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Indecent Proposal (The Boys of Bishop) Mass Market Paperback – September 30, 2014
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“Real, immediate, and wrenching. This is a love story not to be missed.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“In [Molly] O’Keefe’s very capable hands, readers are drawn into Ryan and Harrison’s engaging journey to understanding and love. . . . A touching, sexy and surprising story of two people from completely different worlds who turn out to be a perfect match.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Whatever rating system you might use to rank book reads, Indecent Proposal by Molly O’Keefe will blow it right out of the water. . . . Once again, with this book, she excels! Indecent Proposal brings together two lonely, pained individuals, puts them in an untenable relationship, and has them come out the other side in a solid and loving partnership. But the path to get there is filled with anguish and soul searching, and whew, what a ride! . . . I can’t wait to see what O’Keefe offers next.”—Fresh Fiction
“Gut-wrenching, funny, thought-provoking and romantic. Harrison and Ryan are so finely crafted you’ll walk away feeling as if you’d always know their hearts.”—The Book Nympho
“Indecent Proposal is a heartfelt, poignant and sexy addition to the Boys of Bishop series that old and new fans are going to love.”—Book Reviews & More by Kathy
About the Author
Molly O’Keefe published her first Harlequin romance at age twenty-five and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring each character’s road toward happily ever after. She’s won two Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice awards and the RITA for Best Novella in 2010. Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband, two kids, and the largest heap of dirty laundry in North America.
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"Indecent Proposal" is the story of Ryan Kaminski, a down-and-out bar tender in New York, and Harrison Montgomery, an up-and-coming politician from a political dynasty in Georgia. The two meet at the bar where Ryan works while Harrison is in New York trying to rescue his sister. They share an explosive night of passion, Ryan ends up pregnant and the two are forced to marry so Harrison isn't involved in a political scandal.
I liked Ryan to a point. She was strong and independent, but seemed to have no life plan or marketable skills. I thought she and Harrison had great chemistry, and once they were on the campaign trail together it seemed that Ryan was a natural at relating to the average voter. I liked that she could hold her own in Harrison's world.
I didn't like or dislike Harrison. He was something of a nonentity and his personality was too extreme. He was emotionally closed most of the time unless he was having sex with Ryan. I never got the sense that he knew what love was or how to express it so I never believed that he could be in love with Ryan. I also never felt that he had any feelings toward the baby or being a father.
I did think Ryan and Harrison had great chemistry and I wanted them to end up together. I enjoyed the sex scenes but my one complaint would be that, at times, they seemed almost too rough; there was no tenderness. Which I didn't enjoy. It's hard to explain.
As mentioned previously, I enjoyed the first half of this book and could not put it down. But when I picked it back up, I had a hard time getting back into it. Mostly because it became repetitive. Harrison and Ryan would be emotionally closed, they would touch, they would have sex, they would want to reach the other ... lather, rinse, repeat for 150 pages until I just didn't care any more.
I didn't like that everyone in the book was so damaged. Ryan had problems with her family; she hadn't talked to them in six years because she married a man who beat her. This was never really dealt with in a satisfying way and it was never explained why her family would virtually disown her after this has happened. Even when Ryan goes home they never talk about it, and it was such a big part of her story this thing with her family it deserved more than what it was given.
Harrison's parents were OK, his father was an alcoholic letch but I was never sure what to make of his mother. Was she a bad guy? Was she a good guy? Was she just misunderstood? For a while there it seemed like she would be redeemed and make amends but that never really seemed to happen.
The only character I really liked and wanted to know more about was Wallace. I base this mostly on the description of his ties. He was the only character who didn't seem damaged beyond hope and out of everyone, I wanted him to have a happy ending.
For me, this book never really had a sense of place. It's part of the Boys of Bishop series (why I could not tell you; the only person who seems to be in Bishop is Harrison's sister) and it's supposed to be set in Atlanta. But the author doesn't do a great job of painting a picture of Atlanta, or the South at all really. I had a better sense of New York and that was only from the description of Ryan's apartment.
Overall, I found this book an enjoyable, and fast, read and would recommend it if you're looking for a quick romance.
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This was a great book where two people meet and have instant chemistry, but it's just for a night. They are two strangers living in different worlds.Read more