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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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    Esperanza Mora, NM, United States 11-21-12
    Esperanza Mora, NM, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Marriage Bargain to be better than the print version?

    This book was AMAZING!! I didn't care too much for the narrator, but enjoyed the story!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer fort meade, MD, United States 11-06-12
    Amazon Customer fort meade, MD, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2011

    book diva

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    "eeeeeeehhhhhhhhh"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Probst and/or Coleen Marlo?

    yes i would i brought the marriage trap and that one was way better than this one.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    when the father came back into his life


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

    i didnt like her to much i dont think i would listen to another book by her


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

    not at the movies but i would watch it on lifetime.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 10-29-12
    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Needs New Narrator"

    The story line was ok but I do not like the Narration at all. They sounded to old for the age.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ella Bungendore, Australia 10-27-12
    Ella Bungendore, Australia 10-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Lousy Narrator"

    I might try another one of her books, but only if I had nothing better to listen to...
    The performance would have been better if the narrator was anyone else... She would be perfect for a phone sex line, but she is one of the worst narrators I've heard in some time.
    There was too much 'will I, won't I' and hot and cold. There should have been better dialogue between the characters. There was no witty banter and the 'fights' between the main characters was unimaginative and bland, not to mention the change in attitude of the characters could give you whip lash.
    Try before you by and don't expect too much from this book. If you have a spare half a day on a beach or under a coconut tree then you might enjoy it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jelena oakville, ON, Canada 10-20-12
    Jelena oakville, ON, Canada 10-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Narration is so bad it can not be understood"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Probst and/or Coleen Marlo?

    NO


    What was most disappointing about Jennifer Probst’s story?

    The narration was so bad that I could not understand the story or get into it at all. Im sure the paperback might be ok at best.


    What didn’t you like about Coleen Marlo’s performance?

    I have hundreds of audible books. This was the absolute worst narration of them all. Coleen sounds like a robot in fast forward mode. I even tried slowing it down at half speed to understand it better. Did not work. Horrendous.


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

    DISAPPOINTMENT


    Any additional comments?

    Do not buy this book.

    0 of 1 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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Mt. Pleasant, SC United States 08-30-13
    Dawn Mt. Pleasant, SC United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "GOOD READ"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a good book, enjoyed it, but narrator choice in the next two books was better choice!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Sugar Land, TX, United States 10-08-12
    William Sugar Land, TX, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fifty Shades copycat"
    What would have made The Marriage Bargain better?

    Not trying to copy Fifty Shades of Grey. So transparent.


    What was most disappointing about Jennifer Probst’s story?

    Seemed thrown together to ride on Fifty's coat tails.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Nope.


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    Kyjia Miami, FL, United States 09-10-12
    Kyjia Miami, FL, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Predictable - Nothing more to say"

    There is nothing more to say, if you read the summary you have 98% of the story minus the pornographic stuff. I like more for my money, the story is absolutely poor, narration not to bad, I don't blame her.

    There are definitely better ways to spend an actual credit and better yet 7 hours. Read reviews on other books, and don't buy into any hype here.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    PattiC2 maine 09-10-12
    PattiC2 maine 09-10-12 Member Since 2010

    reviews for fun

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    "I am sorry I wasted my money. Awful!"

    The narrator is horrible. I thought she sounded very inexperienced. Like a bad actress in a "B" movie. I have not had good luck buying their sale books. I will be very reluctant to buy more books at $4.95. Buyer beware.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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