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The Marriage Bargain Audiobook

The Marriage Bargain: Marriage to a Billionaire, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Jennifer Probst (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Full of nonstop sexual tension that crackles off the page." (Laura Kaye, author of Hearts in Darkness)

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    kkspokane Spokane WA 10-16-12
    kkspokane Spokane WA 10-16-12 Member Since 2013

    kkspokane

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    The lead female character in this is spunky.... but that is about it. Not worth $24... or a credit. The reviews I read raved it was fun, funny and witty. It is a little, but not a lot. I have been an audible customer for over 5 years...and this is the first review I have posted. I'm doing so because the reviews overstated the quality of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Johnson Milton, VT United States 10-10-12
    R. Johnson Milton, VT United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2012

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    "I've Heard Better"
    What disappointed you about The Marriage Bargain?

    The reader and the story were very disappointing. The reader was too breathy and made the characters sound ridiculous. I found the character development very poor to the point where each person seemed like hollow tree stumps.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jennifer Probst again?

    Maybe.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Coleen Marlo’s performances?

    No.


    What character would you cut from The Marriage Bargain?

    The Count


    Any additional comments?

    There are much better romance novels out there.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Miss54321 missouri city, TX, United States 10-09-12
    Miss54321 missouri city, TX, United States 10-09-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "I don't get hoopla about book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No...just did not get sucked in...


    What could Jennifer Probst have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't really know...it just missed the special something that makes me want to go in that book's "world".


    What does Coleen Marlo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She made it so the words were not so much "lost in translation".


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NikNakbzz overland park, KS, United States 10-01-12
    NikNakbzz overland park, KS, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "CUTE & FUN"

    I wasn't sure about this book after reading 50 shades; but i was pleasantly surprized. It was cute & fun

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    Sophia 09-29-12
    Sophia 09-29-12
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    "Good storyline."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it has a interesting twist .. Or two.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Marriage Bargain?

    The poem reading near the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the the last scene!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail S. Wright 09-27-12

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    Where does The Marriage Bargain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I did not like the narrator for this book. She just read it toooooo fast without any emotion. I had to quit listening and just read the book. Please redo with a better narrator or have her slow it down and put some emotion into the read.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    A lot. Read toooo fast and also no emotions.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved the book but not the narrator.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gabrielle Honolulu, HI, United States 09-17-12
    Gabrielle Honolulu, HI, United States 09-17-12
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    "Such a Good Book"
    If you could sum up The Marriage Bargain in three words, what would they be?

    This book reminded me of "Fifty Shades of Grey" the only difference is that it didn't have that many erotic scenes in it. But it was dam good... I just love these kinds of books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They Were all my favorite because with out them all playing a role this story wouldn't be a good one... SO ALL WERE MY FAVORITE.


    Did Coleen Marlo do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    At first I had to get used to her voice because I was used to another narrators voice, but when the story went on she did a wonderful job. She differentiated all of the charactors!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it did make me laugh at some points but it didn't make me cry.....


    Any additional comments?

    THIS BOOK IS A GOOD BOOK, IF YOU LIKE ROMANCE WITH A LITTLE OF EROTIC PLEASURE THEN THIS IS A GOOD BOOK TO READ.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    myrthasg 08-29-12
    myrthasg 08-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Do NOT waste your credit"

    OK, first of all I'm not usually hard on books. But I just have to review this one.
    I bought it because: a) nice romantic cover
    b) plot with potential
    c) 3 to 4 stars
    d) I like fun chick lit. (M. Jhonson, S. Manning, M. Harper. S. Kinsella etc).

    What I've got was an impossible cliche story, with totally unreal characters,with not only words but sentences repeated throughout the book, and scenes that intended to be funny and only left me with an odd feeling of shame for someone else....Many times I though of not finishing but did it because I wanted to be fair and maybe later on it would get better but it never did.
    The narrator is ok, her voice is clear, nice, and almost always does the different voices, The performance itself is not good but then again, she doesn't have a great material to work with.

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    Terri F 07-25-16
    Terri F 07-25-16 Member Since 2015

    Love to read and I am really enjoying audible. Fantasy and sci fi are my faves but I also enjoy period novels and historical fiction.

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    "Terrible narration mediocre story"

    The main characters were annoying and argumentative. They lie and manipulate each other and then get angry because they each buy into the lies. Example the lie about what Alexa wanted the money for. She tells him she has "selfish" motives for the money instead of helping her family because she is afraid if he knows the real reason he will think more highly of her. So she convinced him she is selfish and then gets angry with him for thinking she is a selfish person

    The narrator is a terrible over actor and I found her difficult to listen to. I didn't enjoy her at all. She could act on Disney nick Jr.

    Not sure what the the other reviewers thought was so great about this book

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty 10-12-14
    Rusty 10-12-14 Member Since 2016

    Great Books Don't Promote Violence

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    "Totally Unremarkable"

    Last week, I started listening to the Marriage Bargain and quickly lost interest. I can't even remember enough to describe the plot - guess that says it all.

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