Series: Knitting in the City #7
Published by Self-Published on 03/06/2018
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?
I have a confession. I read this book out of order. I’ve only read 4 of Penny Reid’s books (she has a lot!), but I find that I’m not drawn to her series as a whole, but occasionally find myself drawn to an individual book. That’s what happened with Marriage of Inconvenience. I’ve read 2 books in her Knitting in the City series, and seeing as this one was number seven, I wasn’t going to make myself read the others first as this would mean I’d have to wait and I’m impatient.
So forgive me if what I have to say about this book basically holds true for all of her books, but I claim ignorance. The main character in Marriage of Inconvenience, Kat, is extremely quirky. She’s not your typical twenty-five-year-old in any kind of way. Historically I’m not a fan of overly-quirky characters who appear to be quirky just for the sake of it. Just to be different. Like those kids in high school who pierced their bodies, dyed their hair, and shopped at Hot Topic in an attempt to prove to everyone else that they were different. And hey, I’m not hating. Those kids were my friends in high school. And I probably was like that to a degree. I’m just saying, sometimes you try to hard.
Basically I don’t like if an author feels like they have to make a character quirky to stand out in some way. So when I started this book, that’s what I thought this was. I didn’t understand Kat. Her actions, her words, her motivations didn’t make sense to me, so it made it very difficult for me to initially connect to the story. I don’t think I really became truly invested until around 40%, which is typically longer than I give myself with a book but something about the story made me keep reading.
What I discovered about this book is that underneath it all, it’s a really, really, really slow burn and part of that is also warming up to Kat.
Dan, however, I loved basically right away. It’s difficult not to and I don’t really have much else to say about him than that. He’s kind of beyond words. Not in an overtly incredible way. In fact, it’s really just that everything about him is very subtle. The goodness of him, everything, is just so subtle that if I tried you’d be bored and underwhelmed. It has to be experienced. You have the read the book to understand.
I loved Kit-Kat and Dan the Security Man. Their motley crew of friends were also enjoyable and I think I do need to get around to reading their stories. Penny Reid has a huge fan base and I find that rarely happens on accident. Without having read the series in order, so taking that into consideration, I do recommend this book. I think it’s sweet, romantic, exciting, interesting, and even sexy. It’s my understanding this series can be read as individual standalones, so if you want, be a rebel like me and just try this one.