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Knitting in the City #7

Marriage of Inconvenience

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Goodreads Choice Award
Nominee for Best Romance (2018)
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. 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?

★★★★★ Goodreads Choice Award Semi-Finalist for Best Romance ★★★★★

Marriage of Inconvenience is book #7 in the Knitting in the City series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the misadventures and exploits of seven friends in Chicago, all members of the same knitting group.

506 pages, ebook

First published March 6, 2018

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Penny Reid

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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she writes kissing books. Penny is an obsessive knitter and manages the #OwnVoices-focused mentorship incubator / publishing imprint, Smartypants Romance. She lives in Seattle Washington with her husband, three kids, and dog named Hazel.

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3,758 reviews32k followers
February 21, 2023
4.5 stars!!!


“My intentions are to deserve him.”

Marriage of Inconvenience was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I love Penny Reid’s writing, and I am obsessed with her Knitting in the City series. After 7 books, it feels like these characters are my own friends and family. And knowing this book was Dan’s just got me that much more excited!!!

Katis in a bind. Her terrible, no good, cousin is trying to take over her family’s company, and to do that, he has to take legal control over Kat’s person. To avoid that, her best option is to get married as soon as possible. Who could Kat ask though? Dan the Security Man of course. Dan is all to willing to help Kat with her problem.

I love Dan. Seriously. This man makes me laugh like no other, he has the biggest heart, and I just completely adore him. He has a foul mouth, but it made the book that much more hilarious! Just search how many times the f-bomb was dropped and you’ll get a good chuckle.
"I said, you fuckfaced shitstain," his words were low, slow, measured, "get the fuck away from her, or I will fucking fuckily fuck you the fuck up.”
Kat is one of those heroines that even though I couldn’t completely related to, I still liked so much. She is imperfect, and though she’s a little hard on herself at times, she always owns up to her mistakes. I loved how Dan showed her it was okay not to be perfect, none of us are. I think even though these two seem like an unlikely pair, they compliment each other wonderfully.
“Parts of you are ugly and messy. I still want you. I want the ugly and the beautiful and everything in between. You don’t pick and choose the parts of a person you want. Shit, I’m the ugliest fucker I know, and I want to give it all to you.”

It was great to see the rest of the Knitting crew and follow along to where their stories are going. I very much hope this isn’t the last that we see of this crew, but if it is, it ended on a high note. Another thing I thought was fantastic about this story was Dan’s mom. I loved her so much!

Penny Reid writes smart. She writes interesting stories full of facts, and endearing characters you can't help but to love. I never tire of her writing and will read any book she puts out! This series is some of her best work, and if you haven’t read them, I can’t recommend doing so enough!
“I think I’m addicted to you.”

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1,260 reviews9,930 followers
March 18, 2018
*****5++++++++++ STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

”I have to tell you my limits because you have to trust me. So you have to know…you mean something to me. It’s never going to be a finish line with you or something to cross off a list. It’s—I want—I need—it to be everything.”

Almost on an everyday basis, I wish that there was more time in the day so that I could get to all of the books out there that I am sure I am missing out on. This is a serious conflict for us avid readers. I read ”Neanderthal Meets Human” several years ago and somehow I never had a chance to get back to this series until now. I wish that I had read all the previous books because I truly feel like I missed out by not getting to spend more time with these incredible characters. To say that I LOVED ”MARRIAGE OF INCONVENIENCE” is just the tip of the iceberg. I was in book heaven with this one! It had the perfect blend of romantic comedy, intrigue, action, and of course, the yummy steamy bits! There’s a new book boyfriend who has swept me off my feet and I am sure when you all read this, Dan O’Malley is going to steal your hearts!

Kat is the sole heir to a Pharmaceutical empire worth billions. Her mother suffers from an extreme case of catatonic schizophrenia and has been institutionalized for many years. Her father has been suffering from Alzheimer’s and has also been hospitalized for the past three years. Growing up, Kat and her father didn’t have much of a relationship. She was sent away to boarding schools and he was always watching for clues that she may be succumbing to the same sickness her mother had. During her teenage years, Kat felt the need to rebel. She went down a dark road filled with countless casual hook-ups, alcohol, and even drugs. Eventually, she got herself back on track and cleaned up her life, but the damage was done and some of her family considered her to be unstable. Caleb, her cousin, who is currently CEO of her parent’s company is an evil ‘SOB’, who wants to gain access to her parent’s assets, so he plans to prove that Kat is mentally incapacitated so that he can become her legal guardian. This will enable him to gain access to her inheritance. Kat’s legal counsel has been her parent’s lawyer since before she was born and he advises her to get married to someone trustworthy which will thwart her cousin’s attempt to gain guardianship.

Kat goes to her best-friend Steven, but he’s just recently started dating his boyfriend and suggests that she ask Dan O’Malley ‘aka’ Dan the Security Man, who has been the secret object of her desires for over two years. The two had a “moment” in Vegas where things could have turned romantic between them but a stupid misunderstanding wound up keeping them apart. Kat has no idea that while she has secretly been swooning over Dan, he’s also been hiding his true feelings for her too.

To say that Dan is dumbstruck when Kat proposes is putting it mildly. Kat was certain that he wouldn’t agree to her proposal because she really believes that she isn’t good enough for him. But what she doesn’t realize is that she has been a walking fantasy for him for far too long. Dan jumps at the chance to become her husband. Deep down he’s hoping that feelings will develop between them and maybe it won’t have to end up being a “pretend” marriage, and Kat is definitely wishing for the same.

The romantic tension that builds between Dan and Kat throughout the progression of the story was giving me endless goosebumps. Every kiss and every brush of his fingertips across any part of Kat’s body was driving me insane. I got worked up when he merely kissed the back of her hand!! This man had serious game!! What made it even better was the fact that he truly was a goner for Kat. I loved that Dan somehow always knew when Kat was struggling internally over what was happening between them and he would make sure to express what he was truly feeling about her so as to leave no doubt. It was clear from the start of their marriage that this was going to turn into something everlasting.

Both Dan and Kat have deep rooted insecurities about relationships and added on top of that for Kat is her inability to be intimate which stems from her wild teenage years. Their pasts and dysfunctional families played a huge part. While they try to navigate through their new life as a married couple and deal with issues that affect their relationship, there are also multiple outside threats that they have to contend with that make up the action and intrigue portion of the story.

Here are my overall ratings:

Hero: 5+++++
Heroine: 5
Plot: 5
Angst: 4
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Heros & Heroine: 5

MARRIAGE OF INCONVENIENCE is currently available. This was such a fantastic book! I hope that you’ll add this one to your TBRs if you haven’t already! If you’ve never read Penny Reid, I honestly can say you’re doing yourselves an injustice!

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1,804 reviews2,158 followers
March 6, 2018
4 stars

“This isn’t a movie. Sorry, but I do not believe people just get married to protect themselves from greedy family members’ nefarious scheming.”

When her pharma-bro cousin tries to take legal action over her life, Kat must turn to a friend for marriage right away to escape his evil grasp. When she asks her friend Dan, he’s happy to help her with her situation.

I wish I could say more than that, but anything else is much too spoilery.

“It doesn’t seem fair. I’m asking so much of you, and you get nothing out of this.”

This is the book that all of Penny Reid’s fans have been waiting for and it’s here! There were swoony parts, funny parts, sexy parts and frustrating parts. But it all made up an excellent romance novel that many readers will thoroughly enjoy.

I liked that we finally got to see Kat and Dan’s perspective, after so many books before where we saw the perspectives of the other characters in the Knitting series. I think this book did a good job of clarifying what took so long for these two to get moving with their romance (I mean seriously it was like a 3 year slow burn or something).

