Series: The O'Malleys #4
Published by Forever on 30-05-2017
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All Sloan O’Malley ever wanted was a simple life—and now she’s finally got it. She’s left everything behind in Boston—her family, her money, even her name—and set herself up in a tiny seaside town in Oregon. What she doesn’t plan for? Her mysterious and painfully attractive neighbor, Jude.
Jude MacNamara has been many things in his life—pampered son of a prestigious family, only surviving heir to a lost legacy, hit man—but now he’s out for revenge on the man responsible for the death of his father and brothers—Colm Sheridan. He’s tracking Colm’s sister when he encounters Sloan living with her in her beach house. He’s a patient hunter and he’s willing to sit back and wait for his prey...he just doesn’t expect for this woman to give rise to emotions he hasn’t felt in years.
He doesn’t want to see Sloan hurt, but in order to protect her, he will have to turn his back on the one thing he’s spent his life pursuing—revenge. Even then, there’s no guarantee either one of them will make it out alive.
Katee Robert expertly continues the suspense and steam filled O’Malley series with Forbidden Promises, the tale of Sloan O’Malley, the quiet, yet fiercely strong sister who just happens to fall for the one man who might just single-handedly bring down the Boston crime world.
Sloan comes to live in Callaway Rock because she’s had enough of her life in Boston. She’s always been the quiet one. The one who has done what was expected of her because she knew there was nothing that she could do about it. Except that all changed when her brother Devlin was killed. She knew she had to get out. With the help of her brother Teague she’s whisked off to the small island where she knows no one, but that’s okay because she’s learning to become self-sufficient. It also doesn’t hurt that her new neighbor is incredibly easy on the eyes and quite possibly just as interested in her as well.
Jude MacNamara is out for vengeance. Colm Sheridan slaughtered his entire family before he was even born and added to the horrendous childhood he endured because of the trauma his mother faced, Jude is out to get each and every Sheridan there is. Which brings him to Callaway Rock. He’s just biding his time for Colm’s sister to make her way back to one of her many properties so he can strike one more name off his list. What he wasn’t expecting was to find Sloan. He figured she had some connection to the Sheridan’s but to find out she’s an O’Malley? It just complicates everything.
I’m completely gone for the O’Malley series. Katee Robert can just take my money and run with it because she has created such rich, multi-dimensensial characters that I cannot help but fall in love with. Sloan and Jude are no different. I never thought much of Sloan in the other books other than she’s a bit whiny. Hell, most of the time no one even knew she was in the room until she said something, usually a complaint, as she wanted to be as invisible as possible. But she really came into her own in Promises. She showed that she’s definitely the strongest of all the siblings, in my opinion, because she actually got out of Boston, and the family dealings. And with Jude’s help, she started to realize that all she really needed was someone to actually believe in her to see how much potential she really had, herself.
And then there’s Jude. Lord, Jude. If you’re like me and you like your heroes to be a big, dirty talking alpha, than you’re going to love Jude. He never would have given someone like Sloan the time of day but there was just something about her that drew him in. She was his own personal siren. Maybe it was her veiled innocence, maybe it was her hidden strength. Whatever it was, it made for amazing chemistry. And to see Jude grow from this brute who only cared about vengeance to a man who not only cared about Sloan, but wanted a future filled with a family, it filled me with hope. I loved how Sloan knew exactly what Jude was going through, knew how he felt, knew that she would feel exactly how he was feeling, because she would feel the same if something happened to her family. But that didn’t mean that vengeance was the right choice. And for him to learn that, to finally see that, I loved it.
It would be truly remiss of me if I didn’t mention how much I enjoyed how Forbidden Promises set up the next two book in the series. First, with Aiden’s book next. I’ve never cared much for Aiden, and I’m not sure how much I’m going to if I’m being completely honest. But learning a bit about Charlie’s backstory and knowing that Aiden’s going to fall for a cop? That’s the best. Thing. Ever. I can’t wait to see how he struggles with that one. Second, and most importantly, Kiera and Dmitri. Holy smokes. These two really stole the book for me. Their scenes together had me wanting more and more and I cannot wait for it. I wanted to hate Dmitri so much for the things he’s done in the past against James and the O’Malley’s, but I’m really starting to love him. And Kiera. Guh. Need these two books and I need them now.
Katee Robert has taken everything that makes the O’Malley’s work and honed it to bring Sloan’s story to life that’s full of not only excitement and suspense, but hope as well. It’s definitely my favorite of the series thus far, and they just keep getting better and better with each book.