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The O'Malleys #5

Undercover Attraction

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"The O'Malley series is one of my all-time favorites. The stories are fast-paced, gritty, sexy and downright riveting." -USA Today Happy Ever After

Scandal. Wealth. Power. Seduction. Welcome to the world of the O'Malleys.
Ex-cop Charlotte Finch used to think there was a clear line between right and wrong. Then her fellow officers betrayed her, and the world is no longer so black and white. Especially when it's Aiden O'Malley, one of the most dangerous men in Boston, who offers her a chance for justice. The only catch: she'll have to pretend to be his fiancée for his plan to work.
Aiden can't afford to let anyone see the man behind the mask. To run the O'Malley empire, he has to be cool and controlled at all times. But the moment he meets Charlie, they're playing with fire. Her slightest touch is enough to send him over the edge. At first their "engagement" was a way to eliminate his enemies. Now he'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe-- even if he has to destroy his own family to do it.
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353 pages, Kindle Edition

First published November 28, 2017

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Katee Robert

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Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of spicy romance. Entertainment Weekly calls her writing “unspeakably hot.” Her books have sold over two million copies. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, children, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and two Great Danes who think they’re lap dogs.

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November 28, 2017
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Leading up to his book Aiden O'Malley has been an iffy character for me. He always seemed to be doing the opposite of what was good for his siblings and it made him hard to like. But reading Undercover Attraction really brought to focus how much pressure he was under and that despite what may have shown in previous books, he does love his family.

Loving the O'Malley family means having to make sacrifices for them and also having to make hard decisions in regards to them. Which is what leads him to Charlie with a proposal of the fake kind.

Adrian and Charlie were both very well developed characters and I loved getting to see how they took what they were fighting for and turned it into a connection between one another. Getting to see them together, the ex-cop and the mafia leader, was intriguing and also really romantic. I liked that it was their differences that lead them to one another.

It's really interesting to see how this series has evolved since the first one, The Marriage Contract, and how different these characters feel now. I don't mean that in a bad way, but just that I can tell all of these characters have grown since they had their own book and I really like that this series has shown that so well.

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
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2,632 reviews3,209 followers
August 29, 2021
4.5 The Darker Brother Revealed Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
In 2015, Katee Robert presented us with the Underworld of 3 Boston Irish Crime families posed to attack each other at any given moment. I had been a fan of Robert's other books, yet this was a bit of a departure from the ones I had read. This new series had the feel of an Odyssey in the making and I was on board from the start.

In Undercover Attraction we finally are given Aiden's story...and we have been interested in this conflicted brother for a while now.
Aiden stepped up to take his father's place in running the O'Malley's business and family. Left with the mess his father's manipulations had caused, Aiden decides on a plan to save his family, his sister Keira and exact revenge on his closely held targets.

In order to accomplish all of his goals....he is going to mix with the enemy, an ex-cop. He needs her cooperation. It will be tricky as she has no desire to be anywhere near him if she can help it...But Aiden has the one lure to reel her in...The mutual hatred and wish to nail Dmitri Romanov will be the hook to cause Charlotte Finch, now known as Charlie March, to agree to make a deal with this devil.

Charlie had remade her life after it had been destroyed by one obvious enemy, Dmitri, and another not so obvious, her brother cops. She was hung out to dry when she refused to be on the take...and in retaliation, she was thrown under the bus twice... publicly, losing the only career she ever wanted and then physically when the dirty cops decided to exact their own punishment by doing their worst in an alley.

Charlie recovered from her injuries but mentally, she was scarred. Her father, the one influence, the one who she wished believed in her...turned his back believing his brothers in blue than his own daughter. As an FBI agent, her father only saw black and white...and Blue.

When Aiden approaches Charlie, she has been living as a poker hustler. She runs some of the most wanted games in town...she has reinvented herself in a way to bid her time until she can figure out a way to pay back all of those who destroyed her reputation.

Aiden and Charlie know of each other...and when Aiden pulls Charlie out of the bar she works...she is on guard in more ways than just her safety...there has been an undercurrent between them...and Aiden being close physically to Charlie causes all kinds of rumblings for the both of them.

Aiden gets right to the task at hand...He tells Charlie he wants her to assist him in taking Dmitri Romanov down...This catches Charlie's attention... but when he explains how it needs to be done, Charlie is ready to walk away...

Aiden explains the only way to distract Dmitri from figuring out Aiden is setting him up for a fall is for Aiden to be in love, seemingly distracted from business and engaged...To HER!

What he wants is crazy...
It makes no sense, is ridiculous, and seriously dangerous...

Yet...All Charlie can think about is taking down the one responsible for her losing her father's regard and getting even. With this clouding all of her judgment... along with this unwanted attraction to this mobster...Charlie agrees.

Aiden is also playing with fire by agreeing to another proposition with Dmitri... one he has no intention of keeping. All of these subterfuges cannot be shared with anyone except his partner in this... Charlie.

Both Aiden and Charlie have to play their parts perfectly; Aiden cannot reveal all of his plans to his brothers or even his sister...and Charlie must convince the O'Mally Clan this is real...easier said than done...

From the start, both Aiden and Charlie realize the want, the lust they have for each other is off the charts. It makes no real sense looking from the outside in... but these strange bedfellows start to feel for each other sincerely ... and it scares the hell out of both of them...

It goes without saying... But I am...is these two are smokin' hot and have no qualms in letting others know it... by public displays of affection, by loud coupling (good for the fake engagement), and slamming good yum, yum times...

Neither Aiden nor Charlie are prepared for the feelings they develop...and all of this is done with the backdrop of Aiden's scheming and planning...Some going as planned and then some turning out to be more complex than Aiden could have anticipated.

Robert gives both of these characters personal issues that run deep...the feeling of isolation and even abandonment are critical to Charlie's reasoning for all that she does...all her life she was an outsider, trying to prove to her father she deserved his love. All Aiden had known was his destiny...and his vicious and manipulative father made it very clear...Do things the O'Malley way or pay the price. Aiden's price was having to take over and wear his Mask, hiding all he ever felt...

Charlie allowed Aiden to drop the pretense and reveal himself to her...Aiden showed Charlie she was worth so much more than she thought... that a man and family could make her feel wanted and loved.

This book had more than just Aiden's story... it also had the ramp-up of what was to come...There was more of Keira and Dmitri...and seriously... their story and book will be off the charts... I just know it...February 6, 2018, cannot come soon enough.