I really liked Kat as a heroine, she’s not perfect and while she strives to be, she also knows she’s made mistakes and tried to own up for them along the way. Because of her past some things aren’t what she’s used to but with a little love that could all change. Dan was a great hero, with all the handsome and broody aspects he was there for Kat and was exactly what she needed.

I do wish this book had been a tad bit angstier, but that’s just me and my angst whore preferences. Reid is excellent at dishing out the angst and I had my spoon ready to eat it up. There were also parts of the book where I couldn’t tell if some things the characters said were their own opinions and not the author’s opinion, and that took me out of the story a bit. It felt a little preachy and that’s not something I enjoy in my romance/escape reading.

Overall a really solid novel and as I said before I think all of Penny Reid’s fans will love this story. Now I just have to impatiently wait until Billy’s novel in the Winston Brothers series is here!

“Trust me that I want every part of you.”
“What if parts of me are messy? Or ugly?”
“Parts of you are ugly and messy. I still want you. I want the ugly and the beautiful and everything in between. You don’t pick and choose the parts of a person you want.”

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. All/any quotes in this review came from an advance unedited copy and may be subject to change in the final product.

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793 reviews869 followers
March 27, 2018



And it's a wrap. With Marriage of Inconvenience Penny Reid brings her Knitting in the City series full circle. I wanted to see Dan's story when he first appeared in Neanderthal Seeks Human, riding the elevator with Janie, telling her "You're very big." Yup, that was all it took for me. Over the course of the series it became a forgone conclusion who Dan would end up with and finally, FINALLY we have Kat and Dan's story in our hands.

One word about Scenes in the Hallway: This short story isn't essential in order to read Marriage of Inconvenience but it gives you insight into Kat and Dan's history - you could say it's the prologue to MOI.

Kat has always been the quiet one in the knitting group. I never really got a good read on her, only that she was shy, loyal, sweet and was pining for Dan, the security man. She believes that Dan doesn't have a romantic interest in her so when finds herself being in a bind that involves her douchebag of a cousin he is the person Kat goes to for help.
But I'd never felt the shitty feeling in my chest until I met Kat Tanner. Like I couldn't draw a full breath when she was around. Actually, scratch that. I couldn't draw a full breath sometimes when I simply thought about her.

The handsome security guy doesn't bat an eye - he gives the puzzle presented to him serious thought and comes up with a solution. And ladies, this is the essence of Dan. He is super-smart, patient and a good, GOOD man. He's witty, tender, hot and and swears like a sailor, just how I like them. And it wouldn't be Dan if he wasn't the baddest of badasses. The speech he gave Kat's cousin was epic. I also adored how much he loved his mother, who by the way is one of my all-time favorite moms of a main character.

Kat has been through a lot and knows that actions have consequences so this is how she lives her life - controlled, always with an eye on possible fallout if a situation goes awry. She isn't very good at relaxing and lives a lot in her head. Dan's gentle, easy-going and patient personality is perfect for her. I loved that he coaxed her out of her shell and in the end, even though she still dwelled on the ramifications when she acted spontaneously or intuitively it never became a big deal again.
“Parts of you are ugly and messy. I still want you. I want the ugly and the beautiful and everything in between. You don’t pick and choose the parts of a person you want. Shit, I’m the ugliest fucker I know, and I want to give it all to you.”

As a couple they communicated really well after they cleared any misunderstanding. I loved how into each other they were, they loved the other ones imperfections and singularity. There was no doubt that they were crazy about each other. I loved them so much together. Were there frustrating parts? Sure - saying that this story is a slow burn is a huge understatement but there is a reason for it and I loved how the author approached it.

I loved her so fucking much, part of me thought maybe I wouldn’t be able to last another ten minutes without her in my arms. My heart would give out. I’d die. BAM. Kaput. The end.

Penny Reid doesn't write run-of-the-mill characters. They are always unique with adorable, endearing quirks, intelligent and generally good people. As a reader you wish they were real so that you could be friends with them. I'd so sit in their knitting group if they were.

The chapters in this author's books always start with either a quote or a fact that helps to deepen the reader's comprehension of the story. The scientist in me loves that and Marriage of Inconvenience stays true to this concept. If you are wondering if this can be read as a standalone...I actually think you can but you will end up cursing yourself that you didn't read the previous books in this series just because it's so good.

Ms Reid gives us the chance to say goodbye to all of the characters we have come to love. All of them are there with support and advice if any of their friends need it and you know that no matter where life takes them, they will always be in each others' lives.
“This man, does his name rhyme with fan?”
I laughed, rubbing my forehead. “I can’t tell you.”
“Will you tell me if it rhymes with pan?”
I laughed harder, but chided, “Sandra. I can’t tell you.”
“Hmm.” She looked like she was trying not to smile, her green eyes bright and happy. “Okay, fine. You’re not going to tell me. Fine. So, this man, let’s call him Dan—”

Marriage of Inconvenience is a worthy and beautiful conclusion to the Knitting in the City series. It is heavy with Penny Reid's signature quirky humor, has a smart story line and emotionally charged. So now it's time for me to let go Janie and Quinn, Elizabeth and Nico, Sandra and Alex , Ashley and Drew, Fiona and Greg, Marie and Matt and finally, Kat and Dan. I'm pretty sure we'll see them pop up in other books by this author...and thank God for re-reads.
“I’m in love with you. You’re my fucking—fucking sunshine. My goddamn everything. You’re the center of my whole fucking universe. I’d give up swearing for you, I swear. If you asked, I’d never say the word fuck ever again, that’s how much I love you. I love you more than fuck, so that’s a whole-fuckavalot.”

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662 reviews2,411 followers
March 6, 2018

➦I just want to say that I will never, ever, ever, ever get tired of marriage arrangement tropes. And if one of my favorite authors decides to write such story? Well, you betcha I'll be reading the heck out of it.

➦Dan, the security man.

➦Thank you, but I can't take credit. So anyway. The heroine is very rich. We're talking truckloads here, people. She can wipe her butt with money type of rich.

➦But she has le problem. And that problem is her weasel of a cousin. Who, check this, wants to claim her mentally unstable and adopt her.

➦Because money. He then gets all of hers. Evil douche. She must then find a husband, like ASAP. Because, legal stuff. Who is she gonna pick? How about Dan the security man, who she has been salivating over for a long long long time?

➦I really enjoyed the writing and the characters in this one. There were a lot of interesting issues brought up here, and I always appreciate this about Penny Reid's books. They make you stop and think a little bit. On top of it it was very entertaining and really steamy at times. It did feel a tad too long, probably just me though. I recommend this to anyone who likes arranged marriage tropes and reads that are full of humor, steam and a bit of suspense!

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1,447 reviews1,158 followers
May 12, 2020
Kit-Kat marries Dan, Dan, The Security Man

Listening to Marriage of Inconvenience was everything I hoped for and more. I needed the connection to these Knitting in the City characters and a reminder of how much joy they bring me. The narration was done extremely well and portrayed the characters exactly how I imagined they would sound.

I want to revisit this lovable bunch again, especially after 'hearing' them.


I feel the need, the need for knitting…

Fasten your seatbelts my lovelies, this is going to be a long and rambling review...

I’m going to start knitting…soon…ish. Every time I read an instalment of Knitting in the City, I have an overwhelming desire to go shopping and buy yarn and needles. I haven’t knitted anything since I was a kid but I sort of remember what’s involved, I just can’t remember how to start. What I need to do, is find someone who can start me off and then I’ll be right. Oh, and I’d also have to wait until Winter. It’s stinking hot at the moment, and while knitting (the action) is appealing, any fondling of yarn or wool, makes my skin crawl.

