The Bastard's Bargain (O'Malleys Series #6)

The Bastard's Bargain (O'Malleys Series #6)

by Katee Robert

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Overview

"The Bastard's Bargain is deliciously gritty, darkly romantic, drop-dead sexy and thoroughly engrossing." --USA Today, Happy Ever After
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.
"A tension-filled plot full of deceit, betrayal, and sizzling love scenes will make it impossible for readers to set the book down." --Publishers Weekly on Forbidden Promises
Previous books: THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT THE WEDDING PACT AN INDECENT PROPOSAL FORBIDDEN PROMISES UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538728048
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Series: O'Malleys Series , #6
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 30,237
File size: 531 KB

About the Author

Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who learned to tell stories at her grandpa's knee. Her novel 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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The Bastard's Bargain (O'Malleys Series #6) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms.Robert has enchanted her readers with the story of the O'Malley's family from the very beginning. This concludes the saga of the youngest O'Malley, a broken girl trying to deal with the loss of her brother. All want to help her, but it takes the bullying of a hard man to make her go cold turkey, and help her accept the demons she has created. And chose not to continue spiraling down in search of numbness. If she can't feel, then the pain won't hurt. Romanov offers Kiera the impossible. To become his queen in the dynasty and empire they will built. To become his partner, not his puppet, to rule beside him as equals, to become more than a figure head. Can she trust him? Can she pull it off? Only time will tell, and only after their enemies have been dealt with. This fan hopes the writer will consider penning a novella in which the characters have overcome the power struggle, and have tentatively put aside their mistrust for the sake of family. For the sake of the future, their children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the entire series. Every single book was phenomenal. I didn't expect this last one to be even better than the rest. You come to know all the characters in every book, but I loved that Kiera surprised me so much. She was total bad ass & quickly became my favorite sibling. The only bad thing about this book is that it ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointed in the ending was hoping for better closure the an awesome series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So happy to find this one. It delivered the best hea of all the books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish the series wasnt over. Great fast read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great ending to this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the series! Wish there was more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved how this played out and how the main character found her power. I loved that this wasn't a damsal in distress needing to be rescued.
ScrapNSign More than 1 year ago
The Bastard's Bargain is the 6th and final book in the O'Malley series. I've both been dreading and counting down to Keira's story, mainly cuz she's such a loose cannon and Dmitri Romanov is a tyrant that I've hated to love from the beginning of the series. I've listened to the entire series on Audible, own them in paperback, and it definitely helps to bring the stories to life. The accents are perfect, and the addition of being able to close your eyes at certain parts is helpful, lol. Don't read these books out of order though, there's too much to be missed if you read this as a stand alone book.
charlligirl More than 1 year ago
Explosive conclusion to this series. What a way to go out in a blaze of glory. Keira was just a shell of a person. All she ever wanted was peace. Little did she know that by marrying Dmitri, that's exactly what she would get. He saw in her what everyone else overlooked. He gave her a chance to become someone. My only complaint about this book is that it's the end of the series. I'm heartbroken there will be no more O'Malleys or Romanovs. I've grown to love these characters and can picture running into them in Boston or NYC during a visit. Yeah, I know that's not realistic, but they were so real. Well done Ms. Robert. You drew us in with Teague, but you made the fat lady sing with Keira.
