REVIEW: The Marriage Contract by Katee Robert

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The Marriage Contract

The O’Malleys Book One

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert begins a smoking hot new series about the O’Malley family-wealthy, powerful, dangerous and seething with scandal.

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.

 

♦4-STAR REVIEW♦

An enemy-to-lovers tale involving the underground of Boston; three families on the brink of war with each side fighting for power. Callie and Teague are merely pawns in the game, and their arranged marriage is just the beginning. Two people who have so little they can trust, learn that sometimes you can find someone in the worst of circumstances.

Callie is the heir to the Sheridan family. As a woman, she’s been left out of a lot of things in life, but being the remaining child to take over, she’s now being forced into it. Starting with her arranged marriage. It’s the last thing she wants, but she’s willing to suck it up to help her father. What she doesn’t expect is for Teague to be attractive, and in more than just the physical sense. She has secrets she’s barely keeping in check, and Teague unarms her. She’s able to be herself around him, to let down her guard, and to just be herself for a little while. But she doesn’t necessarily trust him. She can’t afford to trust anyone. I loved Callie’s tenacity and strength. For a woman thrust into the type of lifestyle she’s in, she still remains human. She still cares and is as far from ruthless as one can get in that situation while still maintaining that sense of leadership.

Teague hates the life he and his siblings were born into. He wants to protect and shelter those that he can, so that they don’t become jaded by the lifestyle. It’s a real bad day when he learns he’s being forced into marriage to procure an alliance between his family and the Sheridan’s. He has no way out of it. He realizes once he sees Callie that maybe this arrangement isn’t so bad. But the bruises on her neck? Yeah, he’s going to kill whoever did that. For a man who has probably done his fair share of illegal things in the name of the family business, I found Teague to be incredibly gentle and caring. I loved the juxtaposition of what he was. He felt that intense need to give protection to those he cared for, and he was willing to sacrifice everything to ensure that happened.

The build-up to their romance was intentionally slow as two people who have more enemies than friends don’t rush into trusting someone, even their brand new fiance who they’ve never met. The set up to explain the family dynamics as well as the ties within the story were very much necessary especially as this is the first in the series. I loved their love story. I enjoyed seeing the walls tumble down and them become bare to each other. Teague was hot and sexy, with a filthy mouth that devoured everything that was Callie. He allowed her to remain a strong woman without bringing her down just because he was a strong man himself. Their romance wasn’t instant, but you still felt that burn begin to turn into a rapid wildfire. And the set up in the storyline to carry the plot with not just these two characters but with others added so much to the story. I honestly fell in love with the supporting characters, and I very much look forward to reading their stories. Especially Carrigan’s, who we’re getting next.

 

♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

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.

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