Anyways, I absolutely LOVED Marriage of Inconvenience. This series is amazing and each instalment leaves me with a giddy high. Penny Reid has an amazing ability to tuck you into the fold and make you feel like you’re a part of the Tuesday night Knit Gang. These women are so different but managed to create a loving family with each other. They’re smart, courageous and loving…with extremely good taste in men. Oh boy, I love the hubbies. Again, they’re so different but manage to connect with each other as if they’ve been mates their whole lives. I loved this bunch as a family, where loyalty, love and support is a given, no questions asked.

Kat wasn’t at all what I was expecting. It was hard to put the meek and sweet Kat in the shoes of a multi-BILLIONAIRE. She has more money than I can even imagine and doesn’t act like it at all. Kat is a complex character, and I really struggle to describe her and do her justice. At times she seems weak and at other times seems incredibly strong. Her burdens have been numerous, and she’s lived a life far removed from the luxurious and extravagant lifestyle I imagined.

I can't believe Kat works a normal job. I don’t know about you, but if I were a billionaire, I would NOT be running out to get myself a 9 to 5 job. Sure, I understand that Kat’s choices have been as a result of her teenage years and the fallout of her bad decisions. I felt that her life would have been so different if she’d had a loving and stable upbringing. I grew to admire Kat as the story went on. Her struggles are at times overwhelming, and I think she handled herself as well as could be expected. Lucky for Kat, she has friends that make up for her family.

Holy shamoly, I am so glad that Dan, The Security Man, has finally got his HEA. I’ve known him for a while and with each catch-up, I grew to love him more and more. He’s rough around the edges, swears like a trooper but has the biggest heart around. His dedication to his family and Quinn (who is practically family) is amazing. I love men like him and I’m glad that Kat and Dan found their happiness together.

Marriage of Inconvenience was not an easy tale to read and at times my heart broke for Kat and Dan. Kat’s family, the security risks of being a billionaire heiress and the obligations attached to running a pharmaceutical empire, makes her fortune less desirable. Dan’s life at times looks perfect, and while hectic to the point of exhaustion, seems equally fulfilling. His pain is connected to his family. Seamus, as an older brother, should have been someone to look up to and admire. Unfortunately, his greed has put Dan in danger one too many times.

As with all Penny Reid stories, it was so very interesting. I’m not sure if all the little facts at the beginning of each chapter were 100% accurate (I kind of wish authors would put a disclaimer at the beginning of stories…at the time of publishing, these titbits were accurate.), but they were fascinating. We get to learn a little about the Pharmaceuticals Industry (which is Kat’s world) and the legal ramifications of patents, funding and various Janie kind of facts.

There were so many parts of this story that had my heart beating double time. Seamus (Dan’s dodgy brother) made my head explode. Douchewaffle status goes to Kat’s cousin, Caleb. He is a horrible man and I wanted to reach into the book and give him a knuckle sandwich. Dan was swoon-worthy and so very sweet which made my heart flutter. Kat has vulnerabilities, but she is trying so hard to be stronger, you can’t help but admire her. All of the Knit Gang and their partners are fantastic and I loved that everyone had a part to play in making Kat’s world better.

Honestly, this series is remarkable. There is no way you could get through the series without feeling a connection to one or more of the characters. Each character has their own vulnerability but strives to conquer their fear/anger/frustration/sadness. Luckily, with a family like the Knit Gang, you will always have a listening ear and a helping hand ready and available.

If you haven’t started this series, get to it. You will thank me…and Penny Reid, at the end.

Stacey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.
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633 reviews454 followers
March 18, 2018
+5 stars

I don't think any review I write will do this book any justice. For that matter, I doubt any of my reviews do Penny Reid's books justice. So instead of analysing or doing a step by step of the plot, I'm just saying read it. Read the series! Give it a chance, stick through the first book and you will slowly but surely fall in love with the writing, the plots and the characters.

My only regret is that this series is now at an end. I shall live off the re-reads until the next book and series by this fantastic author.

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1,772 reviews444 followers
October 28, 2022
A Marriage of Inconvenience with the possibility of more? Sure. Count me in. A Marriage of inconvenience skillfully crafted with engaging characters, a fresh spin to the trope, and a wonderful blend of wit, sexual tension and heartfelt moments that will make it impossible for you to put your eReader down? ABSOLUTELY!

Kat Tanner is a reluctant heiress. She would have liked to cut all strings to her family, but now it seems that in order to circumvent certain disaster she is in dire need of a husband. Someone who can be trusted and won’t want emotional entanglements. And the only man who fits the bill is Dan the security man who she has a crush on. Thinking that a business proposition with defined expectations would suit the seemingly indifferent man best, Kat takes the plunge hoping her heart will survive. What would she do though if she had it wrong and Dan is interested?

As with all beloved series, the ending is bittersweet. We want to see everyone happily ride into the sunset while wishing the series would keep on going, but without a doubt the overriding emotion was joyful excitement over getting to know a couple whose story has been in the making for a long time. I enjoyed every single beautifully strung word and was pleased and satisfied with this last chapter in the Knitting in the City Series.

Reid pens a fascinating and delightful romance that vibrates with humor, drama and a whole lot of wonderful friendship from the loveable knitters and their respective partners. The antics, camaraderie and loyalty between the ladies will make you want to be part of their close knit tribe.

The chemistry between Kat and Dan is appealing, full of warmth and enhanced by Reid’s brilliant plotting and character development which gives us two seemingly different individuals with different backgrounds and equally dissimilar struggles but who complement one another perfectly. I loved Kat’s journey of self-discovery and hers and Dan’s heart melting romance.

There were so many incredible moments and the best aren’t restricted to the romantic portions. Besides the aforementioned knitting sisterhood there’s also Penny’s ability to educate while entertaining. I always appreciate the snippets of information included in the epigraphs as related to the story. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

Marriage of Inconvenience is standalone contemporary romance by Penny Reid. T told from both points of view with lots of cursing and happily ever after that will leave you delighted. A must read for any romantic comedy lover.

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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. *

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3,147 reviews1,899 followers
March 21, 2018
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Marriage of Inconvenience is the seventh installment of Penny Reid's Knitting in the City series, but can absolutely be read as a standalone. But if you have read the previous books than you will remember Kat as being the quiet one of the group that. I actually wasn't too sure what to think of her character and I didn't know how her own story would go.

Getting to dig deeper into her character showed us a very strong character, though. Even at times when Kat was being her usual reserved self there was still this edge of power in her personality and I loved getting to see that side to her. I think what I liked most was that she still had her moments where she let the anxiety creep in and was unsure of herself but she would always come out ahead of her fears. She also had many quirks, like her love of cheese, but those things are what I found endearing about her.

There were a lot of awkward moments between Kat and Dan that had me cracking up and made me love both of them even more. Dan was a bit reserved just like Kat but he didn't have such a hard time opening up and I thought it was interesting to get and see him try and break down Kat's walls. Both of them were ridiculously stubborn and refused to see what was right in front of them, but it had me captivated and I couldn't wait to see them figure out they were perfect together.

I'm sad to see my favorite group of knitters come to an end but I will still hold out hope that there will be more to come from Dan's brother. This series is hugely recommended and I think any reader will easily fall in love with this eclectic group of characters.

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2,645 reviews3,215 followers
November 9, 2018
5 Dan The Security Man and Kit Kat Perfection Stars
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2018 Best Romance Semifinal Round Nominee
I have been so fortunate to have read many of these Semifinalists. If this review helps in deciding your voting choice, then I have done my job. Happy Reading

I have a confession to make... I came to the Penny Reid Lovefest late...My first read of Knitting in the City series was with Love Hacked. Yes, I entered the 3rd entry and fell hard! I was so taken by the series and author that I made a total fool of myself when Penny happened to have been at a signing event right after I had reviewed the book. She was gracious and delightful even after my verbally fangirling her. The takeaway from all of this was Penny Reid was equally as smart and witty as her writing.


