Marriage Of Inconvenience- Knitting In The City #7 - Penny Reid
My Review: 5 Stars
This book made me so happy!
I was 100% excited and 100% sad to read Marriage of Inconvenience, the final book in Penny Reid's fantastic Knitting in the City series. Don’t question my math. As much as I wanted to see how Dan and Kat’s story would unfurl, I wasn't ready to say goodbye to these beloved characters.
And now that I've finished? I'm 100% satisfied.
While the rest of the books in the series can be read as standalones, Marriage Of Inconvenience is not. It ties up loose ends from previous books and it's been written with Penny's fans in mind. If you haven't read the series yet, I'd recommend reading at least one other book so you'll have context before reading MoI. But really, I'd recommend you read the whole series first as it is one of my all-time favorites.
Dan and Kat's story has been building with each book and I was dying to see how Penny would bring them together. I knew the least about Kat going into this one. She's always been the quietest person in the group, the most obscure. Kat's past was heartbreaking and I came to respect her even more because of how she chose to face it.
Kat is a perfectionist trying to fly under the radar. She has her reasons and they all have to do with her parents, her fears, and why she has to fly back to Boston twice a month. She's great at her job and smarter than she gives herself credit for. Because of her upbringing, Kat struggles to know who to trust but the Knit Night ladies won her over by continuing to show up, as well as show her what healthy friendship looks like. In each of the books in this series, the heroine has had to rely on the group in some way, even when it wasn't comfortable, and I love how we've seen them grow individually and collectively.
In comparison to Kat, Dan has been charming me ever since Neanderthal Seeks Human. I thoroughly loved getting to know him better. I mean, watching Kat get to know him better. Dan might swear "too much" but he takes incredible care of the people he loves. He puts people at ease and is somehow able to draw out their best qualities. Plus, he's hilarious and I loved his perspective on life.
I laughed so much while reading this. SO MUCH. While Penny's novels always make me laugh out loud a time or two, this was next level laughter-worthy moments. There was a point about three-quarters in where I was howling because of how perfectly Dan handled a situation.
Watching Dan and Kat enter into a marriage of convenience while knowing they both secretly have feelings for one another was like being in on the most delicious secret. At first, I did not understand how the previous misunderstanding in Las Vegas happened but the explanation did make eventual sense, although I'm still giving Dan a side eye for it. I appreciate how Penny gives her characters space to make mistakes and then learn and grow from them.
Neither Kat nor Dan believe they deserve the other person, albeit for different reasons. They each have to decide whether they can take the risk and make their marriage real and it is so worth the wait.
I was impressed with how the story explored Kat's issues with sex, specifically her lack of enjoyment, anxiety, and performance issues. There's no magic fix and she has to figure out how to trust Dan and be honest about her fears. I don't know that I've ever seen this in a romance novel before, at least not to this degree, and I have no doubt it will mean a to to readers who experience similar difficulties.
While there were tender and bittersweet moments, Marriage Of Inconvenience felt like a celebration of this friend group and the way they've grown (both as humans and literally as they've fallen in love, had babies, etc.) I loved how they discussed these changing dynamics and reaffirmed their commitment to one another. A great model for friend groups everywhere!
The very last line could not have been a more perfect ending to a beloved series. I'm thankful to Penny Reid for giving us such a wonderful group of friends. While we may not get to read about their lives anymore, she helps us imagine them getting together for many more years to come and that does my heart good.
(Although word on the street is that this might not actually be the last one. We can only hope.)
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?
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