Book Review-The Marriage Contract by Katee Robert

Posted January 26, 2016 by Loverofromance in Book Reviews / 18 Comments, , , , ,

Book Review-The Marriage Contract by Katee Robert

Book Review-The Marriage Contract by Katee RobertThe Marriage Contract by Katee Robert
Also in this series: The Wedding Pact, An Indecent Proposal, Forbidden Promises, Undercover Attraction
Series: The O'Malleys, #1
Published by Forever on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Self Purchased
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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.

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  • My Review

    Summary 

    Teague O’Malley has always hated the lifestyle that is the family business. All he cares about is protecting his siblings, and doing everything in his power to get them away from the corruption and the evil that taints their parents. But Teague knows its going to be near impossible to do, but he refuses to give up on those he loves the most. when their rival ends up killed, and his fiancee left up to take, his parents and her father make a pact for an engagement. There are three powerful families in Boston, and by marrying into one of the two…it will make them even strong and less of a vulnerable target. AT first Teague, doesn’t want to enter a marriage of convenience. But upon meeting his future bride, he sees a woman he could come to care for. Callie Sheridan has always been training herself to take over her father’s buisiness. She has worked hard to make it legal and honest—as much as possible. She is determined to make her marriage work with Teague, but she committed a grave act, an act that could ruin everything that she has with him. Teague is everything she could have ever hoped for in a husband. She will fight for him and those he loves even if it costs her life in the process.

    The Hero 

    Teague O Malley, hates his parents with a passion. He despises the family business and will do anything to get out, even if that means betrayed them by working with the FBI. But Teague is determined to save his brothers and sisters from the path their parents are forcing them to take. Teague has no choice, when his fathers word is law….literally. When he says jump….his children jump or face dire consequences. Oh good ole Teague…there is so much that I want to say about his character and so much that I grew to love and admire about him. He is loyal, honorable and a fighter. He doesn’t give up even if it means the cause might be hopeless and not much chance of succeeding and could mean his termination by his own family. But Teague is honor to the core, and has worked hard to be that…no matter how difficult it is for him. He loves his siblings with a fierceness and so protective of those he loves.

    The Heroine 

    Callista Sheridan is Teague’s match in every way. She is a fighter too, but she fights in a different way. Callie was a heroine I liked from the first chapter. She is strong, tenacious and stubborn to a fault. Unlike Teague, her father is a man she loves and adores. Callie lost her brother, her only sibling. Now she is the only one left to carry on the family tradition. She knows that one day she will be responsible for the company, and she knows her father is not in the best of health. It is up to her to make sure the family business is legan and honest before his health deteriorates futher or she might not be able to hold it from the other men in power in their family business and causing a war among them. Callie hides a dreadful secret, a secret that huants her in her nightmares and she knows that one day she will have to pay for it, and Callie knows it could be her death. I loved Callie so much because she is vibrant and strong. I loved her courage and strength of will to do what needs to be done.

    Plot and Story Line 

    Katee Robert is a new to me author and I want to thank Caffeinated Reader for convincing me with her review that I had to try this one out. I was lucky enough that when I looked it up it was on sale for 1.99—but I think it went back up to 5.99. So I got luck with that deal for sure, and I think it was just for the day. I have gotten hooked on Mafia themed romances…and don’t ask me why I have falled heads over heels with this trope but I am loving what I have read so far, and Katee Robert is my favorite author in writing it. Dang, can she write a romance I can’t get enough of and seriously I have to wait months —-MONTHS PEOPle!! Like really, I have to wait that long….unless I get lucky enough to obtain the ARC, which my luck isn’t always good so we will see what happens. *crossing fingers*.

