Release Week Blitz Review: The Marriage Contract by Katee Robert
The Marriage Contract (The O'Malleys #1)
by: Katee Robert
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC received via the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 368 pages
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My Rating: 4/5 stars
Having really enjoyed Katee's Brazens, I was super excited to see she was writing a new series about the O'Malleys, a powerful family in Boston. This book was sexy, fun, and intense. I loved the politics behind the three most powerful families in Boston- the O'Malleys, the Hallorans, and the Sheridans.
I really enjoy reading books where there's a more suspenseful element added to the plot. The book begins with Callie getting herself into a rather dangerous situation that escalates quickly and because of that turn of events, she finds herself linked to Teague O'Malley. A marriage between the two would be beneficial to both families in terms of power, and it becomes obvious that the Hallorans are really put out by this. War is imminent now between the families, what with the Hallorans' need for revenge because of the key event that begins the story.
I really loved Teague. His dedication and protectiveness of his family is a beautiful thing to witness and I love how that carries over to Callie, as well. He might not want any part in the family business, but he won't go against them either. He will see this through with Callie and I have to admit I love how quickly she became important to him. The two have some serious sexual attraction going on and I felt Robert handled their romance really well. It developed rather quickly, but it honestly didn't bother me. With the added element of the impending war between families and the pressure Teague and Callie are under to protect their people and keep control of their responsibilities, I felt it worked.
I also really enjoyed Callie's character. She is fierce as well and I like how she will also do what it is necessary for her family, being her father's heir. The girl has guts to do what she did, and I can't fault her making the choice she did.
We get to know quite a few secondary characters in this one, including Teague's siblings, and the Halloran sons, James, and Ricky. James took me by surprise and while he certainly makes some mistakes in this one, I am beyond excited for his book next. Carrigan was another character I liked, but was wary of. I wasn't sure of her intentions and was afraid she would try to manipulate Callie. I loved that we got to see some action with her another character and I am so excited to see how that's going to play out!
Overall, I think this is my Katee Robert book. I like her Brazens, but this one just added so much more that I was completely engaged in finding out how everything was going to go down. One last thing: I want my own Teague. Where can I find one? ;)
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 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.