The Wedding PactSeries: The O'Malleys #2
by Katee Robert
Published by Forever, Hachette on April 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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.
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.
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∗
The Marriage ContractSeries: The O'Malleys #1
by Katee Robert
Published by Forever, Hachette on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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.
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.
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.
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!