Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: The Marriage Contract, Fool Me Once, An Indecent Proposal, A Fool For You, The Devil's Daughter, The Hunting Grounds
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.
The Wedding Pact
I loved The Marriage Contract (book 1) and was super excited for The Wedding Pact. In this book, you get Carrigan and James’ story and its kinda dark and tragic.
Carrigan is the sister of Teague from book 1. You don’t have to read book 1 before The Wedding Pact, but it would help to understand all the characters. There are 3 Irish mob families involved. Teague married a Sheridan (book 1) and now Carrigan’s father is going to marry her off to an ally. He gives her a list of men to choose from and needless to say, they are NOT who she would have chosen for herself. She has a past with James (he kidnapped her in book 1 but he was also responsible for making sure she didn’t get killed so theres that…) and there is certainly attraction between them. They have this sharp tounged banter that is witty and quick and reminded me a bit of taming of the shrew. James is trying to take over his family after his older brother was killed and his dad is in prison. Its NOT going well because, well, its the mob and everyone wants to grab for power. So, he wants Carrigan and she wants him, but there is the whole mob issue and family feuds. Its all very Romeo and Juliet (okay, thats the second Shakespeare reference I have made in this review!). There is LOTS of action, drama, danger, and more to keep the plot moving. If you love over the top mob family drama, you will enjoy this series.
I must say I didn’t enjoy this book as much as book 1. I can’t even put my finger on why exactly. I just found myself easily putting this book down and picking up others. I actually finished 3 books in the time it took me to read this one. But, I still enjoyed it when I was reading it! I like Katee’s writing style!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: No
- Trope: Mafia/Mob, dysfunctional family
- Triggers: human trafficking
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within a series; I recommend you read book 1 first though!
- Cliffhanger: No, but there is a lot of the family drama left open!
- HEA: View Spoiler »Yes for James and Carrigan « Hide Spoiler
Carter Reed by Tijan, Killing Sarai by JA Redmerski, An Obsession with Vengeance… then you will probably like The Wedding Pact!
Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.
Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way—as it often does—and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.
Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?
She now spends her time—when not lost in Far Reach worlds—playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.