Review: Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid

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Title: Marriage of Inconvenience (Knitting in the City #7)
Author: Penny Reid
Date of publication: 6 March 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, romcom

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My rating: 3 stars


Blurb

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?


Review

This is the final book in the Knitting in the City series and I have been waiting for Kat and Dan's story for a few books now. There was some sadness saying goodbye to so many beloved characters but this book has the loveliest epilogue that left me teary-eyed. There are a lot of tender and touching moments in the story and Ms Reid's trademark humour which made for a nice read but it's not my favourite in the series

I was curious about Kat who turned out to be an even more interesting and unusual heroine than I expected initially. Dan, well Dan was just Dan, tough and strong and loyal and reliable, foul-mouthed but with a heart of gold. It was his supportive and caring side that I loved so much.

The marriage of convenience romance is not really a favourtie trope of mine but I think it worked OK here. There was also friends-to-lovers vibe, combined with a second chance romance. It's weird mix but it did allow for a lot of character growth and interesting interactions.

I have come to notice and have mentioned it in other reviews of Penny Reid's books that the plots of her stories are really over-the-top, often too improbable for me to fully enjoy/appreciate the romance. I love the sense of humour and weird antics of the characters but they do feel too much at times, taking away the focus of the story away from the characters. I really prefer my contemporary romances to be a bit more grounded in reality.

There isn't a single major issue I had with this book but rather an array of minor ones here and there that add up and in the end make the story just an OK read for me.

The story went in too many directions, the author tried to bring too many issues in the romance relationships and some of them felt not fully developed.

As a conclusion to the series and with an epilogue that brings together all the other couples (and their children) it is all worth reading despite not being as brilliant as some of the previous books.

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