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?
Marriage of Inconvenience is book seven in the Knitting in the City series by Penny Reid. It can be read as a standalone BUT reading the entire series is recommended since characters from the previous books make important appearances and, you know, spoilers!
Read my review of book six, Dating-ish, HERE.
This book is the meaning of a slow-burn romance. It’s torture. I mean, it takes the main characters, Kat and Dan, like two/three years to finally get together because of a friggin’ misunderstanding! It’s crazy but at the same time it represents their personalities perfectly.
Kat didn’t have the most amazing teenage years which led her to some issues as an adult so of course she thought Dan thought the worst of her after that drunken night years ago and that’s why she had ignored him since. And of course Dan would be his hilarious self and think she was only interested in polyamorous relationships when she said “I’ve never been good at monogamy” and she actually meant something along the lines of “I’ve never been in a relationship unless you count drunken one night stands as relationships.”
Their relationship took forever to begin because of that misunderstanding and it would have been hilarious if it hadn’t taken them THREE years to figure everything out. (Actually… who am I kidding, it was hilarious.)
On the bright side, it was pretty amazing when they finally got together. Definitely worth the super-duper slow-burn romance.
I probably made it sound like the book is two-three years worth of slow-burn romance but that is not the case. The book starts pretty much exactly when Kat and Dan solve their little misunderstanding so don’t worry about going crazy from the slow pace. Also, we’re talking about a friggin’ Penny Reid book; one can never go crazy from the pace because she writes the most entertaining characters.
All of Penny’s books are what I like to call “grown up romances” because they don’t have unnecessary drama and her characters are—mostly—mature but mix that with her “nerdy” writing (I swear the woman is a genius) and charming and witty characters and you got yourself a book hangover for sure. Y’all need to give her books a try because there is no way you have ever read anything similar to her stories. They truly are like a breath of fresh air.
4.5 / 5 flowers
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.