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!
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?
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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What I love about Penny Reid is I never know what I’m going to get but I DO KNOW it will be spectacular! Just like I expected, this one exceeded my expectations. It was full of everything that Penny Reid is…romance, sexiness, friendship, laughter, and quirky characters.
This book started out like gangbusters with a phone call. Kat has tried to make good decisions after spending her youth not making the best decisions. She is working full-time, going to college, and visiting her parents. When her Uncle Eugene calls her to tell her she is in danger, her life changes yet again. Now, she finds herself desperately seeking a husband, and she needs one NOW! She has two men in mind, and she decides to go with Dan O’Malley, the hottie in charge of security. She just hopes she can put aside her crush on him and the awkward night they shared in Vegas years ago.
Dan, like Kat, has worked hard to turn his life around after his mistakes as a youth as well. He has been quite successful at it. When Kat approaches him with her predicament, he doesn’t hesitate to help her. She is full of gratitude, and she thinks he is doing it purely for unselfish reasons. Too bad, he doesn’t want her gratitude, and he is definitely not doing it for unselfish reasons. You see…Dan has had feelings for Kat too. Yeah…things are about to get really complicated!
I just loved Kat. She was a character full of contradictions. At first, she appears to be shy and has only made the best decisions. No, that is not who she has always been. She has made many mistakes, but not because of being a rebellious youth. Her decisions came from fear and rejection. Many mistake her shyness for weakness, but they would be wrong. When she has to fight for her life and her family’s legacy, she is a forced to be reckoned with. With Dan and her friends by her side, she is unstoppable.
Even though Dan and Kat came from two very different worlds, they had a lot in common. Dan made some bad decisions too, and he has worked hard to make a better life for himself. He too has lived with rejection, but unlike Kat, he had a mother who was able to be a stabilizing force in his life. Speaking of mothers, I just loved Dan’s mother!!!!
The chemistry between Dan and Kat is sizzling, and Reid does an excellent job of teasing her readers, giving us butterflies. The romance, itself, was the perfect balance of sweet and sexy. At the core, it was a relationship built on trust, patience, friendship and love.
As always, in any book I have read by Reid, there is that close-knit group of friends who are more like family. Each character is there for each other, showing support and love.
Oh my gosh, Reid did a fantastic job of weaving other things into the story, like drug company ethics and mental illness. She did it flawlessly, bringing light to both things.
One of my favorite things was the theme of how we view others, whether it be mental illness or social status. For instance, she illustrated that we don’t know what it’s like for someone else until we walk in their shoes. Kat was extremely wealthy. Automatically, I would think that she would have little or no problems. Reid showed me in Kat’s case, that was far from the truth. Her wealth represented isolation, rejection, and guilt. Kat felt like she should feel gratitude for all she had, a home and money, even though her mother was mentally ill and her father ignored her. For her, wealth was a burden, but she did find a way to live with it and use it for good in the world.
The icing on the cake was of course the epilogue. It was different because it was many years later with all the gang’s children being older. There is a lot of potential for stories involving them. As always, I’m anticipating what Penny Reid writes next!
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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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