THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT by Katee Robert brings us the story of
three dangerous families. The families are all fighting a
turf war and the alliance that a marriage between two of the
families would give them a big advantage and leave the third
family out in the cold. When one alliance goes wrong and
another is formed the families must deal with the fallout.
The head of each family treats his children differently and
in the Sheridan family Callista is left being the heir. She
must learn to deal with the inner workings of the life and
prove that she can truly be in charge. Teague O'Malley is
not the heir, but circumstances have him marrying Calista
for the alliance between their families, but the Halloran's
won't take this lying down and take matters in hand. Who
will be left standing in the end? Can Callista and Teague
actually find love?
THE MARRIAGE CONTRTACT is the first in the O'Malleys
series. It is a good introduction to each of the families
and their inner workings. Many of the younger generation
have a different way of looking and doing things than the
men who rule now and we watch as things begin to change.
Callista is a strong woman and longs for a better way to do
things. Teague wants out and to keep everyone of his
brothers and sisters safe. The two make a good couple and
find that their marriage may not be such a bad thing after
all. Callista is hiding a secret though and she does not
know what will happen to her once she reveals it. Teague
will have to decide between Callie and family and she knows
that family comes first. Yet when push comes to shove will
Callista do the right thing? I was surprised at how long it
took Teague to realize just what Callista's secret was, the
signs were there right from the very night that they met. He
continues to think and talk about it, yet he never connects
the dots. So much so that it begins to get repetitive and
annoying that he cannot figure it out. This is the major
plotline, so I understand but, in my opinion, it made him
look stupid. These characters did not really pull me in to
their story. As they try to fix their problems their
emotions grow, and love comes into play. It was nice to see
that love can grow even in this kind of environment. I was
genuinely surprised at the ending and am interested to know
how the author will continue the story in the next book.
The narrator speaks clearly and at a good pace so that you
are able to listen and get lost in the story.
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.