Thursday, June 1, 2017

{Blog Tour} Forbidden Promises - Katee Robert (Review & Giveaway)

Celebrate the Release of FORBIDDEN PROMISES!  
Some lines should never be crossed . . . not even for love.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert delivers the next book in her sizzling O'Malleys family series, hailed as "The Godfather meets Romeo & Juliet." FORBIDDEN PROMISES features Sloan O'Malley and her mysterious new next-door neighbor, Jude MacNamara.

Add FORBIDDEN PROMISES to your TBR pile on Goodreads! Then keep reading to get an EXCLUSIVE (and totally hawt!) sneak peek at FORBIDDEN PROMISES. Also, be sure to enter the giveaway for an O'Malley heroes candle set + a $30 Amazon gift card. Three (3) runner-up winners will get their choice of an eBook from Katee’s backlist.

Title: Forbidden Promises
Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Grand Central/Forever
Series: The O’Malleys
Page Count: 336 pages
Format: Digitial and Print
ISBN-13: 9781455597031

Some lines should never be crossed . . . not even for love.

Sloan O'Malley just left her entire world behind-her family, her wealth, and even her real name. For the first time in her life, she's free. She can live the "normal" life she's always wanted. A life without fear. But there's nothing safe about her intensely sexy next-door neighbor.

Jude MacNamara has no room for innocence in his life. Only revenge. Still, he's never been able to walk away from the forbidden, and Sloan-who is every inch of pure, mouthwatering temptation-has forbidden written all over her. Only after it's way too late does he discover the real danger: claiming Sloan as his puts a target on her back. To protect her, Jude is willing risk everything . . . and to hell with the consequences.

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This book contains adult themes.

This is my first Katee Robert book and after I finished reading I knew I needed to read this entire series.

First this book follows the youngest O’Malley sister Sloan as she is trying to leave the family and make it on her own.   This book is told from the point of view of Jude and Sloan who used her brother’s help to make a fresh start.  The issue arises when Jude her neighbor starts to come around more.   The story moves at a very steady pace and we get into some tricky situations quickly in the book.

Sloan is a great lead character in this book.  First, she comes off as not 100% sure of herself, but trying hard to make it, but then when everything starts to fall into place you see her take charge.  Sloan was always in the background and never in the spotlight, but we can see that is easily able to adapt to most situations.  Sloan also has a very big heart she doesn’t want anyone to get hurt and only wants to live a normal life although she is part of the O’Malley family.  Sloan lived up to her potential in this book and exceed all my expectations for her.

Jude is the male lead in the book and the way the author describes him a very attractive guy.  Jude is very closed off in this book and doesn’t open up until much further in the book.  We do get some background information on why he is where Sloan is, but we don’t get the full story right off the bat.  I enjoyed how the author left a hint of mystery around Jude.  I also enjoyed how Jude grew as a character in this book, it seems most of his life he was working on making amends for previous actions, but now he wants a different future.

I loved the chemistry that the author created between Sloan and Jude.  At first Jude, doesn’t seem that interested, but once we get to hear his thoughts we can see that there is a lot more to Sloan and Jude.   I loved how we got to see how they both felt about one another as well as how they just fit together so well.

I read this as a standalone novel and although there were a few mentions to previous books I never felt lost or confused.  I do want to go back and read the beginning of the series now, but that is because I thoroughly enjoyed the story and loved the characters the author developed.  The storyline is very fast paced and it moves along so that you are never bored reading it.  I did have a hard time putting this book down I wanted to see what was going to happen and who was going to end up with who.

I guess my one complaint which didn’t allow me to give the book five stars would have been a pretty big event happens in both Sloan and Jude’s life (trying not to spoil it) and not that they don’t do the right thing I think that it could have been avoided if some additional precautions were taken.  I feel like their relationship came on hot and fast with a lot of complications that weren’t all necessary.  The chemistry worked well for Sloan and Jude I think they can keep the relationship moving no matter what.  

I would suggest this as a perfect book for the beach.  Although I would suggest starting with book one this can be read as a standalone book.  The story grabbed my attention and kept me entertained the whole time.

I received a copy of this book from Barclay Publicity so I could provide an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book. 

