The Marriage Contract (O'Malleys Series #1)

The Marriage Contract (O'Malleys Series #1)

by Katee Robert

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Overview

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert begins a smoking hot contemporary romance 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.

More in the O'Malleys series:

THE WEDDING PACT
AN INDECENT PROPOSAL
FORBIDDEN PROMISES
UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455590469
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Series: O'Malleys Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 2,989
File size: 524 KB

About the Author

Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who learned to tell stories at her grandpa's knee. Her novel The Marriage Contract was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it "a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension." When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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The Marriage Contract 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: I so enjoy a good marriage of convenience novel. Add in the element of suspense AND that it's by Katee Robert, well... let's just say this book was one of those I made grabby hands for. I wasn't sure what exactly the book would entail, other than what the synopsis suggests, but when I dove in I found myself thrown into a world of mystery, intrigue, and deep emotion. The story starts off with a bang--making your heart race and getting you invested in what will happen next. It's followed shortly by Teague being chosen to marry Callie for the good of the family. Teague's family, the O'Malleys, and Callie's family, the Sheridans, are two of three mob families, and the alliance between the O'Malleys and the Sheridans is a necessary one. So Teague and Callie reluctantly agree to follow through on it. Luckily for them, their chemistry is immediate, and oh-so-freaking-hot. Unluckily for them, this upcoming marriage is causing other difficulties when it comes to the third family, the Hallorans. Everyone is in danger, and there are a lot of life or death situations they all begin facing. Despite the fact that Teague and Callie are being forced into marriage, with everything happening around them, they begin to care about each other on a deeper level. While they have that (and the sparks), there's something even more important they both need for it to work out in the end... and that's trust. The Marriage Contract will captivate you from the start and continue to tug at your heartstrings until the end. As book boyfriends go, Teague is definitely in my top ten--he's wonderful, loving, caring, and so swoonworthy, I swear I was losing my mind. Teague and Callie together was perfection. This book has gotten me very excited and anxious for the next book in the series! My Rating: Exceptional
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Lots of hot scenes but also successful out come to modern day arrainged marriage between mob famlies with a serious twist dealing with the bride! Point of view from children in mob families is good showing their choices in life are really few
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My fault for not reading the book description closely enough. The main characters are well-written and the story is o.k. but I would prefer less graphic sex and less swearing. If I could return this book, I would. If you don't like graphic sex and swearing, don't get this book. However, if I had read the description more closely there were plenty of clues that I could have picked up on, so my bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down until the end. And waited impatiently for James' story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend
HEABookNerd 8 days ago
I actually really enjoyed The Marriage Contract and while a few parts were out of my comfort zone I loved the high emotional stakes. There are three ruling families in Boston and a war is brewing between them. These are not good people per se, but there is an unusual honor among the children of each of the family heads. The O'Malley family is by far the largest and each of the siblings is so different that I'm really curious to get their stories. I think the success of The Marriage Contract comes from our main couple, Callie and Teague who I really enjoyed. They both want to protect their families but they also desire to leave the mafia life behind if only it were possible. Both sides have secrets and those secrets could destroy the very alliance they're working toward. The drama was on fire throughout this book! Teague and Callie are used to making sacrifices for family so they're willing to agree to an arranged marriage but once they meet, the chemistry burns hot and fast. I loved these two together! Teague is a natural protector and he quickly considers Callie worthy of his protection. He's alpha and tough but also so gentle with Callie. While Callie doesn't necessarily need protection she does need someone who's on her side unconditionally. I'm excited to read the rest of the series and very curious about each of the O'Malley siblings. My first mafia romance was definitely a success though I'm sure this series will continue to challenge my comfort zone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robert puts together a story that keeps you wantjng more. I cant get enough of the O'Malley family or their all or nothing, do or die life style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Can’t wait to read the others! Keeps you on the edge the entire book!
