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May 15 2014 @ 04:27 pm
Marriage to a Billionaire Series (2-4) by Jennifer Probst  

Title: The Marriage Trap #2, The Marriage Mistake #3, The Marriage Merger #4
Series: Marriage to a Billionaire
Author: Jennifer Probst
Pages: 322, 356, 401
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Book Description:
The Marriage Trap #2
To satisfy his late father’s wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride—someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy—and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael “proposes” to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancée during her trip to Milan for a photo shoot, he will keep away from her married best friend, Alexa, and stop making Maggie nuts with their too-close-for- comfort flirtations.

But once in Italy, sexual tension sparks the hottest no-strings- attached arrangement on any continent. Could marriage be the most enticing trap of all?

The Marriage Mistake #3
Carina Conte has had a crush on her brother Michael’s best friend, Max Gray, since she was a teenager back home in Italy. Now she’s earned her MBA and come to work at Michael’s new venture, America’s fastest-growing bakery empire. But some things never change: her overprotective family still treats her like a child. With three drop-dead gorgeous siblings, she’s still the ugly duckling of the bunch. And Max, the company’s new CEO, still barely notices her.

Max knows Carina Conte is strictly off-limits, for the sake of his job and his friendship with Michael. But hot-blooded lust wins out at a conference when the two share a scorching one-night stand—and are busted by her mother! Now, forced by old-world Italian tradition into a marriage he’s not ready for, Max is miserable—and Carina is furious. Her new husband is about to realize that hell hath no fury like a woman transformed. . . .

The Marriage Merger #4
Her sisters have found wedded bliss with their wealthy, wonderful dream men, but not Julietta Conte. She’s stayed on terra firma as top executive of the family’s corporation, La Dolce Famiglia bakery. Work is her passion, and her trendy Milan apartment her sanctuary . . . until Sawyer Wells, a masculine masterpiece in a suit, lures her out of hiding with an irresistible offer: an exclusive partnership with his international chain of boutique hotels.

Julietta’s been burned before—and trusting her brotherin- law’s friend, whose powerful gaze alone has her rethinking the best use of a conference room, is the riskiest proposition. But with a once-in-a-career chance to take the bakery global, will she mix stone-cold business with red-hot seduction?

My Thoughts on the Book
I'd already read the first volume of the series. If you'd like to read that review you can find it HERE.

The Marriage Trap #2
You rather expect this series to be the stereo-typical must get married to fulfill some obligation and then oops they fell in love. I expected that. But for some reason while all that is true it is a really good series. I think it has to do with the close nit family the Conte's. Granted the first book is just outside this family and yet they are included in most family get togethers. In part his is because Maggie is Nick's (Marriage Mistake) sister. So they are part of the family.

What I love is that Probst seems to be able to mix dominate men, strong women, and family values and love. The more I read this series the more I loved it.

One of my favorite aspects of the series (from book 2 and on) is Mama Conte. She's hilarious in her ability to get her children to do what she wants but at every turn she's doing it to get her children happiness.

Well worth the read.

The Marriage Mistake #3
Ah the little sister has a crush on her big brother's best friend. So cute? Nope... hot. Max and Carina steam up the pages and the best part is that no matter what Carina does... she's driving Max crazy.

The idea of the boy who has been practically part of the family his whole life falling for the little sister than has held this secret love for him practically since meeting him, just thrilled me.

Carina is young, though not really that young, and starting out in life. She's joining the Conte family business and Max is supposed to show her the ropes.

The thing is Max realizes that Carina isn't the little girl he watched out for or who looked at him doe eyed. She's a grown woman with passions and the need to let loose which she tells him right from the beginning. She wants to have a one night stand. She wants to experience things. She wants to date different men.

All this makes Max assert a claim he is trying to deny and then in walks Mama Conte who knows how things should turn out. They haven't got a chance but then I'm not entire sure they cared.

Max is a strong dominant guy but he kind of turns to mush when Carina starts telling him they could just have one night. I love Max's loyalty to the Conte family even though it is part of what tortures us and them.

Carina is probably the least strong of the women in this series and yet she has a strength that is all her own and something she works towards as she finds her footing and her true calling in life.

Another great installment, Probst.

The Marriage Merger #4
The Marriage Merger is probably my favorite of all of them. Julietta is a strong confident business woman who has life by the horns but she can't seem to find love. She succumbs to pressure by her sister and casts a love spell hoping to find her other half (much like her sisters and friend have done).

Then comes Sawyer who is good friends with her brother and brother's best friend. We meet Sawyer in The Marriage Mistake when he shows interest in Carina and promptly figures out Max is in love with her.

Now Sawyer wants to create a new type of hotel experience and he wasn't to incorporate La Dolce Famiglia bakery into it. Queue the meeting with Julietta that is more and exercise in dominance.

Sawyer doesn't respond like this to woman but Julietta's ice queen act drives him to distraction and the more he learns about her the more he wants... well more.

Sawyer is dominant and Julietta can't let go so Sawyer decides a taste of D/s in bed is going to help her a lot and boy does it. The thing is that Sawyer believe he'd get her out of his system but in truth he just wants more.

Sawyer has a rock past and yes he's wounded. We learn that pretty quickly and so there is a stereotype there which only gets better when we meet Wolfe who is much like Sawyer and someone he's taken in to help.

When Mama Conte works her magic, Juliette ends up taking in Sawyer and his ward Wolfe. Not only is this a love story in the making but also a family which is part of what makes the book so great.

The other thing I loved about this book was the interaction with the ladies of the other Marriage to a Billionaire books. They are funny together and give really credence to the family atmosphere.

Wonderful book and series.

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