Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #7
Also in this series: Beauty and the Mustache, Neanderthal Seeks Human
Published by Self-published on March 6th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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There are three things you need to know about Kat Tanner (aka Kathleen Tyson. . . and yes, she is *that* Kathleen Tyson): 1) She’s determined to make good decisions, 2) She must get married ASAP, and 3) She knows how to knit.Being a billionaire heiress isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks. Determined to live a quiet life, Kat Tanner changed her identity years ago and eschewed her family’s legacy. But now, Kat’s silver spoon past has finally caught up with her, and so have her youthful mistakes. To avoid imminent disaster, she must marry immediately; it is essential that the person she chooses have no romantic feelings for her whatsoever and be completely trustworthy.Fortunately, she knows exactly who to ask. Dan O’Malley checks all the boxes: single, romantically indifferent to her, completely trustworthy. Sure, she might have a wee little crush on Dan the Security Man, but with clear rules, expectations, and a legally binding contract, Kat is certain she can make it through this debacle with her sanity—and heart—all in one piece.Except, what happens when Dan O’Malley isn’t as indifferent—or as trustworthy—as she thought?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Let me start this review by confessing that I haven’t read all the books in this series, something that I’ll be rectifying ASAP, don’t you worry. But even if I was a wee bit lost as to who was married to who (and whose kids belonged to who later on) I absolutely freaking loved Marriage of Inconvenience.
This book is so good that I’ve given up on trying to write anything about the story because everything I’ve written so far feels like duck poop. So I’ll just tell you why I loved this so much.
Kat and Dan had been dancing around each other for over two years. Most of this was lost time because a misunderstanding that happened in Vegas didn’t stay there. When circumstances make it so that Kat has to marry in order to thwart her evil weasel of a cousin’s malevolent plans, Dan doesn’t hesitate even a nanosecond in agreeing to help her out.
Kat’s more than complicated childhood left her with severe issues she’s been working on and successfully overcoming… slowly. Dan’s past and his parent’s marriage left him with some misconceptions about relationships. Fortunately, their impromptu marital status forces them not only to work faster through all of this but to learn from their past and not let miscommunication get between them. And I really, really loved this about the story.
Kat was an inspirational character. Considering what she’d dealt with in the past, the fact that she turned her life around and was only focused on doing the right thing was short of a small miracle. She was quiet, a bit shy, sweet and caring. Slowly, though, we got to see a sassy, bossy side of her too and I absolutely adored how protective of her loved ones (and what was right) she was. And inventive… she was very imaginative.
“I wasn’t going to tweeze his body hair, that would be too good for him. I was going to cover him with honey and put him in a box of fire ants.”
Dan, Oh Dan. He was the most cheeky, enchanting, sexy, bad mouthed security man ever. I totally loved him. It was impossible not to, as he was charming from start to finish. He was alpha and bossy, really possessive and protective… And let me tell you, Dan had some truly fantastic moves. He had me totally in love with him within the first few paragraphs.
“If this shitty feeling was love, if this choking, desperate mix of happiness and pain I felt every time I saw or thought about her was love, if I’d been in love with her this whole fucking time and I’d been lying to myself and lying to her and wasting time, then I deserved a big, fat fucking punch in the face.”
“You’re the center of my whole fucking universe. I’d give up swearing for you, I swear. If you asked, I’d never say the word fuck again, that’s how much I love you. I love you more than fuck, so that’s a whole fuckavalot.”
As always, I find Ms. Reid’s writing style charming, fresh and completely spellbinding. I love her quirky humor, the weirdish characters and all the freaky subjects she decides to incorporate into her stories. Marriage of Inconvenience was a truly moving story about acceptance and believing in oneself, learning to trust others and being brave enough to open up your heart. I loved it from start to finish and I can’t wait to start this whole series from the beginning.
Just a little warning though, if you have a yarn fetish, like any proper knitter/crocheter has, read at your own discretion… you’ll feel the temptation to go peruse a couple of aisles…also, I’m starting on a new pair of crocheted house slippers as soon as I’m done writing this.
Rating: 5 “Dan the security man, I’ll always be your #1 fan” Stars
Staring at his chin, because I couldn’t quite lift my eyes any higher, I cleared my throat. “Should we get ready for bed?”
“Sure,” he said, his voice a rumble. Dan’s eyes were on me, I felt the weight of them.
My hands came to the hem of my skirt and I hesitated, feeling winded for some reason.
Sneaking a glance at him, I immediately wished I hadn’t. His gaze was watchful, but it was also unmistakably hot in a way that seemed at once both avaricious and accusatory. The vice tightened around my lungs.
Kiss him! Just freaking kiss him! You want numbered steps? Fine. You kiss him- check. He kisses you back- check. Then you make out- check. Check the boxes.
I licked my lips, balling my hands into fists at my sides again, preparing to follow my hasty list.
But then he said, “Undress me.”
My breath caught. On instinct, my eyes lifted and collided with his in much the same way our bodies had collided at the top of the stairs just moments ago. Jarring. Startling. Thrilling. This time I couldn’t look away because this time I was falling. He made no move to catch me.
“What? What did you say?”
His eyes narrowed, which served only to increase the intensity of his gaze from smolder to inferno. “Take my clothes off.”
I stared at him, licking my lips again, and shaking my head. That wasn’t one of my steps.
Lifting my chin, I moved to kiss him. He leaned to the side, evading me even as his eyes dropped to my mouth.
“Take off my shirt and I’ll give you a kiss.” He’d used his naughty-secret voice.
An explosion of heat erupted in my belly, and now I was hot all over. I couldn’t figure out if the heat was embarrassment or arousal or both.
He didn’t give me a chance to figure it out. His hands lifted and he undid his cuffs; then they moved to the top button of his shirt.
“You better take over,” he said darkly, “or else you’re not getting that kiss.”
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Meet Penny Reid:
Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.
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