KivicCT140 More than 1 year ago
If could have rated this 5+ stars I would have. I literally could not put this book down. This is one steamy, action packed Irish/Russian crime family contemporary romance. This was my first Katee Robert book but it definitely won't be my last. I'll be adding another author to my "must read"file and eagerly awaiting the next installment. Now I've got to run out and read the rest of the O'Malley/Romanov series. #TheBastard'sBargain #NetGalley
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Fantastic finale to the O'Malleys series! I've been keen on Dmitri getting a book from when he was first introduced and when it became clear that his love interest would be Keira O'Malley I knew it would be quite a ride to get to their happy ending, but one definitely worth taking! Keira is a mess at the start of the story, addicted to drugs and alcohol to take away the pain of her brother Devlin's death which started off the 6 book series. Watching her come to grips with her addiction and fight to stay clean after being given a chance (due to Dmitri's admittedly high handed ways) was heartbreaking, but worth it for her (and the reader) as she takes her place as Dmitri's full partner by the end of the story. It's a marriage of convenience and lust from the start, but morphs into something more when Keira realizes how much Dmitri actually cares about her and her well being despite his efforts to remain emotionally distant (which don't last long). Dmitri is still a bad guy of course, a mafia kingpin who doesn't hesitate to bring down his enemies but one who has grown a conscience when it comes to protecting Keira and making sure she's happy - which means not pissing her off by tangling too much with her family and their allies. They make a great power couple, and they have a lot of hot sex while cementing their relationship. As it's the last in the series, there are cameo appearances from almost all of the major players in the previous stories. It's a series best read in order as some of the events of previous books lead to the climactic finale of this one. Action, suspense, sex and romance - it's a thrill ride from start to finish. I highly recommend this story, and the series as a whole and it'll make a great binge read in the future!
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LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! Explosively satisfying! We've been waiting for Dmitri's story for so long, and it does not disappoint! From the very start of the series, we've been seeing mention of the evil Russian who was a thorn in the O'Malley family's side throughout all of their business dealings. He's been trying to get a foot in their door for a long time, and was going to be a constant threat until he got his way. Keira puts the family first and thrusts herself into his lair, but it doesn't take her long to discover that there's more to this Russian than she ever thought. Their journey is touching, as well as exciting. Great read! Keira O'Malley will do anything to keep her family safe ... even make a deal with the devil! She might be the youngest of the O'Malley siblings, but she's been touched by the crime and trauma of their lifestyle just as much if not more as each of her siblings. She finally checked out of life a couple of years ago when one loss took her breath and her foundation away. Now if she has to marry Mr. Evil himself in the form of Dmitri Romanov, so be it ... at least her siblings will have peace! Russian Dmitri Romanov has been trying to get an "in" with the O'Malley family for years now, but keeps being foiled. When he set his sights on Keira, it became personal because she is unlike any previous conquest. She's gotten underneath his skin without even trying to. He can see the broken soul that lives beneath the iron will and heated barbs she throws his way on a constant basis. It might still be all about business, but having this firecracker as his wife is going to be a delight if it's the last thing he does!
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
I am thrilled with how this story played out and loved every second. It's a complicated world full of so many different dynamics and layers, I could not get enough. I loved Dmitri and Keira! They had an intense and volatile relationship and as soon as I picked it up, I was gone to this world the author has created. Since first meeting Dmitri Romanov, I have wanted his story. This gruff villain that you want to hate but he does these small, endearing things that have you rooting for him. His story did not disappoint. He was so complex and passionate. He was a fantastic anti-hero. Now Keira, she had some problems and I was not her biggest fan in the beginning. Seeing her work through her issues, let down her guard, and really grow into this amazing force was awesome. By the end, I was her biggest fan! Together Dmitri and Keira were crazy awesome, like fire and ice. There's a lot of tension and simmering passion between them and I could feel that push and pull. I loved their verbal sparring, some snarky, some sweet, but the more they come together the more playful it gets and it made them really entertaining together. I loved those special moments between them. And the passion? Holy heck this sucker was hot. It was like a building pent up energy between them. All that want and need made for some really heated scenes. The storyline was fantastic and I loved all the drama making this a serious page turner. There's an excellent cast of characters as well from previous stories so you get a glimpse of everyone in the series. This is completely standalone so you won't be lost while reading but I highly suggest reading in order just because you see this awesome build in Dmitri over the course of the entire series. I love this world that Katee Robert has created in The O’Malleys series. It's full, detailed, and intense. Each book has had me hooked every time but this one, hands down, is my absolute favorite. A must read! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic!! I loved it!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
