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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The beauty of art in all its forms is that it exists in perpetuity, allowing you to revisit it as you wish in your mind. And while I know that I can read any one of the books in Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series anytime I want, I can’t bring myself to flip the last page of Marriage of Inconvenience because then I would have to admit that it is done. Finished. Over. That I now know everything in the hearts of these six fabulous women is cold comfort, as my illogical fan-girl self wishes for weekly dispatches from knit night. While my more reasonable self knows that all good things must end and in the case of this FAMAZING series, we get don’t just get the cherry on top, we get a whole sundae bar! Yeah, I know……I need to get out of these circles I am talking in and tell you just how much I loved Marriage of Inconvenience.
And love it I did. First of all, you need to carve out time to read this book, because once you start, you will not put it down. You will come for the (swoony) romance and stay for a truly fascinating look at commerce, regulations and some family treachery. I am not even kidding about that – it is reason #1043 why I love reading Penny Reid’s books, is because so skillfully woven into these wonderful love stories are topics that might not be top of mind, but are things we should want to know more about. Blood diamonds? Hacking? Bitcoin? The perils of working in the oilfields in a foreign land? All topics that have been in these books and have made me not only more curious, but also cause my ears to perk up when I hear them discussed on a newscast. For me, it simply enriches my reading experience tenfold.
Throughout the series Kat and Dan have been making googly eyes at each other, completely oblivious to the promise of possibility. Theirs is an epic love story a series in the making and as they inch closer, the reality is steeped in intrigue, missed cues, hot looks and a wealth of friends and family who want nothing more than their happiness. It is everything.
Much like her sisters in knit before her, Kat was completely unexpected and I keep thinking I missed something. But we only saw what our evil overlord wanted us to see. Kat is seemingly a quiet storm, churning in her own part of the ocean and easily dismissed at your peril. Underneath, she is a force to be reckoned with and it was an absolute privilege to witness her metamorphosis.
Dan the Security Man. Dan has been the constant, wearing any number of hats. Here we get to see him in different roles as son, brother and my favorite – husband. But no matter who we might think he is, the Dan we get to experience is even better. He is a good man with a great heart and I defy you not to fall in love with him.
While we are on the subject of Dan, I loved that Penny so wonderfully paid tribute to the Boston sports complex. Loving the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins is something folks in Boston are born to. They love their teams, through the good, bad and the ugly. These teams haven’t always been good — there were extra-lean years where they extra bad and while it wasn’t always easy to love them, loyalty is loyalty.
This book though. It is truly a most perfect end to beloved series, these 6 women though fictional, are all of us. They value friendship, have strength for days, could teach a master class on badassery (Looking at you Fiona), love a good cocktail and know how to wield a Susan Bates as a tool and a weapon. What fabulous combination. Thank you, Penny Reid.
Please make this book yours today!
Laurie’s Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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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.
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