by Katee Robert
Published by Forever
Book 1 in The O'Malley's series
Teague O'Malley hates 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 cut ties once and for all. But then Teague actually meets Callista, sees the bruises on her neck and the trauma in her eyes and vows he will do everything in his power to avenge her.
Everyone knows the O'Malleys are dangerous. But Callie wasn't prepared for his brand of lethal grace and coiled power. His slightest touch scorches 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.
First of all, I would like to thank Forever and Katee Robert for sending me an arc via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Dark Succession (and the entire O'Malley series) is actually a previously published series but got a makeover. I was lucky enough to be sent an arc after requesting Dark Succession (previously published as The Marriage Contract).
I'm not sure why I hadn't heard of this series before.
I've read Katee Robert's work before - although I will admit to it only being Dark Olympus so far.
When I enjoy an author, I usually will go through their entire Goodreads profile and add all the books that call to me.
But somehow, I missed this series.
Which is a shame, because I really enjoyed Dark Succession.
I enjoyed the characters. The plot line. It was entertaining and sexy. My only complaint was the lack of tension. It doesn't take long for our main characters - Callista and Teague - to fall for one another, despite it being an arranged marriage. And listen, I get it. If you have read my other reviews, you know it totally depends on my mood.
Sometimes I love a tension-filled slow-burn romance.
Other times I want it quick and dirty.
I guess when I read this I was hoping for a little more angst. Obviously, I won't let this affect my review, but if you are looking for more of a slow burn, I wouldn't jump into this one.
If you don't care either way, I definitely recommend it. Even if you are not a fan of Katee Robert's other work. As Katee has grown as a writer, her writing has more of an edge, and more of a fantastical element to it. So reading a contemporary romance written by her was fun and new.
Is it the most original? Nope.
But is it romantic and steamy? Yes.
And from what I can tell the next book in the series is about - I'm excited to continue this series.
If you love a mafia romance, you honestly won't go wrong with Dark Succession. It definitely leans more heavily on romance than the mafia world, so you won't come across any disturbing torture/murders. There is violence, but not descriptive. It's probably the lightest mafia romance I've ever read - and I got to say, its nice to read a book in this genre and not cringe from the less savory parts of the mafia world.
The best part of this series?
It's already complete. So you can just purchase the whole series, and enjoy! But if you want to wait for each books new look and title (which I do, because I like my books to match), the next book, Heated Rivals (previously The Wedding Pact) will be released July 3rd, 2023.