Here we are with the long-awaited book for Kat and Dan. It also seems to be the last of the series...and the way Reid worked this was stellar. She addressed the feelings of the readers with all of the knitting group acknowledging times are changing... and their concerns of what it will mean for all of them. During this entire tale... every point and concern was addressed...and all of it felt real and organic.

So Dan and Kat have been under different impressions about each other due to comments said two years ago in Las Vegas. Kat has had a huge crush on Dan... and what he said in Vegas hurt her feelings and made her think he was judging her.

Dan, on the other hand, heard Kat telling him how she sees relationships which were so not how Dan sees what he wants in one. This causes both of them to behave in a specific way for the past 2 years. She, trying to avoid him and he, not getting why but at the same time...wanting her.

Each in their own headspace about each other.... and each with their own reasons for feeling exactly the same; they are not good enough for each other due to either status, past or any number of headspace reasons. Both Dan and Kat have the want and need for each other...but both don't realize it is mutual.

Now we have Kat in a huge quandary. It seems her family and its complications has reared its ugly head causing Kat to be in the "between rock and hard place". It seems Kat is heir to one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. She has lived a life away from all of the money and power...wanting to be as "normal" as she could. Her childhood was troubled as her mother was stricken with mental illness. This caused the father to watch Kat and monitor everything... thinking his daughter would be like the mother.

Imagine having no parents who loved you for you...having parents who were either there next to you but never saw you...or a father who was capable to be the parent but so cut off there was no There, There...What is left is a teen looking for attention any way she can...and not always making the right decisions...

Kat took a walk down a dark road for a time but was able to turn everything around. She works hard to make good choices, is a dear friend to those who know her and is even learning everything she can about the family business for it is only a matter of time when she will have to step up and run it. Her father has been seriously ill with Alzheimer's and when he passes, all of his shares will go to her.

But not if her disgusting cousin has anything to do with it. He has been plotting and scheming. He has a plan which will destroy everything Kat has worked so hard for...and it seems the only way to block him and keep her shares safe is to get married.

Dan, Kat's object of desire, has no problem stepping up and saying yes. In fact, he is thrilled and keeping his feelings for Kat on the down low will be hard but he is up for the task.

Now in any other author's hands, this scenario would be the standard fare with everything just falling into place and with an HEA, done...

But when reading Reid, know nothing is just as it seems. We get a full romance within the romance for these two...every hand touching or breath on the neck causes a reaction for Kat...and she is working hard to not get overwhelmed by her reaction to Dan. And Dan... crazy about Kat is so considerate and caring ... it just is the best. These are two star-crossed lovers who have been under a misconception... and when they finally work things out... Oh, Brother...Let the Yummy times roll.

This book had everything you have come to expect from Reid... Swoony Love, Intelligent conversations and insight on topical events to understanding Human Psychology. All of it is treated in a way to enhance and yes, educate, too.

We also get all of the back stories for Dan and Kat. We are able to understand clearly why they are who they are. Seeing all Kat went through ... it is remarkable as to how incredibly strong she is. And Dan...Loved his Mom and the family...I would like an order of Dan to go, please...Just for me.

And never fear, all of our beloved members of the Knitting Group are here. We see them a bit more settled and mature...with babies coming and concerns about everyone holding the friendships together. Just like in Real Life...

As you can tell...I was in love with this book from the start...because every time I read one of Reid's books, it is like meeting up with dear friends, having drink or lunch and hearing about what has happened since you saw each other. There is a warmth and comfort... a sincere interest to know what has been happening and then the joy of the telling...Reading Reid is as close as it gets to having the Real Life experience. That is how accomplished Reid is...these characters pass the cardboard test and pulse with reality running through them.

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~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~
So Excited to have this in my hot little hands...
Will have to put EVERYTHING on a back Burner...
Come On, It's Penny Reid for Goodness sake!

We Have Been Waiting...
Yes, Waiting...

We had a Tease... A Hint...
That Something Big had happened between Kathleen Tyson and Dan O’Malley...

And Now We Know...

Ah, But Best Laid Plans do not always turn out the way They Were Planned...
And Aren't We Lucky to be In On IT!

Marriage of Inconvenience (Knitting in the City, #7)-March 6th 2018

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1,017 reviews54 followers
March 10, 2018
This is prolly the worst book I’ve read from PR.

- book was too long
- too convoluted, too many things going on
- H/h had so many issues and misunderstandings
- H/h didn’t make love until around 90% of a long-ass book
- Where’s the romance?! I couldn’t believe the romance, there was no spark between the H/h.

This would have benefited from more editing and removing / simplifying some side plots. The writing was boring AF.
September 2, 2018
UPDATE 28/7/16


I need this book. I need it a year and a half ago, not in a year and a half.



Well, in October 2017. STILL, we're getting there.

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March 26, 2022
I have so been waiting for Kat and Dan’s story. Kat is the heiress to a pharmaceutical fortune, and Dan is a former felon and gang member, now security guard and business partner with Quinn. This had a really fun plot with Kat’s crazy cousin trying to take over the company and have her committed, so Kat needed to find someone to marry on the quick, finally nudging her and Dan together after years of waffling. I completely enjoyed the scenes with the crazy cousin!
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March 6, 2018

Title: Marriage of Inconvenience
Series: Knitting in the City #7
Author: Penny Reid
Release date: March 6th, 2018
Cliffhanger: No

Delayed gratification: maybe you're not a fan of it. Maybe you don't like the waiting so much, and in the end, that gratification is not quite as pleasurable as you had anticipated. The crash and burn can be painful, so you avoid it like the plague. This book is pretty much the definition of that phrase. To say that readers of this series wanted Kat and Dan's book written is like saying that the discovery of the DNA structure is a pretty decent scientific find. We were practically foaming at the mouth in our rabid impatience to get our hands on their book. And folks? Put your worries to rest, because Dan the security man and Kit-Kat lived up to every bit of their promise.

Kat has always been the most quiet and reserved woman of the group. I was happily surprised when her quirky personality unfurled-she was endearing from the first page. Cheese is her drug of choice, and she uses it to self-medicate her anxiety away. She hiccups when she's nervous. Not in a cute little peep...no, this was something else entirely. I actually laughed out loud at her mortification over her stress hiccups.

My hiccups sounded like a shrill gasp if I wasn’t careful to keep my mouth closed. A few people eyeballed me as I walked, as though attempting to determine if I were in distress or just a weirdo making truncated shrieking sounds.

The reason for Kat's subdued personality comes out, and it all made perfect sense. As the heiress to the largest privately held pharmaceutical fortune in the world, she was worth billions. When you have that much money, it's a lonely position to be in. Kat had a completely dysfunctional childhood with one mentally ill parent, and another who either didn't acknowledge her existence, or show her any love or acceptance. But she never cried 'poor little rich girl.' She began a downward spiral, years of dangerous rebellion, and self harm. She didn't have any positive reinforcement, no one there who encouraged her, or helped guide her in the right direction. But she lays the blame entirely on her own shoulders, and the shame and feelings of unworthiness eat her alive. She internalizes everything and that is probably one reason for the mysterious Big Misunderstanding.

If it weren't for that night in Vegas, she could have avoided the uncomfortable awkwardness that her relationship evolved into with Dan. Her stubborn avoidance of the man who stars in every one of her fantasies frustrates him to no end. The poor man has been besotted with her for years, but even after their disastrous night, he can't get her out of his mind. I think this is what makes their chemistry so enticing. That pull they have towards one another creates some of the most delicious friction and tension.