My Rating: 4/5

Forbidden Promises Excerpt
Copyright © 2017 Katee Robert

“I won’t hurt you, Sloan. I promise.”

There was no logical reason for her to trust him, but he’d been careful with her up to this point. Perhaps he’d be careful with her with what came next. She nodded mutely, watching as he rolled on a condom that he’d retrieved from his pocket. Her body hummed in anticipation and trepidation, but she didn’t let it show as he moved back to join her on the bed.

Jude palmed her between her legs, his big fingers exploring her. It didn’t seem possible that he could spark pleasure with a few specific touches, but it didn’t take much to have her relaxing, letting him once again take the lead. He kissed her neck. “Feels good, huh?”
“Well, I—oh.” Her eyes went wide when he pushed a second finger into her. It stretched her, the feeling not entirely pleasant at first, but he merely waited, pulsing the slightest bit, until pleasure took hold once more. She clutched his shoulders. “Kiss me again. Please.”

“You don’t have to ask twice.” He took her mouth like he owned it—like he owned every part of her. Jude slid between her legs, his body rubbing deliciously against hers. His hard length slid through her wetness, creating a friction that sparked a tide of desire deep inside her. Again? I couldn’t possibly…

He nipped her bottom lip and then soothed the slight ache with his tongue. “Ready?”
There was no mistaking his meaning. She nodded. Despite the earlier orgasm and how good it felt to have him moving against her, she was so incredibly empty. Instinct had her hooking a leg around his hips and arching up to meet him, needing more, so much more.

Jude reached between them, and then he was at her entrance. He kissed her, tongue twining with hers as he pushed into her, just a single inch. It was too much and not enough and she couldn’t help but thrash, pinned in place by his big body, overwhelmed by her helplessness and what he was doing to her. “Jude, I—”

“Shh. I’ve got you.” He rolled, taking her with him. One second she was on her back, finding it hard to breathe, and the next she was straddling him where he sat with his back against the headboard.

Sloan looked down, daunted by the sheer size of him. “I don’t know if this is going to work. You’re too big.”

He laughed, deep and full-throated, the sound rolling through her like the tide. “You can take every inch of me, sunshine. I promise you that.”

Praise for The O’Malleys Series

"It can be hard to make a ruthless assassin into a sympathetic character, but Robert handles the task with ease. She also deftly shows Sloan’s transformation from a pampered and protected naïf to a strong woman with a backbone of pure steel. A tension-filled plot full of deceit, betrayal, and sizzling love scenes will make it impossible for readers to set the book down."—Publishers Weekly on FORBIDDEN PROMISES

“You will finish it in one sitting and die after you’re done because the next book isn't out yet. This was one sexy ride!”—Reviewer Top Pick, Night Owl Reviews on FORBIDDEN PROMISES

“Two story lines end up converging into one explosive finale at the end.  A great read from the talented Robert!” —RT Book Reviews

“Katee Robert's has created a fictional underworld of such veracity, that one almost expects the characters to turn up on the front-page news. It never feels over the top or implausible; the author writes extremely well-crafted stories… The romance between Cillian and Olivia is very beautiful, tender and real.”—Fresh Fiction on AN INDECENT PROPOSAL

“Will keep you turning pages.”—RT Book Reviews on THE WEDDING PACT

“If you like angsty reads, this book is right up your wheelhouse.”—Heroes & Heartbreakers on THE WEDDING PACT

"Dark, dirty, and dead sexy."—Tiffany Reisz, bestselling author of The Original Sinners series, on THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT

Other Books in The O’Malleys Series


About Katee Robert
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension."  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. 
Connect with Katee at: Website | Facebook | Twitter| GoodReads | Instagram


  1. YAAAAAAAY, I'm so glad you enjoyed this book, Kristyn! I think I also gave this book four stars (as opposed to five) for that same Big Reason that you stated. It seemed a bit out of the blue but by the end of the book, I was used to the idea. Ah well. I can't wait to read books five and six!

    Great review, Kristyn! Have a fantastic day. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I totally agree with you by the end of the book I was used to the idea!! I can't wait to read the beginning of the series now!! Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!!!


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