This series is best read in order:
The Marriage Contract (The O'Malleys, #1) by Katee Robert The Marriage Contract (The O'Malleys, #1)
The Wedding Pact (The O'Malleys, #2) by Katee Robert The Wedding Pact (The O'Malleys, #2)
An Indecent Proposal (The O'Malleys, #3) by Katee Robert An Indecent Proposal (The O'Malleys, #3)
Forbidden Promises (The O'Malleys, #4) by Katee Robert Forbidden Promises (The O'Malleys, #4)
Undercover Attraction (The O'Malleys, #5) by Katee RobertUndercover Attraction (The O'Malleys, #5)
The Bastard's Bargain (The O'Malleys, #6) by Katee Robert The Bastard's Bargain (The O'Malley's #6)

And The New Second Generation:
The Bastard's Betrayal (Scandalous Scions #1) by Katee Robert The Bastard's Betrayal (Scandalous Scions #1)

~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~
Oh Aiden, how we have wondered about you....
What makes you tick...
How you hold it all in for the Good of the Family...

Now you have put all the pieces in place...
You just need the last one to make your plotting and scheming work...
Will she agree to work with you...
Go Against Everything she has been taught...

Only you hold the key to her heart's desire... Revenge...
Together you will stand against the enemy...
Only will this cross the lines you both know shouldn't be crossed...
April 9, 2017
Better Buckle Up Buttercup...
This is it...
Everything we have been waiting for...

Crime Family Drama...
Confrontations with the Law...
Lovers who should never be...
Sacrifices and Endings...

All of it at the hands of Katee Robert...

Undercover Attraction (The O'Malleys, #5)- November 2017

An arc was provided by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley for an honest review

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2,630 reviews605 followers
November 28, 2017
In Undercover Attraction we get Aiden O’ Malley and Charlie Moreaux. Aiden propositions Charlie to be his fake fiancé to help him take down Dmitri Romanov, a russian crime lord who wants Aiden’s sister, Kiera.

Aiden and Charlie both have reasons for wanting to take down Dmitri, but find that they may have to work with him against another worse threat. Alethea and Mae Eldridge are sadist and have no honor. When Mae threatens Charlie, Kiera and Carrigan, they will soon learn they have gone too far.

I find another series I wish I had known about when book 1 came out. I love the brilliant way Katee Robert has intertwined all these characters within this series. So many characters with intriguing stories of their own.

Aiden being the head of one of the Irish organized crime families paired with Charlie, who is a former cop was an interesting pairing. Not only was the plot of the story exciting, so was the dynamics of each and every player in this series.

I’m not sure if I had read the previous books first if I would feel differently about Dmitri but I actually really liked him in this book. He’s ruthless, but Kiera is his weakness. I think their book is going to be incredible. I’m so glad I read this book! ARC provided by NetGalley.

Characters of interest in this book and overall series.

Undercover Attraction Pairing, Book 5
Aiden O’Malley, oldest brother and head of one of Boston’s Irish organized crime families.
Charlie Moreaux, a/k/a Charlotte Finch, former NYPD cop, daughter of John Finch, FBI agent.

Forbidden Promise Pairing, Book 4 - These two were only mentioned in this book. No appearances.
Jude MacNamara, hit man
Sloan O’Malley, sister

An Indecent Proposal Pairing, Book 3
Cillian O’Malley, brother and in charge of accounting and cyber security
Olivia Rashidi, Dmitri Romanov’s half sister.
Hadley is daughter of Olivia

The Wedding Pact Pairing, Book 2
James Halloran, head of one of the three Irish organized crime families
Carrigan O’Malley, sister, first promised to Dmitri

The Marriage Contract Pairing, Book 1
Teague O’Malley, brother and informant to John Finch
Callista Sheridan, head of Sheridan clan, one of three Irish organized crime families
Moira, daughter

The Bastard’s Bargain Pairing, soon to be Book 6
Dmitri Romanov, Russian Crime Lord.
Kiera O’Malley, youngest sister

Other mentions and appearances:
Devlin, youngest brother who was gunned down 3 years prior

Seamus and Aileen O’Malley, parents to Aiden and siblings.

Alethea Eldridges and daughter Mae, threat to all
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315 reviews325 followers
February 5, 2018
When I speak of sex scenes being generic and boring, how ever much the author tries to make them sizzingly hot, then this series is one of the best examples.

Mafia romances have a fundamental problem. Organised crime has victims, most of them innocent. How does one put a mob boss in a romantic setting without thinking of all that's been done and being done in his name? Well, unless it's not one of those super dark romances which I avoid like the plague, one a) doesn't go into details about the actual 'activities' and b) the 'hero' never lies/kills unless the heroine is in a life threatening situation. After all, I guess the majority of readers are not inclined to feel sympathetic towards a sociopath.

Add to that that the so-called inner conflicts of the hero ('I live a dangerous life and I don't want her to be in danger') are handled superficially with the hero only having to wave his cock in front of the heroine to have her panting, and then 10 pages of 'I'm gonna fuck you so hard...you're so fucking wet...you'll be begging me to fuck you when I'm finished with you' and that 6-7 times within the story....and you have the The O'Malley's series.

Why am I reading this series, then? Because I've been in a strange mood lately and strange mood means, I need to read something tepid and unchallenging. So in a way, the books in this series have been serving their purpose, therefore the second star.
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1,069 reviews838 followers
November 25, 2017
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Undercover Attraction by Katee Robert
Book Five of the O'Malleys series
Publisher: Forever Romance
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Scandal. Wealth. Power. Seduction. Welcome to the world of the O'Malleys.

Ex-cop Charlotte Finch used to think there was a clear line between right and wrong. Then her fellow officers betrayed her, and the world is no longer so black and white. Especially when it's Aiden O'Malley, one of the most dangerous men in Boston, who offers her a chance for justice. The only catch: she'll have to pretend to be his fiancée for his plan to work.

Aiden can't afford to let anyone see the man behind the mask. To run the O'Malley empire, he has to be cool and controlled at all times. But the moment he meets Charlie, they're playing with fire. Her slightest touch is enough to send him over the edge. At first their "engagement" was a way to eliminate his enemies. Now he'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe-- even if he has to destroy his own family to do it.

What I Liked:

I've read the previous four books in this series, and I've always been curious about Aiden from the start. Who is this cold, hardened man? Is he truly so cold? We discover his limits in Undercover Attraction, the continuation to the series, featuring Aiden and Charlie. I enjoyed this book on its own and I loved it as a sequel to the previous books. Katee Robert has done an excellent job in continuing the series so far, and I'm desperate for The Bastard's Bargain.

