster, Olivia Rashidi has seen all that that world has to offer and turned her back on it in order to give her daughter a better life. Cillian with his history and baggage is definitely not the person she needs in her life, especially when she can’t seem to completely cut her own mob ties but she’s drawn to him in a way that defies explanation and she sees the vulnerability in him that no-one else can see.
Anyone can see that because of their families Cillian and Olivia together are a volatile combination, but the attraction between them is so potent that giving that up seems foolish. But when it’s a choice between the woman who completes him and the family that demands his allegiance, can Cillian make the right choice or does he even have to choose?
Cillian had been hard to peg from previous books. He gave off the vibe of a carefree playboy, but in reality, he’s complex and very much a contradiction. Underneath all those expensive suits and the charm is a deadly and merciless man who is willing to break all the rules to protect his, but he also has a caring side that only few can see.
Olivia on the other hand is a fighter and on guard all the time which is easy to understand, given her background. But I loved her connection with Cillian. They’re very passionate together, smart enough to know that what they have isn’t the norm in their world and tough enough to fight for it.
This series really is worth reading because you can’t help but connect with characters who are willing to fight for their happiness in a world filled with violence, deception and avarice. I know I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: this is Ms. Roberts’ best work.