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Graphic sex is ok if the couple is married.. but nit so much that u want to gag.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the O'Malley's series and it features Teague O'Mally and Calista Sheridan. What a tangled web we weave. One incident sets off a whole slew of problems. This is a fabulous, well thought out story line. So many threads intersecting and this fantastic author keeps it all sorted out. At every point in this Boston mob story, you know what's happening to every character. I'm so excited to read more of this amazing series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't get through 30 pages of this drivel! It is so poorly written, almost laughable, unless you enjoy reading cliche after cliche without a fleshed out storyline
enola More than 1 year ago
It was an ok read. A Mafia story that is not well fleshed out. I paid way too much. This book should have been on the 99 cent list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually enjoyed the story. It started off somewhat slow but once I got past that small part, I became hooked and wound up reading the entire book in one day! Definitely going to read the next book! Good story and loved the characters!
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Good story!!
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AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was AWESOME! Excellent story line. It had this intense feel happening right from the beginning. I had such a sense of urgency while reading, I was excited to know about the world being created. Hot mob guys for the win! Teague and Callie were fantastic. Feeling stuck but wanting to do what's best for their families. I got such a great sense of who they were and felt bad for them but love how they persevered. Their first meeting really set a perfect tone for them, that chemistry they had was electric. They have this nice pull towards one another happening. I thought their relationship had a nice build, it was sweet, caring, and hot all rolled into one. It was heated and electric but really sweet. I totally loved Teague and his attitude about being with her. Callie is feisty and strong and I loved her determination. Loved all the different players and layers to this story. I thought it was fantastic how it was laid out and told was from different POV's and perspectives. It really gave great insight into all the different characters that were involved. Love the conflict that's happening between the different families, it's very Sopranos-esq. It had this underlying suspenseful feel that I really enjoyed. I was totally onto it! Loved the details, build, and development. It was all great. There was major discord between the different families, internally and externally, that really pulled me in. It's such an interesting dynamic and it creates a lot of tension. Loved getting an introduction into all the characters, excited to see what's up next for Carrigan and James because what the author set up is pretty fantastic. Their book is next in The Wedding Pact and I cannot wait! There is drama, emotion, love and hotness but my overall feeling throughout was intensity. I just loved it. And that ending, action packed! I love how it played out too and how the women were so strong and really did some smart thinking. Fantastic read! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Marriage Contract by Katee Robert Book One of The O'Malley's series Publisher: Forever Publication Date: June 2, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Katee Robert can do no wrong! I absolutely adore her romance novels. Her books with Brazen (imprint of Entangled Publishing) are scorching hot! And so is this book! I was hesitant about this book because it deals with a modern-day arranged marriage, and the subject of arranged marriage makes me twitchy (Indian people still do this, and not just in India!). But I liked the treatment of the subject matter in this book, even if it was a bit strange! Callie Sheridan, daughter and heir of the Sheridan mafia/mobster family business, is part of an arranged marriage with Brendan Halloran, heir of the Halloran mafia/mobster family business. But then Brendan disappears, and the O'Malley family swoops in. Teague, one of four sons (and one of seven children total), is pushed into marrying Callie. Neither Callie nor Teague wants to do this, but their controlling and demanding fathers will take advantage of the situation and create new alliances. But the Halloran family wants revenge - for Brendan, and for the lost alliance. Teague is caught in a crossfire he isn't completely aware of, and it could cost him his life. TEAGUE. I love Teague. He is noble and honorable, and wants to do whatever will best protect his family - his sisters, especially. He doesn't want his sisters to have to go through what Callie and him have to go through - not have a choice. Teague isn't abusive or power-hungry, isn't looking for revenge or how to top the Hallorans or Sheridans. I like Teague a lot! He is a swoony hero, a good guy, and a wonderful family man. It's so obvious that he cares about his sisters and brothers more than anything - and then he adds Callie to that list! Callie is terrified of something awful that she did, and doesn't tell anyone, not even her father. When Callie is told that she is now marrying Teague O'Malley, Callie feels resignation. What if he's like Brendan, whom she was supposed to marry? Abusive, sick, running illegal operations? Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)