In this book, Aiden is tightening his reign as the O'Malley head and simultaneously struggling to hold ground against Dmitri Romanov - and a new family in play, the Eldridges. He needs to keep his friends close and his enemies closer, and that's where Charlotte Finch - now Charlie Moreaux - comes in. The plan: they'll pretend they're engaged, to distract Aiden's enemies. Then, he'll eliminate them. But he doesn't plan on falling for Charlie - or vice versa. Now both Aiden and Charlie have so much more to lose, and with players in this dangerous game, they will stand to lose it all.

I love the fake engagement trope! Especially when it involves two people who clearly do not want to be engaged. Fake engagements are great because the main couple is locked in and must interact - and there are rarely love triangles. (I hate love triangles.)

Aiden has always been somewhat of an enigma, throughout this series. He seems cold and closed-off, like Seamus O'Malley 2.0. But the truth is, he isn't like his father. He puts his family first, and does everything for the good of his family. Sadly, this costs Aiden individual relationships with his siblings, which is heartbreaking to watch. Aiden is isolated within his family, but he is a fair and hardened leader with an iron will. He emanates power and intensity, which I rather liked. He isn't a cold-hearted killer like he has everyone believe him to be, but he is dangerous.

Charlie is a tough woman who knows how to take care of herself. She used to be a cop, and now she is lying low after some rocky events in her past. She agrees to help Aiden and play his fiancee, but she never expects to actually fall for Aiden, or like his family (especially Keira). Charlie has a strong will but she isn't aggressive and "loud" in terms of her personality and will. She is smart and headstrong, and she knows her mind.

I found Aiden and Charlie to be a good match. Aiden is intense and alpha-y, and Charlie is assertive and kind. She isn't the fawning, sweet type, but she is very considerate and cognizant of Aiden's moods. I love how quickly she starts to read him, and he her. They fill each other's spaces and it becomes clear that they needed each other.

It doesn't hurt that they have great chemistry, from the start. Aiden is definitely more on the dominant side and Charlie likes it. There is a little bit of tug-of-war between these two, and that always results in some pretty steamy scenes. Of course, Robert is so good at writing creative steamy scenes, no matter how many books she has written!

The plot thickens, in terms of the O'Malley war with literally everyone else! But one neat thing is that the O'Malleys, Sheridans, Hallorans, and Romanovs are all a significant part of this book. It isn't just about Aiden, and Charlie. All of the O'Malley siblings (except Sloan) come out to play. With that new family coming in as a threat, and no one really knowing where Dmitri Romanov stands, it's all man for himself, except when there are fake alliances. Things really shake down to the sixth book!

I wll say that the ending of this book is a HEA for Aiden and Charlie. The book ends very well in that regard. In terms of the families/mobs/war/marriages/etc.? This series is not over yet. I love that each book can be read as a standalone BUT there is a lot that ties the series together, including the ongoing war between families. But everything is going to explode in book six and I can't wait!

What I Did Not Like:

There wasn't anything that I really disliked, per se, but I wouldn't rank this book among my favorites of all time (which is what I save the five-star ratings for). I liked this book a lot but looking at the series as a whole, it wouldn't be among my favorites. Books two, three, and five are somewhat forgettable for me, unfortunately. But I loved books one and four, and likely six!

Would I Recommend It:

If you've read any of the books in the series, definitely keep going! Or stop from the beginning. This dark romantic crime series is so, so good. Super hot, very intriguing, and always impressive. I don't usually read a ton of romance novels dealing with crime and mob families and such, but I think Robert is doing a great job with the series so far!


4 stars. I enjoyed this book! It was great to get inside Aiden's head (he's actually human!). I am so so so so so excited about Dmitri and Keira's book! I sometimes love, sometimes hate Keira, and I sometimes love, sometimes hate Dmitri, so it's perfect. The book could not come soon enough!
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7,520 reviews16 followers
November 26, 2017
Undercover Attraction by Katee Robert is book Five in "The O'Malleys" series. This is the story of Charlotte 'Charlie' Finch and Aiden O'Malley. I have read some of the other books in this series but feel you can make this a standalone book.
Charlie is an ex cop...not by choice though. This also made her family turn their backs on her. When Aiden gives her a chance to get back at the dirty cops that turned on her she agrees to do it. What he needs her to do is pretend to be his fiancé. Aiden is the head of the Irish organized crime families who is out to protect his younger sister Keira, from a marriage to Dmitri Romanov a Russian Crime Lord who wants to marry her. But along the way there comes a bigger threat to them and end up working with Dmitri. While Aiden and Charlie pretend to be engaged they start to have feelings for each other. But will everything work out with all that is going on with them?
Such an exciting story! I can't wait now for Keira's story!

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1,845 reviews120 followers
November 28, 2017
4.5 stars

Undercover Attraction by Katee Robert is such a great read!
I loved the storyline, it was well written, the plot held my interest all throughout the book, I just couldn't put it down.

Aiden and Charlie are strong, passionate, stubborn characters that made my heart beat fast with their story. I loved watching them come together, I loved their honesty and the way they respected and trusted each other.
On paper these two don't belong in each others world. One is an ex-cop and the other is in the mafia and the head of the O'Malley family.
Life certainly wasn't going to be easy for them, but I have no doubt these two had what it takes to make it work. Unconditional love.


Undercover Attraction truly is a page turning read, and I highly recommend it.

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*An ARC was provided by the publisher Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thought.*
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349 reviews71 followers
September 21, 2017
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I REALLY don’t like to DNF any book. It makes me feel like a big ole quitter. A failure. A reader with a weak constitution. A fair-weather reader, if you will. But in reviewing books for this blog, I’ve come to accept that I simply can’t afford to finish every book I start. In the interest of maximizing my reading time, sometimes I just have to let a book I’m not enjoying go so that I can move on to book that’s more my speed, you know? And sadly, that’s what I had to do with Undercover Attraction.

The first red flag was thrown up VERY early on in the story, not even at the 10% mark, I think. Charlotte, our heroine, an ex cop, strolled out to talk to our hero and she was wearing...6-inch heels. Now, I don’t know about you, but I can stroll in 4-inch heels. I can wear 5-inch heels if I don’t have to walk around a bunch. But 6-inch heels? That’s venturing into stripper territory, and it takes a special kind of woman (with incredible balance and ankle strength who isn’t bothered by her toes being crammed ruthlessly into the pointy tips of her shoes by gravity) to stroll in 6-inch heels. And since Charlotte was an ex cop and not, say, a retired supermodel, I was instantly thrown off guard in a that-wouldn’t-happen-in-real-life kind of way.

