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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?
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.”
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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.
MARRIAGE OF INCONVENIENCE
by Penny Reid
And it’s a wrap. With Marriage of Inconvenience Penny Reid brings her Knitting in the City series full circle. I wanted to see Dan’s story when he first appeared in Neanderthal Seeks Human, riding the elevator with Janie, telling her “You’re very big.” Yup, that was all it took for me. Over the course of the series it became a forgone conclusion who Dan would end up with and finally, FINALLY we have Kat and Dan’s story in our hands.
One word about Scenes in the Hallway: This short story isn’t essential in order to read Marriage of Inconvenience but it gives you insight into Kat and Dan’s history – you could say it’s the prologue to MOI.
Kat has always been the quiet one in the knitting group. I never really got a good read on her, only that she was shy, loyal, sweet and was pining for Dan, the security man. She believes that Dan doesn’t have a romantic interest in her so when finds herself being in a bind that involves her douchebag of a cousin he is the person Kat goes to for help.
But I’d never felt the shitty feeling in my chest until I met Kat Tanner. Like I couldn’t draw a full breath when she was around. Actually, scratch that. I couldn’t draw a full breath sometimes when I simply thought about her.
The handsome security guy doesn’t bat an eye – he gives the puzzle presented to him serious thought and comes up with a solution. And ladies, this is the essence of Dan. He is super-smart, patient and a good, GOOD man. He’s witty, tender, hot and and swears like a sailor, just how I like them. And it wouldn’t be Dan if he wasn’t the baddest of badasses. The speech he gave Kat’s cousin was epic. I also adored how much he loved his mother, who by the way is one of my all-time favorite moms of a main character.
Kat has been through a lot and knows that actions have consequences so this is how she lives her life – controlled, always with an eye on possible fallout if a situation goes awry. She isn’t very good at relaxing and lives a lot in her head. Dan’s gentle, easy-going and patient personality is perfect for her. I loved that he coaxed her out of her shell and in the end, even though she still dwelled on the ramifications when she acted spontaneously or intuitively it never became a big deal again.
“Parts of you are ugly and messy. I still want you. I want the ugly and the beautiful and everything in between. You don’t pick and choose the parts of a person you want. Shit, I’m the ugliest fucker I know, and I want to give it all to you.”
As a couple they communicated really well after they cleared any misunderstanding. I loved how into each other they were, they loved the other ones imperfections and singularity. There was no doubt that they were crazy about each other. I loved them so much together. Were there frustrating parts? Sure – saying that this story is a slow burn is a huge understatement but there is a reason for it and I loved how the author approached it.
I loved her so fucking much, part of me thought maybe I wouldn’t be able to last another ten minutes without her in my arms. My heart would give out. I’d die. BAM. Kaput. The end.
Penny Reid doesn’t write run-of-the-mill characters. They are always unique with adorable, endearing quirks, intelligent and generally good people. As a reader you wish they were real so that you could be friends with them. I’d so sit in their knitting group if they were.
The chapters in this author’s books always start with either a quote or a fact that helps to deepen the reader’s comprehension of the story. The scientist in me loves that and Marriage of Inconvenience stays true to this concept. If you are wondering if this can be read as a standalone…I actually think you can but you will end up cursing yourself that you didn’t read the previous books in this series just because it’s so good.
Ms Reid gives us the chance to say goodbye to all of the characters we have come to love. All of them are there with support and advice if any of their friends need it and you know that no matter where life takes them, they will always be in each others’ lives.
“This man, does his name rhyme with fan?”
I laughed, rubbing my forehead. “I can’t tell you.”
“Will you tell me if it rhymes with pan?”
I laughed harder, but chided, “Sandra. I can’t tell you.”
“Hmm.” She looked like she was trying not to smile, her green eyes bright and happy. “Okay, fine. You’re not going to tell me. Fine. So, this man, let’s call him Dan—”
Marriage of Inconvenience is a worthy and beautiful conclusion to the Knitting in the City series. It is heavy with Penny Reid’s signature quirky humor, has a smart story line and emotionally charged. So now it’s time for me to let go Janie and Quinn, Elizabeth and Nico, Sandra and Alex , Ashley and Drew, Fiona and Greg, Marie and Matt and finally, Kat and Dan. I’m pretty sure we’ll see them pop up in other books by this author…and thank God for re-reads.
“I’m in love with you. You’re my fucking—fucking sunshine. My goddamn everything. You’re the center of my whole fucking universe. I’d give up swearing for you, I swear. If you asked, I’d never say the word fuck ever again, that’s how much I love you. I love you more than fuck, so that’s a whole-fuckavalot.”