Series: The O'Malleys #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 2, 2015
Format: eBook, 368 pages
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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.
The Marriage Contract is a book I probably should’ve read before now. I’ve enjoyed Katee’s Brazen books and I was certainly intrigued by the whole arranged marriage with mafia ties plotline. But, you know how it goes… so many books, so NOT enough reading time. Being totally honest, it did take me a little bit of time to get into the storyline, but I think that was just my mood. Regardless, I’m glad I picked this one up (and that I had the second book in the series all queued up) because I am loving The O’Malleys and am fascinated by the world that Katee has built.
I really liked both Callie and Teague. They were both great, strong, devoted characters. It might not’ve been a “love match” between them initially, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching how things grew between them as they spent more time together. They shared some super hot chemistry and both had the best interests of their families at heart. Of course, this would turn out to be a conflict later in the book but my god it was so, so, SO damn good. I knew this one piece of information would come back to bite the characters at some point, but I had absolutely no idea how everything would play out and I loved that. Not only was I kept guessing but I was on the edge of my seat more often than not as events unfolded. But, I digress. Callie and Teague? What a great pair. The sexy times were off the chart hot and I just couldn’t get enough of these two.
I wouldn’t call this book dark necessarily, but it was definitely a bit darker than the books I tend to read most often. That was probably one of my favorite things about it though. The mafia world was intriguing, even if I didn’t always understand the nuances and motivations of the characters. Speaking of the characters, there’s quite a cast here. I enjoyed getting acquainted with each of them (well, mostly) and can’t wait to learn more about the others as the series continues. The Marriage Contract gave me everything I want in a book: great characters, edge of my seat action, SUPER HOT sexy times and even some feels. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more about the O’Malleys.
Whatever she’d expected from this kiss, it certainly hadn’t been desire. Though desire was too tame a word. She’d felt desire before, and this wasn’t it. This was… need. All-consuming need that devoured everything in its path, leaving only destruction in its wake.
“I might not have been the one to choose you, but you’re mine, Teague O’Malley, for better or worse.”
“You consume me, angel. It’s the most welcome kind of distraction, but I can’t get through an hour without thinking about you. Thinking about this.”
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