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The Marriage Bargain: Marriage to a Billionaire, Book 1 | [Jennifer Probst]

The Marriage Bargain: Marriage to a Billionaire, Book 1

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....

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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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    M. E. Wagner Altamonte Springs, FL 02-19-13
    M. E. Wagner Altamonte Springs, FL 02-19-13

    MEW

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    "Predictable, but still enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story line is really cute with the childhood hatred of each other. I actually did have a friend read it and she too knew what was going to happen at the end within the first few chapters, but we still liked it as a fluff novel.


    Any additional comments?

    The one part where the performer starts screeching trying to convey emotion was just awful. I get there was supposed to be a lot of emotion, but when it's right in your ear it's just annoying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen San Jose, CA, United States 02-19-13
    Karen San Jose, CA, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't finish it"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Probst and/or Coleen Marlo?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    One of the few books I actually stopped reading mid way through. Plot was way too predictable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 02-12-13
    Karen 02-12-13
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    "Standard fare, just ok narration"

    References to "romance novels" and cliched plot but delivered in a moderately interesting manner. Poor girl marries icy rich childhood friend in a "business deal" that gives her money to save her parents' home and allows him to gain full control of his architectural firm.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maha Bali Egypt 02-09-13
    Maha Bali Egypt 02-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "silly story, bad narrator"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Probst and/or Coleen Marlo?

    no way


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jennifer Probst again?

    nope, too silly, poorly developed story


    How could the performance have been better?

    if the narrator didn't have a voice like she was recovering from a cold


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom


    Any additional comments?

    I don't want to be mean about the narrator, but her voice isa bit nasal and out of breath or something? it doesn't suit this genre. I heard her in "calling invisible women" and her vioce suited the humor there... but made this book here even worse than it was

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 02-07-13
    Lori 02-07-13
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    "Great Plot"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because the author has a great storyline.


    What aspect of Coleen Marlo’s performance would you have changed?

    Voice was to raspy.


    Any additional comments?

    Story line was great but needs a different narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lit Chick 02-04-13
    Lit Chick 02-04-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Cute story, awful narrator."

    I liked the story and the characters but the narrator spoiled this for me. She read too fast and with no emotion. I'm glad to see the narrator for the next two books in the series is different so I'll try the next one. Cute romantic story with no surprises.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mariflo Calooocan City, Philippines 01-29-13
    Mariflo Calooocan City, Philippines 01-29-13
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    "it was good"

    the audio is good, the story is good, though lack of emotions from the narrator

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Squirrel Auburn, NY, United States 01-22-13
    Squirrel Auburn, NY, United States 01-22-13
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    "Simple Entertainment"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Probst and/or Coleen Marlo?

    I probably would after a little time.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book for a simple short listen where it was just for pure pleasure. It was fun and interesting but simple. It is the type of book I like to listen to once in a great while just for quick story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea 12-27-12
    Andrea 12-27-12
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    "Not all it was cracked up to be"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was lacking and the ending too predictable. It had potential but failed miserably. Too much was crammed into one book and there was not enough depth.


    Has The Marriage Bargain turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I still enjoy this genre and there will always be good and bad for everyone.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was far too fast. At times I couldn't tell what the narrator was saying. Not sure if it was sped up to fit into one download or not but it was far too fast.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Neat concept, just not executed.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bookworm The South 12-13-12
    Bookworm The South 12-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good read...horrible narrator"
    Would you listen to The Marriage Bargain again? Why?

    No. The narrator drove me crazy with the same sentence tone...time and time again. UGHH!


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

    No. She ruined the book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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