The Wedding Pact (O'Malleys Series #2)

The Wedding Pact (O'Malleys Series #2)

by Katee Robert

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert continues her smoking-hot series about the O'Malleys-wealthy, powerful, and full of scandalous family secrets.

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781455590506
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Series: O'Malleys Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 77,250
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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 Wedding Pact 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying this series. The family dynamics are interesting, and the storyline is good. This one ended rather abruptly but was still good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is hot! I've never read her books before, but she has easily became one of my authors to look for new stuff from!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Wedding Pact is the second installment of The O’Malleys. I’m going to start off by saying that this wasn’t my favorite in the series. I liked the first book better. I just had serval things that I didn’t like. First thing that I didn’t like was Carrigan and James going back and forth. One minute they would be all over each other and the next it would be “We can’t be together our families hate each other” and then the next minute they would be all over each other again. Second thing is Carrigan Keep going on dates with men that her father approved of. And it didn’t like that. She was sneaking around with James but going on dates with other men. I didn’t think it was fair to James. And the last thing I didn’t like was how she let her father talk to her. It was terrible and she didn’t stand up for herself until the very end. I did enjoy somethings too though. I liked James for the most part, but I would have liked to see him be a little bit more alpha. I liked seeing the rest of the O’Malleys too. I can’t wait for the rest of their books. The book was kind of slow until the last 30%. That’s when things really heated up. And I found that I enjoyed it the most. Overall, I enjoyed some parts of the book, but I also didn’t like some things too. Carrigan would have been better if she would have taken up for herself with her dad. I really didn’t like him. James I did like, but I wished he would have been a bit more of an alpha male. But, he did something in the book that totally made me love him. And the last 30% of the book is where things really started to heat up and I enjoyed that the most.
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
I thought The Marriage Contract was hot, but the second book in The O’Malley series was even hotter. You can read my review for The Marriage Contract, here. In this book we get to know more of the O’Malley siblings, and the character development continues to be done very well. Carrigan shines as a determined and self-reliant heroine, and James is an alpha with a heart of gold, especially for Carrigan. I read a lot of romance, and even if the story is very well written, if the characters are continually wishy-washy, it can get on my nerves. These two did have their moments of doubt, but it was done well, and made sense at that time in the story. Katee Robert expertly shows the emotions that everyone is going through. The O’Malley siblings are continually manipulated by their father, and to a lesser degree their mother. You know the siblings love each other, but since they are trapped in the family, they will also do what they need to, in order to survive. And sometimes this means doing something that will potential harm each other. And as I mentioned in the first line of this review, this story is very erotic. The sex scenes are scorching. There are times I will skip over those parts to get back to the main storyline, but I read each one of these, in all of their glorious details. Robert sets up the story perfectly for the next book in The O’Malley series, An Indecent Proposal, which will be out July 26, 2016. I guess I know what I’ll be doing that day.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
The O'Malleys could possibly be the death of me--I'm getting so invested in this family and their major drama it isn't funny! Carrigan and James's story was nicely set up in book one,The Marriage Contract and I was dying to get to their story. I'm happy to say it did not disappoint! For about 95% of the book, I needed Carrigan and James to be together but at the same time was completely convinced it would be impossible. It's Romeo and Juliet, mobster-style (minus the ridiculous youth of the leads and the stupid tragic ending, thank goodness). Carrigan's only worth to her father is what marrying her to one of his associates can bring him, and James has just taken over the reins of his crime family from his recently-incarcerated father and has to watch his back with literally everyone--his younger brother included. Being together could re-ignite the war that threatened to destroy Boston in the last book, but soon they can't stay away from each other... Until they have to. And then, watch out. The Wedding Pact really works better if you've read book one--even though I did, I still had to pull up my copy before I'd gotten too far into this one just to refresh my memory about what happened at the Halloran house between Carrigan, James, and Callie. It's all alluded to in this one, and you could probably read it without having read the other first, but honestly, do yourself a favor and read both. This family, I tell you--they suck you right into their world and you won't want to leave until each and every O'Malley gets their HEA. (Well, okay--maybe not the patriarch. I don't think I'll be rooting for Seamus anytime soon. Or ever.) And darn that Katee Robert, she's done it again. We get just enough of Cillian's POV in this one (and that's before we even get to the teaser at the end!) to have us anxious for his book. Fortunately, July (and An Indecent Proposal ) aren't *too* far away... Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
