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?
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It’s silly really, but it still happens: every single time I pick up a Penny Reid novel, I’m overwhelmingly surprised at how freaking good it is. Every time. It shouldn’t surprise me, but it does. Maybe, subconsciously, I force myself to forget so I can experience the joy for the first time over and over, sort of 50 First Dates for reading. I don’t know what it is, but I’m giving myself permission to let it happen.
Marriage of Inconvenience is number 7 in Reid’s Knitting in the City series. I haven’t read all of them, but somehow I’m still drawn right into the close knit family that makes up the ladies (and gentleman) of this Chicago knitting group and their significant others. Only Kristen Ashley, JR Ward, and a couple of others can do that, so I’m putting Reid up on a pretty high pedestal, and she belongs there.
Truthfully, I don’t remember much about Dan O’Malley or Kat Tanner from the other books I’ve read, but it didn’t take long for them to become two of my favorite characters. Dan may actually have attained membership in my top 5 book boyfriend list, joining: (no particular order)
- Butch O’Neal (JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series)
- Kane “Tack” Allen (Kristen Ashley’s Dream Man & Chaos series)
- Danny O’Neil (Michelle Hazen’s Sex, Love, & Rock and Roll series)
- Stefan Lundgren (Kait Jagger’s Lord & Master series)
- Dan O’Malley
Dan is one of the most well-rounded, hilarious, sexy heroes that I’ve ever read. He’s so real. I loved just about every page he was on from his moments with Kat to interactions with his brother, who he loves despite all his faults, to the way he loves his mother, to his ability to throw a punch and get his ass kicked at the same time. This guy is the real deal. He’s self-deprecating when appropriate, foolish as he falls in love, sensitive to a fault, and has secret, quiet alpha tendencies that come out when needed.
It stands to reason that Kat would also become a favorite. It also stands to reason that I’d connect with her on a deep level, which I did. There were moments that I felt like Penny Reid had slipped into my mind to write Kat. Her insecurities, her fears of following in her mother’s footsteps, the way she reacts to things she can’t control or she thinks will hurt her, I felt those deep in my soul. She’s also discovered herself at a young age and is fiercely independent and loyal.
Amidst these great characters is a great story. Reid uses lots of business and legal terms to introduce each chapter, which sadly went over my head, but she also writes an easy to understand subplot about the evils and necessity of big pharma. Kat’s cousin Caleb is this story’s big bad and the quintessential villain, complete with trying to get Kat committed to a mental institution (hence the marriage of inconvenience). All of the Knitting in the City gang joins in to help Dan and Kat take him down, all their various talents highlighted. There are babies born, gang kidnapping (yes, again), laugh out loud comedy, and, of course knitting.
I couldn’t recommend Marriage of Inconvenience more. 5 stars. Heat level: 2.5
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for honest feedback.
Marriage of Inconvenience was published in March 2018 by EverAfter Romance.
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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