Jenny's Review: Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid

Title: Marriage of Inconvenience
Series: Knitting in the City, #7

Author: Penny Reid
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
Publisher: Penny Reid

Pub Date: March 6, 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Our thoughts...

Marriage of Inconvenience (MOI) is the final official installment of the Knitting in the City series by Penny Reid. This is easily one of my favorite all-time series and MOI wraps things up nicely as it follows Dan and Kat’s relationship and touches a bit on all the other people we have come to love. It is sad to see the gang go but the stories lend themselves to easy re-reads and the audiobooks truly bring the characters to life. 

It’s true: I have fan-goggles when it comes to Penny Reid. If you don’t know that by now, consider this your heads-up. I adore everything this woman writes and relate to so many of her characters. With that said, I try to remain unbiased (but I don’t try too hard). 

Kat and Dan…Dan and Kat…We finally get to experience the culmination of the sexual tension bomb that is Dan the Security man and his Kit Kat. Fans of the series have been waiting a long time for these two to settle down and it was great to follow them on their journey. As readers have come to expect from Reid, this story is full of emotion, humor, and charm, with a side of knowledge. I love how Reid incorporates current events into her books. The information is always shared thoughtfully, respectfully, and with the initial understanding that her readers are intelligent, so it never feels like the reader is being talked down to. I like learning, laughing, and swooning all in one story. 

Readers finally get to find out who Kat really is as she finds herself facing a disastrous future at the hands of her sinister cousin. Dan comes to her rescue in a way that ultimately brings them together, even if it is under a blanket of denial for them both. Please note: Dan swears like a mo-fo. It doesn’t bother me one bit (in fact, I find it charming), but this story has a lot more swearing than readers are used to from Reid, but it is character-appropriate. People have apparently been complaining about the language, but Reid has been sure to warn her readers from the very beginning of her writing. Dan is a man who swears a lot; it’s practically in his DNA. If he didn’t swear so much, his character wouldn’t feel authentic. Dan definitely feels authentic in MOI. 

I found the Dan and Kat storyline to be a solid 4-stars, maybe even 4 ½, but I give the whole book a 5 because of the series wrap-up being executed so well. There were little things here and there that stopped it from being spectacular but my love for the characters allowed me to overlook it for the most part and not feel it worth mentioning in detail. In regard to the conclusion of the series, my heart is happy. I feel like the characters leave us in a great place while acknowledging that their lives are forever changing. They are the type of people who will find a way to connect to each other regardless of challenges, logistical or otherwise. They have shown each other love, support, and acceptance. Their relationships are forever, regardless of where their lives take them. I feel so happy about how things wrap up that it just makes me want to read or listen to them all again. I will miss these people but not with a nagging feeling of needing more. I want more, but it isn’t needed because Reid created a conclusion that allows joy to resonate and satisfaction to prevail. Yes, I know that sounds dramatic and/or corny, but I don’t care. My heart is warm and fuzzy, folks.

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