Dec 6, 2013

DeeJay Reviews The Marriage Bargain by @jenniferprobst #romance #bookreview


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The Marriage Bargain

by Jennifer Probst

Publication Date: August 17, 2012

Genre: Contemporary Romance

DeeJay's Rating: 

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 father’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…

It starts with a magic love spell. Then the fun begins.

I was taken by this book from the start. I loved the main character, Alexa, right away. Strong, independent, fiercely loyal, and passionate about life, Alexa made me eager to know how the story would end for her (which I already knew. Duh. This is a romance novel). But still, female leads don’t usually grab me that way, but she did and that made the book such a joy to read.

Nick Ryan. What can I say about him. He was sexy, annoying and difficult. I loved him. Besides the fact that he was a billionaire, he was driven and determined, two very sexy traits in a man.

The fact that these two individuals made a deal to get married for reasons other than love was not the fun part. The fact that they were childhood friends that hadn’t seen each other in years, was. They had history, so the complications were many and entertaining. I have to admit though, the negotiations over the marriage contract were hilarious. Nick, being the arrogant man he was, thought Alexa would be an easy pushover when it came to signing a contract built on his terms and in his favor. No deal. Alexa handled him like a pro and in the end, she was the victor.

There were no characters that I disliked. I liked Maggie, Alexa’s best friend and Nick’s sister, and I even thought Alexa’s overly loving family was darling. I loved how the author made it perfectly clear that Alexa and Nick’s vastly different family lives were what had shaped them to be the people they were. The contrast worked and its what made the sparks fly.

The plot rolled smoothly but was frustrating, as I couldn’t wait for Nick and Alexa to get over themselves and get on with the romance! But it came at just the right point, making me believe that it could be real between them. I love it when that happens.

Overall, I really liked this book. For a romance, it was great. Witty, humorous, and best of all, SEXY! Romance lovers, this one’s for you!


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