Duo Review: The Wedding Pact AND The Marriage Contract by Katee Robert

Posted May 20, 2016 in Review / 14 Comments

Duo Review: The Wedding Pact AND The Marriage Contract by Katee Robert

The Wedding Pact

Series: The O'Malleys #2
by Katee Robert
Published by Forever, Hachette on April 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Carrigan O'Malley has always known her arranged marriage would be more about power and prestige than passion. But after one taste of the hard-bodied, whiskey-voiced James Halloran, she's ruined for anyone else. Too bad James and his family are enemy number 1.

Hallorans vs. O'Malleys—that's how it's always been. James should be thinking more about how to expand his family's empire instead of how silky Carrigan's skin is against his and how he can next get her into his bed. Those are dangerous thoughts. But not nearly as dangerous as he'll be if he can't get what he wants: Carrigan by his side for the rest of their lives.

Well Written

I’ve been wanting to read Katee Robert for a while now.  Don’t you just hate feeling like the last person to “know” when all your reading friends are reading an author, raving this and that about the books.  And you are getting left behind in the dust behind your huge TBR pile.  “NO MORE!” I screamed… (softly to myself – my family already thinks I’m weird).

I first picked up The Wedding Pact as an ARC and started reading it but quickly realized that I would HAVE to read the book that preceeded it, The Marriage Contract.  The hero and heroine from The Wedding Pact, James and Carrigan, first meet in spectacular fashion in the first book.  If you don’t read how they meet, you miss a bit of their initial chemistry, not to mention how they part ways.  There is a bit of drama associated with that mess 🙂

Between the two books, I have to say I enjoyed book two more than the first.  I think it was because of the characters of Carrigan and James.

Carrigan is from the O’Malley family, one of the three controlling mafia families in the Boston area.  Despite the fact that she is brilliant, possesses a business degree, and understands what it takes to move the family business safely into the future, she is seen by her father as collateral to be sold off to a man who will help the father the most.  In other words, her mother and father are a-holes, IMHO.

James doesn’t have it much better on his side.  His older brother was just murdered so now he’s the heir-apparent.  He has a lower-than-life younger brother that thinks nothing of raping and pillaging modern-day style.  James has to keep his brother in check while maintaining his “in control” persona.  Unfortunately for him, his life is not his own either and it makes him sick to his stomach watching Carrigan being bargained away when all he wants is to be with her.

It’s going to be a difficult ride to get these two together, NO DOUBT!

The one thing I will say about Ms. Robert’s writing is that she is a bit on the wordy side.  Her characters like to think, think, and think some more.  Internal thoughts can ramble on for just a wee little bit…

But once you get past all the inner rumblings, there’s suspense, death, destruction, some hot sex, and sacrifice for love.  ∗sigh∗

 

 

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Duo Review: The Wedding Pact AND The Marriage Contract by Katee Robert

The Marriage Contract

Series: The O'Malleys #1
by Katee Robert
Published by Forever, Hachette on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
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Teague O'Malley hates pretty much everything associated with his family's name. And when his father orders him to marry Callista Sheridan to create a "business" alliance, Teague's ready to tell his dad exactly where he can stuff his millions. But then Teague actually meets his new fiancée, sees the bruises on her neck and the fight still left in her big blue eyes, and vows he will do everything in his power to protect her.

Everyone knows the O'Malleys have a dangerous reputation. But Callie wasn't aware just what that meant until she saw Teague, the embodiment of lethal grace and coiled power. His slightest touch sizzles through her. But the closer they get, the more trouble they're in. Because Callie's keeping a dark secret-and what Teague doesn't know could get him killed.

Well Written

The Marriage Contract is our introduction to three mafia families in Boston: the O’Malleys, the Hallorans, and the Sheridans.   The patriarchs of these families have been in power for quite a while.  Times may be a changin’ but traditions like arranged marriages are not.

Callista “Callie” Sheridan has been promised to oldest son of the Halloran family.  Callie is the heir to her family’s businesses but she is still being dealt away by her father.  All Callie wants is to be considered a good leader by her father.  And she wants to take her family’s business legal.

But when Callie tries to meet her soon-to-be fiance (who has been avoiding her at every turn), things don’t go as planned and all three mafia families edge closer to full-on war.

Oops.

Teague O’Malley doesn’t want to have anything to do with running the family business.  If he had it his way, he’s grab his sisters, his little brother, and run away from his domineering father.  But all of a sudden, he finds himself betrothed to Callista Sheridan and the families are on the verge of war.  Now he has to find a way to stop the war and protect everyone he cares about.  Which turns out to be harder than he planned.

Oops.

Ms. Robert’s first installment in the O’Malleys series is a web of interlocking lives that mess up each other’s.  It was a way for Ms. Robert to introduce all the players in all the families while still having a love story.  And even though the love comes early in her story, it’s making the love work that’s the ultimate goal for her protagonists.

The Marriage Contract is told in multiple POVs (not just two), so be prepared to get distracted from time to time.  But, again, it’s a way for Ms. Robert to introduce all the characters to the story AND to heighten the stakes.  We’re talking lives on the line here, folks!

If you like suspense, crime, romance, and good ‘ol fashioned bad guys, you’ll enjoy Ms. Robert’s O’Malleys series!

About Katee Robert

Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.

Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way—as it often does—and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.

Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?

She now spends her time—when not lost in Far Reach worlds—playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

 

Kristin

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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14 responses to “Duo Review: The Wedding Pact AND The Marriage Contract by Katee Robert

  1. I completely understand that “not in the know” feeling Kristin, I was that way for the longest time with The Others series by Anne Bishop. I felt like everyone on the planet had read and loved that series and I was just out in left field by myself. So of course, I had to binge read and get caught up this year and it was so worth it! Sounds like this series is absolutely binge worthy as well, even if the characters do a lot of thinking:)
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  2. Woo, lady! I’m really glad you picked these two up (even though you did it out of order – whyyyy? I should have put a warning in my review too, so it’s my fault).
    I liked both books a lot too, but I think James and Carrigan are my favorite couple. They had more chemistry. And I liked that angsty tension they had.
    I hear she sold a couple of more books in the series, so I’m excited to see the rest of the characters get their books.
    Lovely reviews!

    Did you have fun at BEA???? I need updates!!
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    • It IS all your fault!! Oh I miss you girl!! YES on James and Carrigan, they can take on the world, right???!!! More books!?!? YEAH!! I need the sister’s books!! Oh, and I’m still processing BEA… Holy overload… *sigh*

    • THAT’S it!! You nailed it completely, these stories could have been a bit short or “tighter” if she cut the inner dialogue to once or twice. Or even just more concise!!! YES!!!

    • Kim @ Caffeinated really likes these – definitely go check her reviews on Goodreads b/c she’s listening to them right now!