Series: The O'Malleys #2
Published by Forever
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
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 delivers on the promise of an exciting and passionate love story, loaded with intense emotion, danger and intrigue. This is a modern Romeo and Juliet romance, but thankfully, Romeo and Juliet sail off into the sunset together.
Carrigan O’Malley has always hated the fact that her father only sees her as a commodity to be traded for a powerful alliance, instead of someone that could be an asset to the family business, so she determined to live her life to the fullest before being pawned off in marriage. After one night with James Halloran, Carrigan is no longer so accepting of her fate, but she can’t have James because his family is their enemy and her father is definitely not one to defy.
With his brother’s death and his father’s incarceration, James stepped into the role of the head of the Halloran crime family, a role he was not prepared for nor wanted. He needs to be focused on the family’s business, especially with his psychotic younger brother nipping at his heels and his men looking to him for leadership, but instead he’s consumed by thoughts of the woman he can’t have.
Both James and Carrigan are very clearly resistant to the restraints of their world but bound by the burden of duty; two people who can only let down their guard with each other but will they be able to withstand the pressure from all sides and find their happy ending?
This is some of Ms. Robert’s best writing in my opinion and James and Carrigan made my heart ache for them. The hopelessness of their feelings for each other, the weight of their duty and the danger dogging them, the desperation of their encounters runs through every word, every interaction and will definitely elicit strong reactions from readers.
Carrigan is bold, fearless and reckless while James has a bit of the dreamer to him and is a white knight at the core of him, something that is incompatible with the world he lives in but these two are so good together. I really would love to see what they can accomplish together in future.
The stage has been set for an explosive climax in the final installment of the series and I can’t wait to see what Ms. Robert has in store for us. I love this series so much and I highly recommend it.