    Anyway, this story is simply amazing. It starts off a marriage of convenience. Now I don’t think I have read this trope before in Contemporary romance, so this was new and fresh and I just soaked it all in with every page that I read. I actually love this trope, and it doesn’t get used that much lately, so I was really excited to start this book. And wow, it defintiely worked for the story. In fact, it is part of what makes this story simply fabulous. We have two people, that are trying to make their lives and the lives of those they love better. They are stubborn and courageous and strong. Equally matched in temperments. Our hero, isn’t a big fan of having to marry someone just to help out with the family business (which he loathes). However, when he meets our heroine, he sees her bruises and the dark circles under her eyes, and he sees a fighter and a woman he would feel honored to marry. He is a protector and from the beginning, he wants to know her for herself, and make the best of their arragement. I loved that about this hero. He makes the best of each situation…no matter how dire.

    There are no guarantees but…I want your ring on my finger and you in my life for as long as we’re granted. Not because of your family or my family or consolidating power or anyo of the other reasons that originally drove us to agree to this marriage. I want you, Teague. I Choose you

    The plot is quite full of intrigue and spice and man the passion that explodes between these two is powerful and exotic.You can practically feel the steam coming off the pages. But there is so much more to this story than just heat. There is strength, depth of emotion and vividly portrayed moments that will want you to read as fast as possible because this story is so delectable you can’t seem to get enough!!

    The Cover 

    I am so in lust with this cover…I mean really—can I marry him??!! Like really, he could ask me and I would say yes. That hair…the scruff, sexy pose in a suit!! GIMMME!!!

    Overall View 

    The Marriage Contract is a stunningly written romance that deals with the heart and emotion and fighting with every breath for what is right! A story of devotion, loyalty and passion. This author has written a treasure of intrigue, mystery and sensuality.

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    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.

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    • I’ve read a few 3 stars, which aren’t bad at all. I was waiting for someone that I follow to love this before I buy it. Great review!

      • Thanks! I think you would really like this one, I just couldn’t put it down.

    • Yay..so glad you loved this one.

      • oh I did…thanks for the recommendation, I am so glad I read this book after reading your review. Loved the family and can’t wait for book #2

    • I am definitely curious about this, but I’m also hesitant because Mafia romances freak me out a bit. So glad you loves this though!

      • Yeah I understand. Most Mafia romances are a bit gritty and dark sometimes. But this one wasn’t. I mean it had some danger elements, but had a lighter tone than I was expecting, which was so refreshing. So I do think you would enjoy it.

    • This sounds like one I would enjoy. Marriage of convenience isn’t something you get often in contemp books. That makes it interesting.

      • Oh I know right? I always am curious to see how authors work out that trope in a Contemporary and this author did quite well.

    • Ohhhh I want to meet him!

    • I’m loving the cover as well. KRobert is a new to me author, I think I’ll have to add this one to my TBR.

    • EEEEEEEEEPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy that you loved this one! WELCOME TO THE AGONY OF WAITING FOR JAMES/CARRIGAN’S BOOK. D: It hasn’t been easy but meanwhile, I have been drowning myself in other romance novels, which isn’t the worst tradeoff, right? 😀 This is one of my favorite romance novels to date! Katee Robert has yet to let me down (her Brazen novels are quite good too!).

      Lovely review! 🙂

      Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Melliane

      it’s great to see that you also had a wonderful time with the story! I haven’t tried the author but maybe one day!

    • I am so glad that I have this one on the pile already. You’ve got me excited for it.

    • Bookworm Brandee

      I so, so want to read this book, Renee!! I love that last quote you shared. I’ve read a book from KRobert and have always wanted to read more. I really like the premise behind this – Irish mafia families?!? Good stuff! I’m glad you enjoyed it so well. Lovely review.

    • OK, Renee, only seeing that the Marriage Contract is one of your favorite 2016 reads convinced me that I need this whole series now! I think a session of one-clicking is in my near future 😉 You got me really excited about it, and so now I just can’t wait.
      Have a fantastic Wednesday and happy reading.

    • L.

      This book is one of my favorite reads and your review was spot on! I’m so glad that you enjoyed this title. I loved the way that described the hero. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from this author! 🙂

    • Well, you’ve sold me on this! I’m usually not into bad boys, but this sounds fabulous!

    • Cyn

      I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about this book! Will definitely have to check it out. Both Hero and Heroine sound lovely! Great review (:

      Cyn @ Bookmunchies