By Penny Reid
Ah, Marriage of Inconvenience…. I have never been so excited and so hesitant to read a book since, I don’t know… Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?
Dan and Kat’s story is the ultimate slow burn. It’s been simmering in the background for the past six installments of Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series. They’ve shared looks. They even shared a steamy kiss in Vegas. And now they FINALLY get their love story!
But reading it meant the end of a series of books that I have truly loved. Reid’s characters are unlike most of the heroines you find in romance novels (which is not an insult to the romance genre, just a very real compliment to Reid’s characters). They are nerdy. They are awkward. They are HILARIOUS and with each installment in the series I fell more and more in love with them all. I was more than ready to read about my friends, but I didn’t want to have to say goodbye…
Well, my time with the crazy knitters from Chicago may be over, but Reid gave them quite the send-off. I was yearning for Dan and Kat’s story and Marriage of Inconvenience did not disappoint me!
I’ve always loved Dan the Security Man. I mean what’s not to love? He’s strong, fiercely loyal, looks like Tom Hardy but sounds like Mark Wahlberg and has a mouth like a sailor (as evidenced in the teaser below). Oh yeah, and he loves his dog. SWOON!
Note: When I say he has a mouth like a sailor I mean he might even make a few sea men blush. If you are offended by the F-bomb, this is not the book for you. Dan is not the man for you. That’s ok; all the more for me!
We’ve met his brother (news flash: he’s a dick), but now we get to meet his mom! And she’s awesome!
What surprised me about the novel is how much I enjoyed Kat. I didn’t know if I would. And though I didn’t connect with her in the same manner I did, say, Ashley or Sandra (my home girls for life!), she is pretty kick ass. It would be easy for her to sit back and take her lot in life. But she wants to make it on her own, to clean up her own messes. It kills her that she needs to ask Dan for help and I certainly did identify with that feeling!
You don’t have to have read all the KitC novels to read Marriage of Inconvenience, but you’ll certainly enjoy the story more if you do. The epilogue of the book is the epic send off that I didn’t want to read, but enjoyed nevertheless. The ultimate happy ending filled with the entire gang riding off into the sunset. It was extremely satisfying.
I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. And I can sum up my thoughts best in four words that I think would make Dan awfully proud: I fucking loved it.