xCynyx More than 1 year ago
Oh wow, this book had me at the edge of my seat all the time! Katee Robert wrote such a wonderful, thrilling and compelling story I couldn't get away. Carrigan has manage to live her life pleasing her father but away from marriage. She always knew the time would come and that the choice wouldn't be hers but when that day finally comes she's no ready. She loves her wild nights out whereshe can be herself and not an instrument in her family's game of power. James has never wanted to be in power. Actually, he always wanted to get away and become as diferent from his family as he could, but wishing is useless now that he's the new head of the Hallorans. The Wedding Pact is like an action movie of Romeo and Juliet. Three families compete for power in the streets of Boston. Each with a territory and all wanting more. All walking slowly and carefully with a war and a pace agreement that won't hold much longer. The Hallorans and the O'Malleys hate eachother the most. And considering James kidnapped Carrigan a few months before they don't like each other very much but their atraction is undeniable. I loved how they relationship evolved with time. They met by chance and then it was just about doing something that was forbidden. The risk and excitment. But they see themselves inn the other. Carrigan and James are trapped in their realities, both prisoners of their families past and wishing they could be something more than criminals. They fight and scream. Constantly torn between their hearts and whats right by their family code. How much are they willing to risk to get their own happiness? The Wedding Pact is a roller coaster of emotions. These characters are so much more than what you see in the first page. Katee Robert managed to make the reader feel as conflicted as the characters by portraing their feelings in such a realistic way. You can't miss this book and the rest of the series to see what happens in Boston and how this families adquire their power.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
The Wedding Pact by Katee Robert is the second book in her new series, The O'Malleys. We return to the story from where book one left off about four months later. It is told in multiple POV's mostly between the main characters, but we also get a few insights into the secondary characters and their turmoil. Well-written and well-paced it was a very enjoyable read and I can't wait to see what comes next - let the drama begin.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was such a great story. I love the elaborate world that has been created. So much going on, I like the drama, the heat, and the different POV's. Great writing and details that really pull me in. Love the relationship happening between James and Carrigan. They have a great animosity happening, I love to see that development evolve. They fight it but the pull is to strong. Loved that struggle that was happening and the chemistry growing between these two. Together are hot! I love cocky and arrogant James, it came off as more playful to me in this charming way. Like you want to dislike him but you can't. I really liked Carrigan as well. A strong woman for the most part thinking she's doing what is best for her family even though it goes against what she wants. I really love that she can take care of herself and doesn’t count on a man to save her. I thought there was good development in their story, decent pace with their relationship, though a section in the middle got a bit tedious to me. I was ready for them to move it along. Loved when they really started to open up and share, and be vulnerable but I wish there would have been a bit more depth to it. Love the different POV's and the way the author tells the story. There are lots of things happening within the different families that creates some series drama and great tension. Love all the conflict that was happening. Can't wait to see how newly introduced people that comes back around in future stories. I liked getting into Cillian and Sloan's head and am super curious about Adrian. I'm excited where it call could go. Great descriptions and writing. Steady pace throughout for the most part. Action packed ending. Awesome read, I am definitely caught up in their world and ready for more! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
