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Forbidden Promises

(The O'Malleys #4)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,309 ratings  ·  254 reviews
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.

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

Sloan O'Malley just left her entire world
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Forever
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May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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If you've read the previous books in The O'Malley's series than you know that Sloan is the quiet one of the group that doesn't like to go against orders too often. After she's had enough of her family's constant battles, though, she leaves and sets out on her own, determined to not need anyone's help. But then she meets her neighbor, Jude, their attraction leads to a danger far greater than she's ever imagined.

Forbidden Promises had a different feel from the other boo
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Katee Robert Fans, Romance
5 Still Waters Run Deep Stars
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Never assume the quiet woman in the background is all as she appears. It may seem she is quiet, dutiful and would never rock the boat….But if that was your take on Sloan from the past books, then you would be wrong. In this entry, Forbidden Promises (The O'Malleys, #4), Sloan learns all about Sloan… and so do we.

Sloan saw the writing on the wall and knew she was to be the next sacrificed woman to wed in order for the Family to remain in a powe
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review

Can we just talk about that cover for a sec...
SEXY AS HELL RIGHT?!!! Not your typical random male torso... nope sexy "older guy" clothed looking all dark, mysterious, and definitely dangerous! Then I read the beginning of the blur Katee Robert delivers the next book in her sizzling O'Malleys family series, hailed as "The Godfather meets Romeo & Juliet."


That's it! I didn't know any

Title: Forbidden Promises
Series: The O'Malleys
Author: Katee Roberts
Release date: May 30, 2017
Cliffhanger: No
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“I’ll never cage you, sunshine. It’s not my way. I’d rather watch you learn to fly instead.”

While Forbidden Promises can be read as a standalone, I wouldn't go so far as to say easily read as one. As with any well developed Mafia Romance series, the MCs may change from book to book, but there is a continuing storyline with plenty of past events that yo
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Forbidden Promises by Katee Robert
Book Four of the O'Malleys series
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 a
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Book Review For: FORBIDDEN PROMISES by Katee Robert 'FORBIDDEN PROMISES' by Katee Robert is book Four in "The O'Malleys" series. This is the story of Sloan O'Malley and Jude MacNamara. I have not yet read the other books in the series so for me this was a standalone book. Sloan has left her family in Boston to get away from their Mafia Drama and start a new life on her own. Only her brother and his wife knows where Sloan is staying. Sloan has lived a shelter life where she didn't have to work an ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Forbidden Promises combines passion with intrigue and danger in a fast paced and entertaining story set in the Irish mob underworld. The addictive plot captivated me and I read this book almost in one sitting! It is well-written with great characterization and a perfect pace. The story starts off like a small town romance. The heroine, Sloan O’Malley, has chosen to leave her pampered life of Mafia princess behind. Against her father's wishes, she wants the freedom to make her own choices
ARC provided by Edelweiss and Publisher for an honest review.

This was an intense and engaging read with mystery and suspense thrown in.

Sloane, the heroine from our story, comes from an Irish family that is the most powerful Mafia (combination of three Irish families) in Boston. But word is out that the Russian Mafia might be encroaching on their territory.

Sloane is surrounded by strong siblings that are outspoken and major doer's who get things done and achieve what they want. Sloane is the mor
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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Forbidden Promises is the fourth installment in The O’Malley’s Series and while this book can be read as a standalone, I highly advise you to read the first three books since secondary characters play a crucial integral part of the story line. With that out of the way, now onto the review.


Sloan O’Malley has lived a very sheltered life even though her family is part of the Irish mafia. This life that she has now is not the life that
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2021
I have been reading a lot of Maia Romances lately, but it felt so good to go back to a series that I love so much and spend time with this crazy family.

Sloane was so sweet and just wanted to escape, only to fall under the eyes of Jude MacNemera, a contract killer who is the in the house next door.

Sexiness ensues and drama unfolds and it was all a treat for me.

4/5 stars
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Forbbidden Promises is the fourth installment in the O Malley Family series. This is Sloane's book. And I have been wanting Sloane's book for quite a while, because I know that she is one of the siblings that is more secretive. I always knew that she is one of those characters we don't see who she is and now we do in this wonderful book. This sibling is the more reserved of them all, she is shy and quiet and does what is asked of her. B ...more
Maf (Bookworm Wanders)
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reaction right after finishing it: I don't usually enjoy books with anything mob-ish related but this one was actually so good and the romance was *fire emoji*

Full review originally posted on Bookworm Wanders

First of all, guys…that cover…THAT COVER. This has to be one of my favourite covers so far this year. I’m not even kidding.

Katee Roberts’s books and I have an interest relationship because before I read this one, I had read two others by her, one I adored and one I didn’t adore so muc
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
4.5 Stars!

This series is intense, passionate, addictive and filled with so many twists and turns, you'll need a map and a guidebook to navigate it but you'll love every minute of the journey! Katee Robert has created an incredible world filled with drama, passion and suspense that you won't want to leave and FORBIDDEN PROMISES is definitely worth reading.

From all the previous books in this series, Sloan O'Malley was the mousy sibling, pretty much scared of her own shadow and to be honest, my im
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have a luke warm toward this series. The first 2 series, I like it OK. So I give it a try to read the 4th book.

Forbidden Promise is story about Sloan and Jude. Sloan who is an innocent girl and escaping her family. She sets her life in a secluded area. She even gets a job at diner to support herself. It just happens her next door occupant is a hitman, Jude. As the romance goes, Sloan and Jude falling for each other. Hard. Jude is a cocky alpha male. But his cockiness is very cheesy to my liki
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 to come.
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Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The tangled web gets even more tangled…

The O’Malley siblings were back and things were heating up once again! This drama-filled series hasn’t stopped for breath once and Sloan’s story amped it up even higher….