As soon as I spotted this, the final book in the series, was about to be published I just had to read it. This is the culmination of this enthralling story of the O’Malleys and the gangland mobsters they compete with for territory and power. It is a story of expectations, hidden agendas, murder, torture, death and romance. This story focusses on the youngest of the O’Malley siblings, twenty-one year old Keira who has never got over the murder of her beloved brother. She started drinking and taking drugs to numb the pain of his loss and lost herself in the process. When the only man who makes her feel again, the leader of an opposing group of mobsters, Dmitri Romanov, tells her to go away and marry him she agrees. The wedding is nothing like the one she’d dreamed of as a child, but there again Dmitri is nothing like the hero of her childhood dreams. Instead he is outwardly cold, manipulating and always ahead of the game . . . . until it comes to Keira. This is a story of redemption, helping someone heal and move forward but it is also a story filled with deadly danger, threats and intrigue. Dmitri has been the ‘enemy’ to the O’Malleys for most of this series but he’s the only one who sees Keira and is determined to help her achieve her full potential rather than letting her drown her sorrows in an alcohol and drug induced haze. He proves to be a patient and caring husband, helping Keira become the person he knows she can be – his Queen. However, others are threatening them all and there’s a traitor in his home…. Can Keira and Dmitri work together? Can they build on their mutual attraction to find love or will an enemy thwart them all? This is another fast paced, hot and steamy, romantic suspense that I didn’t want to put down until I’d finished it – a brilliant finale to a superb series. It has great characters who readers of earlier books in this series will have got to know well but I still think it could be read and thoroughly enjoyed as a standalone. I have no hesitation in highly recommending it – and all the earlier books, too! I requested and received a copy of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Wow. Reading the rest of the books in this series, I would have never guessed that Keira and Dmitri's book would have even been in contention for series favorite. Dmitri always seemed so cold, so hard...such an evil bad guy. Sure, his interactions with Keira in the last few books was intriguing, but she was so damaged and hell-bent on self destruction, surely their relationship--and therefore their book--would be a disaster? So. Wrong. This book grabbed me from the first page and wouldn't let go. From the first few chapters when their relationship seemed rather doomed until Keira came into her own as temporary de facto leader of the Romanovs because of...reasons, I couldn't put this one down. Dmitri and Keira are absolutely made for each other, even if it took them more than half of the book to realize and accpet it. Getting glimpses of the lives the other O'Malley siblings are living along the way was pretty much the icing on one heck of a delicious cake. The O'Malley series is one that really should be read in order, because each story builds on the one before it and there are many threads which weave in and out of all the books, culminating in the events that take place in this one. So, no--this is not the book to start with. Yes, you'd probably be able to follow along with what is happening just fine and it is a story all on its own, but trust me, you won't be satisfied with knowing just Keira and Dmitri's tale. I'm sad to see this series end, but anxious to find out where Ms. Roberts will take us next! Rating. 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Wow. Reading the rest of the books in this series, I would have never guessed that Keira and Dmitri's book would have even been in contention for series favorite. Dmitri always seemed so cold, so hard...such an evil bad guy. Sure, his interactions with Keira in the last few books was intriguing, but she was so damaged and hell-bent on self destruction, surely their relationship--and therefore their book--would be a disaster? So. Wrong. This book grabbed me from the first page and wouldn't let go. From the first few chapters when their relationship seemed rather doomed until Keira came into her own as temporary de facto leader of the Romanovs because of...reasons, I couldn't put this one down. Dmitri and Keira are absolutely made for each other, even if it took them more than half of the book to realize and accpet it. Getting glimpses of the lives the other O'Malley siblings are living along the way was pretty much the icing on one heck of a delicious cake. The O'Malley series is one that really should be read in order, because each story builds on the one before it and there are many threads which weave in and out of all the books, culminating in the events that take place in this one. So, no--this is not the book to start with. Yes, you'd probably be able to follow along with what is happening just fine and it is a story all on its own, but trust me, you won't be satisfied with knowing just Keira and Dmitri's tale. I'm sad to see this series end, but anxious to find out where Ms. Roberts will take us next! Rating. 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
JulieD2 More than 1 year ago
Kiera O’Malley had been slowly losing herself in a world of booze and drugs after the death of her brother Devlin. Dmitri Romanov, one of her families enemies, and a man who’d like to see them in ruin, he’s been plaguing her to marry him, to finally except seems a no brainer to complete her self-destruction plans. But a hard, cold Dmitri she expected is not how it was at all. Dmitri Romanov has had his eyes on Kiera for a longtime. It became an infatuation of sorts and he’s carefully watched over her from the sidelines so she doesn’t go overboard with her self-destruction and finally kill herself. When she finally agrees to become his wife, he does every thing in his power to heal her broken heart, make her feel strong, her own person, help with her addictions and make her his beloved. A fitting conclusion to a fantastic series. This story has to be steamiest of them all, but it tastefully done, and I didn’t think I was going to like Dmitri much but this is going to become one of my favourites. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the last of the O’mally’s children and it was twisted, loving, hate and everything in between. I could not wait for Keira’s and Dmitri story and I was not disappointed. I could not put it down once I started reading. There was so much they felt for one another and in order to have what they wanted. This series was one I would recommend everyone to read.
