Author: Penny Reid
Title: "Marriage of inconvenience"
Book 7 in series Knitting in the city
Main characters: Daniel "Dan" O'Malley and Kathleen "Kat" Caravel-Tyson
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?
Usually I start with the main couple, but this time, I am gonna change things a bit... since this is the seventh and last book in a series, I want to take a moment to talk about the secondary characters first... I'm not gonna get into all of the details about them, because we would be here all day... and a bigger part of tomorrow ;) it's really hard actually to write about them, cause I'm sure that some of you are completely new to this series... to all of you guys, I have to say this: go and read the previous stories before you dive into this one... yes, technically you can read it as a standalone, but you will miss out if you haven't read at least a few previous stories... because this book is full of those little scenes... beautiful interactions, that just won't mean what they should if you don't know the backstories... :) and after all, you can read a book for the first time just once, so you want to make it the best reading experience ;) so I highly encourage you to catch up on all of the books, and to make your lives a bit easier, here are the couples, in order of their stories: Janie and Quinn, Elizabeth and Nico, Sandra and Alex, Ashley and Drew, Fiona and Greg, Marie and Matt :) I'm sure each and every one of you will find someone who will struck a cord within your heart, because all of those couples... all of those stories are wonderfully different from one another :) and that is because all those characters are so diverse... when it comes to their personalities and how they handle situations... ;) again, I am not gonna get into details, cause all of those books deserve a review of their own, but I highly recommend all of them :) and if you know them... even if you don't remember every little detail... those group scenes... all those interactions between different people... will mean sooooo much more :) you will be able to see how certain people changed... how important they are to one another... how different the dynamics between them are... *sighs happily* just, trust me on that... :) and read the previous stories :)
Ok, now I can tell you a bit more about our main couple... Kat and Dan... Dan the security man... *sighs dreamily* he might be my favourite hero in this series... so far it was Alex, but Dan definitely made a very lasting impression... ;) and I am not saying that just because I don't remember Alex very well... I am actually currently listening to the audiobook of the story with him and Sandra, so he's very fresh in my mind... :) but Dan... *sighs dreamily yet again* ok, get yourself together woman, and try to articulate your feelings ;) Dan works with Quinn, they have... a company that provides security :) we met him... I wanna say in the very first book, but I am not entirely sure... anyway... :) he was a constant fixture in the previous stories... and I've waited for this particular book for a very long time... mainly because Dan and Kat... we knew something will happen between them at some point... those little teasers... glimpses... in the previous books, just made me that much more excited about this story... and it did not disappoint :) but let me finally tell you more about Dan... he cusses... a lot... :) I feel like you might need the warning, although I absolutely loved it and it didn't bother me at all :) maybe cause I also cuss a lot... although in my case, most of it is internal ;) he's a very charming guy, who made me swoon multiple times within the pages of this novel... :) seems to be easy going most of the time, but can get very intense when it's needed... :) I'm not gonna get into his past and what happened there, cause it's better if you hear it from him when you read the book :) oh he's not perfect, but like with all of Penny's heroes, flawed in the most real and human way... learning from his mistakes and accepting consequences of certain actions, at the same time not giving up and fighting for what's important :) but as much as I love the men, it's the women in Penny's books who always take the first place in my heart... her heroines are... I have troubles finding good enough adjactives to describe them... they are complex, smart, brave, kind, resourceful, generous, thoughtful... the list could go on and on... and yes, of course, they also make mistakes and sometimes act without thinking, which may result in misunderstandings and arguments and such... but they always own up to their mistakes and try to resolve any conflict like adults... actually talking about it :) every time I read one of her stories I feel inspired and empowered and just all around awesome :) and Kat is no exception... although she definitely surprised me :) up until now I saw her as the most timid and shy of the knitting group, usually in the background, mostly listening to others... or maybe that's just how I remember her from the first few books... :) because she changed... or maybe now that I saw things from her perspective, I realized how much more there is to her that I initially thought... she has a very troubled past that now have a very huge impact on her and her behaviour... but she works very hard to get better... I don't want to get into too many