I was highly anticipating this book, it is the end of a series that I really enjoyed, but also it revolves around a couple that has been teased for a while and which I had been intrigued by for a long time. So imagine my surpise and my absolute joy when I recieved an email saying that I was getting an arc of this book as part of the blog tour. I was so excited that I felt like I was gonna start crying at my desk while all my coworkers were around me. I say this to establish that my expectation for this book were extremely high, I’m not sure it enterily met those expectations but I was not disappointed either.
Title: Marriage of Inconvenience
Author: Penny Reid
Publishing date: March 6th 2018
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
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?
My favorite thing about this book is the main characters, Dan and Kat, and the relationship between them. Dan and Kat are very engaging characters that made me want to keep reading their story. I think Kat is relatable character with her shyness, anxiety and all her little quirks, but also with her caring nature and her strenght. On the other hand, Dan is patient, respectful and caring but also mischivious and funny. They complemented each other quite well and had some really good scenes together. It was fun to watch their relationship grow as they became closer and as their bond became stronger. Also, the whole marriage of convenience is a trope that I really enjoy.
My second favorite thing about this book is that we got to see the camaraderie and loyalty between the women of the knitting group and their support of Kat throughout this story. They were there to defend her (there’s a scene where the ladies and their boyfriends/husbands confront Kat’s cousin and it’s such a great scene!). Also, they were there to help Kat through a very sad situation that she has to deal with. I think that’s what makes this series so especial to me: it’s about this group of woman supporting, loving and respecting each other throught all the ups and downs of life.
One of my issue with this book was the fact that it had some similar plot elements to other books in the series and since I read those books not so long ago, it felt like it was more of the same and it was a bit repetitive. Don’t get me wrong, there were things I liked: the pharmaceutical industry storyline was interesting ( even if it was solved a little too easily) and I think Penny Reid always chooses really thought provoking background themes for her novels. Nonetheless, elements like the kidnapping felt unneccesary and repetitive since it happens in a lot of the books in the series. Other issue I had with this book is that the villain of the story was not that smart, was not that interesting and was pretty much one-dimentional.
Overall, the characters and the relationship between them is what makes this series , but particulary this book, so magical. Thanks to that I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, even if I did have some issues with the plot. Before finishing this review, I just wanted to mention that I really, really, really want a longer version of the epilogue to be publish, please!!
Rating : 3,8 stars
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