Marriage of Inconvenience, an all new romantic comedy standalone in the USA Today bestselling, Knitting in the City Series by Penny Reid, is available NOW! This is my TOP READ of the year! — Whitney
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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Whitney’s Six Star Review
I’m probably going to cry writing this. I teared up when harassing Penny about how perfect this book is. I teared up when the book hit my Kindle app. The end of an epic series is always bittersweet and I knew it would be tough because of how this series and Penny have touched my hear. But this is possibly the best series conclusion I’ve ever read. I am wholly fulfilled. Well, almost. Ha. I mean, I’d love more extended epilogues in the future or even spin offs from some of the other characters. There were a few tiny unresolved questions I had about secondary characters. And by secondary, I don’t mean any of the KITC couples. I mean truly secondary characters. But Penny is nothing if not sneaky. So I’m betting we will see some of them again.
If you’ve not read the Knitting in the City series, you are missing out. I feel like I have a set of best friends in these characters and getting to know each has been a pleasure. Kat has been the most mysterious of the girls and she has a lot of complexity to her character. She’s vulnerable in many ways and also strong. Mental illness is touched on through Kat’s family and I can tell Penny did a lot of research to ensure it’s portrayed accurately.
Ah Dan… Penny warned us that he cusses. A lot. He certainly does but it’s so fitting with his character, I didn’t even really notice beyond a couple of pages. He’s full of heart and I can’t imagine a person more suited to give Kat the patience and gentleness she needs and deserves.
Everything about this book is just beautiful. The wit, the banter, the friendships, the sexual tension… all perfect. Penny is a writing wizard and I’m looking forward to see how she amazes me next. My top read of the year so far!
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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.
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