Monday, August 15, 2016

Marriage of Inconvenience by M.J. O'Shea

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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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This Dreamspun Desires story contains a whole lot more glamour, angst, and fluff than M.J. O’Shea’s usual stories, but I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this Harlequin style romance.

As one of Dreamspinner’s best writers, M.J. O’Shea is able to take very familiar elements of the traditional Harlequin Romance (wealthy celebrity meets distinctly average suitor in contrived circumstances and a forced partnership becomes true love…) and create an engaging and nearly believable story. This might lack the depth and magic of a book like Devil’s Food at Dusk or Open Road, but this is a fun take on a traditional romance plot.

The leading man in this story is Jericho, a handsome, wealthy actor in need of a partner to protect his image. Our distinctly average suitor is Kerry, a shy assistant to Jericho’s PR manager. The relationship progression is predictable (but I think that’s the point of the Dreamspun Desires book), but has been given a few 21st century updates. Like the old school Harlequins, this story focuses on the romance between Kerry and Jericho and nearly fades to grey when they reach the bedroom.

This is a guilty pleasure, a quick easy read that should be enjoyed and not scrutinised too closely. I love the way some of my favourite authors are playing with the components of the traditional Harlequin in the Dreamspun Desires books, and this has to be one of my favourite stories so far.

M.J. O’SHEA has never met a music festival, paintbrush, or flower crown she can stay away from. She loves rainstorms and a perfect cup of tea, beach days, music, bright colors, and more than anything a cozy evening with a really great book.

She is from the Pacific Northwest. While she lives there still and loves it, M.J. has the heart of a wanderer. So she puts all her dreams of far-off places and extraordinary people in her books.

Except for every once in a while when she does what all travelers have to do on occasion… come home.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Marriage of Inconvenience by M.J. O'Shea to read and review.

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