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The Offer

The Offer

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by Karina Halle

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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


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.

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"The narrators did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life, and Ferguson especially made my toes curl because of how he had Bram share his feelings." ---Unconventional Book Views

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From a rock music journalist to a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author for The Pact, Where Sea Meets Sky, The Artists Trilogy series, and over 20 other books, Karina Halle has seen a lot of the world. Luckily, all the years of dabbling in different careers and traversing the globe has given her the perfect background for her stories. Whether it's writing horror romance, romantic suspense or contemporary romance, Karina manages to combine very real people and relationships with very edgy circumstances. When she's not writing about flawed characters or chilling situations, you can find her on Salt Spring Island, BC, drinking wine in her 1920's farmhouse with her husband and their adopted pitbull.

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The Offer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
There's just something about Halle's writing that really draws you into a story. I really enjoyed this and can't wait to read the others in the story. Bram aka Manwhore is the brother of Linden. He meets Nicola, who is Steph's best friend. So naturally as any Manwhore would, he sets his sites on Nicola. But she's a strong wield girl and a single mother. Who really doesn't have time for that but everyone underestimates Bram because of his past. He gives Nicola an offer, she can't refuse. This story to me, is really about never assuming who someone is by their past. Also, that love can be simple. Cause you either love someone or you don't. It can be very heartbreaking but they both have to give themselves that chance. Cause you never know the outcome. Though, it can be scary, it is necessary. I really learned something from their story. We've all been where these two people have. It really is just simple and it's complicated if we make it that way. It says something, when you can relate to characters in a book and really connect....Lissa
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Well, that was an emotional rollercoaster kind of read. And it made me like the book, the more I think about it. You have single mom Nicola, her adorable daughter Ava as they move in next door to neighbor and landlord Bram. While reading this, I found it to be pretty good read, from the side characters who I look forward to reading in the later books, especially Lachlan and Kayla's story, and of course not knowing this was part of a series until after finishing this. The writing at times was good at times, with some moments I felt was a little dragged on but I didn't mind it that much. Near the end I wasn't expecting a twist like that so kudos points for that book. Overall, this was a good start to an author I look forward to reading more from. I only heard of her book the Play, hoping its just as good as the Offer.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
The Offer is an adult contemporary romance novel written by Karina Halle. Although this book follows characters that were previously introduced in The Pact, The Offer is its own story and is marketed as a standalone novel. So far, these McGregor Brothers books can be read in any order. I've gotta admit this one tugged on my heartstrings a little bit. Single mom, kid with medical problems, a man who is weighed down by past reputations. The struggles are real and I easily empathized with the characters and their lives. The heroine is strong but vulnerable, the hero is dimensional enough to transform before your eyes, and together they both added a great deal of humor to what could have been a maybe too serious book. As far as the romance, it was pretty sexy and I took a front row seat while cheering these two on. But alas, you know the all too preventable "I never want to see you again" climax is bound to happen in these books and when it did I rolled my eyes just a tiny bit. But I love Karina Halle and I learn time and time again that she never disappoints. If you enjoy Ms. Halle's novels too, then don't miss out on this one! My favorite quote: “Sometimes it’s the easiest, most simple things in life that bring you the most joy. The good, pure kind of joy that just makes you feel human and proud of it.”
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
After enjoying The Pact so much, I knew I had to give The Offer a try. I decided to wait for the audiobook since the Scottish accents in The Pact were so attractive. I’m usually not a fan of accents in audios at all, but this one grew on me and brought this Scottish hunk of man, Bram, to a whole new level. Bram and Nicola were both very genuine and interesting characters. Nicola was struggling to give her and her daughter the best life she could. Bram, the hot, rich, player type, offered to help Nicola in her time of need… but accepting this offer was extremely difficult for Nicola. After her reluctance, she did decide to take his help… but would it end up backfiring on her? “Because people like to hold onto their ideas of what you are and who you are. They put you in a box and no matter how hard you try to show them what you’re really like, they can’t wrap their heads around it. They won’t. They only want you to be a certain way, the way they see you. To change that messes with their heads.” Bram and Nicola’s romance was HAWT! I’m a big hater of when a story has too many sexy scenes (yes, there IS such a thing) but I was happy to see that this story had just the right amount of sexy to keep me a happy reader.
Jami-Wagner More than 1 year ago
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
