- File Size: 1404 KB
- Print Length: 116 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (August 26, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 26, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0145UEU8S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Wealthy, free spirited Tom can’t inherit his fortune until he gets married. Needing the money urgently, he convinces his best friend to marry him. But before the American marriage laws changed, this isn’t a simple task.
This is a short story that feels like a morality lesson rather than a romance at times. Bad laws, bad courts and bad judges prevent a gay man from purchasing the land he needs to start a camp for disadvantaged kids. Because gay people are altruistic and American society is homophobic. Am I allowed to yawn?
The romance is a little dubious. Tom has spent his life travelling. When he wants to settle down, he looks to his best friend Luke. And then we find out that this free-spirited gay rights advocate has never told his best friend he’s gay? And we’re supposed to believe they’re actually soul mates? There needs to be a whole lot of romance to compensate for the “I’ll pay you $750,000 to marry me” plotline. And I just didn’t feel it here. I got the friendship. I understood Luke’s unrequited love. The sex was pretty hot, but I couldn’t understand why these two had never gotten together before.
I’m also not sure why Tom kept his inheritance secret from his best friend. And the story of Bob and Ashley didn’t entirely work. I’m still not completely sure how the whole situation resolved. Or if it even did.
If the point of this was to champion marriage equality, writing about a sham marriage for money probably wasn’t the best way to do it. If the point of this was to write about an unexpected love story, it is lacking the emotional resonance needed to make readers really fall for Tom and Luke.
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Inked Rainbow Reads.
For original review, see the Prism Book Alliance® blog online.
I was looking forward to reading Marriage Most Convenient by Amberly Smith. I am a big fan of the relationship of convenience trope, for some reason. I also like finding new to me authors to love. Unfortunately, in the end Marriage Most Convenient left me feeling flat. It wasn’t bad, exactly, but it could have been so much more than it was.
The narrative was stilted and just did not flow well. I repeatedly found myself stopping and looking back to make sure I hadn’t missed something.
I liked Luke and Tom well enough. I felt the basis for the “rift” between these two best friends could have been explained and handled a bit better, but it was adequately believable.
The thing that sent up red flags in my mind the most, however, was the relationship itself. The setup seemed weak, and I never really felt that Luke agreed to the setup. He just sort of floated along with Tom and Tom’s brilliant plan. Then all of a sudden they were madly in love with each other, even though neither wanted to admit it for fear of rejection. Yes, that is a necessary part of a marriage of convenience turned love story, but there was no middle ground. There was no growth of the relationship. It is part of the whole stilted narrative I discussed earlier. Too much was left off page.
Then there was the whole conflict surrounding the land purchase. I never understood the purpose of the conflict. It felt contrived and unnecessary. It added nothing to the relationship. It could have, but as it was presented, it did not.
As much as I would love to recommend this author and story, I just can’t. I hope to read her again in the future to see some improvement in her technique.
Tom Flynn wants to open a retreat for disabled kids but can’t get a loan due to his work history. To access his trust fund he needs to be married so he asks his best friends, Luke to marry him to help him access the money.
The beginning of the story leaves you wondering how this book will turn out. At the end of the first chapter, I could not wait to finish the book. The authors voice pulled me into the story. The author created a realistic world filled with interesting characters. The world the author created had a sense of time and place that pulled me into the story. The pace of the story was a bit slow at some points and fast is others. The characters in the story were fascinating. The two main character, Luke and Tom each come across almost too perfect and don’t really have any negative flaws. Some of the secondary characters come across as they were not really planned but thrown in.
The point of view alternated between Luke and Tom, giving the reader a glimpse inside both characters. The changing point of view was done with care so the reader did not get lost or repeat story lines. The main conflict of the story is for Tom to marry his best friend Luke to access his trust fund to create a retreat for disabled kids. My biggest issue with this story is I expected more to do when Luke and Tom fall for each other and turn the business arrangement between them into more. It seemed to fall short and I was left wanting. The dialogue between the characters was candid and distinctive. The characters voice matched not only the setting but fit their overall personality. I enjoyed the ending of the book and will be looking into more books by this author in the future.