Review: The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire #1) by Jennifer Probst

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Review: The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire #1) by Jennifer Probst two-half-stars
The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst
Series: Marriage to a Billionaire #1
Published by Entangled "Indulgence" on February 14, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 160
Format: eBook
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 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...

The Marriage Bargain is the eleventh (11) book I’ve read using the Scribd service and the first book in the “Marriage to a Billionaire” series by Jennifer Probst. This book is currently on sale at Kobo for $7.99. Jennifer Probst is a new to me (NTM) author that I discovered using the Scribd recommendation engine.

I’m not really sure what made me read The Marriage Bargain. The book only came on my radar due to Scribd’s recommendation engine…and since Scribd really doesn’t carry the majority of the books I’m looking to read…I am substituting books I’d normally pass (or borrow) so that I get the most use of my Scribd trial. But the cover of The Marriage Bargain looks…sexy. 🙂

The Marriage Bargain is pure Harlequin Presents contemporary romance from beginning to end. All the tropes are there: damsel in distress in desperate need of money, filthy rich hero, hero emotionally damaged by parents indiscretion, arranged marriage and an unplanned baby. Seriously. I need to go back and check to see if this was published by HQN.

Normally I love a HQN Presents romance… childhood nostalgia and the pure angst of [the books] make them my guilty pleasure…but something about The Marriage Bargain was a little boring. Sad to say.

After a rather short period of time I got tired of the deception the couple practiced for the general public as well as for themselves. The tropes were all tired and played out and even the hero’s father popping up for a hot second felt trite and routine. I admit that I got pretty close to DNF’ing the book.

There was a lot of sexual tension (or thoughts about sex) between the H/h in The Marriage Bargain but the sexy times didn’t start until 65%…which mean the couple spent the rest of the book giving each other sexy looks and “stolen kisses” when they weren’t fighting over lies and BS. Boring. I need a higher level of sexual tension and better relationship between the couple in order for the “almost but no sex” thing to work for me. The sexual tension was high for the characters but it was pretty low for me as a reader. All in all, this is one that didn’t quite strike me in any particular way.



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2 Responses to “Review: The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire #1) by Jennifer Probst”

    • MrsJoseph

      A lot of people like this series, I think it’s probably just me. I do like contemps – I think they just need to hit a particular cord with me…whatever that is, lol. I really liked the Julie James FBI series and I love Jenny Crusie.

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