REVIEW: “Marriage of Inconvenience” by Penny Reid

The bittersweet, hopefully not, last installment in Penny Reid‘s Knitting in the City series is a rollicking good time.  As always it’s what I call an Intelligent Romance.  In this novel you’ll be schooled in Pharmaceutical, Mental Health, and Business Laws, also Medical Patents.  For those who’ve been following this series we get the long awaited romance of Dan-the-Security-Man and the quiet knitter Kat.  Kat’s backstory is surprising and intriguing, filled with devious family machinations.  Dan’s family’s just as rich, if not richer, but more colorful not only in language but characters and personalities.  Kat and Dan’s courtship is adorable and they’re the only two who don’t realize that they both like each other.  Each one believes their feelings are one-sided.  Luckily that gets cleared up however there are other issues which causes the couple to have to take things slowly.

Kat needs to get married quickly.  She’s the sole beneficiary to become the majority shareholder of her parents’ Pharmaceutical company as well as being a multi-billion-dollar-heiress.  Her cousin wants to have her committed to a mental hospital because her father is very close to death.  Kat’s mother is already institutionalized with schizophrenia.  According to her lawyer her only option is to marry a trustworthy friend.  Legally, a husband has more power over his wife’s medical decisions that other relations.  At first Kat turns to Steven an accountant with Cypher Security.  He’s her friend and gay so no complications.  However he’s started seeing someone and she doesn’t want to get in the way.  Steven knows how Kat feels about Dan and he suggests him.  He can see Dan has feelings for Kat but she refuses to believe it.  However Kat has no other options so she asks Dan.

Dan quickly says yes and takes charge.  He arranges it so their marriage looks like it took place weeks prior rather than days.  He also arranges for Kat to move into his apartment.  Dan thinks he’s being covert and sly but Kat sees right through him.  But their romance is sweet, awkward, funny, and sexy.  Their internal monologues are brilliant.  The action quickly moves from Chicago to Boston and we meet Dan’s mother.  We are also reintroduced to Dan’s gang leader older brother Seamus.  Soon the entire knitting circle, and their significant others, delightfully descends on Boston.  Between Janie, Alex, Fiona, and Marie they help Kat put to try to put her cousin behind bars.

Penny Reid does a fantastic job dealing with Kat’s fears of mental illness, which runs in her family.  If you are not a fan of the F-word, skip this book.  Dan is a Boston Southie and uses the F-word as a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, and punctuation.  Also there is proper respect shown all Boston sports teams and Dunks.  All of the Knitting in the City Heroes appear in their swoon-worthy glory.  This book is about Family.  In Dan’s case it’s biological family.  For Kat it’s Family that’s built from friendship and grown out of adversity, trust, and love.  Dan and Kat have fabulous chemistry and in many cases sucky timing.  Thankfully, when the time comes  their sex scenes are wonderful.  The Epilogue is a Joy!  Just sayin’.

I’m giving “Marriage of Inconvenience” 6 Lightning Bolts and a Storm Warning.

This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *