THE MARRIAGE BARGAIN
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: 9/4/2012
Series: Marriage to a Billionaire Series
Format: Mass Market Paperback and e-reader
Rating: 4 out of 5
OVERALL THOUGHTS: I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It’s not too long, not too short. It flows along at a wonderful pace, never slowing down or dragging, but not flying by so fast that you’re left feeling unsatisfied either. The character development was right on point, and the author did a wonderful job making our romantic leads engaging and funny, and you root for them from the get-go. The perfect amount of romance (and GOOD romance, at that,) mixes in with a love story that is heartwarming, and makes you want only wonderful things to happen. Of course, there are moments that you want to yell at either one because they’re both too obstinate to see how much they love each other, but I think that’s a good element to have in a book.
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 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?
THE LOWDOWN: They’ve known each other their whole lives, but have grown up in two very different worlds. They both have their wounds and scars, but each has overcome their obstacles, and are now truly where they want to be. But of course, there is a catch: he cannot truly take over his family’s company until he marries; she cannot help her family keep their home unless she gets a large amount of money, and fast. The best way both can see to get out of their predicament is to find someone willing to enter into a marriage contract, and with a mutual acquaintances’ help, they find each other again. He gets the marriage for one year to satisfy his uncles’ wills’ obligations; she gets the money she desperately needs to save her childhood home. It’s a win-win…until love, and libido, starts to poke their way through the rock-solid business arrangement. Is this premise a teeny tiny itty bitty bit far-fetched? Perhaps…but it’s such a fun book to read that you just won’t care.
FINAL WORDS: Is this a big, epic, sweeping novel that will change your life, perhaps even the world? No. Is it a thoroughly delightful book that will make you happy while you’re reading it, and maybe for a while after? Absolutely. This was a fun read, and I would be more than willing to read it again! In fact, I discovered there is a sequel, and I’m about to go get it on my e-reader right now! 🙂