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
What a way to wrap up this series! Katee Robert delivered another intense and gritty read in her O’Malley series that is filled with all the emotion, heat, and suspense I’ve come to expect. I was a bit unsure going into this one – Keira hadn’t shown much of who she was and I wasn’t sure how she would be able to stand up to Dmitri now that she would be forced to play in his world. But I must say, I absolutely loved the way her character developed and came into her own. From owning her shit to calling Dmitri on his, she was the perfect queen in the Romanov kingdom. It wasn’t an easy or pretty path that Ms. Robert paved for her, but it was the only path that could lead to what I must say was a masterful end. From the fantastic dialogue and worldbuilding to the emotional depth and development of her characters, Ms. Robert has woven a story and series that delivered everything I love when I open a book. The pacing is fast at times and the romance even faster, but every element works together to deliver a top notch story and series, one that has become one of my favorites. Although this book can be read as a standalone, because each previous book in the series has been building to this conclusion I would recommend starting from the beginning – and I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed in any of the books in this series. Another great read and one I highly recommend to anyone who likes some edge and a whole lot of heat in their romance.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
I saw ARCs were out on Twitter and literally ran to Netgalley in order to get my hands on this book. I came in to the O’Malley series late, book 4 was the first glimpse I had of this family. And Keira and Dmitri’s story has been percolating since at least then. I’ve been dying for more of them. To be honest, I found them to be the most compelling thing about Aiden and Charlie’s story, and I was hoping that when they finally had a chance to shine in The Bastard’s Bargain that I wouldn’t be disappointed. And I’m not. 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. Gorgeous broken Keira means more to Dmitri tha he’s willing to admit at first. He can’t bear to see her destroy herself, so he will save her even as she fights him on it. She’s so tired of being a pawn, caged in by people claiming to protect her without seeing how they are carving away at her soul. Dmitri sees too much. And still she wants him. But she’s going to fight it till the bitter end. The thing is, when she finally listens to Dmitri it turns out that he is actually offering her everything. If she is his, then he is hers. And giving her back that power, it changes their world. Because together Keira and Dmitri are unstoppable. And I loved every second of their story. It was literally perfect. In fact, I think I just might go re-read it. Possibly over and over again. **The Bastard’s Bargain will publish on February 6, 2018. I received an advance reader copy courtesy of Netgalley/Grand Central Publishing (Forever) in exchange for my review.