So then, the hero, Aiden, proposes a plan to Charlotte—a plan that would allow her to get even with the crime boss who ruined her cop career. And even after pages and pages of description about how untrustworthy and crooked and generally unpleasant Aiden is, Charlotte quickly agrees to his plan. Hmmm...seems unrealistic. Red flag #2 has been thrown at this point.

What’s Aiden’s plan to take down the big bad mob boss, you ask? Well, pretend to be engaged to Charlotte, of course! Again...really? That’s Charlotte’s part in the plan? To play your fiancee? That seems not only unrealistic, but also highly ineffective. How would Aiden’s dating status mean a damned thing to a rival mob family’s boss? What’s that sound you hear, folks? It’s the sound of red flag #3 being tossed into the air. (Note to all of you who enjoyed the book and are hating me right now: I realize there was probably much more to Aiden’s plan that played out over the course of the book, but I didn’t have the patience to wait around for it. The whole “pretend engagement” plan seemed like such an obvious, ham-handed way to set up a romance that I was instantly bored and yawning as soon as I read it. If things got better later on in the story, well...I’m still not sorry I quit reading. So we’ll just agree to disagree, m’kay?)

And that’s when Charlotte goes to Aiden’s house (you know, Aiden, the dangerous, ruthless crime dude that Charlotte has been talking about nonstop, saying how untrustworthy he is?) and casually suggests that they should have sex, because no one will believe they’re engaged otherwise. Sexy shenanigans ensue on the desk in Aiden’s office. That one didn’t even throw up a red flag for me, folks. I just quit reading at that point. That’s when I decided I didn’t even care what happened to Charlotte or Aiden. I would recommend that Charlotte look into getting counseling for her split personality disorder, though. Her shift from oh-my-God-this-dude-is-scary to hey-let’s-bang-to-help-sell-the-plan was NOT normal. Not. At. All.

Long-story-short, this one just wasn’t my cuppa. Maybe it’d appeal to someone who isn’t bothered by completely unrealistic plots and moody heroines in stripper heels. (*shrugs*)

Full disclosure: We received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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1,840 reviews68 followers
July 7, 2018
I’m finally back to the O’Malleys - YAY! This is Book 5, Aiden and Charlotte’s book. It has been so nice getting to know all of the siblings over the first four books - that has been a favorite part of this whole Boston crime family series.

I really thought the first few books were super strong in story and chemistry. I loved the whole mob family gang! This book was probably the most basic in story and romance, I wasn’t super drawn to them and there wasn’t much more than the instant romance formula. You know how sometimes later series books fall through the cracks in creativity?!?! 3.5 stars. But, I still super enjoyed the book, It definitely still held my attention and added to the enjoyment of the whole series. I just can’t remember any fabulous details that blew me away!

As in all of the books - Youngest daughter Kiera and Russian Mob boss Dimitri have been playing a very long game of cat and mouse. I am really looking forward to their book, the final book of the series!
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855 reviews121 followers
November 28, 2017
4.5 stars

I loved this intense world with all its twists and turns and complicated characters. I was on the edge of my seat as everything played out. Another awesome book in The O’Malleys series!

I really liked Aidan and Charlie. I have been so excited to get to know Aidan since book one and I loved seeing the man behind the mask. He’s so in charge and in control, and exudes such a strong presence. Him teaming up with Charlie to be his pretend fiancé was fun and eye opening all at once and I loved seeing that control in him slip thanks to her. Charlie was seriously awesome. I love a strong heroine and she's a tough one. I liked that she was so smart and stood up to Aidan when she needed too. Every layer that peeled back as they fell for each other in the midst of all the drama and tension had me hooked.

There are lots of things in play and I loved all the different dynamics. This is told from multiple POVs and I really like all the different perspectives, I felt like it made the story richer. The writing is really good with excellent details. I thought the pace was great. I love all the different crime families involved, there's strain between all of them and this odd respect that I find fascinating. It's like Dynasty but with the mob !

There is drama, violence, and passion. It's a tangled web of awesome! All these things kept the story moving along and had me excited for more. There was also some lightness thanks to some fun moments between Charlie and Aidan that I appreciated. I loved seeing all the O’Malley siblings and how the different situations between them are evolving. They're such a dysfunctional family and it's crazy but it all works in a weird way. So many layers and so much depth, I loved it all! I also loved ever single bit that had to do with Dmitri Romanov. I've been all about the bad Russian mobster since he was introduced so I am thrilled that his story is next with Kierra.

This was an awesome addition to the series and I truly enjoyed seeing the softer side to Aidan and I think Charlie is his perfect match. This one will definitely keep you on your toes. It's intense and action packed but also full of heat and love. Solid from beginning to end. Awesome read!

Complimentary copy received for honest review.
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2,119 reviews1,326 followers
November 23, 2017

You may have heard me singing all the praises for this AMAZING series by Katee Robert on Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist before. But I'm here to tell you, if you STILL haven't checked this series about a mob family yet, what are you even doing??? Anyways, I was quite eager to read Undercover Attraction. It features the head of the family, Aiden, and though he has done some shifty things to his siblings in the past in the name of protecting, I knew there was a lot more to him. And there definitely is! In Undercover Attraction, Aiden is trying to undermine everyone's favorite bastard, Dmitri, and he finds himself seeking the help of an ex-cop, Charlotte in his mission. Of course, what ensues is the stoic man winds up falling hopelessly in love with Charlie. I loved Aiden so much more than I thought I would. I don't know how Katee manages to write compelling characters. You can tell that Aiden was battling a lot with his conflicting emotions. He wants to protect his family, but he also wants to keep them happy, and often times those don't go hand in hand. Despite all the vitriol he faced from his siblings though, there was nothing but love on his side for them. Charlie was a great girl to balance him out. She too has her own baggage, but the girl was fierce af. The chemistry between the two simmers and slowly builds up over the course of the book. Seriously, Katee knows how to write good romance. I loved watching the two fall for each other - I had all the butterflies in my tummy! I've also got to mention all the scenes featuring Dmitri and Keira and OMG, I'm so pumped for the last book, The Bastard's Bargain. I'm ready to be inside Dmitri's head. So yes, I hope you give this series a try if you haven't read it yet ... otherwise we can't be pals!
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2,068 reviews303 followers
November 29, 2017
Also on Romances Ever After as a part of the blog tour.

me: nothing can top my love for James Halloran
me: *reads Undercover Attraction*
me: well ok I stand corrected

I can't believe I actually love Aiden O'Malley more than James Halloran, who am I-


I've been consistently rereading Undercover Attraction ever since I finished it the first time. I might have reread it more than I did The Wedding Pact (sorry James but I still love you). Aiden has always been described as cold, ruthless, and the exact replica of his father Seamus. Despite this, I can't help but be intrigued about him, and I'm glad that we get to see things from his POV. He made a lot of difficult decisions as the head of the O'Malley family, and it's a bit sad to see him carrying the burden alone because he didn't have anyone else to trust.

