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.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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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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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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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