I leaned closer again. “Dan.” He tilted his head to the side, saying, “Kit-Kat,” and a tiny shiver raced down my spine. He’d lowered his voice to the naughty-secret level.

It takes a moment of desperation to reach out to Dan for help, and he grabs his shot with both hands without hesitation. How can I explain how much I loved his instant eagerness to help her, no questions asked?? Penny Reid excels at creating heroes with charm and charisma, and Daniel O’Malley is no exception.

He's coarse, rough around the edges, but with a soft side that is so devilishly sweet. One thing I particularly loved about him was how devoted he was to his mother. Devoted, yet at the same time completely terrified of her wrath. How cute is that? He's also very intuitive, and doesn't let Kat hide away from him like she's used to doing with the rest of the world. He peels back her protective outer layers, and reveals the woman that she hadn't felt worthy enough to expose.

Instead of running scared, he's drawn in even more deeply than before. Their relationship is anything but conventional, they're essentially dating after they get married, and learning each other's faults and eccentricities. But not only does he accept her issues, he vows to help her navigate through them and heal. Suddenly their fake marriage is becoming more than words on a piece of paper. They're both in deep, and sorting their feelings while navigating her crisis with Caleb isn't making it easy on them.

Fuck me, but I could drown in her eyes. It wasn’t just that they were gorgeous, it was everything behind them—the smarts, the goodness, the toughness, the compassion—and they made me stupid when we were this close.

There were moments when you just wanted to grab the back of their heads and smoosh them together. Kiss, you stubborn kids!! Then tie them together and make them talk out all of their fears and concerns until they got it right. Lust is often confused with love in many relationships, but with Kat and Dan, gratitude was what drove a wedge between them and caused doubt. Based on the mistakes of his father, Dan was hypersensitive and too quick to distrust in order to avoid repeating history. But in doing so, he could demolish the progress they made together if he can't see the truth in front of him.

The Knitting in the City series started its journey five years ago. I have read each and every full length novel in order, and looked forward to the next with impatient giddiness. Coming to the end of the road with these beloved characters is definitely bittersweet, but oh, how it hurt so good. I'm not going to lie, I got a little emotional facing the fact that this would be the final couple in the series. However, getting to know Dan's brother a little better, I have to wonder if he'll be getting his own book. Can I be the first in line to beg for that? I'll make sure we form a neat and orderly line. There's much more to him than we all previously thought, let's just say that. And that epilogue had me dreaming of a spin off series...but that could just be my inability to say goodbye rearing its head. To sum things up: READ THIS BOOK!! But you probably don't need me to tell you that.


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2,434 reviews4,563 followers
March 7, 2018
❤️4 stars❤️

Such a beautiful story!I loved it and I adored Dan , who is the main reason why I like this story a lot!This man *sigh* he stole my heart!!I fall in love with him slowly and I loved him hard!Marriage of Inconvenience was a heartwarming, smart,romantic and sweet.


It was a long time since I felt like that for a hero, Dan has everything I needed and even more!He is protective, funny and sweet.Kat is a strong heroine but I had to say I couldn't immediately connect with her and probably this is the reason why it wasn't a 5 stars like all the books I have read so far from Penny.I enjoyed the romance it was slow burn and they have some really intense moments!

Overall, it was a great story that I would definitely re-read it!Dan is my new book boyfriend!!


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2,494 reviews1,208 followers
April 22, 2019
4.5 "I'm in love with Dan the security man" stars!!

There were so many things to love about this story. I’ve seen bits and pieces of this romance throughout this series that teased the heck out of me and I was happy to have some of my questions answered and to witness this love story unfold.

Dan was my absolute favorite. He was just so freaking real. He was brutally honest, humble, kind-hearted, open-minded, generous, and incredibly alpha without being overwhelming. Even when he struggled to be patient and battled his irritability, he was endearing. He won my heart easily, right from the start. But then, I always liked Dan, although he spent much too long in my peripherals. LOVED HIM!! 💜💜💜

Kat was a little harder to warm up to. I didn’t dislike the woman (okay, I kinda did), but she didn’t bring out the best in me. By the end, she grew on me. She had a lot of issues and considering her upbringing, I respected her for facing each challenge she faced head on. She was ultimately a sweet person with a few quirks, but I found her to be perfect for Dan. Due to a misunderstanding, these two almost lost their chance at forever. Unfortunately, Kat has a problem with communicating like a grown up lol. I’m just glad these two finally opened up to each other and gave this author the opportunity to create their beautiful love story.

This book was full of romance, laughs, family, hope, friendship, and so much love. There were certainly some hiccups along the way, but both Dan and Kat dealt with each hurdle with humor, calm heads, and agility. And even if that isn’t enough to make you run out or one-click to get this book, the epilogue alone was truly amazing and not to be missed!!

Release: 03.06.2018 | Romantic Comedy | Dual POV - 1st person | Heat: 3 | Standalone - Knitting in the City #7

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932 reviews440 followers
April 3, 2018
Marriage of Inconvenience live

The Knitting in the City series is officially over (insert ugly cry) and what a sendoff. Marriage of Inconvenience is all kinds of wonderful.

We’ve seen aspects of Kat’s personality in previous books through the eyes of the other ladies in the knitting circle. Side note: May I just say how much I adore this diverse group of loyal friends? Anyway, it was delightful to get to know her fully. I really admired Kat’s ability to be strong and determined, even in the face of her insecurities.

I’m in love with a man. Some refer to him as Dan the Security Man. I call him Mine. He’s so freaking funny, protective, and devoted. His little internal monologues are wildly entertaining, and his patient support of Kat makes him even more irresistible. Dan was the main cause of my perma-smile while reading the book.

Dan’s family members are key players in the plot. His relationship with them is alternately humorous, loving, and tense, and I enjoyed the many layers. Dan’s guilt tripping mother, Eleanor, and his loser brother, Seamus, are especially lively.

Don’t expect immediate gratification in regards to Kat and Dan’s romance. The smolder is there from the start, but the flame is wonderfully slow—just the way I like it.

The epilogue reunites all the characters from the previous books and is extremely satisfying. It is a fitting conclusion that embodies all the affection and hilarity that are hallmarks of this winning series. I’m giving a standing ovation to Penny Reid for making me one happy reader.

Recommended for fans of:
Hot security men

Full review on the blog!

* I received an early copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion. *
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3,023 reviews1,741 followers
March 9, 2018
Favorite Quotes:

They have this turkey sub with stuffing and cranberry sauce. It’s like Thanksgiving in a sandwich, but without the additional seasoning of my drunk uncle Zip’s politics, or my sister Cathy’s failed attempts at pumpkin pie. The woman never met a recipe she didn’t want to ruin by making it vegan. What the fuck is almond milk? They don’t call it ‘nut juice’ but that’s exactly what it is.

My stomach colluded with my heart to switch places because—if my brain could be trusted—it looked like he was giving me the sexy eyes.

He doesn’t scare me. He’s older than both of us, but he looks like the sort that still trips over his umbilical cord, you know? Needs everything spelled out with alphabet soup, doesn’t get the picture unless it’s finger-painted.

Her tone was so salty, it made me thirsty.

I stared at Dan, my lips parting in wonder. He’d just used some variation of the F-word as a noun, verb, adverb, and adjective all in one sentence. I didn’t know whether to be mortified or impressed.

I frowned, my mood shifting suddenly because, who would name their dog Bark Wahlberg? Only the funniest, cleverest, most amazing man in the world, that’s who.

He’ll be back. He’s like my mailman… He always comes back and brings bad news.

