Narrator: John Solo
Book: Marriage of Inconvenience
Series: Dreamspun Desires #16
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Length: 5 hours thirty-five minutes
Reviewed by Morningstar
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?
I love stories of famous people getting together with not famous people, but add in an arranged relationship and I am in love! And this one hit the spot on all my wants.
Jericho Knox is the bad boy actor who needs an image makeover for a part he really wants on a hot TV series. Who better to help than his PR team who can get him the wholesome girl on his arm showing how in love they are? Problem is Jericho is gay and is so tired of playing the game, but he follows along because he really wants that new part. Of course, one last night out can’t hurt, right? Ahhhh pictures say a thousand words. Kerry Pickering is a publicist who gets called in to find that wholesome girl for the Jericho Knox, but his job quickly changes when Jericho’s sexuality is revealed. Now he’s playing fiancé to a man he finds hot but who basically hates him, leading a life he never wanted, and falling in love.
As with all Dreamspun Desire books a little suspension of reality is needed. Overall I loved these two guys together, especially once they started to live together. Feelings emerge from all the time they have to spend together, and when misconceptions are cleared up it leads the way to more. Kerry caught my heart with his lack of confidence and pure heart. Jumping into the fire that is Jericho’s life is not something that was easy for him but he also didn’t let Jericho run over him just because he was some big name actor. Jericho was a jerk in the beginning but an understandable one. I loved how through each interaction we get to see the real him come out more and more.
A plus for me, in this story at least, is that it wasn’t an easy peasy fall in love and HEA story. There was a tiny bit of angst and some heart break before they could get there. The reason that Jericho struggles in the end was slightly hard to believe because it was suddenly an issue; but again suspension of belief is a requirement for this type of story. The sexy scenes were hot, but definitely low key and perfect for this series.
John Solo the narrator is one of my favorites out there! He gave each character an individual unique voice that made this already fun story even better. He was great with the emotions that needed to be conveyed through each character, his timing and pace were perfect and draw you in (believe me I got mad a couple times people tried to interrupt me!), his general narrator's voice was great, as well.
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