2012 · August

The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst Review

The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst

Published February 14th 2012 by Entangled Publishing (Indulgence)
Source: Publisher
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…

My Review

So, this book reminded me of the movie, The Bachelor. Does anyone remember that flick? The guy has to marry in order to obtain his inheritance. There are all these stipulations that roll along with it?? Does this pic look familiar…

Anyway, that is what this book reminded me of, but, TMB has a little bit of a different twist. Nick and Alexa knew each other back when they were kids. Alexa always had a crush on Nick, but, Nick was older and Alexa’s best friend’s brother. Thanks to the author for the heart wrenching prologue. You get to see what type of teasing relationship the two had during their adolescent years.

Thanks to Maggie, Alexa’s BFF, The two come together again. This time for purely a business adventure. Alexa needs the money and Nick needs the wife. They agree to get married for 1 year, then walk away as friends. There are all kinds of rules and an actual signed contract. Seems simple right? Until feelings start getting in the way!!

I loved, loved, loved Alexa and would love to be more like her! She was not willing to stand down on what she wanted and was willing to walk away from Nick if he didn’t meet her demands. Many times, she didn’t let her heart get in the way and she kept a level head!

Nick was so broken, his parents really did a number on him. So many times, I wish I could have just smacked him and said…”Just say how you feel!” He was afraid to show emotion and get attached. His biggest fear was being like his father.

The ending was sweet and had me misty eyed! I loved the epilogue and am very much looking forward to book 2! beautiful writing from Jennifer Probst, highly recommended read:)


5 thoughts on “The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst Review

  1. After reading 50 Shades, Bared to you and Gone Girl (i know!!) The Marriage Bargain was a very good break! I liked it very much! It was the first book I read of Jennifer Probst and hopefully not the last! I agree with your review! There will be a second book?! Do you know when?


  2. I love Maggie but I will miss Nick and Alexa :-(… Maybe Jennifer Probst will mention them in the next book, right?!! Conte and Maggie, I can see that working… p.s. I love goodreads!!


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