I love Katee Robert's O'Malley's series, the Desire and Complexity surrounding the main characters striving to realize their star-crossed Romance is Fantastic! Carrigan and James are the most Passionate of the O'Malley series - even in the first book of the series - and that wasn't even their book! James, the Hero, and Carrigan, the Heroine, actually had their "Meet HOT" in the first book of the series "The Marriage Contract" - they had explosive anonymous sex in a storage closet in a night club and when he found out who she was he flung her into the trunk of his car and kidnapped her and handcuffed her to his bed - and not in the fun way. But their obsession with each other was well and truly sparked from that moment on. Carrigan and James are surrounded by enemies - the most dangerous are their own families, the Past, Loyalty, then Time, and new and sinister forces, from the outside, are gathering - sharks are beginning to circle. At first their relationship is physical, they it grows into one of trust and reliance, finally Love. There is truly no way for them to be together without either one of them dying or starting a war or both. James and Carrigan's relationship is definitely Racy, Steamy, and oh so very Hot! Their pure Love and Devotion is obvious even to family members that despise James and the Halloran Family he represents. "The Wedding Pact" is packed with danger and betrayal, on many levels. Katee Roberts sets up an almost impossible situation for this couple to end up together though they Love each other beyond reason. But with the introduction of Dmitri and the set up of Cillian's book it's quite obvious ... the Russians are coming. To read the entire review please visit: This novel was provided in exchange for an unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Majorly_Delicious More than 1 year ago
The Wedding Pact is book #2 in Katee Robert’s thrilling O’Malley’s series. This second installment picks right up where The Marriage Contract left off so if you haven’t read the first book in the series I highly recommend you start with it first. When you live in the world where you father is a huge component in the Irish mafia you pretty much don’t get a say so in any aspect of your life. Carrigan O’Malley has been able to hide from her father’s scrutiny under the guise of devoting herself to the church but the gig is finally up. When her father demands she marry a man he deems appropriate Carrigan knows her life as she knows it is over. Carrigan isn’t ready to tie herself down to a man and the only man who has ever made her feel any kind of passion is the sworn enemy of the family. James Halloran hasn’t been able to get Carrigan out of his mind since the one night of passion they shared together. He knows he will never be able to get her to forgive him for abducting her but even that can’t keep him away. When James learns that her father is forcing her into marriage James is furious. There is no way he is going to let her marry another man, Carrigan is his! This series really does keep getting better. I loved these two when they were introduced in the first installment and am thrilled that they have their own book. These two have some serious highs and lows throughout. Luckily these two lovers are able to come together for the HEA they both seriously deserve. Looking forward to the next installment in this series. I received a digital eARC of this book compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
SexyVixenReader More than 1 year ago
I loved this story Carrigan and James were the perfect blends of passion and danger. It makes me want to go back and read book one not that you need to be just because the writing and story flowed so well. It had me guessing as I thought I knew how the story was going to go but definitely fooled me in a good way.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Although I am not a fan of organised crime romances, I had so loved the hero, Teague O’Malley in the first instalment of this series, that I took a chance on THE WEDDING PACT. I also must admit that had the cover not been that enticing, I might not have picked it up, sad I know, but there you go. And a good thing I was shallow for once! The Boston Irish mob is experiencing a truce, but it’s not precisely peace. And the mob is the mob, after all. Carrigan O’Malley and James Halloran realised their attraction to each other when Carrigan was kidnapped by the Hallorans – yes, and the whole thing makes perfect sense: Carrigan understands the workings of the underworld but still giving in to her attraction to James is folly. He is after all the new boss of the Halloran family. What I found most amazing about THE WEDDING PACT is that it’s not convoluted: everything makes perfect sense, it all feels very realistic. Katee Robert does not sugar coat the mob: it is what it is, and I think that’s one of the reasons why it works so well. Both Carrigan and James are very strong characters, totally believable, as is their romance. Ms. Robert succeeded in captivating my attention from the beginning until the very exciting and action-packed ending. Every character is THE WEDDING PACT is extremely well developed, so much so, that I hope that Ms. Robert will make The O’Malleys more than the promised trilogy. I even loved Dmitri Romanov, and I hope we haven’t seen the last of him. If you love Mafia romances, you will eat this up, if you usually don’t, give THE WEDDING PACT a try: I had liked The Marriage Contract, the first book, but I absolutely loved THE WEDDING PACT. A fabulous read! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
JenniVange More than 1 year ago
I wish I had known that this story was part of a series. There is apparently a lot that happens in the first book that sets the scenes and characters for this story. The two main characters James and Carrigan had a bit of that he kidnapped her. I didn't understand where their attraction came from. After I got some flashback type of storyline, it was easy to pick up and the characters are strong and interesting in themselves. There are many other prominent characters who the story flips to quite often. I highly recommend reading the first book The Marriage Contract first. I'm going to go back and read it because I do like the storyline. The sex is hot. The characters are mostly just this side of completely shady. But it kept the pages turning.