My Review:

I loved every word of this cleverly written and highly amusing book. Over five hundred pages of delightfully arranged words and I would covet five hundred more of the same. I adored this smart, quirky, and enticing group of characters and could never tire of reading of their antics, shenanigans, and perilous adventures. The cheese-loving heiress Kat was advised to quickly find herself married to prevent her sinister and nefarious cousin (AKA Tiny Satan) from gaining control of her treasure chest of assets and family’s business empire by appointing himself as her guardian and having her committed. Enter Dan the sexy security man - foul-mouthed, expletive-spewing, creative cussing, bawdy talking Dan; who was excellence personified and my new BBF. Written from my favorite dual POV, this book was complete perfection. Humor, a sweet romance, danger, an original and well-crafted plot, and top-notch writing - all in one place. There was nothing more I could have asked for. I treasure and idolize the Divine Penny Reid whose prose had me Googling the Five Knuckle Shuffle. I am always excited about learning new things ;)
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2,379 reviews375 followers
March 6, 2018
I feel a bit overwhelmed having to review this book, probably because the culmination of this book, the series even, has overwhelmed me, most wonderfully. I cannot believe it’s over but I couldn’t be more content, more satisfied and fuzzy with feelings. I have pages and pages of highlights on my kindle of fantastic narrative, dialogue and words that either hit me in the gut or exasperated my husband with the incessant snorting.

Dan and Kit-Kat were everything I hoped and dreamed of, considering I’ve been invested in these two since the first book. This is the ONLY series of interconnected characters where I have truly felt each one is better than the last, knowing they’re all actually as good as one another. This couple hit the whole pretend-marriage, slow-burn, friends-to-more themes with beautiful, bubbling chemistry. I lived for their dialogue, banter, awkwardness and heart in the words.

Dan was the epitome of a real, flawed but genuine guy, swoony and dashing all rolled in up a fine suit. His gutter mouth was just delightful to me and this was one of sources of hilarity for me.

“I swear, this woman. My heart was beating a million miles a minute. She clearly had no idea the kind of power she had over me. Or maybe she did, and this torture was on purpose.”

Kat had such character growth from awkward, cheese-loving, self-deprecating quietness to something ....well, I’ll leave you to read what becomes of Kat. Suffice it to say, I admired her hugely and I cheered her silently in my mind from start to finish. Her issues provided a great story both in relationship terms and general storyline too.

“Dan is cheese.”

The side characters were rich, Caleb, Eugene and Eleanor made this book and story so absorbing, in addition to the main characters. The knitting crew featured throughout and this made the story ‘whole’ to me, an underlining and finishing of the series where I felt as if I touched base with each couple. I AM CONTENT. The epilogue made me gush a few happy tears.

“As was my habit, I checked their hands for knitting needles and tequila bottles, which seemed to be their weapons of choice when faced with goons.

I must make note in my review of how mental illness was addressed in this book. Penny Reid dealt with this both knowledgeably and respectfully. I particularly appreciated the narrative regarding labelling of disease.

Penny Reid’s writing was as ever, intelligent, well researched, funny and yet easy to get lost in. This is one of my favourite all-time series and I admire her writing style and talent so much. Fan girl for life.

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

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March 6, 2018
That's it. It's over. No more Knitting in the City folks. Hard to believe this day has come but what a way to go.

If this shitty feeling is love, I'm going to be so pissed.

MARRIAGE OF INCONVENIENCE has been a highly anticipated read for many of us for a long time -- ever since the Vegas Incident -- and I am happy to report that it does not disappoint. Oh, and I also have a new favourite book-boyfriend from this series. Or maybe he ties with Alex. Hard to say. But Dan.. oh man. Dan Dan the Security Man was.. everything.

Yes, I know I'm a thirty-something guy who is afraid of his mom's wrath. In my humble opinion, I believe that means she raised me right.

If you're already a fan of this series you probably don't need a reason to read this book. And if you aren't.. why are you starting here? Come back and see me after your catch-up binge. That being said, the premise surrounding book seven in this series involves Kat's secret identity, a fake-marriage plot, and the man (Dan, he's the man!) who saves the day by marrying her.

We'd been on the sidelines of each other's lives for years, and now -- quite suddenly -- we were on the same field together, playing as teammates.

As we've come to expect from this series, things aren't all that straightforward for these knitters & co. I don't want to reveal too much, because so much of the fun is in the unexpected directions Reid goes in or, rather, how everything falls in to place along the way. Not to mention how everyone has a role to play, a piece to contribute, and that made it very Team Knitting vs Bad Guy and I loved that rounded feel to it all. Especially perfect for a final book.

"Trust me."
"I do."
"Trust me that I want every part of you."

And speaking of those characters.. my goodness. Reid has been teasing us for months about Dan's potty mouth and those curses seriously fucking delivered. The hilarity, the verbal hijinks, the honest and charming horn-dog-ness of him.. just an utter delight. He's just the right amount of protective, he's totally uncompromising when it comes to what he wants, and he'll even play a little dirty to get it. But he's also a straight-shooter and after the initial misunderstanding that kept them apart, he's quick to make sure there are no repeats along the way. Though that doesn't mean there aren't some little miscommunications.. though, despite the wee bit of angsty confusion, they end up being totally hilarious. And the scenes with his mum? Just hysterical. I seriously loved Dan so so much.

"There's a difference between being honest with someone, and trying to drive someone away in the name of honesty."

Kat, on the other hand, was totally unexpected. She was so different from what we've thought her to be, with such a dreadful past, and her struggles were so real. At times, of course, frustrating but they were frustrating for her too. And it was always coming from a good, if uncertain or insecure, place. There was an added element to her interactions with Dan that I really enjoyed and yeah, that's all you're getting out of me, no spoiling it! But also, I loved the balance of these two -- the heiress and the ex-con -- and how beautifully they could take down their opponents with an un-choreographed verbal take down while sipping a cup of coffee.

"Knitting means never having to say you're sorry."

And of course, we couldn't have a Knitting in the City book without the other knitters. I fully expected to cry after coming to the final page of this book, especially after some of the earlier scenes that spoke of change, and I didn't. Why? Because Reid doesn't end on a sad note. She gives us our last glimpse of these ladies in exactly the way we ought to remember them.

"Sandra, no one wants to talk about being impaled via the rectum."

If you couldn't tell, I loved this one. One of my faves. It's going on the shelf.

4.75 "her tone was so salty, it made me thirsty" stars

** I voluntarily read an early copy of this book. Thank you!! **
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942 reviews573 followers
March 6, 2018
FIVE ~Dan Is Mine Stars*****

A lot of emotions I’m feeling right now with this book. First, excitement, because I’ve been wanting to read Kat and Dan’s story FOREVER , and let me tell you, it was even better than I could ever imagine. I’ve been a die-hard fan of this series since the first book came out and I’ve loved them all, a lot, but Marriage Of Inconvenience is truly my favorite, EVER!

The only way I can describe what this book meant to me is by saying it was, a total unicorn of a read, so special, so unique, so unbelievably amazing. Kat was a heroine like no other, and what I loved the most about her, were her flaws and insecurities, and she had a lot. But Dan with his love, patience and the most precious care started to peel every, single layer in what was the onion of Kat’s issues. Their relationship is the most beautiful, and even the most hilarious romance I’ve read in a long time. Penny simply outdid herself with this one, it was truly a spectacular read. (Insert fireworks)

So... Remember when the whole knitting gang went to Las Vegas, and tons of crazy things happened? We knew Kat and Dan “The Security Man” had shared a night together and that something has happened between them that nobody else knew. So in this book, we get the very juicy piece of information that explains what brought them together for a night and then push them apart for two years.

