Monday, August 15, 2016

Release Day Review: Marriage of Inconvenience by MJ O'Shea #Review #Giveaway

Author: MJ O'Shea
Book: Marriage of Inconvenience
Series: Dreamspun Desires~ Book 16
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: August 15, 2016
Length: 214 pages

Reviewed by Erin


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?

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Even when you know before you read the first page of a book how it’s going to end, there is something just so comforting about reading those tried and true tropes we all love so much. Marriage of Inconvenience by M.J. O’Shea is your classic bad boy turned good boy along with a fake engagement that of course leads to true love. I’m not spoiling anything by mentioning this because as everyone knows, Dreamspinner Press’s Dreamspun Desires line is all about the HEA and how they get there. 

Knox Jericho is your typical Hollywood bad boy. Attitude to spare, aloof, and condescending, Jericho hasn’t been in LA very long, but he sure is as jaded as they come. Kerry Pickering might not be setting the world on fire doing behind the scenes PR work, but that all changes when Jericho gets caught in the most uncompromising of positions and it’s up to Kerry and the PR firm he words for to rehabilitate Jericho’s less than stellar image. And of course, what better way to do that than by being in a committed, loving relationship? Thus begins Jericho’s and Kerry’s fake relationship … that as we all can guess, isn’t quite so fake after all. 

I like what M.J. did with this often used plot device. Yeah, we’ve all seen this done time and time again, but Jericho and Kerry are so engaging that you can’t help but fall in love with these two. It takes a bit of time though seeing as how Jericho is such a jerk at the beginning, but once Kerry gets through his walls, this was really sweet and cute. It’s nice not to read a book filled with sex scene after sex scene, and I am much more of a fan of flirting and tender and intimate moments that full on sex all the time. I liked what M.J. did with both character’s families and the secondary characters throughout the book added a great deal to the overall story. 

This is light and low angst and though I felt that the drama at the end was a bit much and made me roll my eyes a bit, it didn’t really take away from my enjoyment of Marriage of Inconvenience at all. This is a great book to escape into for a few hours and you’ll wind up with a smile on your face at the end.


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