I've never pictured how Aiden's other half would look and act like, but Charlotte Finch is just perfect for him. Charlie is smart and tough, and she takes no shit from Aiden, which I love. I adore seeing her with Keira; Charlie's a great influence on her. I also love how Charlie helped Aiden heal the breach between him and his siblings, especially with Carrigan.

Aiden and Charlie together are super hot. They have a lot of chemistry with each other; they didn't have to do much to convince other people that they're in love and planning to marry. I also love how their "fake" relationship lasted like 5 minutes because they couldn't keep their hands off each other. They're also so in tune with each other it's like they've known each other for ages. Aiden and Charlie fit together, and I can't imagine them with anyone else.

Overall, Undercover Attraction exceeded my expectations and more. I can't wait for February to be here so that I can read Dmitri and Keira's book; I'm so ready for Dmitri to fall on his knees.

E-ARC is received thanks to the publisher via Netgalley.
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4,411 reviews463 followers
December 1, 2017
Earlier this year I picked up Forbidden Promises, the fourth book in Katee Robert’s O’Malley series. I read it as a standalone novel, and really enjoyed it, and was super interested in reading more of the series. I had planned to pick up the earlier books – to grab The Marriage Contract and following in order through The Wedding Pact and An Indecent Proposal – before the realise of Undercover Attraction. Unfortunately, book five was released before I could play catch up. Thus, I jumped into book five having only read book four.

In truth, Undercover Attraction does not work as a standalone novel as well as Forbidden Promises did. A lot of the details mentioned in Undercover Attraction relate back to information in the prior books, to events in the prior books. I had ideas from things mentioned in book four, and from things said in this book, but I was unable to appreciate things in the same way fans who have followed the entire series will be able to appreciate things. In fact, I feel as though this is why I didn’t love Undercover Attraction in the way I had hoped I would.

As I said, I really enjoyed Forbidden Promises. I was pulled in from the very start of the story, finding myself unable to put it down. The storyline was addictive, the characters were a lot of fun, and the romance was built around great chemistry – all whilst leaving me curious about the underlying story working throughout the entire series. In this one, I feel as though things focused more upon bringing together all the elements that have made up the undercurrent of a story throughout. There was an interesting storyline, the characters were fun, and there was certainly chemistry – however, it was not the mind-blowingly addictive story I experienced with Forbidden Promises. In fact, due to the gaps in my knowledge, I felt a bit lost at sea at some points in the earlier parts of the book.

I still really enjoyed it, don’t get me wrong, I simply feel as though I did not appreciate it in the way I would have liked to appreciate it. I expected to feel a bit more towards the characters, to be sucked deeper into the romance, yet such was held off until later in the book. The later parts of the book I really enjoyed – I just wish I could have appreciated the entire book in the way I had hoped to. I’m sure I would have enjoyed this book even more, then. As it stands, this was a much weaker four-star book than Forbidden Promises, but my opinion in that regard may change once I am up to date with the series.

Without a doubt, I will need to play catch up with the series before I read book six. I know book six is going to bring so many elements together, and whilst I may be intrigued by what I know, I’m positive I will enjoy it even more once I have complete knowledge of the O’Malley storyline. Thus, my plan of action before book six is released is to read books one through three.

For those who are up to date, however, I’m positive this story will be a winner.
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2,734 reviews136 followers
November 27, 2017
4.5 stars

Can we just get Dmitri and Keira's book? I need that story especially after the way their story ended in this book. I need to see how Dmitri is going to become one of the good guys. I hope no one will die in that book. February is too far away for my taste! The cover of that book is gorgeous.

To be fair the cover of this book is also yummy. One of the reasons I could get the series in paperback would be the covers. The inside is also a good reason to buy the books. Aiden's story doesn't disappoint! I loved it but I am not giving it 5 stars because I found myself more interested in Keira and Dmitri who also tell some parts of the story. They took the focus off the main couple. Aiden is preparing to take down his enemies and I believe that he and Dmitri will take down everyone in the next book. I have a feeling that this book is here to prepare us for the events of the last book in the series. I would love to see Seamus dead or at least eliminated as a threat to his children. I also want to see all the O'Malley's bonding again and admitting that they love each other. So far they have been torn apart and now I hope to see them mend their relationships with each other.

I liked the main couple. They have a slow romance which was a pleasant surprise. They didn't just jump straight into bed with each other and they took some time to get to know each other. I find the match between Aiden and Charlotte to be one of the best in the series. For me, Charlotte is exactly the woman Aiden needs as the head of the O'Malleys. She is strong and she has everything I would have asked for her as a heroine. Aiden has his plan and she is more useful than I could have imagined. For someone who was on the "right" side of the law, she knows how to handle herself. Plus he needs someone to help him when that plan fails in some way.

I was very satisfied with the book. I like Katee Robert's writing and the book had a good pace. Not too fast not too slow (ok slow on the Dmitri/Keira thing). I don't have a single problem with the book other than the one I said in the beginning. I would definitely recommend both the book and the series. You will understand everything that's happening better if you read the previous books and I don't see a reason why you shouldn't give this series a chance.
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776 reviews90 followers
November 1, 2021
2.75 stars rounded up

Sigh. Ok, so...this was, once again, hard to rate. On one hand, I enjoyed this story to an extent, despite its inconsistencies, on the other...it was a fucking mess, lol. But I guess if I squint hard enough (very hard), I can see more things that I liked than not?

What was hot:


Until next time, moya koroleva.”
She gave him a grin that was downright lethal. “Dmitri Romanov, marrying me is going to be the worst decision you ever made.”

Is it extra af that the evil crime lord calls his future wife moya koroleva? Yup, it is. Do I dig it anyway? Yuup, I fucking do.

“You have driven me to distraction from the moment we met. I would move mountains to ensure that you end up as my wife, in my bed. You would do well to remember that.”

Literally every single book in this series was leading me to this moment when I could finally read their story, and now it's sooo close, I can almost taste the awesomeness.

