Jun 26 2017 1:00pm

5 Reasons to Say “I Do” When You Really Want to Say “I Don’t”

Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie WalkerMarriages of convenience: Super common in romance novels, not so common in real life. Ann Marie Walker (Black Tie Optional) is here at Heroes and Heartbreakers today to give us a few reasons that we should maybe consider a marriage of convenience should we be faced with these same issues. Thanks, Ann Marie!

I'm a sucker for a good rom-com, and one of my favorite tropes is the marriage of convenience. So it was no surprise when I sat down to write my new novel, and the first scene was a hippie humanitarian lobbying an uptight CEO during his morning Starbucks run, I just knew they had to get married! (Preferably in Vegas with Elvis and Angus Young officiating!) To celebrate the release of Black Tie Optional, I thought I'd take a moment to consider five reasons to say “I do” when you really mean “I don't”:

1.  To save your family home.

In The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst, Alexa agrees to marry childhood friend Nick for one year. All she has to do is keep it professional. But can she avoid falling for the man who stole her heart when they were kids?

2. To stay out of jail!

In Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Daisy finds herself deeply in debt, only to trade one form of prison for another when she allows her father to arrange her marriage.... to a sexy bull whip expert in a travelling circus!

3. To protect your fragile heart.

In A Negotiated Marriage by Noelle Adams, Molly marries Luke in a seemingly safe marriage of simple convenience. All goes according to plan until he suggests adding “benefits” to the arrangement.

4. To land your dream job.

In The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie, Linc embellishes the story of his life a bit during an interview for his dream job, which in turn leads to an urgent need to find a wife. Enter his neighbor, struggling artist and amateur storyteller, Daisy.  

5. To save an endangered species.

In my new novel, Black Tie Optional, free-spirited Olivia agrees to marry stuffed-shirt Cole so he can satisfy the terms of his parent's will and retain control of the family fortune. In return, he will move his latest project, thereby saving a species of bats. But what startsas a marriage of convenience soon turns into a battle of wills and sexual tension, leaving both of them wanting more. If only one of them would admit it!

While most novels with a modern marriage of convenience find their motivation in money, there's one thing they all have in common: It doesn't take long for “I do but I don't” to turn into “thank god I did”. And it's the journey to that realization that makes the ride so much fun! 

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Ann Marie Walker writes steamy books about sexy boys. She’s a fan of fancy cocktails, anything chocolate, and 80s rom-coms. Her super power is connecting any situation to an episode of Friends and she thinks all coffee cups should be the size of a bowl. If it’s December she can be found watching Love Actually but the rest of the year you can find her on Twitter, where she would be happy to talk to you about alpha males, lemon drop martinis or supermodel David Gandy. Ann Marie attended the University of Notre Dame and currently lives in Chicago.

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