Feb 17, 2016

The Marriage Contract (The O’Malley’s 1)

  by KATEE ROBERT  

book review rating 3 out of 5

***Contains mature elements that may not be suitable for YA readers.***

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.

Goodreads summary

FUNNY AND PASSIONATE, The Marriage Contract, by Katee Robert, is an engaging and gritty contemporary romance about the sacred ties of family, ruthless mafia politics, and the remarkable tribute to the power of unexpected love.

I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it, despite my concerns with several issues. The first of which is the startling notion of an arrange marriage. Eek! Secondly, The Sopranos-like setting, filled with violence and immorality was at times too heavy. And lastly, the writing had me cringing a bit. Clichés such as, “If I never (fill in the blank) again, it would be too soon,” were used too liberally. However, when the story took off, these concerns were less pronounced and I was able to let the story naturally unfold.

The Marriage Contract would have never worked for me had the main characters—Teague O'Malley (such an unusual name) and Callista Sheridan—heirs to two mafia dynasties, not been so magnetic and fun to read. Ms. Robert weaves a captivating tale about two trapped individuals, thrust into a deadly, age-old war, and struggling to rise above their destructive heritage. The tragedy of their circumstances pulled me into the storyline and I was eager to find out how these two tormented souls would find solace in each other’s arms.

I thought The Marriage Contract had some great conversational moments between Teague and Callie. Their bantering was witty and flirty, with a measure of honesty that makes the characters very likable, especially Teague. He is the epitome of a perfect gentleman. With a sultry and protective personality, he is very swoon-worthy, and will perhaps win over your heart as he did mine.

Distill this story to just the romance, and you will find memorable characters in a highly satisfying tale of courtship and love.

BOOK TALK: Katee Robert's premise of an arrange marriage had me wondering...Do you think that we choose the person we love? Or, do you think that love chooses us, and that our choice is but an illusion?

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{ I received this title from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you, especially to the author and publisher, for giving me an opportunity to review this title. }