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Marriage of Inconvenience, an all new romantic comedy standalone in the USA Today bestselling, Knitting in the City Series by Penny Reid, is LIVE!
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?
First impressions often times are incorrect. Assumptions that individuals are not who you thought they were. This goes hand in hand with insecurities. Sometimes it’s the insecurities that keep us from experiencing moments that we should throw caution to the wind and see what life throws at you. For Dan and Kat – those insecurities led to quite a long standing misunderstanding.
While in Vegas almost two years ago, Dan and Kat experienced a moment that has defined their lives. A completely innocent exchange that had serious consequences with their future. This innocent misunderstanding led Kat to avoid Dan for so long. Thinking that the security man that was capturing her dreams was standing in judgement of her past life. Add to that Dan’s assumption that Kat lived a lifestyle that he couldn’t quite come to terms with, and you have the biggest example of why communication is key to any relationship.
Speaking of the past, Kat is now facing a past that she ran from so many years ago. One that threatens her future, her livelihood, and seems to hold the chains that are suffocating her heart. Placing her between a rock and hard place without any chance to lead the life that Kat saw for her own future. The saving grace in all of this is the fact that Dan is the one person that can give Kat a resolution from her situation. An arranged marriage so to speak that definitely will NOT be such a hardship for Kat.
Penny….oh how I love thee!!! Kat and Dan….ahhhh….Dan the Security Man and Kit Kat…..seriously…they are one engaging and seriously hot couple!! This book had it all! From the romance to the moments that made me laugh out loud. All of it combined to provide one of the best books this year!
What can I tell you without having vomit of the mouth? Can I go into my love of these two characters without spoiling anything for you as the reader? I can tell you that Dan and Kat have ‘danced’ around one another for around two years. Leaving a misunderstanding between them that affected any hopes of a relationship. There were times I wanted to scream ‘would you listen already’ and ‘spit it out…spit it out’. Yet one thing stood above all else….I couldn’t put this book down for even one second!!
This is one of those stories that leaves a smile on your face, leads you to unwashed loads of laundry, a day spent not cooking dinner or cleaning the house. Believe me when I tell you it is a Penny Reid book that simply cannot be missed! As Penny loves to say …Dan cusses a bunch! Guess what I figured out while reading Marriage of Inconvenience??? I sound just like Dan!! So this story really pulled me into the lives of some of the most beloved characters of the entire Knitting in the City series!
I will close with a line that Dan has said in the book ….I want it all Kit Kat. Oh Dan….we wanted it all too. Penny Reid delivered Dan and Kat’s story with a nice beautiful bow that extended from cover to cover! Make sure you read the epilogue in this novel folks (you can thank me later). Penny thought of it all….an ending worthy of Kat and Dan’s love and affection.
Staring at his chin, because I couldn’t quite lift my eyes any higher, I cleared my throat. “Should we get ready for bed?”
“Sure,” he said, his voice a rumble. Dan’s eyes were on me, I felt the weight of them.
My hands came to the hem of my skirt and I hesitated, feeling winded for some reason. Sneaking a glance at him, I immediately wished I hadn’t. His gaze was watchful, but it was also unmistakably hot in a way that seemed at once both avaricious and accusatory. The vice tightened around my lungs.
Kiss him! Just freaking kiss him! You want numbered steps? Fine. You kiss him- check. He kisses you back- check. Then you make out- check. Check the boxes.
I licked my lips, balling my hands into fists at my sides again, preparing to follow my hasty list.
But then he said, “Undress me.”
My breath caught. On instinct, my eyes lifted and collided with his in much the same way our bodies had collided at the top of the stairs just moments ago. Jarring. Startling. Thrilling. This time I couldn’t look away because this time I was falling. He made no move to catch me.
“What? What did you say?”
His eyes narrowed, which served only to increase the intensity of his gaze from smolder to inferno. “Take my clothes off.”
I stared at him, licking my lips again, and shaking my head. That wasn’t one of my steps.
Lifting my chin, I moved to kiss him. He leaned to the side, evading me even as his eyes dropped to my mouth.
“Take off my shirt and I’ll give you a kiss.” He’d used his naughty-secret voice.
An explosion of heat erupted in my belly, and now I was hot all over. I couldn’t figure out if the heat was embarrassment or arousal or both.
He didn’t give me a chance to figure it out. His hands lifted and he undid his cuffs; then they moved to the top button of his shirt.
“You better take over,” he said darkly, “or else you’re not getting that kiss.”