Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week, I was going to write some mini-reviews of Christmas romances I’ve read. However, I didn’t get one of the books finished in time and I decided to read this one so it’s going to be my review for this one. If you’re looking for Christmas recs, then you need to come back next week. With that being said, let’s talk about Marriage of Unconvenience.
This is my spoiler-free review of Marriage of Unconvenience.
Lauren “Lo” Bowman is in a bit of a pickle. She needs money, like ASAP. She lost her job, the rent is due, and her car needs repairs. Problem is, the inheritance left to her by her old-fashioned Granny has one stipulation before she can collect: she has to be married.
Let’s just say suitors (of any gender) are not knocking down her door. And then Cara Simms, her best friend from childhood that she’s recently reconnected with, pours her heart out and confesses that she needs money to pay for grad school. Lo has a completely brilliant idea: they should get hitched.
Not married married. Like, fake married. All they have to do is play the part for the lawyers, get the money, and then get the marriage annulled. Easy as hell.
Well, it starts out that way, but being fake married feels a lot like being real married, and Lo is flipping out. She cannot be falling for her best friend. Can she?
I saw my library had this book forever ago and I’ve been wanting to read it and it made perfect sense to read it for the Romance Takeover Readathon along with #SnowInLoveBingo which is just an incredible bonus. With that being said, let’s get into what I liked about Marriage of Unconvenience.
What I enjoyed about Marriage of Unconvenience
- The romance. Of course, I’d be remiss to not mention how much I loved the romance between our two main characters: Lo and Cara. This was such an adorable friends-to-lovers romance and I especially loved how the two got married and then feelings started to develop.
- The wedding. I’m a sucker for weddings, what can I say? Personally, I thought the wedding in this book was sweet and surprisingly extravagant given how small their budget was. I especially loved how supportive Lo’s parents were and how excited they were to be at their wedding.
- The side characters. This book had a plethora of lovable side characters especially Ansel who was best friends with the two MCs. Honestly, I’d love for him to get his own book because he was a delight.
What I didn’t enjoy about Marriage of Unconvenience
- Fade-to-black scenes. I’m not saying that every book I read has to be incredibly smutty but the sex scenes in this were pretty fade-to-black. I honestly felt like this book could have been elevated a little it it wasn’t fade-to-black but that was the author’s choice.
- Too-late realization. One thing I couldn’t stand in this book was that everything felt rushed in the end. It truly felt like the author didn’t know how to include something that happened with Cara so it got thrown in and I didn’t enjoy that. I think it could have been handled better and made the story feel less rushed.
- Editing. The major issue I had with this book was that I felt like it needed another round of edits to fix some minor problems. Whether it be cutting down scenes, adding some depth to others or fixing problems with the writing style, I feel like this book just needed a tiny bit more editing. Maybe I’m just picky but it just felt like the story needed a second look.
Honestly, this book was a lot of fun but it didn’t really wow me as I’d hoped. I do plan on reading more of this author’s backlist, though. They have a few books at my library and at least, their new release is on KU. Even though I didn’t absolutely love this book, I do think Chelsea M. Cameron writes great f/f romances and if you’re looking for some good Sapphic reads, I’d check them out. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.