(Marriage to a Billionaire #2)
Author: Jennifer Probst
Length: 328 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books
Rating: 5 Stars
Italian billionaire seeks faux fiancée. Willing to agree to anything in return...
In order for his sister to marry, Italian billionaire Michael Conte has to find himself a bride – and fast! When he learns that photographer Maggie Ryan is going to be in Milan, Michael hatches a plan to introduce her to his family as his “fiancée.” Never mind that Maggie is confident, independent, and a control freak. Never mind that she’s everything he doesn’t want in a wife… and everything he wants in his bed!
Convinced that Michael is in love with her married gal pal, Maggie agrees to keep up the ruse if he’ll keep away from her friend. Besides, she’s not attracted to charming, ridiculously hot billionaires who drive her nuts. Once they’re in Italy, however, everything changes – and the sexual tension between Maggie and Michael goes from simmer to naked nuclear meltdown!
But have they found the perfect arrangement… or are they trapped in a make-believe marriage? -Goodreads
My ThoughtsWhen the gorgeous, rich, and titled Michael Conte proposes that Maggie be his fake fiancee for a week in Milan; she only agrees so that she can keep him away from the very real torch that she believes he carries for her very married best friend Alexa.
What Maggie fails to understand however, is that it is her fire that has Michael enthralled.
The Marriage Trap is the second book in the Marriage to a Billionaire series, and just as awesome as the first. The most striking thing about this read is the fact that Maggie is allowed to be the tough, closed and fearful lead. Michael, on the other hand is strong, supportive, and tender.
The story this time around is all about family. Michael's family, to be exact. He is a member of an Old World Italian clan, where tradition is law. So when his younger sister calls to say that she has found love and wants to get married; traditions says that he, as the older brother must be married first...or at least appear to be.
The thing that makes this novel work is not the passion that takes place between the sheets with these two. It is instead the emotional bond that is allowed to form between not only Maggie and Michael, but Maggie and his family as a whole.
Maggie's coming together with Michael not only completes her as a woman. Her acceptance into Michael's family completes her as a person.
Maggie is seen to flower when exposed to their loving warmth.
This is not to say that the passion between the two is not first rate. The passion that they share is scorching, but there is also a heart-melting tenderness within this read that is sure to make one smile.