Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Marriage Contract (The O'Malleys #1) by Katee Robert: Paperback Release Launch w/ Review, Bonus Scene & Giveaway


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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Bonus Scene from The Marriage Contract:

Teague paced from one end of his apartment to the other, checking the clock for the sixth time in as many minutes. She should be here by now. Things were so incredibly unstable in Boston at the moment, and Callie would be the feather in the cap of any one of the many enemies that had turned their sights on both the Sheridans and the O’Malleys. He knew she had a protection detail that was more than capable of keeping her from harm, but in the time he’d known her, she’d more than proven her ability to get into trouble. We both have.

She’s a grown woman and more than capable of taking care of herself. She’s practically running the Sheridan empire. She’s fine.

But what if she wasn’t?

If something had happened to her… He grabbed his phone, determined to make sure she was truly okay.

The door to his apartment opened, and Callie rushed through. “I’m so sorry I’m late.”

Teague crossed to stand in front of her. Her cheeks were flushed and her eyes were bright, but she seemed fine. That didn’t stop him from pulling her into his arms and making sure. Maybe there would come a day when he wouldn’t worry about her, but that day wasn’t today. He rested his chin on the top of her head and just held her for a moment.

Callie put her arms around him. “I should have called.”

“No, it’s fine. You don’t have to report your every move to me.” He was being paranoid, and he knew it. But after everything that had happened, he was all too aware of how tenuous their grasp on life really was. The temptation to hold everyone he cared about closer was almost overwhelming, as if he could keep them safe through sheer force of will. He exhaled. “I’m sorry.”

“Don’t be.” She drew back enough to look up at him. “I do have a very good reason for my tardiness.” She moved back and unwrapped the tie around her jacket, opening it so he could see that she wore…


Teague took a step toward her. “Angel, you’re missing a vital part of your wardrobe. Again.” Her jacket had given the illusion of a dress, but beneath it she wore only thigh high black stockings attached to a red lace halter corset that did nothing to conceal her body beneath it. Her nipples peeked through the fabric, the sight all the more erotic for the facade of a barrier between them. Her panties were so small as to be laughable, or they would be if anything about her lingerie was laughable.

She looked down as if seeing it for the first time. “Am I?”

“We’ve gone over this.” He took another step. “I told you what would happen the next time you teased me this way.”

“Ah, but last time was my missing my panties.” She gave him a slow, sexy smile. “Though if you insist, I suppose I could take it off.”

He grabbed her hips and closed the remaining distance between them. She was soft and warm and smelled of roses. And she’s mine. He laced his fingers through her hair and tipped her head back. “Angel, I’m going to have to insist you remove it—immediately.”

About the Author:

New York Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author

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, writing speculative romance and YA horror.

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Review by Yvette:

Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather: this description may not do complete justice to Katee Robert’s new release, The Marriage Contract, but it almost comes close to encompassing the narrative’s intriguing combination of romance and menace. Unlike this author’s previous contemporary romances, The Marriage Contract had a very ominous tone, so that from page one, you got a foreboding feeling that the narrative would be dark and dangerous. The romance between protagonists Callista Sheridan and Teague O'Malley is just one aspect of this multidimensional story, which follows three of Boston’s most powerful and most corrupt families as they find themselves building alliances and making enemies in a ruthless bid for control. Unpredictable, emotionally gripping, sensual and action-packed, The Marriage Contract has everything you could possibly need or want in a story to grab and hold your attention.

There are two sides of The Marriage Contract – the business side and the romance – the former of which is riddled with fear and peril, and the latter of which provides a safe haven from the chaos of their everyday lives. Secrets are a huge part of this story born from a natural mistrust of longtime enemies-turned-allies. It’s therefore unexpected that an arranged marriage between two of the three warring families would result in the instant connection between Callie and Teague. From the moment they meet, there's an electric charge that flares into existence when Callie and Teague are together – a palpable reminder of their powerful chemistry. I looked forward to their late-night phone calls and clandestine meetings because it signaled a brief respite from the politics and a chance to become better acquainted with Callie and Teague. I appreciated getting the in-depth background on their characters through their individual points-of-view, but the real insight came from their intimate encounters in which the two bared themselves both emotionally and physically.

Oftentimes when an author begins a new series, the sheer amount of characters and potential storylines we as readers are required to keep track of can be a bit daunting but Katee Robert does an amazing job of introducing a number of important players while also maintaining focus on Callie and Teague's romance. The narrative is incredibly complex and painstakingly planned out to hint at future books following the O’Malley siblings who all react very differently to being pawns in their family’s bid for more power. I thought it was a smart decision on the author’s part to include the alternate perspectives of two characters in particular (I refuse to say who and ruin the element of surprise) not only because it teased at what’s to come but because it ensured that I would be beyond impatient to read the follow-up novel.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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  1. I love that they usually end up falling in love for real

  2. I love the backgrounds and how the characters come together dispite their families and fall in love.

  3. That they end up really falling in love!

  4. I love to see how it ends up. Esp if they start out despising each other!

  5. I love how it forces the couples to really get to know each other!

  6. I love that it always starts off as a marriage of convenience and then the light bulb goes off in their heads. All the sudden they usually start fumbling around each other. The guys are the best when they realize it.

  7. I love how they find out they have more in common than they thought and eventually find love.

  8. I love the animosity that is generally there on both sides. It's also funderstand watching the 2 get to know each other because they have to.

  9. Even though you know where it's inevitably heading, I enjoy reading the journey the couple takes to get to that point.

  10. i enjoy how they really fall in love at the end of the story

  11. I love how they usually hate each other in the beginning, only to love each other in the end!

  12. I love how they eventually fall in love.

  13. They always end up being crazy about each other and hopelessly in love.

  14. They always end up being crazy about each other and hopelessly in love.

  15. I love how their story begins with a goal but they end up falling in love :)

  16. I love how the end up falling on love!!

  17. I have not read this book yet. I wish to win. Thank you so much.