Marriage of Inconvenience (Vallie’s Review)

Title: Marriage of Inconvenience
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 15, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 214
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 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?

Another hit for the Dreamspun Desires Series! I loved this! It was totally unexpected too. I like this author and the blurb sounded okay, if not entirely predictable, but man was I in for a treat, and so will you when you pick this up!

The story revolves around Jericho, an actor whose publicist has been pushing the play-boy persona in the tabloids for years. Jericho screwed up big time and the PR company is at its wit’s end trying to restore his image so he doesn’t lose a big role in a hit TV show. Enter Kerry.

Kerry works for the PR company but he’s only a grunt. He doesn’t handle publicity for a client directly but is in charge of tweeting and updating facebook. Fun times right? Until he meets the description of the guy that forced Jericho to publicly come out and bam!

Jericho and Kerry are engaged and forced to play the happy couple for the cameras.

This was fantastic! I don’t know if it was the voyer in me, you know, the little bug that makes us all check celebrity gossip or what, but I absolutely loved reading about the fake photo shoots, the events they had to do, and all the staged stuff. I especially liked how true romance-y they had to be for the cameras when they hated each other’s guts.

Jericho was a big jerk to Kerry in the beginning, thinking Kerry conveniently placed himself in that situation to get his 15 minutes. Kerry also hated Jericho’s guts because Jericho was unnecessarily cruel to him.

But. It all started to change. They both actually developed feelings for one another and the touches starting coming even off camera. Jericho acted like he was courting Kerry, with long make-out sessions that ended in first base –on multiple occasions! When they finally became intimate, they were freaking explosive together! The sex scenes were detailed and mostly of the lovey-dovey variety but Jericho and Kerry’s chemistry was unbelievable.

This was a sweet, very low-angst romance that will hit the spot folks:True romance between two otherwise unlikely to have met people who fell in love and stayed in love. Sure, there was a little somepin somepin to cause a bit of drama towards the end but it was very obvious that it wouldn’t last long and it didn’t.

I am still shocked by how much I adored this and I will be rereading soon!

Pick this up to read about a hot, broody actor and the twinkie that sets him in his place!


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