Rating: 3.75 stars rounded up to 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 by MJ O’Shea was another fun read in the Dreamspun Desires series from Dreamspinner Press. Who hasn’t seen those tabloids or TMZ? Right, expose’ city! Here M.J. O’Shea uses it as the launching pad for the story and the romance of Marriage of Inconvenience. Jericho Knox literally gets caught with his pants down by the paparazzi and now its up to his agents and publicists to put a spin on it that his followers will not only swallow but eat up and make him even more popular. Hmmm. What could that be? Well how about a secret romance? Now all they need is someone to fill the role. Turns out the perfect person is the one who came up with the plan. Kerry Pickering.
Author O’Shea does a lovely job of defining her characters. We get conflicted closeted Jericho risking his career in a seedy bar, we understand shy driven Kerry trying to hold onto a job that isn’t the dream he hoped it would be. Hollywood full of smashed hopes and fake imagery. We get it. Both Jericho and Kerry have to find their way through to their own reality about themselves and the possibility of a future together, if there’s even is one. That’s both the fun and the drama of this story.
It moves along quickly, the romance builds nicely and the ending when it happens, although I felt it was a little rushed, was still the happy ending I expect from this series.
I happen to love the Dreamspun Desires Series. Really its almost impossible to go wrong here. The stories are quick reads, fun, wonderful romances. The tropes usually recognizable and they translate well into M/M fiction. What’s not to love? I highly recommend you try them. Why not start here? Work your way through the series. They make great summer reading or anytime of the year.
Cover art by Paul Richmond shows a brooding cover boy. Not my favorite cover for the series.
ebook, 214 pages
Expected publication: August 15th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634775287 (ISBN13: 9781634775281)