Marriage of Inconvenience (Crabbypatty’s Review)


Title: Marriage of Inconvenience (Dreamspun Desires #16)
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 15, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 214
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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?

Rock Hudson wife Spend 30 minutes on any celebrity blog or tabloid website and you’ll see the standard Hollywood PR machine in action. A quiet romantic dinner for two … in the one Hollywood restaurant with permanent paparazzi outside? Check. Shopping with a stop at the frozen yogurt place where all the fangirls hang out? Yup. Secluded beach vacation with candid shots of the loving couple kissing in the water? Oh, yeah.

After he gets photographed in a compromising situation, Jericho Knox needs some PR magic fast to save his upcoming role in an gritty cop series that could take his career to a new level. Just like Rock Hudson marrying his publicist’s secretary back in the day, Jericho’s PR firm links their office assistant Kerry Pickering with Jericho in a short-term “committed relationship” to defuse the situation.

What follows is a sweet romance that slowly builds between Kerry and Jericho (with only a few on-page sex scenes that are not very explicit) once they each overcome their preconceptions of the other. The plot is fairly formulaic with a requisite break-up and heartfelt make-up but it holds your interest with its fresh new take on Hollywood PR with a M/M slant and how real love triumphs after all. “Marriage of Inconvenience” is an enjoyable addition to the Dreamspun Series series … plus what a great cover!

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Galley copy of Marriage of Inconvenience provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


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I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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