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Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Very emotional, fantastic mob-style romance. Different territories, different ruling families and someone's bound cross the lines. In the second story of The O'Malleys series it's Carrigan's turn. She doesn't want any of the men her father's chosen for her to marry. She wants the one man she shouldn't want. The one man she can't have. James Halloran. The story is full of sadness, uncaring and crazy fathers and through all the emotional ups and downs, there's love. It's a love that I didn't think was possible. There's so much action in the story that everything happens at a fast pace. For me, it felt like the story only slowed down during those perfectly intimate scenes between James and Carrigan. SIZZLING! There are so many O'Malley siblings and so little time. I can't wait to read more of this series from this amazing author. Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
AmberatWickedGoodblog More than 1 year ago
Oh the suspense with this one!! The Wedding Pact is the second book in the O'Malley's series by Katee Robert and features James and Carrigan (love this name) and a whooooole lot of drama! Its a straight up mafia story - where the crime runs deep and nothing matters to the bosses except coming out on top. They will stop at nothing and nobody gets in their way, not even their own children. James unwittingly becomes the head of his "family" after his father winds up in jail. He kidnaps Carrigan and her sister in law.... Their families are arch enemies. Ohhhh, the drama!! James and Carrigan KNOW how dangerous it is for the two of them to be together, to see each other, to even be seen together. It could mean the difference between life and death. EEK!! The book doesnt release yet for several more days and I wont add any more info to avoid spoiling it. I will stick now to the logistical stuff (boo!). The characters - especially the main characters, James and Carrigan, were nicely developed and had a 3-dimensional feel about them. The storyline flowed well. The editing was clean, no grammar mistakes and only a couple of minor typos. A very nicely put together work. I give The Wedding Pact 3.5 ****WickedGoodStars and will recommend it to readers who like mafia stories, steamy sexy times and series books. Thank you for the opportunity to read/review this book! :)
forevrsearchin More than 1 year ago
Anything Katee Robert writes I will be all over. Every. Single. Time. The Wedding Pact was no different. I enjoyed The Marriage Contract a lot. But for me The Wedding Pact was even better. I think it was because The O'Malleys world was already set up. We were able to dive into the story a lot quicker. (Maybe that's just me.) Carrigan and James were so hot together. The reluctant lust they felt about each other jumped off the page. I could feel their chemistry. And I loved every second of them together. I was actually a little disappointed by lack of naughty fun time they had. :) The plot was well thought out and fun to read. I'm extremely intrigued about the new threat to the mob families of Boston. If you haven't started The O'Malley series yet, you need to right now. It won't disappoint, I promise. *Honest review given in exchange for an ARC. All opinions are my own.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in The O'Malley's series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and enjoyment, please read this series in order. The contents in later books may have spoilers. Carrigan and James have a hot history of hookups and kidnapping. Complicated does not begin to cover this. They are attracted to each other in a very electric way. James cannot stop thinking about her. He knows her father intends to marry her off to another man and it is eating him alive. Carrigan is out of time and options for her future. James is her one vice. This book was so full of heat it was nearly on fire! The story is fast paced and steady. Some of our favorite characters make appearances too. I think this series is incredible. If you love a slow and fierce burn this is the book! ***This ARC was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review
KaraS More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, sexy read! This is the second book in the O’Malleys series, but it can be read as a stand-alone although I would suggest reading Book 1 first. I haven’t and I really, really, really want to read about the supply closet scene of James and Carrigan’s first hook-up! This book has suspense as well as hotness. The O’Malleys and the Hallorans are in a tentative truce as they defend their areas of Boston. Carrigan O’Malley and James Halloran had a run-in four months ago that started steamy, but didn’t end well. He’s been looking for her ever since. When they meet up again - Carrigan is determined to not show her fear for her family’s enemy. They had hot sex, then he kidnapped her, she took something precious from him and now they meet again. Who’s going to come out on top this time? This book kept you guessing as to how things would turn out for these two star-crossed lovers. There are other sibling stories to be told in subsequent books and you have to wonder if the real enemy of the family will show up again. Received ARC from the Publisher via Net Galley
