Review ~ The Wedding Pact by Katee Robert

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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.

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Oh geez, Carrigan and James. I have been looking forward to their book since I turned the last page of The Marriage Contract and I was not disappointed.

The Wedding Pact is a suspenseful, romantic, action-packed piece of work. I hated people (think Daddy Dearest), loved people, rooted for C&J, and thanked my lucky stars that I’m not a mob princess. Although, if a James Halloran comes with that title I <i>may</i> reconsider that.

Carrigan fulfilling her last hurrah before being sold into slavery for the advancement of the O’Malley clan. Okay, you may think I’m being a bit harsh, but dude, that’s how it is. As we learned in TMC, the patriarch of the clan views his children as pawns and means to further the family <i>business</i> and gain, I dunno, money/power/status … does it matter? It’s a crappy thing whichever way you slice it. But Carrigan, my bombshell rebel, is out to enjoy her last remaining days of freedom. And what makes her feel free? The touch of the man that nearly got her killed before. Or did he?

James Halloran is the epitome of rough-and-tumble-sexy-beast. But this man knows what he wants. His night with Carrigan etched her into his skin and one more taste will never be enough. but he’s going to do whatever he can to hold on to the stolen, heated moments with his girl before she’s sent to slaughter. And holy moly does he do it! That man is freaking sex on a stick and when these two get together it is like a fireworks display.

It was a bittersweet ride watching these two fall so hopelessly for each other, all while knowing that their fate was sealed in Irish Whiskey. I died a little each time reality slapped them, ripped them apart, or wrestled them to the ground. It was so hard to witness two people, who obviously cared a great deal for each other, be subjected to such atrocities by their own families. Family drama is a HUGE part of this book, and Katee did an amazing job with that troubled dynamic.

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