Marriage of Inconvenience
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Let me get the maudlin bits out of the way first: I first discovered Penny’s Knitting in the City series in November 2014. I was captivated from the start. In the years since, I have eagerly awaited new books. Marriage of Inconvenience is no exception but it also has the bittersweet quality of being the last book in this series. As happy as I am to have finally read Dan and Kat’s story, I am sad that it brings to end a wonderful series of characters that have given me countless hours of enjoyment.
Right. Enough sentimentality! It’s time for Dan and Kat!!!
What do you do when you are the heiress to a FORTUNE (yes, one worthy of capital letters) and your cousin is trying to have you committed so he can get his grubby hands on your money? Kathleen Tyson’s only choice involves marriage. And when the person she first asks demurs, it’s Daniel O’Malley to the rescue. Never mind he’s her second choice. Wait, first choice. Well, actually her desired-choice-but-did-not-think-he-would-agree-choice. Oh, it all gets explained much better by Penny.
As Kat and Dan bond over their plans to thwart the evil cousin, their as yet undeclared feelings for each other has them agreeing to a platonic marriage. This is definitely a spanner in the works given their ever present and raging attraction for each other. As sexually frustrated as these two were, I enjoyed the wait because we got to see a side of Kat and Dan that’s been hidden from us in previous books, including those little but important things like Kat’s love of cheese, Dan’s love for his dog, and that he likes to hold Kat’s hand. Gah! He’s a hand holder!
In addition to Kat and Dan we learn about their interesting (very interesting!) backgrounds and get to spend a lot of time with Dan’s family. I love Dan’s mum and it’s clear where some of Dan’s traits come from. At this time, I should mention that while Dan does love a good swear word or five, he’s not as bad as I was led to believe. I like to think of his expletives as colourful additions to everyday vocabulary.
One of the things I loved most about this book is that both Dan and Kat are flawed characters and they know it. They have spent many years turning their lives around even while being dragged back into family dramas they want no part of. They are strong, a little dented, but ultimately worthy and deserving of each other. And they’re funny!
We do get appearances from other characters in the series, some more than others. It’s great to see them all but as it should be, this one’s for Dan and Kat. May your marriage be lifelong and the recording of your wedding kiss be immortalised for the masses.
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