The Marriage Contract
by Katee Robert
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Book #1 in the O’Malleys series
Number of Pages: 368
Contemporary Romance M/F
Read 9/15/19 to 9/17/19
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.
I’m not one to read very many mafia/mob type stories. It’s not that I dislike them, I just don’t love them the way I do other genres under the contemporary romance scope. Usually when I do read the sub-genre, it’s because I already know the author well and adore their other work. So, I can’t say for sure (because sometimes my short-term memory is just crap) why I decided to give this book a try. I’m no overly familiar with this author’s work, but decided to pick this story up anyway. Who knows? And while I didn’t fall in love with the story and the genre, I did enjoy the read.
Teague O’Malley makes a great hero. I really enjoyed the parts of the book that centered around him. That’s not to say I disliked Callie, but there were times that I really questioned her decision making skills. Plus, Teague and Callie together are really great. Yet, overall, Teague is who made this story work for me. He is compassionate and cares about the world around him, not just his family. It’s great that family is such a central thing for these “organizations”, but to put family about good morals and doing what is right I just cannot get behind. Callie did that a bit too much for me. She made decisions solely on how they would affect her dad and not how they would affect the world as a whole really bothered me.
Obviously, Callie’s upbringing in this underground world was much different than Teague’s. While her dad is no angel, at least he was kind to her and her brother all their lives. Teague wasn’t (and still isn’t) so lucky. But he still turned out to be a wonderful human being. Since this series is named after his family, I’ll assume the following stories will center on his siblings. At this point I’m happy with that because I’m all-in on the storyline of his sister Carrigan. (Another story I think I’ll like the hero much more than the heroine, but I’ll try to reserve judgement.) I believe the rest of his siblings will have their own interesting stories to tell as well. They seem to be a pretty diverse bunch for all being from one family.
I enjoyed this story enough that I’ll definitely read the next book to see how it goes. That’s saying a lot since, as I said, this isn’t really a genre I gravitate toward.