Monday, 19 March 2018

Review of Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid.

I have waited with baited breath for this book to release! I am a huge Penny Reid fan and this book being the finale of Knitting in the City series I could hardly wait for it. Also, there was the fact that throughout the whole series there are umpty hints about Dan and Kat, this was inevitable.

I loved Mary's book - Dating-ish. It was quirky, unique and witty. I was expecting something similar with this book. But, what I got here was completely different. Dan and Kat weren't at all what I expected.

The Blurb:

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?

My Review:

For me this book felt all kinds of wrong in the beginning. The first page in itself was so different from other Penny Reid book that it took some adjusting on my part. I couldn't at all connect with Kat. She was negative, whining and morose. I wanted to shake her up most of the time. It was painful being in her head. She was the exact opposite of a Reid heroine. She goes from whining, to scheming, to sexy, to wise, to foolish throughout the book without really any explanation. She must be a real yo-yo fan. I really was about to quit the book when Dan's chapter began.

I had expected so much from Dan. He is Quinn's best friend after all. But I was disappointed by the way he was portrayed. He is 'Dan the security Man', the hot dude who is featured throughout the series. I think that the glimpses I got of him in other books were better than his entire book. It felt like Penny is done writing alphas and Dan got the short end of it.

I felt that at many instances, the characters were trying really hard to be funny and were instead coming off as wannabe. I wanted to shout that there is no need to write side dialogues that screams sense of humour. It just looked like a chandler impersonation.

I'm sorry I'm being a party popper. So many seem to love this book. But I never really connected with it. I don't want to go into detail about how I sort of not liked this one, because many have loved it and I want you to make your own judgement.

There were some good parts in the second half that I really liked. The trademark Penny Reid originality made it's appearance. But I felt like crying after I read this book, because this was the last in this series and it left a sour taste in it's mouth.

My Rating:

I give this book 3 stars, because I liked the story in the second half and I enjoyed it a little there. Also, I really can't give a Penny Reid book less than 3 stars. Its against a law or something. Anyway, I hope the next Winston book makes up for this.

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