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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

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

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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 06-27-13
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2006

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Very good story :D"

    4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. This is the first story I've read by this author and I enjoyed it. I plan to continue with the next book in the series.

    Alexa is a great heroine, I really loved her. She's a strong woman that ends up in a bad position. She does what's needed to protect those she loves. She ends up in her bargain with Nick because she's trying to save her family home and help her family. She never tells him the reason why she needs the money though because she didn't want his charity or pity.

    Nick is a hero that you love to shake your head over while waiting for him to wise up (but once he does you know you'll love him). He grew up in a mess of a family home and because of this is convinced he can't love enough to have a real relationship. He decided no marriage and no kids and stuck with it. He only ends up seeking a wife when he's forced to marry or lose the Architectural firm that he loves. Alexa is not his perfect candidate but he's desperate and takes the chance.

    Alexa and Nick have a past. Alexa's been best friends with his sister, Maggie, sense they were young so Alexa and Nick spent a lot of time together when they were younger. He was her first kiss along with her first heartbreak. She tries to keep walls up between them as they enter in to the marriage to protect herself. Nick has a hard time dealing with the feelings she brings out in him. They had agreed on no sex during the year of the marriage but have issues not succumbing to attraction.

    Things don't go easily but some of Nick's walls drop as he and Alexa get closer. They start to explore a physical relationship but unspoken emotions are present. Alexa hopes this means something more for them just as Nick's fears are being brought back to the forefront. When she comes home with unexpected news, Nick doesn't react well. He suffers from a severe bout of relationship stupidity and things between them bust apart. When Nick finds out he's been an idiot, he executes a pretty good comeback (really loved this part) and manages to get Alexa's forgiveness. It finished in a really good epilogue that ends things nicely for Alexa and Nick while setting up the next book for Maggie and Mike.

    I really enjoyed this book. Alexa and Nick were great. Loved the characters in this story. I plan the read the next in the series because I really liked what I saw going on between the next couple. I'd recommend this book. :D

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dasarae Locust Grove, VA, United States 06-14-13
    Dasarae Locust Grove, VA, United States 06-14-13
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    "Truly enjoyed this story!"
    What did you love best about The Marriage Bargain?

    I loved the chemistry between the characters. The story was well written and made you, as the ready really root for the couple.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a really sweet story and I was pleased with the narration as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    momx4b 06-07-13
    momx4b 06-07-13 Member Since 2012

    mom of 4

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    What made the experience of listening to The Marriage Bargain the most enjoyable?

    I found the story most enjoyable. There was enough attention to develop the story add hints of humor and tell a love story with hot sex mixed in. The sex didn't overwhelming the story line.


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

    I like the way the author communicated both main characters thoughts without it being confusing.


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

    I enjoyed Coleen's narration of the story. She made the characters have life.


    Any additional comments?

    I like that this is the first of a series and book 1 is complete enough to stand on its own and I can wait while the author fully develops book 2 and not get annoyed, like other well known book series. I would read book 2.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi 05-27-13
    Cyndi 05-27-13

    New to Audible, but already addicted.

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

    It was surprising to me. One of the best I have listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How much they tried to fight the passion between them.


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

    Descriptive narrator and I do not like to actually read books.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Book Junkie Atlanta, GA 05-22-13
    Book Junkie Atlanta, GA 05-22-13 Member Since 2013

    Beau

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    "Predictable....but good!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is my first download and I got this one because of the price. It is a quick story with a pretty predictable plot, but for the price I would recommend it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think more than anything the narrator made the story interesting with the different character voices.


    Which character – as performed by Coleen Marlo – was your favorite?

    I think more than anything the narrator made the story interesting with the different character voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I honestly have to say not really....this story didn't keep me intrigued, but it was intresting enough to keep listening too.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 03-29-13
    Laura 03-29-13
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    What did you love best about The Marriage Bargain?

    My favorite thing about the book is how it unfolds and you don't know how it is going to end. I really liked the dog aspect of the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lexi is my favorite character. I love how she is full of love and she can stand up to Nick.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they are debating about the Yankees and the Mets.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I wish I could have stayed home and listened to it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Stevensville, MD 21666 03-18-13
    Dianne Stevensville, MD 21666 03-18-13

    Dianne Pollock

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    "Great series. Excellent narrator."

    My husband and I enjoyed this series. Once we started listening, we couldn't stop. I had to let him finish listening to the end of the story on my ipod while I was at work. Since I would 3rd shift, I got to finish it at work using my Audible App on my iPhone. Then we were ready for our joint listening the next day. We start a book whenever we go anywhere in the car, and then immediately transfer the device to our home listening system.

    It's been fun following the route of the book of spells. I enjoyed that Alexa and Nick each have very different ideas of the qualities needed in the perfect mate. They marry for purely selfish reasons on each of the parts, and the conflict begins.

    Narrator, Colleen Marlo does an excellent job with both male and female voices. Great inflection.

    I would highly recommend this series, only disappointed that book 4 has not yet been release and I have to wait several months for it.

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    Rose 02-09-13
    Rose 02-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I liked this story"

    Good romance. Although it was fairly predictable I still enjoyed the story and will listen to it again.

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    Jadn Lawrenceville, ga, United States 02-07-13
    Jadn Lawrenceville, ga, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good quick read"
    Any additional comments?

    I liked the quick pase of the story. I am just such a sucker for tough girls that need to find their own way in life. It is a good read on the plane or over a weekend if you do not want to get stuck in a thick book.
    The naration was excellent - the narrator got the Italian accents real well. I could just imagine Mama Conti when listening to her!

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    Rouxna James Cape Town, South Africa 01-29-13
    Rouxna James Cape Town, South Africa 01-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun & Uncomplicated"
    What did you love best about The Marriage Bargain?

    Fun, relaxing, easy reading. Just like chick lit should be. Very entertaining and highly recommended.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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