details, because yet again, I think it's much better if you discover all of them while you are reading this story :) now when it comes to the romance part... *sighs happily* oh, how hard I swooned over Dan... the way he treats Kat... how he interacts with her... how much he cares from the very beginning... I was a goner ;) their is a bit peculiar situation, since Kat needs to marry someone ASAP because of a certain situation connected to her safety, he agrees to help immediately... :) and once they explain to one another certain misunderstandings, things start to move in the right direction... :) I am in a bit of a bind right now, cause on the one hand, I have so many things about their relationship to tell you, but on the other hand... I don't want to say anything at all :) so that you can read it for yourselves and discover all those lovely subtelties... but what I will say is that I loved most of all, how Dan was Kat's partner... yes, protective and caring, but standing next to her, not in front of her, so she can fight her own battles knowing she has him by her side at all times, because she's more than capable of being pretty kick-ass all on her own :) there were a few scenes where I was seriously impressed with the way she handled things ;) and that's all I'm gonna say about them :)
The best praise and compliment I can give this story, is that I didn't want it to end... in fact... I don't think I ever read a book as slowly as I did this one... I wanted to prolong it as much as I could, beause it was absolutely wonderful... usually I am a pretty fast reader... it all depends if it's a contemporary or a fantasy setting, do I already know the world, its rules and characters or if it's completely new... but I definitely read pretty fast... but once in a while a book comes along that I am reading sooooo slowly... almost like I would read to myself out loud, so it's basicaly like listening to an audiobook :) and this was one of those books... ;) it was an absolute perfection... a beautiful balance between the romance and relationship between the main couple of this particular story, at the same time it gave us as readers so many heartwarming little scenes with the characters from previous installments... again, I have to say that I highly recommend you to catch up on the series to truly enjoy those little gems ;) but not only that, we got to know a few new characters as well... and from all of them I adore Dan's mom the most ;) she's such an amazing person... :) what was a truly fantastic surprise, is that this particular story, opposite to the previous ones when we had all of the book written from the woman's perspective and only epilogue from man's point of view, had chapters written in dual POVs :) and that is my absolutely favourite writing style ever... I love being able to get inside the heads of both our main characters... and with every Dan's chapter... I swooned and sighed and melted all over the floor :) the more I read, the more I got excited for the audiobook version... I discovered my love for that type of books a few months ago and now I am beyond excited to listen to Dan whisper into my ears all the words... *sighs dreamily* trust me, as soon as that audiobook is live, I'm there :) I have so many feelings and emotions running around in my mind after finishing this beautiful story... I laughed, I teared up, I sighed and gasped in surprise... even now, while writing this review I'm feeling bittersweet, because it's... it's the last book in this series... and what a beautiul goodbye it was... although I'm not gonna lie, that epilogue at the very end definitely gave me hope that maybe... someday... we will go back to this world and those characters... *coughs* Knitting in the city the second generation *coughs* just putting this thought out there... maybe it will happen, maybe not... maybe way, way in the future, but I am willing to wait :) just... give me hope it might be true, that's all I'm asking ;) be sure to mark the day of the release of this wonderful gem in your calendars, pre-order it, just... get it as soon as possible, and then be sure to save it for a day off or weekend... cause this heartwarming and breathtaking book deserves to be read, when you are curled in your favourite reading spot, with your favourite reading accesories, whether it be snacks, beverages, blankets, pillows whatever... trust me on that... you want to feel warm and cozy, because this book is exactly like that feeling... it hugs you and gives you the most wonderful warm and fuzzy feelings... *sighs happily* and now I want to re-read the whole series again... to discover all the little things I missed out on my first read... to fall in love with the characters and their stories once more... and to just forget myself for a while in the most uniqly charming writing style of Penny Reid... I swear, this woman hits me in all the feels... the more books by her I read, the more I am falling in love... and the more I am inspired to be better and do better... no one makes me think about different and dificult subjects like her... that's just one of many, many reasons why you should give her, and her books, a try... she will change your lives for the better :)
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.”
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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