“Because people like to hold onto their ideas of what you are and who you are. They put you in a box and no matter how hard you try to show them what you’re really like, they can’t wrap their heads around it. They won’t. They only want you to be a certain way, the way they see you. To change that messes with their heads.” The Pack was a favorite of mine so I couldn't wait to read The Offer. While I really enjoyed it, it wasn't as good as The Pack. I enjoyed Bram and his banter, the story flowed nicely but just didn't grab me. If you are looking for a book that you will enjoy on a sunny afternoon, this is it. There is romance, hope, redemption.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I love Bram and Stephanie!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Karinas books!
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Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog If you remember at the end of THE PACT we learn about Linden’s brother, Bram. He’s the older brother, but he’s also the wild one. He’s been blowing through family money in New York, doing everything to excess and not having any responsibilities. This is his story. And I was immediately sold because….well it must be that Scottish brogue. Bram has been living in San Francisco near his brother for a while now. He’s been for all intents and purposes cleaning up his act. At Linden’s wedding, Bram decides to act on his attraction to Steph’s best friend Nicola and proposes one night of sex. Nicola knows the type of man Bram is, the playboy kind. She doesn’t need that in her life, she’s a mother trying to get ahead in the world for herself and her daughter. Trying to pursue her passion. And the heartbreak that comes with someone like Bram does not fit in. Fast forward a few months, and Nicola is down on her luck and Bram might be the one ticket she needs to stay afloat and not drown in her problems. She has to accept Bram’s help for a place to live until she gets back on her feet. But having Bram that close proves more than her defenses can fend off. I loved Bram a hell of a lot. He’s a changed man, he’s trying to do good and trying to be successful. Turning his life around completely, but still dealing with the stigma of the image others have of him. He does not go around fighting his feelings all the time, and for that I can’t be more thankful. He wants something, he feels something, he goes with the flow. He wants Nicola, then he’s going to be fully into her. He makes no qualms about it and doesn’t try to disguise things or downplay things. My favorite kind of hero! He’s also fun and adores her kid. So I mean, lots of brownie points to him. Nicola was the character I struggled a bit with in this one. I liked her good enough, but I wouldn’t say I agreed with some of her decisions. They just didn’t make sense to me sometimes. THE OFFER is may favorite Karina Halle book in a while! I love that she wrote an older couple than she’s known for. Specially a heroine with a kid at that! There’s a whole new set of rules and responsibilities she’s had to incorporate in this story that I’m not used to seeing in her books, and I completely enjoyed that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy everything Katrina Halle writes! She's so great! Loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was EPIC!! Karina Halle once again Knocked it out of the park! I Swooned for Bram!! Who doesn't Love a Sexy Scots Man!! I looked up to Nicola ! And just fell for little Ava! I started this book and couldn't put it down until I was done! 1 Click this book I promise its worth it!!
Livlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
It was seriously Bram-tastic! ***Minor spoilers alert!!!*** ~ ~ ~ The Offer is now my 3rd Karina Halle novel. I enjoyed the fairly serious premise, the well placed humor, the often naughty sexy times and the softer side of Bram who we’d previously only seen before as a rudderless soul through his brother Linden’s eyes in The Pact. Most of the novel is told from Nicola’s POV with the occasional switch to Bram’s POV. I liked that Nicola persevered and rolled with each hard punch life threw at her. She had trouble accepting help, but eventually she does, opening herself up to love in the process. Bram wears her down like a virus, but in a good way. I loved discovering his altruistic side, the hidden depths that his family could never see beyond his charming personality and past carefree lifestyle. “Everything I did for you and Ava is because I wanted to. Because I liked you…a lot. Both of you. I just wanted to be with you. Maybe subconsciously I was trying to make amends for the things I’ve done or maybe it was the matter of properly helping someone when I finally had the means to do it. I just wanted to make you smile. That’s it. That’s really all there ever was. I wanted to make you smile because it seemed like such a hard thing to do.” Bram
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Karina's books last year when I picked up "the pact" and I have picked up a lot of her other works since. This has to be one of my favorites! It was funny and smart and heart clinchingly (is that even a word?) perfect. The characters were awesome and fully relatable but I guess the one I relate to the most was Ava haha I've been a type one diabetic myself since the age of 2 and this July will celebrate 28 years of being a diabetic. So it was interesting to see a character that has the same disease. Bram reminded me of Gerard Butler in the "Ugly Truth" where you'd love to hate him because he's so chauvinistic and kind of a pig but he is unequivocally himself- take no prisoners and make no apologies. Eventually we find out that there is much more to Bram than meets the eye and that transition is what kept me enthralled with the book. Nicola is a strong heroine and a major shout out to the struggle of being a single mom. The ending was excellent it just seemed a little rushed and I hope that there will be a third book to explain some more of the details and backstory about the information we get in the last few pages ( after you read it, you'll know haha) all in all I'm #TeamPerv all the way!j