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 M.J. O’Shea is a light-hearted contemporary romance that melds two major tropes – Hollywood bad boy and fake-boyfriend. Jericho Knox is a wayward actor who needs to change his image so people will take him more seriously. Kerry Pickings is one of his public relations representatives who is about to get far more involved with this case than he ever anticipated.
Marriage of Inconvenience could have been a stereotypical bad boy meets good boy and good boy changes him for the better. But it wasn’t. Instead, O’Shea created multi-faceted characters a reader could root for. It’s difficult to like Jericho at first. He comes off as full of himself and more than happy to make problems for other people, as long as he gets what he wants. It doesn’t take long for that outer shell to crack, though, especially when his desire turns to Kerry. It turns out underneath the tough-guy exterior is a sensitive soul who genuinely wishes for meaning and connection in his life. After a while, Kerry began to see that. Their relationship certainly had its growing pains, but the way O’Shea portrayed them, served to paint the characters in an even more realistic light.
Marriage of Inconvenience is a sweet romance that will leave a smile on readers’ faces. Definitely a four star read!