Kat, as it turns out, is the heiress of a Pharmaceutical empire. Her past is one she doesn’t often like to think or talk about, and her current mission in life is to overcome everything she once used to be. She has been preparing to take her place, and take charge of the family business but her heinous cousin is concocting an awful plan to take from Kat, was rightfully hers. Kat needs help, but she also has a crazy plan and lucky for her, Dan is the first in line to help her.

All the ladies in the Knitting In The City series feel like they are close friends of mine. I feel like we, as readers have gone through so much with these characters, and they are like a little fictional family. These ladies are always there for each other, each with their own special kind of love and talent and they just make each story, even more precious. The men too. At some point or another throughout the years, I’ve fantasized about either dating, marrying, or engaging in naughty panty parties with one or all of them at some point. But Dan takes the cake, he is hands down my absolute favorite. I love the way he talks, the way he looks, his hilarious humor; I especially love how he is still scared of his mom. I mean, I LOVED EVERY. SINGLE. THING about Dan. He is my da. Man, my Man!!!! Sigh!!! I could talk and think about him all day...

This book comes packed with a ton of laughter, tons of beautiful romance and a very healthy dose of sexy. This book will go down in my TBR history as the best book I could have read. I was having an unusually hard week and this romance made it all better. I kept having to go back and re-read my highlighted notes in order to relive all the beautiful emotions this book was giving me. I've actually decided to buy myself a hard copy to always carry it with me as a guide to help myself find happy when I most need it.

So do yourself a favor and give this book or any of the other previous books in this utterly awesome series. By the time you’ve read them all, you too will feel, like you have seven new crazy friends, that will stay with you forever...

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March 6, 2018
They say all good things must come to an end, but I was in blissful denial through my entire reading of Marriage of Inconvenience. I have grown to love this series and its eccentric storylines and characters, so saying goodbye is bittersweet – but HOLY MOLY what a phenomenal way to go out with a bang!

From the author who has informed us about everything from Bitcoin to artificial intelligence to international politics in this series, comes a foul-mouthed Bostonian with a heart of gold and a mild-mannered heroine who needs saving but isn’t exactly a damsel in distress.

Kat and Dan have been circling in each other’s orbit for much of the series, so seeing them come together was nothing short of AMAZING. Their story was everything I could have hoped and wished for, and a whole lot more. There’s smoldering-turned-scorching chemistry, scenes from the ever-supportive cast of quirky characters, super awesome security secrets, conniving family members you want to throw into a pit of misery, and a marriage of (in)convenience that turns into something so real and heartfelt, I may have shed a tear.

To sum it up in one word: it was perfection. From beginning to end (including the amazing epilogue set years into the future). If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I am a huge fan of ‘smart’ romances and the first author who comes to my mind is Penny Reid. She never ceases to amaze me with her ability to write a ‘uniquely Penny’ story peppered with science and sass. I for one can’t wait for her next release – and every single one after that!

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Author 69 books5,822 followers
March 6, 2018

Things you need to know about this book:

1. Kat likes cheese. A lot. In this, she is my kindred spirit and I love her.

2. Dan cusses. A lot. If you think Penny has been exaggerating in her warnings about this, SHE IS NOT.

3. You will laugh. You will growl. (Likely in frustration, but if it's for other reasons, no judgement. No judgement here.) This is a SLOW BURN ROMANCE. Just sit back and enjoy it.



My friends.

This is the last Knitting in the City book. Are you a little sad? Yeah, that's okay. I mean, it's sad to say goodbye to friends, even if they're pretend people. But also enjoy the fact that these books really last. They're very re-readable, so you never really have to say goodbye.


Dan and Kat have been a background low-burn tease in this series since the first book. So we've been waiting a while for this, and for me, this did not disappoint at all. I loved it. I really loved it. I knew I was going to love Kat not only because of the aforementioned cheese-love (which really can't be discounted, I have a near-French level relationship with cheese) but also because she was just SO low key. I mean, what was going on with her??? I needed to know! Lots of readers who love this series were waiting to find out what was going on with Fiona (who I also love) but I wasn't so much, because it was kind of obvious from the first knitting needle stabbing that Fiona was a secret-agent-ninja-badass or something. I mean... of course she was.

BUT KAT. I just knew there were some very very deep waters going on there, and there were and I don't want to say too much, but Kat stole my heart and I'm honestly a little jealous of Dan. But then again, I'm not a sexy, dirty-talking-beast of a Boston Irishman who's afraid of his mother (WHO IS AWESOME) so I get it, Kat.

I get it. (Get your man, my cheese-sister.)


Dan the Security Man and his Internal Monologue of Elegant Cussing also stole my heart. I am somewhat blasé about cussing (probably because I studied linguistics and recognize curse words to be a sociolinguistic construct). I mean, I'm not going to let my 12yo talk like Dan, but I will admit that I have a weakness for fictional men who like to let their vocabulary get dirty.

And Dan, my friends, has a way with the f-word. To borrow a phrase that Dan would appreciate, that man has made the f-word his bitch. He wields it like an artist wields a paintbrush to delightful and imaginative effect. I'm not going to quote him because that would push this review into the R-ratings and I'm not going there today. Needless to say, many of the laughs that scared my dogs were a result of Dan's creativity, and the name "Jimmy-Four-Balls" will never leave me.

So, two GREAT characters with undeniable chemistry take on Big Pharma and each other in a riot of hijinks, subterfuge, Irish and Jewish guilt, kidnappings, REVENGE! and poorly timed make-out sessions. I mean, how can it go wrong?

Verdict: Buy it. You won't be sorry.

P.S. If you haven't read any of the Knitting in the Series books, I do not suggest you start with this one. Any of the other ones you can start with and hop around, but this one really depends on prior series knowledge. Just go read Neanderthal Meets Human and get on that; it's a riot.
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March 6, 2018
Oh Dan ! The Man !
This is the long awaited story of Kat & Dan (The Security Man).
It's also the dreaded end (sniff sniff) conclusion of the Knitting in The City series.
In my opinion, Kat has remained the most mysterious of the heroines. Dan has been the most mysterious... least known of all the characters.
Now it's their turn!
This is 1st person dual POVs. Thank God!
Kat is from a very wealthy family. At the very beginning of the book, she finds out that she has to find a husband. She has to marry before a scoundrel cousin (Caleb) pushes her out of the way and steals her fortune.
The lead up to Kat approaching Dan is very funny. Nothing about this book is predictable.
Dan and Kat have "known" each other for 2 years or so. Do they REALLY know each other? More like Friends of friends (Janie & Quinn). Acquaintances.
There are sparks. Secret attractions ( they have the hots for each other). They wonder : Is it mutual?
Dan's from the other side of the tracks. Kat has been sheltered, but had a rebellion when she was a young girl. Now events have come to a head. Kat's an heiress to a mega corporation- a fortune.
She has to decide what she will do about it.
I loved reading about Dan's background. He's currently in business with Quinn. He's come a long way. Dan is tough as nails on the outside. He's wise, street smart. He's a big softy where Kat is concerned.
He got into some trouble when he was a kid in Boston. Dan's older brother Seamus was a very bad influence. I was warned. I should mention. Dan swears... a lot.
In the first half, I loved how much time was spent on their relationship building-whether they knew it or not. The second half had a lot of characters and change in plot direction.
Some of the scenes in Boston had a suspense element. Dan's goal is to keep Caleb from taking Kat's inheritance. There's some bad guys- besides (evil) cousin Caleb. Dan's mom Eleanor was very sweet to Kat. I loved Eleanor! Dan's brother Seamus was one bad seed. He was a grown man who behaved like an adolescent. I didn't like how much time was focused on him. Eleanor loved Seamus in spite of his conniving ways. Kat and Dan couldn't catch a break. Dan was smart to not trust Seamus. Or Caleb.
Dan is very sweet and devoted to Kat. She had a hard time believing it. Dan was extremely patient with her. This is definitely a slow burn romance.
I loved the parts with Kat & Dan's friends from the Knitting books. I wish that I could have more of them and less of Seamus & Caleb.
I had a lot of ahh moments and a lot of laughs too.
I was so happy to get my hands on this book. There is no way that I would miss it. Each of the knitting friends has a great story to tell. Each is so different, but they are there for each other.
I received an ARC of the book. My review is my own opinion. 4.25 stars
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858 reviews1,730 followers
March 17, 2018
"You’re going to bend, and so am I. We’re going to compromise, negotiate, and distract each other. Being together means our priorities are going to change. That’s what happens when you make space for another person. Comfort zones will be stretched."