Sloan had broken away from her family. She loved them but living with them wasn’t an option any longer. She couldn’t live with the fear, she was simply not made that way. Finding her own path was the only way to be free and even if she stumbled she would make it… Jude, on the other hand, ha
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coffee dates with Forbidden Promise

First Date: Thanks to her brother's help Sloan O'Malley has gotten away from Boston and is hiding in a small rural town in Oregon. She staying at the home of a family friend and has taken a job at the dinner as a waitress. She is enjoying the quiet "normal" life but all that changes when she meets Jude MacNamara the sexy, dominate next door neighbor. Jude has spent his life revenging his family and all is going according to plan. That is until he lays eyes
One of my tests of a good series is that when you get the next book, even if it is months or more later, you're immediately immersed in the action again, reconnecting with the characters and overarching plot. That's exactly what has happened with every book in this series for me and this one is no different in that respect. The series is concerned with the O'Malley mob family from Boston and the rival families.

This story focusses on Sloan O'Malley who has always seemed to be able to slip into th
Gina *loves sunshine*
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, audiobook
This is book 4 of the O'Malley series. A series that I thoroughly enjoyed when I binged the first 3 books 6 months ago. I wish I had made a better plan and was able to binge them all - so much more enjoyable that way, especially in a series like this that has so many people and storylines!! I waited 6 months in line at the library for this one and it was a doozy of a wait that pretty much killed the whole mojo I had going! OK, enough about me, how about this book?!?!

I truly love all things Mob,
Sofia Lazaridou
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-read-2
3.5 stars

Forbidden promises is the fourth book in the O'Malleys series by Katee Robert. I liked it more than the third book, but I still had a couple of problems with it.

It seems I was right and each O'Malley will marry a person from a rival family. Jude is the last MacNamara. If the name doesn't ring a bell, I will remind you how he is connected with the other families. The Sheridans aka Callie's family killed every single member of Jude's family and he is alive to live the tale because they d
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. It's the trifecta of ingredients for me. Action, love, and alpha male/mob. This is a new author I'll add to my favorites and I cannot wait to read book 1-3.

Slone O'Malley has walked away from her mob family and is now finding out how sheltered she actually was. What she decides though is that she can now do what she wants.

Jude McNamara, the only living McNamara of his family, is a hit man and he is after the owner of the house next door. The house Sloan is currently living in. W
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Forbidden Promises, I loved the dirty talking hero and the heroine who started as a timid caterpillar and evolved into a fierce butterfly. I also loved that it was not only action packed, filled with hot sex but that it also focused on the politics between the ruling families. I'm going to liken what went down to a game of chess because lots of pieces were moved back and fort on the board forming strategic alliances that changed the dynamics between the them so much so that it's anyone ...more
Gretchen  (About That Story)
I freaking love, love, LOVE this series! It's an elaborate and intense world filled with twists and turns. Seriously exciting! It's a tangled web of deceit, drama, love, and family. Excellent characters and details. This was so, so good. Loved every second of Jude and Sloan’s story.

Sloan and Jude were awesome. I loved their connection, their feistiness and sparing. That bit of animosity in the beginning that draws them together as well as the attraction was fantastic. I've always been curious a
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author and the Publisher***

3.5 Stars

I struggled with this one a little bit, and it took me some time to figure out why. The other books in the series are in Boston, and they take place in the underground/Crime setting. This one, for obvious reasons, moves the action to another location, so the switch from Oregon to events in Boston seems a little jarring at times. I understand the reasoning for the way it was written, and overall it does work, but it took me a second to s
Lissy Liz
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ooohhhhh.... these mob guys keep getting more handsome and fierce.
Jude has only one goal in mind, something he's been preparing for his whole life, but, all that changes when he meets Sloan.
She's quiet, meek and seems to want to hide from the world, to go unnoticed.
Once the passion between them takes control, all bets are off.
Can't wait for the next installment ... Aiden's story
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Forbidden Promises is the fourth book in Katee Robert’s O’Malley series, although it works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. I read it as a standalone novel, and now have the intense desire to go and read the rest of the series. Part of this is to fill in a few of the knowledge blanks I have (although it’s nothing so major as to ruin the individual story, it was little things that seem to play in with the overall storyline of the series), but mostly this desire exists because I want to know ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Katee Robert is at her best with her The O’Malleys series. I haven’t been this invested in a mob family series in a long time, and these books hit all the right note for me. I have loved all the books in this series, so evidently I could not wait until I could get my hands on Forbidden Promises. Katee Robert certainly didn’t make the wait easier as she shared ridiculously sexy teasers that made me want to meet Jude ASAP. I’m thrilled that this book was just as good as the previous books for
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Forbidden Promises is the fourth book in The O'Malley's series. While this book can technically be read as a stand-a-lone, there are a lot of continuing plot from the previous 3 books that continue into this one, it might be hard for some to connect all the dots and line the families together. I can't say it takes away from this book's sole plot, but it may slow down your reading overall trying to put things together.

This book is probably my least favorite so far in the series. I rated it at 4 b
***5 ‘There’s Nowhere You Could Run’ Stars***

That line not only describes Sloan and Jude’s relationship perfectly but all the crazy when it comes to The O’Malley’s and anyone who happens to be in their orbit. This book had it all for me and I had an extremely difficult time putting it down. It had humor, heart, suspense, a good dose of deliciously dirty heat and surprisingly sweet moments throughout the story that kept me turning the pages until the very end.

Sloan O’Malley is the sibling tha
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