Saturday, June 13, 2015

Eliza's Review: The Marriage Contract (The O'Malleys, #1) by Katee Robert

Title: The Marriage Contract
Series: The O'Malleys Series
Author: Katee Robert
Release date: 2nd June, 2015
Cliffhanger: No

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.

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I was sold on The Marriage Contract as soon as I read the blurb. I was very much looking forward to the potent cocktail of angst, distrust, danger and lust that come with a plot such as this. For the most part I enjoyed it, although I felt it was rather watered down for my tastes.

I found the first half of the story engaging and relationship between Teague and Callie my main highlight of the book. Although The Marriage Contract is brokered for the purpose to strengthen the alliance between the two families the reluctance of both Teague and Callie dissipates when they finally meet.

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The absence of a higher rating comes from what I felt was a lack of action and anticipation. In some regard I felt like a bystander when I would have liked to have been immersed in thick of it all and witnessed the destruction of these infamous families. The relationship between Teague and Callie was one I found sweet considering its circumstance. I was glad Callie was able to find a place for herself with Teague and his instant protectiveness over her was all the more endearing.

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Although told predominantly told from Teague and Callie's POV, there are multiple POV's from other family members. This not only introduces us to them but also sets the scene for the next instalment to The O'Malleys Series.

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