Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst

Title:  The Marriage Bargain
Author: Jennifer Probst
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Alexa and Nick
Release Date: February 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
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:

This is a familiar story, but I still found myself completely immersed and entertained by this book. The thing that I think really made this book for me was the fact that Alexa and Nick have a long history. Alexa and Maggie are best friends and Maggie is Nick's little sister. They've grown up together and while their relationship has always been antagonistic, they still have that history and knowledge of what makes each other tick.

Like I said there was nothing new about the story line, but I still really liked these characters. Nick has grown up in an unloving home and has shut his heart off because of it. He never plans to have a family or to find love. He doesn't want it. He doesn't need it. Until his uncle makes it a stipulation in his will so that Nick can inherit the architecture firm that's his life.

On the other hand is Alexa. She's everything that Nick isn't. Loving and outgoing. She dreams of love and family. In fact, she goes into this bargain simply because her family needs the financial boost and she can't figure out any other way to help out. She owns a bookstore (see, already you know that this is an awesome character) and volunteers at the animal shelter and takes in the stray overflow so that they aren't put to sleep.

There were details throughout this book which made it so endearing, fun, and heartwarming. 
*The fact that both Alexa and Nick made lists about what they needed for the bargain. Those lists were the exact opposites of each other.
*The Mets vs. Yankees fans ....loved this and it said a lot about who each of these characters are.
*The similarities between Nick and that one last stray dog. I really liked the symbolism here. It was very poignant and heartbreaking for both Nick and the dog. They've both been so hurt.
*I liked the friendship that developed between the Count and Alexa. I'm hoping we see him again in a book with Maggie.

This isn't a deep, insightful book, but it satisfied me for a wonderful afternoon of reading. I thought the story was really entertaining and sweet. There were moments that were heartbreaking as well as ones that simply left me smiling. I liked the relationship between these two and the dynamic within the story. Just a fun read!

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