xCynyx More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting forever for this story! And it's just so bitterssweet. The last installment in The O'Malleys series is here and it couldn't be more perfect. When We first met The O'Malleys and the crime families in Boston I was intrigued by the sibilings and their characters but honestly, each secondary character and each love interest made everything better. When Dmitri was introduced I hated him. But he was the kind of character you love to hate because he was so bad and so good at being bad I couldn't help but want to see more of him. And the more I read the more this character stole the show. Dmitri became as important as all the O'Malleys for this series. As the only son and heir of his family he has a lot to prove and a city to keep under control. Dmitri made a big mistake in the past, thinking he could advance on Boston and trying to marry Carrigan but when he met Keira he needed to have her and not just to save his reputation and power. Kiera is the youngest of the 6, and the one who's Devlin death affected the most. They were closer than the rest and when she lost him and his family went crazy and falling in love she felt abandoned, alone and powerless to do or say what she wanted. Broken and lost in her own pain Keira takes drugs and alcohol to make it all go away until Dmitri crosses her path and she wants him ore than anything. I loved loved loved reading the two of them come together. They are stubborn, vulnerable, calculating and so hot! Dmitri sees Keira as a way of regaining power and making the O'Malleys pay. Keira sees him as the only way to keep her family safe from a war they know they won't be able to win. And then, they see each other. Not as enemies and not just as everyone else sees them but the person thei are inside and is just freaking explosive. Dmitri's cold and calculating personality works for him, he's bad and he won't apologise for it. And while his methods may be not be the best he wants to help and protect Keira. He sees beyond the rebel girl and what she can be. He believes in Keira before she does. And she does see the quiet lonely man that lives in a big mansion and rules New York. That doesn't mean it's easy for them but watching them go round after round trying to get the upper hand is so FUN and trheir chemestry is off the charts, this two know how to turn up the heat. I loved the development of both them here, we get to see Keira face her demons and a whole new side of Dmitri that has turn him into my favorite guy in this series. And while I loved reading this one, I can't believe is over. It's been a while since I felt so bad after a series ended and I really really hope Katee gives some more because I'm not ready to say goodbye to all this characters!!
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
God, I've been waiting for this book forever! It was my most anticipated book of 2018, and it was SO WORTH THE WAIT! I love nothing more than a redeemed anti-hero, and Dmitri is THE BEST. Keira O'Malley is the youngest of her big family of siblings. Because of that, she was a little more sheltered from the harshest parts of he "family business". At least initially. Growing up in a Boston mob family is no picnic though, and her closest brother Devlin, paid the price for them all when he was gunned down during a mob war. In the years since that happened, Keira has been on a downward spiral. She quit creating her beloved art. She is constantly high or drunk, with pretty much zero sober moments in between. She takes dangerous risks, like sneaking out of the house when she knows things aren't exactly safe for her out on the town. And, maybe the most dangerous of all, she has an ongoing flirtation with the Russian mobster that has been the most recent foe of her family. She wants him, even though she knows it's impossible. At least, until it isn't... Dmitri Romanov isn't a good guy. You can't really stay a "good guy" in his business, even if you were to try to. He's been the villain of this series from the beginning, but occasionally you've seen flashes of decency, especially when it comes to Keira. He has lost face with his NYC rivals, due to some defeats at the hands of the Boston O'Malleys, and he needs to get things back on track. The easiest way to do that is to marry Keira O'Malley. He also happens to want her more than he should. They've been playing a cat and mouse game for years, and now he's finally catching her, and he won't let her go. Dmitri and Keira have had massive chemistry on the page from their very first meeting several books ago. But, their relationship in this book brings it all full circle. They both underestimate themselves, and their capacity for love, and forgiveness, and for self-love, and self-acceptance. Dmitri recognizes that Keira is special and that she can be his partner and his equal in all things, but he needs her to realize it for herself too. He also helps her with her sobriety, and it was really nice to see them coming together while dealing with all the problems they had going on in their crazy life, especially in regards to the suspense subplot, which is partially carried over from the last book. I loved the glimpses we got of the rest of the O'Malley clan, and how they all came to terms with Keira's choices, and her finally embracing being a grown up. They all see her as their baby sister, and often it's been to her detriment. I appreciated them seeing her for who she really is, and who she could be. I loved the way Keira really grew up and came into her own as Mrs. Romanov. That seriously deserves it's own hashtag, #MrsRomanov, because she is so badass. I loved the dynamic between Keira and Dmitri and how they really understood each other, were honest with each other, and truly fell in love with each other, flaws and all. They are a true power couple, and I loved watching Dmitri being redeemed in my eyes throughout the story with his love and care for his moya koroleva. PS, native language pet names are swoontastic, and I am so here for it. I truly loved this story and I think it was the perfect ending for this fantastic series. I cannot recommend this entire series, and this book, highly enough. I'm a big fan of this author and I'm so excited for what she'll have for us next!