💯 Charlie's and Aiden's chemistry 🔥🔥🔥 They were steamy and fun, and I have to say, this author's brand of smut is specific, but I enjoy it very much - there's room there for both "consent is sexy" themes and roughness, and what can I say, I dig that.

💯 Dynamics between Aiden and Charlie - as in, Aiden was a domineering ass, also when it comes to sex, but so was Charlie? That doesn't happen that often, usually it's an alpha man who needs to exert control in all aspects of his life and a confident woman who just absolutely needs to let go of control in bed bc she's so confident and independent in everyday life that nothing rocks her boat more than being dominated when she's having sex *loud snoring* Here Charlie definitely let Aiden control things to a point, but she was meeting him head on every step of the way, and it felt more like a push and pull between them, them battling for control and relinquishing that control depending on their current mood and needs more than anything else - I think that could've been played up even more but it was refreshing enough as it was, as in, I'll take what I can get xD

What was not:

⁉️ A whole lot of telling instead of showing - I swear, I could've started a drinking game anytime Charlie or someone from O'Malley fam called Dmitri a monster, or some other New York family even bigger monsters, and I would be passed out drunk midway through this book.

The problem though? IDK, maybe my fictional set of morals has been skewed from reading too many mafia books in a row, but I have yet to read any action from Dmitri that could be considered monstrous? Like, calling him a monster doesn't make it so, lol. He was not any worse than the "heroes" of the story, like y'all are part of organized crime, stop waiting around for your woke cookie points and get off your high horse? Literally all Dmitri did throughout this series so far was emit Big Dick Energy together with Big Brain Energy, ordered a death or two, and shot a few people, which is nothing worse than what O'Malleys or other MCs have done. Is he a manipulative SOB? Absolutely? Is he any worse than anyone else in this story? Nah, just a bit more intriguing.

⁉️ Charlie's inconsistent characterization - overall I somewhat enjoyed her as heroine, she was tough, messy and intelligent af, she seemed to be very aware of who Aiden was as a person and his possible motivations for including her in his scheme, like seriously girl would come off as self-aware af. But then stuff like that would come out of her brain:

"Now she wanted nothing more than to grab Aiden’s hand and take him away from it all. She liked him. He wasn’t like these other mob bosses, who seemed to relish doing evil things and hurting people. He did what he had to do in order to keep his family safe."

HE WASN'T LIKE THESE OTHER MOB BOSSES GIRL PLEASEEE 🤣🤣😂 should we expect him to win Nobel Peace Prize any day now 🤔🤔

⁉️ Charlie was an ex-cop who was accused of being dirty (which was of course not true bc she's pure special snowflake like that) and sometimes the stuff that came out of her mouth or brain -

"Getting a cop indicted was damn near impossible—something she’d been glad of when she wore the badge. It was very easy for civilians to only see the bad cops, the ones who couldn’t be trusted. It was even easier for them to paint all cops in the same light.

They didn’t know how goddamn hard it was to go out into the streets night after night and hold on to her honor. How difficult it was to trust the law to do what was right—and to see the times when the law failed. Theirs wasn’t a perfect system, but it worked more often than it didn’t."

⁉️ Plot aka WTF Is Going On - these books actually have a plot and there's even an overall arc, but it's only been getting more and more messy the further we go into the series? It's just too many characters, too many players in the game, too many stakes. In this one, I just couldn't with the convoluted game that Aiden seemed to be playing, the ever-changing loyalties and sides, the actions that were never met with consequences in the end?


Found none.

All in all - this was still an entertaining read, but to an extent only because I read fast enough not to dwell on its shortcomings.

P.S. Keira and Dmitry better serve now that it's time for their own book, after that excruciating tease that were the last three books.
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3,222 reviews97 followers
November 28, 2017
I’ll start by stating that I have found every story in this series to be a real, suspense filled page turner and this is no exception. The author brings the characters vividly to life, making them easy to relate to and empathise with. Seems strange to be typing about empathising with the head of a “mobster” family but Aiden is such a brilliantly portrayed character that I found myself really feeling sorry for him at times. He didn’t ask to be the first born and heir to lead the O’Malley family but has stepped up to do just that, even though it has fractured his relationships with most of his siblings but especially with his baby sister, who seems to be on a path of self destruction. He has to be the “boss”, the unassailable leader and has perfected the art of using his expression as a mask to hide his true feelings.

Charlotte Finch (aka Charlie) has been through so much. As I learnt more about her past and her relationship with her so-called father so now I don’t think he deserves to be called that, he’s more like a sperm donor rather than a caring Dad IMHO! Her demise at the hands of betraying colleagues makes her keen for revenge and she agrees to Aiden’s offer to help her find justice, even if it means pretending to be his fiancée!

This is a story of mob families, turf wars, different allegiances and romance. Starting with a fake engagement, the relationship between Charlie and Aiden may initially be pretend but the reader can ‘feel’ the romance between them grown beyond mere attraction or lust. It is great to see behind the mask that Aiden uses to face the world. I also like how the O’Malley ladies are all feisty, strong characters in their own rights and really act like the power behind the throne of their mob leader partners. There’s danger, an undercurrent of mystery, hints of romance and, through it all, the suspense totally permeates the whole story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and truthfully can’t wait to read the sequel – hope that will be released soon and that I get to read it! I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense with superb characters, intriguing plots, scandal, schemes and deadly drama in an enthralling read.

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley. I have chosen to read the book and this is my honest opinion after doing so.
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1,244 reviews
November 11, 2017
Undercover Attraction is the perfect blend of suspense, action and sexy times. I thoroughly enjoyed this latest installment in the O'Malleys saga.

I loved finally getting to see a different side of Aiden. The saying still waters run deep is a very apt description of him. I really enjoyed watching him and Charlie fall for each other. I loved their clashes just as much as their filthy times.

I cannot wait to read the last book in the series. I know it's going to be epic because of certain things that went down in this one.

I definitely recommend it to those who love family sagas mixed with suspense, action and the mafia.

Copy provided by publisher through Net Galley
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2,058 reviews120 followers
November 27, 2017
You know I have loved this series from the beginning!  And to finally see Aiden's story and get why he stays in the family business was AMAZING!!!  And what's better is that this was a fake to real romance.  Those are my absolute favorite trope!  I don't want to say too much for fear of giving too much away, but just know that Aiden and Charlie are amazing and there is a reason he is like he is and I'm DYING for the last book!!!
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2,965 reviews631 followers
January 10, 2018
Aiden, now head of the O'Malley family, since his father retired to Connecticut, is working on taking down Dmitri Romanov thus protecting his baby sister Keira. It's all very complicated, but Keira is engaged to Dmitri, not by choice but by an arrangement made by Aiden's father. One of the things I love about this series is seeing how this second generation, who grew up privileged, caged, and controlled, deals with taking over the family business.