CoffeeGoddessTK More than 1 year ago
The Hallorans. The O'Malleys. The Sheridans. Three powerful families, all inextricably entwined. James Halloran, ruling head of the Halloran mafia family, should not be thinking about Carrigan O'Malley. Although their families, along with the Sheridans, now exist in a shaky truce, neither James nor Carrigan has any business wanting the other. THE WEDDING PACT is the second book in this series by Katee Robert, which I am loving. As usual, Katee writes complex characters in situations that will make or break them. Against all odds, love overcomes division, and enmity gets lost in the reality of people looking beyond the surface, all with a dose of super-hot sexy times thrown in. Dancing around each other since a chance encounter of the steamiest sort, James and Carrigan are drawn to each other even as their opposing families strive to keep them apart. When an outside threat appears to take control of the Boston crime scene, and things get really crazy, it will be up to the two of them to bring some sanity to their upside-down world. THE WEDDING PACT is an absorbing and engaging read, and an easy 4.5 stars for me. I highly recommend these new books, and look very forward to AN INDECENT PROPOSAL, Cillian O'Malley's book.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Wedding Pact by Katee Robert Book Two of The O'Malleys series Publisher: Forever Publication Date: April 26, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Last year, The Marriage Contract blew me away. It was easily one of my favorite adult romance novels of 2015, and by one of my favorite romance authors too. Katee Robert's Brazen-published novels are amazing and steamy and fun to read, but this Forever-published series... this series has to be her best work yet. I am in awe of this author's storytelling! Carrigan O'Malley's biological clock is ticking, according to her controlling father. The oldest daughter and second oldest O'Malley child, Carrigan has always known that she would be destined for an arranged marriage that would benefit the O'Malley empire. And when her father hands her a list of eligible suitors and tell her that she has a month to choose, Carrigan knows her time is up. But she can't seem to forget - or avoid - James Halloran, the man left her with rated R memories, kidnapped her, and then helped her escape. James can't get Carrigan out of his mind, and he's not sure he wants to. The O'Malleys hate the Hallorans, but James can't stay away from Carrigan. But with Carrigan's time running short, James will have to decide is pursuing her is worth it. Oh James. Oh Carrigan. Usually in romance, I'll like one of the protagonists more than the other - and it's usually the male (hehe). But in this book, I loved both of these protagonists. I felt bad for both of them - they had to make incredibly difficult decisions (some of which had nothing to do with each other), and there was no way I could read this book and not want to give them both a hug. Carrigan is still grieving over her youngest brother's death (he was killed by a Halloran, but not James). It's been four months and the O'Malley family is splintering, though Teague and Callie's wedding is something Carrigan is looking forward to. Carrigan hates that her father has so much control over her life, and she sneaks out and about a lot. I liked Carrigan in The Marriage Contract but I adored her even more, in this book. She is every bit as strong and decisive and bold close up as she was far away, in book one. James... I liked him in The Marriage Contract, but that quadrupled in this book. With his father in prison, James is now the head of the Halloran family. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
kgagnon More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting, suspenseful romance that will make you feel so many things. The history between 3 competing Irish Mafia families in Boston is thrilling and intriguing. The business they conduct is old world and have their children caught in the middle. This book concentrates mainly on the Romeo and Juliet style love affair between James Halloran and Carrigan O'Malley. Their families are mortal enemies but Jame and Carrigan have an attraction that they can't deny. James pursues Carrigan because she makes him feel grounded and like he can be a better man. Carrigan is finding that she feels safe with James for the first time in her life. Their relationship is sweet and sexy as they try to maneuver through the dangers of their family obligations. I felt so many emotions while reading this story. There was excitement, pain, horror, love and hope. I had not read the first book and it took me a short while to catch up but was able to thoroughly enjoy this book overall. This heartfelt and thrilling story with it's twists and turns will have you engaged from start to finish and excited for the next book!
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
The Wedding Pact by Katee Robert....Wow is all I can say, I am still holding my breath. Such an exciting roller coaster ride through this forbidden love. This story hit all my emotion buttons and had me tense, but what a rush. I am really loving Katee Robert's writing style and can't wait for the next book. I received a complimentary book from publisher via NetGalley for my honest review.