Title: The Marriage Bargain
(Marriage to a Billionaire #1)
Author: Jennifer Probst
Publisher: Pocket Books
Rating: 5 Stars
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 . . . -Goodreads
Well, it seems that both Alexa and Ryan are in quite a pickle. He needs love, or at least the appearance of it...and she needs real M-O-N-E-Y. NOW!
All lights are green and all systems are go after these two are matched by her best friend and his sister Maggie. The longer these two are together and the more that they get to know each other however, the harder it becomes to distinguish business from pleasure.
The Marriage Bargain is one that any lover of well-written, feel good, romance won't be able to pass up.
It is quite clear from the first words of their reintroduction that there is both tension and chemistry, and that given a little time and if allowed to reach the proper temperature, (SCORCHING) the fireworks are going to be epic.
Though this is a quick read, the story is crafted with great care and the characters read as very real. They have very full lives outside of the bedroom and their interactions with each other and their supporting cast will have readers cheering, laughing, and even shedding a tear or two.
The predictability factor that is often the Achilles' Heel to 'happy ending' romance is not a factor here.
The surprise here lies not in the ending, but in how the ending is reached.
The Marriage Bargain is a wonderful start to a series that only gets better in later books.
To make things even better, the books in this series can be read singularly. The stories though related, each feature a different couple.