Marriage of Inconvenience, an all new romantic comedy standalone in the USA Today bestselling, Knitting in the City Series by Penny Reid, is available NOW!
5 Cheese Loving CROWNS
I have had to sit and think about this review. End of the series books are hard for me to evaluate, and I’m sure hard for writers to compose. Readers want to see all their beloved characters, and they want a real romance between the main H/h. They want an HEA for everyone involved, and Penny Reid delivers in all categories.
Dan and Kat are two characters I have been waiting for since there was even an intimation of a romance between them, and they were worth the wait. Dan is just as perfect as I always suspected. Patient, kind, protective, understanding, and compassionate, he is the perfect counterpart to Kat. Underneath this of stolid hero is a man who is passionate and loves completely. Everything he does and all the sexual frustration is for her. His inner monologue not only made me love him for his acceptance of Kat and all her hangups but it also showed a funny side of the often stoic Dan the Security Man. Kat’s inner monologue also showed her humorous side, often providing comic relief at the perfect moment. Like all her friends, she is unique and completely original. Her “hangup” is based more on how she feels others will perceive her, which really works to develop an important theme in the novel. Readers get to see how these opinions of others have shaped her behavior and her thoughts and makes readers reflect on stigmas we attach to people.
Like most Penny Reid novels, Marriage of Inconvenience is more than just a romance. She draws in relevant social issues that people should be talking about (even with something as small as the definitions and explanations at the beginning of each chapter). Her discussion of mental illnesses through the use of characters shows a different side of it, and, as I said before, causes readers to examine how we treat others with mental illness and how we hurt or help them. What I’m always amazed with (and probably shouldn’t be at this point) is her ability to still keep the romance in the forefront of the storyline while still weaving in the examination of society’s issues. We still get the butterflies, the apprehension of the unknown feelings, the high of the first kiss, and the perfect bliss of the HEA, and she delivers and happy ending that not only makes readers happy for Dan and Kat but the whole crew readers have come to love.
This series is really something special, and not because it is Penny, although that is really reason enough, but because it really showcases a group of powerful and intelligent woman. A group of woman who support each other without question or judgment. A group of woman whose men kind of blend into their world. We see them live, laugh, and love with each other by their sides, and I am truly sad to say goodbye to these women.
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