Aiden enlists the help of ex-cop, Charlotte "Charlie" Finch to help him execute his plans. Thanks to Dmitri, Charlie was framed as a dirty cop, and she longs for justice. It was great seeing these two strong, confident and determined characters come together. The sexual tension and banter as they got to know and understand each other was delectable. Undercover Attraction shares the arrangement trope as Aiden presents Charlie to the family as his fiancee. It was fun seeing their reactions and watching how Charlie integrated herself into their lives just by being Charlie. The story is told from multiple POV's but primarily those of Charlie and Aiden allowing the listener to get up close and personal.

Things have been strained between the O'Malley siblings, and we see a coming together which made me smile. I loved getting to know Aiden. He is intense and wants nothing more than to see his siblings happy, but sometimes business gets in the way.

As for the storyline..it was friggin intense, and nothing is going as Aiden had planned. Unexpected feelings for Charlie, threats against the women and a situation that could spell death have him working with the enemy. It was brilliant, addictive and fast-paced. Mix in heat, swoon-worthy moments and family created a story that will have you up late listening. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer
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4,420 reviews210 followers
December 6, 2017
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by Netgalley
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Undercover Attraction is filled with lots of action, violence, family, enemies, weapons, torture and even burn up the sheets moments of scorching loving, romance and love. This is Aiden and Charlie’s story. They meet with a hidden agenda and a proposition but will it work for Charlie to fall in with Aiden’s plans? Will her past help or hinder them? Her father is a wild card for both of them but Charlie isn’t totally aware of his involvement and keeps getting hurt when his job always comes first. Aiden would prefer if his father stayed in Connecticut now that he’s not the head of the family but we don’t always get what we wish for, do we? His interactions with Aiden and even Charlie are nothing if not cold and calculating.

As head of the O’Malley mob, Aiden has to keep his family close and his enemies closer and oh how he does! There’s always deal making between the mob bosses but lots of what’s in it for me even when they are helping each other out. Some of Aiden’s family members have even married into the other families which keeps them on their toes. He’s estranged from some of his siblings and tries not to show that he cares for them but it always shows itself to his love interest and fake fiancee, Charlie. She gets him when others close to him don’t. She also helps build bridges between them and for that he’s thankful.

The intrigue and the suspense of what would happen next was captivating and held my interest from the first page to the last. The story had many twists and turns to it and took us from New York City to Boston and back. There were numerous injuries, shoot outs and deaths, even with all the planning and bodyguards. There were secrets and pasts that weren’t known to all but have a way of coming out. There is a chance for a happily ever after in the offing even with thoughts of having been betrayed. There was some closure but enough loose ends to take us to the next book in the series.

Robert is a new to me author but I will be back for more if this is her caliber of writing. This is the first book that I’ve read in the O’Malley series and even though it is the fifth book I didn’t feel lost. There was enough background information given to keep my interest but I will be adding the other books in the series to my always growing TBR pile so I can get the backstories and fill in the blanks. The next book, The Bastard’s Bargain, is due out in February 2018 and I for one can’t wait!

Favorite Quote: A family of traitors. That’s all we are.
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252 reviews18 followers
October 14, 2017
This book contains adult themes.

This is the fifth book in the O’Malley’s Series by Katee Robert. I loved the fourth book in this series so I went into this book very positive and I was not disappointed. I think I enjoyed this book even more then the first one. I also just requested the first two books from the series from my library! Let’s hope I can get them soon. Also, I love the cover so I needed to read this one!

The O’Malley’s are part of the Irish mob in Boston, they are one of the largest families. Aiden has since taken over the O’Malley family after his father took an early retirement. Aiden is working very hard to keep his family safe even if it means stepping on a few toes. Aiden drags in Charlie since she has a vendetta against the same man he is going after. Aiden now needs to find out how much he cares about vendettas versus his family.

The author does a great job creating the two main characters for this book. The book is basically told through the POV of the two main characters, but we do get a few other characters popping up who take over chapters, which is a nice break in the reading.

I couldn’t help, but just fall in love with Aiden when I was reading. I love how he could open up and really reflect upon what was going on in his life. Aiden grew over the course of the entire book and became a more respectful guy. I enjoyed getting to hear the innerworkings of Aiden’s brain as he was thinking through what was going on.

Charlie was such a great main character to be opposite Aiden. Charlie comes with her own baggage and own issues, but she can see things from a different perspective, which is exactly what the family needs. Charlie’s fresh set of eyes and her previous experience make her rough around the edges and not easily intimidated. Charlie can stand her ground during the book and work on deciding what she wants out of her future. I love that the author created a mixed background for Charlie because when we got to hear her internal thoughts it gave me a lot to think about while reading.

I loved all the drama that was created during this book. We get a few major events happening during the book, which really push the action along, but you can also feel something big coming while you are reading. The author does an outstanding job building up the drama and leaving you little clues that something is going to happen. I love the ability for the book to keep going up to the climax without it having to be dragged out.
Also, the climax is exactly what I wanted it was the perfect revelation of everything the book was working up too.

I would suggest this as a weekend read. I got sucked into the O’Malley world and wanted to know what was going to happen with Aiden and Charlie. I ended up not being able to put the book down! This book can be read as a standalone book, but I recommend reading other books in the series.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley to provide an honest review. This does not affect my review of this book.

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752 reviews31 followers
December 2, 2017
This series just gets better and better, Katee Robert definitely can tell a mafia story that never fails to keep me captivated from start to finish. This book centers around the Boston faction of the Irish mob and the power struggle between the mob families to gain a monopoly over illegal activities. The mafia politics is an important part of the story, with multiple players fighting for power.

So, finally, we get Aiden O’Malley’s story. He is the head of the O’Malley mob family and, as expected, his actions are based on questionable ethics. His behavior may appear ruthless and cold- hearted. And yet the author does a great job of getting you to like Aiden despite the things he does as a mob boss. For him, it all comes down to putting his family first and never backing down no matter how bad the odds look.

Charlotte, “Charlie”, Finch has learned the hard way that the good guys don’t always win. She was framed and betrayed by fellow police officers who also happened to be dirty cops. She is determined to take down the likely mastermind behind the plan to frame her: Dmitri Romanov, a powerful Russian mafia boss. She never expected Aiden O’Malley to become her ally in her quest for vengeance. She doesn’t trust him but she needs him. A fake engagement will ensure she is accepted in his world, and surprisingly enough, she is a born actress. But the illusion slowly becomes reality. I loved that Aiden and Charlie’s relationship developed naturally, it never felt forced or based on insta-love.