Ms. Penny Reid has written story for every member of knitting group and I don't know how I will ever get over these characters when they all are having their happily ever after. Whenever I finish a KIC book, i feel so hollow and long to have friends like Jenny, Elizabeth, Sandra, Ashley, Fiona, Marie, and Kat. They all are so unique and stick together, no matter what comes knocking on the door.

Kat and Daniel have known each other for a long time but due to a misunderstanding they did not get together. They secretly are in love with each other but not ready accept it, so when fate brings them together they pounce on this opportunity to see if things will work out for them.

Just like other KIC books this one was also a laughing riot. We see the frustration, desperation, and love affair of Kat and Daniel. In all the previous KIC books, both of these characters were overshadowed by others, so it was treat to see their chemistry here. While both characters were imperfect but their love was so perfect and the way Reid wrote their story, it was so easy to fall in love with these two.

"sometimes people are thoughtless, and they make mistakes. I mean, yeah, ideally, let’s do our best to be responsible. However, no one is perfect. That’s why we have the concept of consequences and forgiveness. Forgiveness doesn’t mean there’s no consequences, it just means we accept and deal with the consequences, and then we move forward.”

Ms. Reid writes so beautifully, I just don't want to come out of the world that she creates in her books. Internal monologues of her characters are hilarious and heart warming simultaneously. Of course "romance" is drool-worthy, I literally swoon every time.

Sigh... July seems eons away to read a new novel by her.
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March 6, 2022
after rereading this series I can easily say that this is my least favorite book
there was a lot of things going on and I wasn't a fan of Kat
Warning this is a review from a hardcore fan. I waited for this book for four years.
This book is definitely not a standalone. You just have to read the rest to enjoy this.

I can't remember the last time I was so excited to read a book.
NEVER.... That's when.

So I have so many different emotions.
I never was on drugs but these symptoms do sound like it. That or I have a heart attack.
It's serious.

Also, I would read anything that Penny writes.
That said...This is my jam for book premise; accidental marriage, two likable leads, wit and banter, and a bit of friends/not friends then lovers story.

Penny writes this plotline pleasingly well. Very smart. I love the law references. Again my jam.
You can always be sure that you will learn something new and get a bug to research something reading Reid romance.

Daniel O'Malley, I loved you from the first book and wanted to read your book.
And absolutely... I'm in love with him. He didn't disappoint. Love his humor, kindness, protectiveness, loyalty, honesty, bond with the family. And the dog and the cursing.

Kat was an interesting character. Because I didn't know much about her from previous books. And all the things I thought I knew are not like that in the end. She is more the quiet mouse.
Kat has demons but she is also very brave and she fights them. I liked that about her.

This was an amazingly smart and funny read. Charming and sweet. I knew that I am not capable to write this review properly. Because I love this book .. this series so much.. too much

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I don't like the epilogue.
I refuse to accept it. I don't want them to grow old. I don't like it. Alright.
Penny, you take this back. And the ending I really want this in my head to be no end.
And since you had to write the epilogue you could make more pages and details. Just saying.
If I cared but I don't. But I do. So confused right now. As a Griffyindor myself now I need to figure out who from them is also in my house. Details. More. Need.

I would like to point at great side characters. All the knitters and their better half.
And in this book, I liked Steven and Dan's mom so much. They delivered laugh-out laud punchlines.

I will reread this in the future.
For now, this is so bittersweet. It is hard to say goodbye. I love each book and can relate to every leading heroine in some way.

"Everyone needs a friend who can bring them tears and abdominal pain with funny stories."

"My intentions are to deserve him."

"He brought the back of my hand to his chest, just over his heart."

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March 19, 2018
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I finished this book last night and the first thing I wanted to do as soon as I woke up was tell everybody how friggin great this book was.

Marriage of Inconvenience is the last book in the "Knitting in the City" Series.
I don't know if you realize the magnitude of this statement.
You see, readers of this series have gone on a wonderful journey of getting to know and love these incredibly SMART women who all met through a knitting group (and I say smart because when the reader is reading these books they are engaged, challenged, and encouraged to have an open mind to learn new things about the world and maybe even themselves ..... the use of a dictionary helps sometimes too).
These women are loyal, funny, colorful, and quirky, so of course, they need to have particularly unique partners "who get them".

I love this book!
The story was great.
The writing fantastic.
The characters were, dare I say, perfectly imperfect.


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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1,505 reviews217 followers
March 6, 2018
Since the first book in this series, I've been anxiously awaiting Dan and Kat's story. Every book along the way, we got small little crumbs of what could be between them. This anticipation has grown through this series and here we are, book 7 and we finally get to Dan and Kat. Usually when an author has a series like this and gives little hints about the last couple, they can never live up to the hype or the love story the readers want. Penny Reid has done the (almost) impossible! This book exceeded my expectations! Dan and Kat's story was well worth the wait. I think everyone is going to really love this one!

Some of my favorite things about this book:

1. Kat. A strong, independent woman who still doubts herself at times. She hasn't had an easy life and has made mistakes along the way. She's not confident in everything she does. I loved that she had a bit of vulnerability but could be a total badass when needed

2. Dan the Security Man - protective, sexy, funny, and likes to use the "F" word - a lot. There was so much I loved about Dan. The way he felt about Kat was so sweet. He had a soft side for his Kit Kat and would do anything for her. The chapters from his point of view were really funny.

3. Dan's mom Eleanor. I can't say enough about how much I loved Dan's mom. I would actually love to read more about her and I hope maybe someday Penny considers writing her book.

4. The knitting ladies and their partners - this book had plenty of time with all the knitting ladies and their significant others. I really enjoyed seeing some of my favorite characters. Penny Reid writes the very best dialogue and banter! Sometimes they have me laughing out loud and other times it really makes me miss my friends. I love the conversations they have and the uniqueness of each character.

5. The serious issues that the characters dealt with. I don't want to give anything away but this book does deal with some social and mental health issues. I think this author did a fantastic job dealing with all of this. It was sad but also interesting and written in a way that was informative and realistic for those who don't understand certain conditions.

6. The romance - SWOON!!!! I have no words for how swoon-worthy the romance is in this book. The chemistry between Kat and Dan has built up over this series and we get a huge pay off in this book. The steamy scenes were sexy and sensual.

I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars!!! I loved this one so much that as soon as I was finished, I went back to re-read some of my favorite scenes. This is going on my best of 2018 shelf and my all time favorites list. I am so sad to see this series end but I couldn't imagine a better conclusion to this series than Marriage of Inconvenience. ❤️
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564 reviews93 followers
March 8, 2018
3.5 stars. Started off really well, but by the second half, the MCs lost the spotlight and swoons, only to be replaced by corporation politics, espionage and a million other things that I had to wade through. Ah well, it was still enjoyable nonetheless and had a HEA 15 years on with all the other characters from this series.
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