Series Review – The Marriage Series (The Marriage Bargain, The Marriage Trap, The Marriage Mistake and The Marriage Merger) by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage series books were fantastic and fun to read! ~ Daniella, Guilty Pleasures

The Marriage Bargain
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 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…

14165516The Marriage Trap

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?(

15729261The Marriage Mistake
Carina Conte has had a crush on her brother Michael’s best friend, Max Gray, since she was a teenager. 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 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. 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
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 brother-in-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?



The Marriage series books were fantastic and fun to read! The Marriage Mistake, The Marriage purestdelightawardTrap, The Marriage Bargain and The Marriage Merger can be read as stand alones but it was absolutely wonderful and so enjoyable to read each one in order. They built upon each other and went from what I felt was cute and coy to erotic and sexy. Each story was fresh and bright and never seemed repetitive or dull.

The characters were all engaging and so fun to read about. By the time I got to the end of the first in the series I felt like part of this incredibly goofy and fun and very real and large family that had issues and trials and stubbornness like every family I know including my own. I loved the fact they were Italians and Americans and the way so much of the Italian culture (food, wine, language – hello, they are Italian!) was interspersed.

I loved the fact that the women in each book had their own stand out personality and not once did I get annoyed with them being “Stepford” style women without flaws or with the cliché of having an ex after them or they were hiding secrets that you never knew til the last page of the book or heaven forbid a cliff hanger til the next book.

I loved the fact that the men were sometimes total Alpha Italians and then true American (depending on what book you were reading) Alphas.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a variety of writing styles but sometimes refreshing and different is needed. The main characters had issues and were about as “flawed” at times as any real people and relationship issues can get.

I wanted to smack a few people throughout the series upside their heads and yell the famous Cher phrase “Snap out of it!” But wanting to do that made me love everyone and every flaw more. From Carina and Max, Michael and Maggie, Alexa and Nicholas to finally Julietta and Sawyer each couple was fresh and beautiful!!!!

Thank you so much Jennifer Probst – thanks for the opportunity to venture into this beautiful fun-filled world of Italians and Americans and people who are human and normal, quirky and shy and bold and erotic!!!


4.5 Stars

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