New Release Book Review (+ Author Giveaway): Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid


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!

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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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My Thoughts

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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Meet Penny Reid

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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