Author: M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/15/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction
Lights, camera, lies.
Kerry Pickering has a problem. As a publicist for Hollywood bad boy Jericho Knox, it’s Kerry’s job to keep Jericho in the news. So far, Jericho’s partying and public escapades have made it easy. But Jericho has a secret, and when that secret is revealed in the most spectacularly disastrous way, it’s up to Kerry to spin it.
The team decides the best course of action is to make the public fall in love—with Jericho’s secret committed relationship. The one that doesn’t exist. Yet.
The team wants someone they can trust. Someone in the inner circle. That someone is Kerry. But what will happen when Kerry realizes that for him, the romance is no longer pretend? Can Jericho love him back, or is he just playing a role?
This was a fun novel of exactly the right length to read in one sitting, which I did. I previously enjoyed a different MJ O’Shea title (Catch My Breath), but I didn’t much care for the prior Dreamspun Desires story I tried, so it was nice to see a better quality work – IMO – included in that serial.
Marriage of Inconvenience’s strength lies in its main characters, Jericho and Kerry, who are both just trying to get by, but in different ways. Kerry is a realistically normal minion at a publicity agency; Jericho hasn’t been allowed to be normal (or rather, his authentic self) in years. In the hands of a lesser author, Jericho’s initial jerky behavior would probably turn me off the story; here, however, there’s just enough of a softening of his edges to keep him sweetly struggling, rather than nastily nitpicking. Alliteration, wheeeeee!
There is some situational angst in this book, and the sad parts certainly made me feel sad, but it was fairly well-balanced overall and I’m happy to recommend it to readers interested in fake relationships, celebrities, and/or hot boys with dark hair and awesome family members.
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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