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The Marriage Contract

Narrated by: Charlotte North
Series: The O'Malleys, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling 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.

©2015 Katee Robert (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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AN ACTION PACKED ARRANGED MARRIAGE

Three Irish Crime Families - the O'Malley's, the Halloran's and the Sheridan's and, in order to make an alliance between the H. and the S. an arranged marriage has been made.... between the strong but fearful Callie, only heir to the S. Family and Brendan a brutal, ruthless and evil son in the H. Family. However, when Brendan was found murdered another alliance and another groom had to be found for Callie.... and this time it's the handsome Teague O'Malley that's been chosen but he's not happy - not with the business nor the fact that he has to marry at all..... until he sees his intended bride. Because the bruises around her slim neck and the haunted look in her beautiful blue eyes brought out his protective side..... well that and the whole instant lust/attraction/sizzling chemistry thing that was going on between them which put a smile on both their faces.

The S.'s and the O'.s might be happy but the volatile H.'s are out for blood and they don't care who they have to hurt to get the name of the person who killed Brendan.... and sometimes they just hurt for the fun of it. Teague and Callie's feelings grew as they got to know each other and they managed to spend some sexy times together too but this was in between beatings, threats, failed peace talks, wedding preparations, bullets, blood, murder, revenge, retribution, a kidnapping, a harrowing escape and a BIG secret that started it all.

Apart from it being a really good romance, this laid the foundation of the three Families and the many siblings within them and was a riveting story because, right from the start, it hooks you in as the dramatic first few Chapters then leads you into an action-packed story as someone unwittingly lit the fuse that would ignite Underworld chaos. Multiple POV's but mainly the Hero and Heroines, packed full of secondary characters whose books will hopefully follow and the narration was good. There are also lighter scenes too.

Worth a credit? It's a really enjoyable and drama packed start to the powerful O'Malley's, it's an introduction to the lifestyle and characters of three Crime Families and it's also a tender, sweet and romantic love story between two of those characters who just want peace..... and to be left to fall in love. Yes, there was insta-everything, so anyone who's not a fan of that shouldn't buy this.... but for everyone else this gets the green light from me.... YES creditworthy.

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  • Sumrb8b3
  • richmond, VA, United States
  • 12-26-15

Great Story

This was a great story...very different twist on the Romance/Suspense angle...Calli just beats herself up so bad for simply defending herself. Loved Teague. He jumped in and swept the girl off her feet. The only thing I don't like is the end of the felt rushed. The last 2 chapters are very good then you get to the end and you feel like there should be more or something was left out. Charlotte North's performance was awesome. She really brought the characters to life. I would recommend this bok to anyone.

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  • GH
  • Sherborn, MA, United States
  • 06-27-16

Good starter to the series

The plot is set in Boston. The background mob families, there are three. The story revolves around the son's and daughters. The basic idea is that the sons are forced into the family business at some level and have no life. The daughters are treated like chattel and are married off to consolidate power among the families.

And so it is with Teague O'Malley and Callista Sheridan. One fly in the ointment is Teague and Callista, although only having just met, actually come to like each other. The plot is all about over coming family obstacles and outside forces. Callista pulled the trigger and the fun gets going. There is action from the first page -- so hold on to your headsets.

This is a suspenseful novel with some pretty racy scenes, so you have to up for it. The underworld is not exceptionally gritty but it is there. If you are okay with the mob backdrop, you will like this first novel.

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Great Narrator

I really enjoyed the story line. I also really liked the narrator. She did a fantastic job! I listen to books on my way to and from work since I have over an hour commute one way and I would find myself sitting in my driveway continuing to listen because I wanted to find out what happened next. I am hoping this is the beginning of a series. Well worth the credit.

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Great Mafia Romance!

This book was so good. Other than paranormal, I love a good mafia romance. There is a lot of violence in some mafia books. This book has the right amount of romance and violence. The fathers in each family ruled with an iron thumb. Callie is a strong mafia princess and Teague is a son in the O'Malley clan. Teague's mother and sister are very strong, more so than Callie. This was an arranged marriage for both of them but it worked out just fine since they developed feelings for each other early in the book. I felt that the book ended rather abruptly after the break-in scene and following shoot out. I wanted to know what happens after Teague gets out of the hospital and what happens to everyone who was arrested. This is starting out to be a very good series. Charlotte North did a good job with the narration.

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Sweet, sexiness

A sweet sexy arranged marriage story that has some risk & love at the end to make you say awww

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Married to the Mob

Not much of a mob/romance fan simply because of all the drama,death and an impossible happily ever after.Great narration,Charlotte does a great Boston accent.Some really great steamy scenes.Unfortunately the rift between families causing death,loss and too much heart ache seems like an awful waste and not really my thing.

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Irish mafia arranged marriage

I loved this narrator with her Boston accent! This is the first book of the O'Malley family. It's about the Irish mafia arranged marriage. I didn't think I would like it since it was an arranged marriage, but the bride is a strong female, and shows her strength. It's an overly exaggerated ending but action-packed and entertaining. I am hooked if they continue using this narrator. Although these books are standalone they should be read in order because of the various characters involved in the mafia warfare, marriages, deaths, etc. I bought the second book first but I was lost so I came back to purchase this first book. I'm glad I did.

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Entertaining for sure

This was a very great story. It was the first for me with this type of story line, kind of flipped. I would have liked more, kinda felt like the story was not finished.

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😔😔😔😔

I didn't like it not worth the time. The narrow wasn't that good and third person book. Smh

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