Title: Marriage of Inconvenience
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 15th August, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 214
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3 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?
Marriage of Inconvenience is a very good addition to the “Dreamspun Desires” series. Every romance is based on a classic trope which has been used a lot but the authors have put a very nice, entertaining M/M spin to it. This book was no exception. It was quick, light and a very fun and entertaining read.
Jericho Knox is tired of being paraded with endless starlets by his PR firm to improve his image. He is in line to get a very coveted role in a hit tv series for which he is perfect and Jericho needs to go along with whatever his PR people cooks up to keep his image clean. Jericho finds himself in a scandalous situation when he is caught with his pants down in camera. And the most damaging part is that he was caught with a guy. Jericho has always been gay but his PR firm had decided to keep his sexuality under wraps for obvious reasons. After the cat gets out of the bag Jericho’s PR team comes up with a fake fiancée for damage control. And who better to play the role than Kerry Pickering, a low level grunt in Jericho’s PR team. Kerry and Jericho have a rough start. Jericho is resentful towards Kerry and his intentions but he warms up to him eventually. Through the fake photo-shoots and hand holding, lines start to blur. They both fall in love but Jericho fucks it up big time. He eventually realizes his mistake and win his love back and get his HEA.
Jericho was the typical bad boy of Hollywood with his killer looks and moody countenance. He is not that accepting of Kerry invading his life at the start but his feelings change when he gets to know Kerry better. Kerry is an ordinary guy who is thrust into the opposite, unpleasant side of his job to clear up Jericho’s image. He is a normal guy who knows Jericho is out of his league but as he keeps discovering the loving and caring side of Jericho, he can’t help but fall in love.
The romance was slow building with a very nice ending. There was no steam as such but the chemistry between the guys was palpable and HOT. I enjoyed reading this book very much. The read was entertaining and not heavy and can be best enjoyed on a lazy, rainy day.