Series: Knitting in the City #7
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 6, 2018
Format: eARC, 506 pages
How I got it: From the author
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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?
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I know I’m not alone in this, but I have been waiting for Dan and Kat’s story FOR.EV.ER. Forever. So long, in fact, that I can’t even remember which book I was reading when I started shipping them HARD. Was it the first book in the series? Quite possibly. Regardless, it’s been ages and I just kept hoping I wouldn’t be disappointed when one of the characters wound up with someone else. It was touch and go a couple times, but thankfully my Dan and Kat dreams came true in Marriage of Inconvenience. The fact their story started with a fake marriage? Even freaking better. That trope is like Kim catnip.
I’ve crushed on Dan the Security Man and Kat for so long without really knowing all that much about either of them. You can probably guess just how excited I was to finally get to dig in deep and learn more about each of them. And that’s before we even got to the “good parts” of the relationship. I love both of these characters so much more after getting to spend some time inside each of their heads. There’s so much depth to both of them. I enjoyed peeling back the layers and learning more. They’re both amazing, to be honest, and so perfectly paired when you really get down to it.
I was intrigued by Kat’s inheritance storyline, but at the same time it made me very angry. I don’t like it when characters I love are manipulated or made to feel like there’s something wrong with them. It made me anxious to see how it would all wrap up, how Kat (with Dan’s help, more than likely) would be able to fix things. Of course, as all of this is unfolding, so is the relationship between Kat and Dan. And holy feels. First, the sexual tension is INTENSE and I couldn’t wait for the bubble to burst. They were so obviously into each other, which caused a bit of uncertainty since this wasn’t supposed to be a “real” marriage. Anyone who’s been paying attention knew better though. Kat and Dan were totally meant for each other.
Marriage of Inconvenience is Penny Reid at her best. (I mean, not that I haven’t loved everything she’s written so far, but still.) It was smart, funny and sexy, but delivered the feels too. I love the banter, friendships and relationships. Penny’s novels stand out to me because I find that I always learn a few things along the way. Her chapter intros aren’t wasted and more often than not, I find myself going “Huh. I didn’t know that.” I find it a nice added bonus to an already wonderfully written book.
As much as I loved this book — and believe me I did — it also made me kinda sad. I’ve been falling for the Knitting in the City characters for so long, across so many books. I celebrated their triumphs and cried with them during the tough times. I can’t believe it’s over now. I’ll certainly miss each and every one of them, their quirks and friendships and relationships. I own most of the audiobooks already, but I plan on adding the rest to my library so I can go back for a reread anytime I’m in the mood to spend time with this group again. The series wrapped up so perfectly here, so I think fans will be incredibly happy. I know I was, as I smiled through my tears. That epilogue, y’all. All the heart eyes.
When I’d first discovered they were dating, I’d been devastated and ate $47.31 worth of cheese in one sitting while crying. I cried on my cheese. It was a sad day.
He was dangerous. His sexiness was a hazard. To my soul. I required distance.
“Things are changing, it’s true.”
“And maybe we won’t see each other as often. But just because we won’t see each other doesn’t mean we won’t know each other.”
“Being grateful is like giving me a participation ribbon when I’m after the goddamn gold medal.”
“Never apologize for being amazing, otherwise I suspect you’d be apologizing all the time.”
“I’m in love with you. You’re my fucking—fucking sunshine. My goddamn everything. You’re the center of my whole fucking universe. I’d give up swearing for you, I swear. If you asked, I’d never say the word fuck again, that’s how much I love you. I love you more than fuck, so that’s a whole-fuckavalot.”
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