The story is written from multiple points of view, Aiden, Charlie’s and Dmitri’s POV. Despite their differences, Aiden and Dmitri are engaged in a temporary alliance that has everything to do with Aiden’s sister Keira.

I enjoyed every aspect of this story: the characters, the action, the exploration of relationships, the romance between Aiden and Charlie and the intense connection between Dmitri and Keira.

I seriously cannot wait for Dmitri and Keira's book. There are so many unresolved issues and the feelings are intense between these two. This book is a great addition to a captivating series. It can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading the series in order.
Advanced copy generously provided by the publisher, via NetGalley.
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2,702 reviews779 followers
October 24, 2017
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

Undercover Attraction is a stunning story and we continue on with the O Malley clan, and in this wonderful book we have AIDEN's story---yep you heard me....the eldest and the biggest baddass of them all. I honestly didn't know how I would feel about this book, to be honest. Aiden is the one sibling I have really really struggled with through this series. He is the one sibling that never says no to their parents, always falls in line and does what is necessary. But in this book, we see a whole new side to his character, and that is what really made this book fantastic. Aiden has burned quite a few bridges with his siblings. But we see how has had to, because he bears every weight on his shoulders. He is the epitome of being the oldest child, taking responsibliity for his siblings and looking out for them even if it doesn't look that way. But in Undercover Attraction  we see how he has a plan, a devious plan to save his youngest sister from marriage, it has one draw back, he will have to keep the truth from his family, only a few people can know including the one woman that he is drawn to and he knows she is perfect. Our heroine reluctantly agrees to pose as Aiden's fiancee to get justice for how some dirty cops turned on her, and her life fell apart. Everyone sees her as a bad cop, even though she is innocent even her own family rejected her. But as she works with Aiden, and gets to know his siblings, she starts to see what "family" is really about and what has been missing in her life.

There were so many fun and thrilling aspects to this story. The first was the trope that we get introduced to here. Its the whole fake engagement which is so great to see and rare in a contemporary romance and boy Robert's wrote it so well. Then we get more exciting moments with this family. I swear the O'Malley's are one of the most memorable families that I have ever had the opportunity to read. We get see all of our old favorites of course and side plot line with the youngest sister Keira and our nemesis of the series Dmitri. And boy I so can't wait for their book!!!

Now the romance that builds between Aiden and Charlie starts off as chemistry. They are really opposites in most ways except when they touch and then is like fireworks. So yeah the sex in this book is hot and off the charts. What really proves them though is the emotional build up. They have to overcome some obstacles and start to let their emotions take over. They do learn to accept that what is between them is stronger than sex, it's more binding. And they go from a fake engagement to building something more real. As both Charlie and Aiden starts to grow more into themselves, and change in some positive ways, we see how in touch they are with each other. We learn that Aiden isn't the bad boy he appears to be and that Charlie has a vulnerable side despite how tough she tries to appear on the outside. But honestly what I really enjoyed about Charlie's character was how she handles Aiden. She isn't afraid of him and that really makes a different. She talks to him and fights with him when she believes he is wrong and I do think that she is exactly what he needs.
I don't know how to explain it, but you fit. You see me in a way that no one else does, and you're never afraid to push back when I'm being a dick.
And what a teaser at the end....man I want book SIX like NOW!!! But sadly we have to wait until February 2018. This is where these authors test our patience right? hehe

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329 reviews20 followers
November 23, 2022
From all the O’Malley siblings I was most interested in reading the book about Aiden. Now the head of the house, more or less, he always comes of as cold and scheming. His brothers and sisters treat him like his father and tell him that he’s just as bad, even though he made a lot of sacrifices from a young age on.

That made Aidens POV really interesting. In this book we not only get his side of the story, I feel like we witness the outcome from past events, like Devlins death, the most. How it affected the family and each character differently. Charlies outside perspective as a new character only adds another great layer to this. I enjoyed reading about her and her past. And we meet some characters from the past, that I wouldn’t have thought meeting again.

This books’ ending doesn’t feel rushed, like it did with the other books, but that’s maybe only because I had the next book in the series on hand and could continue right away. Throughout the whole book we get little sneak peeks of what’s to come in the last book with Keira and Dmitri and both books blend into each other perfectly, so I would recommend reading them back to back.
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2,218 reviews106 followers
November 27, 2017
***ARC Provided by the Publisher via NetGalley***

3.5 Stars

Mafia books can be a lot of fun. The inherent danger, the idea that the hero is more of an anti hero and not that nice of a guy, but is still attractive, sexy and you like him...it makes for an interesting read.

Aiden is, well, not a nice guy. As head of the O'Malley crime family, he makes tough decisions and does things that seem to result in bad things happening...but he makes the decisions for the good of the family and for the good of the members of his family. He is surprisingly loyal, and has a big heart...which is a difficult thing to manage while running a crime family.

Charlie is an ex cop who doesn't want to fit into the life, who wants to dislike everyone there, and who doesn't want to feel the attraction she feels for Aiden. And, you relate to her. As, well, he is scary and the things he does, the things he condones, the things he justifies, are tough to be ok with.

But, she learns to first separate the crime boss from the man, and once Charlie does this, she sees how caring and loving Aiden is...and that is where the relationship becomes real.

I love that you get to know Aiden as a good man before you are part of the relationship. It does make for a slow build in the book, but it works overall.

I enjoyed this title and I recommend it.
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583 reviews1 follower
November 30, 2017
It was good...

I loved getting more insight into Aiden. Charlie was fine, for some reason I always envisioned something a bit different for the head of the Irish crime family. The ending between them felt incomplete but hopefully we here about it in the next book.

I can’t believe I’m intrigued by Kiera, I’ve hated her thru most of the series. The I’m not loved, no one wants me so I’ll be a messed up 21 yr old was getting old. But.....I think Dimitri might just be exactly what she needs.

I loved....loved seeing other couples, hearing about their growing families. I loved James! I hope they get on that, lol.

All in all a solid read & enjoyable addition to a great Irish mob series.
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176 reviews69 followers
February 22, 2020
“She looked like she had gone to war—and she had.”
#1: The Marriage Contract ★★★☆☆
#2: The Wedding Pact ★★★★☆
#3: An Indicent Proposal ★★★★☆
#4: Forbidden Promises ★★★☆☆
#5: Undercover Attraction ★★★★☆
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