The inconvenience of it all…

Oops! I wish I could say here we are at the third Wednesday of the month again, but that was yesterday. And today is today.

We’re into month five of TBR Challenge 2011, hosted by @SuperWendy, who blogs The Misadventures of… SUPER LIBRARIAN here.

Oh, ho. In this merry month of May, we’re talking marriage of convenience, arranged marriage, pretend engagement.

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a story with that theme. Here’s my pic from the TBR.

Harlequin Romance | March 2008

Nikolai de Montez, an international lawyer, has just discovered he’s the estranged heir to the throne of Alp de Montez. To rightfully rule, he must marry Rose! Rose McCray is an ordinary country vet, but her royal bloodline makes her Nik’s bride of choice–and Rose knows it’s her duty to accept. The wedding ceremony is sumptuous, but when the formalities are over it’s time for the prince and princess of Alp de Montez to get to know one another as man and wife! (From The Publisher)

The first thing you’ve got to do with a marriage of convenience story is suspend disbelief, and then just sit back and enjoy the ride read.

What is more inconvenient than a marriage of convenience? I tell you, they are the most inconvenient marriages on the planet. I love this theme, and it has been written regularly in the Harlequin lines, particularly in Harlequin Presents. But you can find this theme in single title, as well as category. Julie Garwood’s SAVING GRACE comes to mind. Was there ever a more inconvenient marriage of convenience? Garwood wrote a bunch of arranged marriages/marriages of convenience stories, and I have loved them all.

The back cover copy is slightly confusing. It is Rose-Anitra (de Montez) McCray, country vet, who is first in line to the throne. Nikolai de Montez, international business lawyer, is third in line. But her right to the throne is a bit sketchy and in order to solidify her position, she must marry Nikolai.

One has been married, the other has not. Neither wants to walk that road. Both grew up in unhappy circumstances. Both feel compelled by a moral imperative. There is a country in unrest and palace intrigue.

What I liked about this book:

The dialogue — It was swift and often funny.

The two different settings — England and Alp de Montez.

What was a little awkward for me was the opening chapter. It felt like jumping into the middle of a story where reading the “previous book” would have been helpful if there was one. There was a bit of an information dump in the third chapter that disrupted the flow of the story.

All in all, it was entertaining and definitely an inconvenient marriage of convenience. This was my first Marion Lennox read. I would be happy to read another.


Note: This book is still available through Harlequin and Amazon in e-book format.