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Series: The O'Malley's #2
on April 26th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General, Contemporary
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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.
Also in this series: Undercover Attraction
Also by this author: Undercover Attraction
The Wedding Pact continues the saga of three Mob families ruling over Boston’s unseemly criminal underworld. The events of Katee Robert’s first novel in The O’Malley’s series, The Marriage Contract, take place approximately four months prior to the start of The Wedding Pact directly impact the events and relationships featured here. Author Katee Robert does a fantastic job making certain The Wedding Pact can be read as a standalone, however, you’ll only do yourself a disservice if you skip The Marriage Contract because 1) it’s great 2) the emotional state of Carrigan and James will have more resonance 3) James and Carrigan’s über-sexy supply closet hookup and it’s aftermath! (Bonus: More of Carrigan’s brother TEAGUE! )
Carrigan O’Malley has spent her life trying to be all that her parents want of her, using her wits carve out moments for herself where she can let loose and be free of family obligations and expectations. Her parents certainly would never have wanted her to fall in love with rival family boss James Halloran. Given the choice, Carrigan would not have wanted it either but the heart doesn’t always listen to the head. With James, Carrigan is able to let down her emotional walls and relish in the feeling of unconditional love and support. Her agreement to marry a man from her father’s ‘approved’ list forces Carrigan to closely examine her heart and what sacrifices she’s willing to make, for both her family and for James’ future.
In James Halloran, Katee Robert made a character that could have been unlikable (given his actions in The Marriage Contract) but she has gifted him enough insight and vulnerability to make James a true hero and someone worthy of the reader’s (and Carrigan’s) respect and admiration. The fact that he is hot AF and holds Carrigan in such high regard helps too. Every time Carrigan thought James would react like her father or brothers, he surprised her. James made a real effort to be exactly what Carrigan needed.
Katee Robert realistically crafts all the action, suspense, and mob intrigue that populate The Wedding Pact. Please note: I am NOT implying Katee has any nefarious connections or first-hand knowledge, she simply has an incredible imagination and a sharp eye for detail. With The Wedding Pact, and it’s compelling protagonists of Carrigan and James, Katee Robert has cemented her standing as a must-read author. I can’t wait to read more!
Excerpt from The Wedding Pact
James had thought he’d imagined the fear in Carrigan’s voice when she called. If she was in actual trouble, she sure as hell wasn’t going to call him—no matter how much he liked the idea of being the one to swoop in and save her from her problems. He liked the idea too much.
But then she walked into the quiet little pub where he was waiting and he realized he hadn’t been wrong the first time. There were faint bruises beneath her eyes, like she’d been sleeping even less than he had, and she held herself like a woman who’d been beaten for the first time. He was on his feet before he made a conscious decision to move. “Who hurt you?”
“Don’t play that martyr bullshit with me, Carrigan. Who the fuck put that look on your face?” She’d gone through hell and back because of him and it hadn’t put that haunted expression in her green eyes. He clenched his fists, trying and failing to get control of his temper. She wasn’t his to protect. Hell, even if she was, he had a pretty shitty track record of keeping people in his care safe. There was no reason why she’d be any different.
Except that he wanted her to be different.
She brushed past him, drawing his attention to her clothing. “What the hell are you wearing?”
Carrigan spun and glared. “I don’t need your shit right now.”
“You called me, lovely, so my shit is exactly what you’re going to get.” She looked like an angel—one that had had its wings clipped. He wasn’t sure what gave him that impression, but the long white dress was opposite of everything he’d found the woman to be in the short time they’d known each other. She was wild and impulsive and free. She wasn’t…this virginal almost-bride. He didn’t like the change. He didn’t like it one bit. “Sit your ass down. I’ll get us drinks, and then you’re telling me what the fuck is going on.”
“Don’t hold your breath on that.”
He wouldn’t have to. She might be prickly as all get out, but she wanted to talk. She wouldn’t have called him otherwise. The bartender met him halfway, a nervous little mouse of a guy. James made an effort to speak softly because the man looked half a second from pissing himself at the idea of a Halloran in his bar. “Whiskey for me. Dirty martini for the lady.”
He made his way back to where Carrigan had picked a booth. Ignoring the empty side, he slid in next to her.
The bartender appeared with their drinks, and James waited for him to scurry away before he spoke again. “Talk to me. I can’t help you if I don’t know what’s wrong.”
“No one can help me.”
The raw pain in her voice made him want to comfort her, but that was one skill James had never learned. Maybe if his mother had lived…But there was no room in this world for “what if” and “maybe.” So he did the one thing that he knew how to do. The single thing guaranteed to distract her.
He kissed her.
Carrigan went rigid for half a second, but he waited, his lips on hers, and let her choose. That hesitation was all it took for her to melt, turning to fire in his arms. He wanted to haul her against him, to let this feeling consume him until none of the bullshit mattered anymore. Right now, in this moment, there was only her. They could be the last two people in the world for all he gave a fuck. Hell, part of him hoped they were. As her tongue stroked his, a small, treacherous thought wormed into his brain and took root.
With this woman by my side, I’d be content to let the rest of the world burn.
About Author Katee Robert
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 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.
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