Jun 22, 2013

REVIEW: The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire, #1)

Book Description:

A marriage in name only . . .

To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner, Alexa Maria McKenzie, casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend’s older brother—the powerful man who once shattered her heart. Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn’t believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his uncle’s corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister’s childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he’s offers Alexa a bold proposition.

A marriage in name only with certain rules: Avoid entanglement. Keep things all business. Do not fall in love. The arrangement is only for a year so the rules shouldn’t be that hard to follow, right? Except fate has a way of upsetting the best-laid plans . . .


My Review
“I was afraid I had nothing to give. But I do. And I want to give it all to you.” 

Alexa McKenzie is an independent hardworking bookstore owner. She doesn’t have a privileged life and works hard to support herself and help her family. But Alexa is lonely and wishes to have a loving husband and family.  Alexa is in need of a man that meets her criteria AND has a bonus $150,000 to give.

Nick Ryan is a hardworking Architect who doesn’t believe in attachments. He works hard for what he has accomplished. But his Uncle has different plans for him. When he passes, Nick is obligated to find a wife in order to inherit the family business.

So Alexa and Nick go into “business”. They expect a year to fly by with just the possibility of a friendship rekindled. But what ensues is a marriage that involves more than friendship.

Alexa is one feisty protag. She does not put up with Nick’s aloof and ruthless manners. She does agree to be his meal ticket but expects to be treated with respect.  She sticks to her beliefs, she works to crack Nick’s stoic personality and she works to not fall in love with a man that is not willing to reciprocate those feelings. Alexa and her wit will have you smiling and laughing out loud throughout this whole story. I was happy that she wasn’t weak and she stuck to her guns.

Nick doesn’t want to deal with a woman that wants anything more then maybe sex. He doesn’t believe in marriage, children or love. He fights to keep Alexa at arm’s length and to show her that he cannot be controlled. But Nick does have a need, and Alexa tempts him in every way. Nick and his stubbornness will have you frustrated and break your heart.

The secondary characters are just as wonderful and integral to the story. We also get a look into the beginning relationship of the couple featured in the next book.

The Marriage Bargain will have you feeling every emotion there is to a wonderful romance.

Do not miss out on this book!

Buy it. Read it. Love it.


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