Indecent Proposal by Molly O'Keefe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
*ARC provided by the author and Random House via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Molly O’Keefe is a master of contemporary romance, so also the theme “marriage of convenience” in her hands can bloom in a new and refreshing way.
Harrison/Harry is a politician. (He appears in the previous books of the series, that I haven’t yet read). He has a lot of goals and a demanding agenda. His purpose isn’t only political, but personal. It’s a sort of revenge or redemption for bad things happened in the past.
Ryan (yes, she has this name!) is a bartender, divorcee, alone and estranged from her family; she is smart, self-confident and resilient. She is also sensitive and kind, so when she meets Harry – beautiful and sad – they interweave an interesting dialogue, and from here a connection, an attraction and then…a sexy interlude. They give each other an incredible night…and something else.
Yes, it happens nowadays as well!
When they discover the unexpected, their life must change too.
Nothing is usual or trite in this book. (But yes, there is a happy ending, thanks Molly!).
The characters are uncommon, strong but wounded, in search of their identity and their right place in the world. Each one has issues and problems, a less-than-ideal life, and their interaction is a fundamental step to grow up and to change. This process is accomplished in a natural way: so we can see the change in every day actions and little words and small gestures of affection.
Harrison and Ryan are so well defined that they have conquered my appreciation in despite of my prejudices.
First prejudice is simply explained and I admit it’s a little silly. I’m italian, so for me “politician” and “smart+sexy+young” are oxymoron: in my reality the terms are opposite - always. Ok, Harrison has won! When reading, Harrison morphed in my mind into the young Robert Redford…fantastic.
Second prejudice: Ryan is somewhat too sassy to be loveable for me, and I can’t appreciate a lot of things of her, but she has conquered me with all her strenght and humor.
So I have really liked their story.
Other plus? The secondary characters are realistic and vivid, the dialogues are bright and funny, the turns of the plot are engaging and heart-breaking.
Intense moments, smart dialogues, beautiful characters are enriching a plot that is not new, but is treated with freshness and spirit.
Molly O’Keefe is a great author and definitely I will read her books in this and other series, and you should too!
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