Title: The Marriage Bargain
Author: Jennifer Probst
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: Feb 2012
Classification: Adult Novel
Content: Mature Scenes, Brief Sexual Encounters
Summary from Goodreads:
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?
I was really excited to read this book because I had been reading so many raving reviews. I figured if so many people enjoyed it then it must be something worth checking out. Plus an added bonus is the fact that the main character’s name is Alexa and I have never seen a book character with my name before!
The characters in this book were a little weird. It felt like they started out as one person and when it became convenient the character changed a little. Take Alexa for example she started off as a woman who was looking for a certain type of man and she seemed a little unsure of herself and a bit nerdy since she owned her own indie bookstore. Yet just a little later she suddenly had the body of Sofia Vergara and an attitude to go with it. I guess I was just a little taken back by this change that happened early on in the book. Don’t get me wrong I like a strong woman with a curves to go with it but the change just seemed a little weird to me. Although some changes did happen with the main characters I really did like all of the side characters. I thought it was really nice that Alexa’s family had such a role in this book, it made it feel more real to me.
The plot line jumped around a little bit at times. The story would be at one place and then the next chapter could be either minutes or weeks later, again whatever was convenient to the story line. I would have wished for a slightly longer book that had more time to explain some of the past experiences of Alexa and Nick and more interactions between the two as they fell in love.
Overall, this story was a bit predictable but I did like it. Halfway through the book wasn’t wowing me but as the story started to fall into place I started to really enjoy it. I would have to say I liked the second half of the book much more than the first part even if I knew what was going to happen the entire time. A little predictable but it was a cute romance story for those needing something simple without all the added paranormal elements that most adult romances hold these days.