Title: Marriage Most Convenient
Author: Amberly Smith
Publisher: Dreamspinner Publishing
Release Date: August 28, 2015
Page Count: 104
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
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.
OK, I gotta admit: After reading this blurb, I had The Heart of Texas, The Emperor’s Wolf and Gavin on the brain. Arranged marriages can be HOT as hell, as those three books have proven. The arranged marriage in this one is a bit different in that these men are already best friends and have a long history together.
Tom Flynn is an adventurer at heart. He doesn’t do the 9-to-5 thing at ALL, instead traveling around the world doing odd jobs wherever he happens to land. He is about to come into millions of dollars that have been sitting in a trust fund for 30+ years on his 35th birthday. When he meets with his lawyer to claim his trust fund, he discovers that one of the stipulations is that he be married in order to collect. Tom has already made plans for the money and time is a big factor. He needs the money NOW. After racking his brain for a potential spouse, he decides to ask his best friend, 9-to-5 office worker Luke Marten.
Luke has lusted after Tom for years. He believes Tom is straight and recently decided to distance himself from his best friend in order to let his feelings cool. When Tom asks to marry him, it is a business arrangement and while Luke thinks it is a terrible idea, he decides to do it anyway in order to look out for Tom’s best interests once he comes into that huge chunk of money. Tom has the tendency of letting people walk all over his good nature and Luke will do anything to protect him. The arrangement is for them to be married for six weeks and then divorce, at which time Tom will pay Luke $750,000 for his troubles.
BUT, here comes the sticky part. Tom is NOT straight. He has been with men and even dated a transgender woman for two years. This is all news to Luke (but in hindsight, he does put it together) and Luke is off and running, hoping to get Tom to fall in love with him and make their marriage permanent.
Now, I had some trouble following this book. The POVs changed very quickly and I found myself going back quite often to see whose head we were in. I also had a hard time understanding or believing the angst these two had over being together as a married couple. Tom was afraid he wouldn’t be a good enough lover for Luke? Or afraid Luke will think he is a freak because of his unusual kink? (Which I will not be giving away because that is the fun part and made the sex in this book super hot! But Ms. Smith does gives a little hint in her blurb…) Or afraid that the money would be the only reason Luke stayed? Luke believing that Tom will never settle down and his wayward spirit will take him away after a few months of bliss? I couldn’t figure out where the sads were coming from. They didn’t seem at all plausible to me.
I believe this will be an enjoyable read for fans of friends-to-lovers and if you go in realizing this isn’t an The Heart of Texas, The Emperor’s Wolf or Gavin arranged marriage situation. Sometimes expectations can take over your subconscious and cause a let-down in your enjoyment. So, go in with the knowledge that, yes, this book is a little confusing but has a nice friends-to-lovers story line with some hot sex mixed in.