Book: Marriage of Inconvenience
Series: Knitting in the City #7
Author: Penny Reid
Release date: March 6th 2018
Main characters: Kat Tanner, quietly neurotic heroine who’s facing the biggest threat to her freedom. Dan O’Malley, mutual friend, security expert and mad about Kat.
I am Kathleen Caravel-Tyson. I am good at delegating. I’m a little neurotic. I have brown hair and brown eyes. I like cheese too much. I rely on order and routine. I’m in love with Daniel O’Malley.
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?
Why you should read it: This has been a totally great series and it’s rather sad to finally bid adieu to these quirky and varied characters. Kat and Dan are like night and day and drawn to each other from the outset. I enjoyed their slowly, evolving relationship as they got to know and trust each other. Plus you get to catch up with the other characters from the earlier books – which is a real treat if you loved Sandra, Janie (I didn’t) Marie, Elizabeth et al.
What you may not like: Ok, I’m just going to put it out there. Kat – I couldn’t get on with her at all. I sympathised with her completely, as her situation was akin to something from The Handmaid’s Tale, but after reading her repetitive inner monologue and her weird cheese obsession for 3/4 of the book, I’d had enough of her. She took self-effacing to a whole new level and I grew impatient. There was also a lot of Sandra trying to ‘shrink’ her friend – which seemed a bit overbearing at times, not to mention unethical? I found a lot of the characters in this book overwhelming to be honest and just failed to connect with a fair amount of it. I think perhaps my expectations were ridiculously high after looking forward to reading it for so long.
Rating: 3/5 for a comprehensive end to an enjoyable series – not my favourite book, but certainly an entertaining tale that KITC fans should all read.