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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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    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    terri 07-25-16
    terri 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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    Ruthless 10-12-14
    Ruthless 10-12-14 Member Since 2016

    Good 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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 09-19-14
    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 09-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very frustrating.."
    Any additional comments?

    I don't get it. Why so many 4 and 5 star reviews? I'm at 50% and I'm not sure I going to go any further. These two act like they are still teenagers. Every time you turn around they're arguing about something that happened when they were young. It's just stupid and goes on and on AND she just keeps doing things she knows will pi** him off. They are both so immature it's not funny. And for her to bring all those dogs into his big beautiful house and think nothing of them crapping all over is even more insane. This book is just to stupid for me.

    As to the narrator: Ms. Marlo is always a pleasure to listen to. She gives her characters their own personalities and voices. She's an awesome narrator.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 04-02-14
    Linda 04-02-14
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    "Great, simple romance"

    typical fanciful romance. Billionaire falls for childhood friend. Makes mistakes gets forgiven. typical sappy unbelievable romance, most women wishes was real. That is what makes it a good one, the story you wish was real. The only thing wrong is the narrator, she could be good and the emotion and telling of the story is, she just has a very nasally voice that is slightly annoying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Becca 03-19-14
    Becca 03-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Bargaining with Emotion"
    Would you listen to The Marriage Bargain again? Why?

    Marriage Bargain was one of those books that I will look back on fondly, but I'm not sure it's one I will pick up again and again just because. It was a nice, intriguing romance but lacked the all-consuming plot and theme that would make me re-read/listen to it again for elements I would have missed upon first read. Don't get me wrong, I've already purchased the second book and Probst is a wonderful writer, but I just don't think it has the action that would call me back again and again.


    What three words best describe Coleen Marlo’s performance?

    Sigh. She was okay. I've definitely heard way worse narrations, but she made Alexa sound like she had an ever-present cold and Nicholas sound like....well I'm not quite sure, but it wasn't hot. She did great with the Italian accent, though.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donk murfreesboro tn 08-21-13
    Donk murfreesboro tn 08-21-13 Member Since 2006

    "I'll be a story in your head, but that's OK. We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? The Doctor

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    "Why did I buy this...."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like romances. I don't and can't remember why I bought this.


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

    Time travel....:)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part about her hiding the dogs. Funny!


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

    Apathy


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jayme Mesa, Arizona, United States 06-10-13
    Jayme Mesa, Arizona, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad Narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator sounded like she needed to blow her nose. Ruined the book for me.


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

    Nope.


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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 05-15-13
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Just what I was looking for!!!"

    Powerful alpha male...reluctant strong female lead....can she chink his well honed armour...does she even want to?

    Nice hot scenes, WONDERFUL sexual tension, and lovable characters. The narrator was a bit too breathy for me, but didn't ruin anything.

    I will be downloading the rest of the series ASAP!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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