Author: Amberly Smith
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/26/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
No bank is going to give a nomadic thrill seeker a loan, even if Tom Flynn wants to develop and run a retreat for disabled kids. Good thing he’s finally old enough to pull from his trust fund. However, it would mean settling down—because accessing the money requires him to be married—so he asks his best friend, Luke, to marry him.
Luke Marten’s goal is simple: don’t go on one more crazy adventure with Tom. Knowing how successful he has been in the past, Luke has a backup plan: don’t fall in love. He’s a goner when Tom not only proposes but confesses to one seriously hot kink.
For their friendship to survive this marriage, they’ll need to face DOMA, conservative judges, and long-held beliefs about each other. Talk about getting caught by the short hairs.
I was looking forward to reading Marriage Most Convenient by Amberly Smith. I am a big fan of the relationship of convenience trope, for some reason. I also like finding new to me authors to love. Unfortunately, in the end Marriage Most Convenient left me feeling flat. It wasn’t bad, exactly, but it could have been so much more than it was.
The narrative was stilted and just did not flow well. I repeatedly found myself stopping and looking back to make sure I hadn’t missed something.
I liked Luke and Tom well enough. I felt the basis for the “rift” between these two best friends could have been explained and handled a bit better, but it was adequately believable.
The thing that sent up red flags in my mind the most, however, was the relationship itself. The setup seemed weak, and I never really felt that Luke agreed to the setup. He just sort of floated along with Tom and Tom’s brilliant plan. Then all of a sudden they were madly in love with each other, even though neither wanted to admit it for fear of rejection. Yes, that is a necessary part of a marriage of convenience turned love story, but there was no middle ground. There was no growth of the relationship. It is part of the whole stilted narrative I discussed earlier. Too much was left off page.
Then there was the whole conflict surrounding the land purchase. I never understood the purpose of the conflict. It felt contrived and unnecessary. It added nothing to the relationship. It could have, but as it was presented, it did not.
As much as I would love to recommend this author and story, I just can’t. I hope to read her again in the future to see some improvement in her technique.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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