Sunday, May 18, 2014

Novel Review: The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionare, #1) by Jennifer Probst

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5 (maybe 4)
Genre: NA/Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: 2012
Spoilers?: No.

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 . . .

The Cover:

This cover doesn't really do anything for me. It's embarrassing, it's not eye-catching, it's not particularly cute or anything. The font or the banner around it doesn't really look that great, the couple doesn't look that great. I'm just not a big fan of it overall, I guess.


This was a pleasantly surprisingly good book. I wasn’t sure how much I would like it, so I was happy that I really did.
I liked both Alexa and Nick. They were frustrating at times, but I liked their chemistry. Alexa was feisty, and Nick was in denial, but they both got along really well. And the smut, of which there was a surprising amount, was really good. I wasn’t expecting as much as there was, but I was pleasantly surprised with that.
Mostly, this was a very romance-focused book, with little else. Some minor focus on other characters, but there was a lot of Alexa and Nick, and the two of them together. A lot of cute, and sexy, moments together. It made the book go by very quickly, and really pulled me in, though, which I liked.
The reason why the rating isn’t a solid four (or higher), though, is that I don’t think there was enough development. Not enough depth to the characters, not enough focus on the other parts of their lives. There was just something more that was missing.
But otherwise, this was a very enjoyable book. And I will definitely be picking up another of Probst’s books when I get the chance.

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