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The Marriage Merger | [Jennifer Probst]

The Marriage Merger

Her sisters have found wedded bliss with their wealthy, wonderful dream men, but not Julietta Conte. She's stayed on terra firma as top executive of the family's corporation, La Dolce Famiglia bakery. Work is her passion, and her trendy Milan apartment her sanctuary... until Sawyer Wells, a masculine masterpiece in a suit, lures her out of hiding with an irresistible offer: an exclusive partnership with his international chain of boutique hotels.
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Publisher's Summary

Her sisters have found wedded bliss with their wealthy, wonderful dream men, but not Julietta Conte. She's stayed on terra firma as top executive of the family's corporation, La Dolce Famiglia bakery. Work is her passion, and her trendy Milan apartment her sanctuary...until Sawyer Wells, a masculine masterpiece in a suit, lures her out of hiding with an irresistible offer: an exclusive partnership with his international chain of boutique hotels.

Julietta's been burned before - and trusting her brother-in-law's friend, whose powerful gaze alone has her rethinking the best use of a conference room, is the riskiest proposition. But with a once-in-a-career chance to take the bakery global, will she mix stone-cold business with red-hot seduction?

©2013 Jennifer Probst (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    Lulu 08-20-13
    Lulu 08-20-13
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    "Not as enjoyable as earlier books in series ..."

    But still an enjoyable read. The characters weren't as interesting as those in earlier books. I hate when I read a book that continually hint's at the hero's demons and then when they are finally revealed, they are anticlimactic. If the hero is going to be angst ridden for 3/4 of the book, there better be a damn good reason behind it when it is ultimately revealed.

    But the author is a skilled writer. She moves the plot along briskly, she reminds you why you liked the returning characters that were introduced in previous books and even though the books are light on the realistic interpretation of the locale, she writes well enough that is forgiven.

    Like the earlier books in the series, this is a quick fun read. The author's skill continues to be apparent and I still believe that with the right material she could be a seriously good author.

    Narration is great. I don't fault the narrator that there was little to point the reader to the fact that the story took place in Italy and most of the characters were Italian. The author doesn't seem to acknowledge this in the writing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 08-04-13
    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good listen but nothing special"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a typical book. It's a good read but much like a cookie cutter... nothing special and predictable. I like that the character belonged to a big family that everyone has each other's back. I like that characters from previous book make appearance in this book. Is it worth a credit, maybe if you're desperate for something to listen to while on a long trip.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 08-01-13
    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2012

    It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

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    "Disappointing!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, it was missing the fun spirit! Too serious from the other 3 books


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jennifer Probst? Why or why not?

    Yes, I love Jennifer Probst stories


    What about Madeleine Maby’s performance did you like?

    I love Madaleine Maby great story telling voice!!


    Was The Marriage Merger worth the listening time?

    Yes and No

    Yes, of course you have find out about Juliet story.
    No, disappointing - the storyline was not funny like the other books.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 10-29-13
    BluBumbleB 10-29-13 Member Since 2012

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "Cute, Touching Romance"

    This was a cute little romance, with very poignant moments and a few intense love scenes. It's apparently a part of a series (and this is the final installment) but I didn't know that when I purchased it--how this happened, I don't know, but I wouldn't say this is a credit worthy book or series. It kept my interest but simply because I was curious and wanted to see how things wrapped up in the end. The narrator reminded me of Grace Grant (Beautiful Bastard series), so I enjoyed her although her Italian accent grated on my nerves at times. The characters were probably the most interesting, however the author should've developed the plot in such a way that would've used such interesting characters in a better way. For this lack of plot development, I was left with lukewarm feelings overall. Now that I feel like I've completely trashed this book--not my intention really--I feel like I should admit that I would probably purchase another Jennifer Probst book but it would have to come highly recommended with off the charts star ratings!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Golden Penny TN 10-07-13
    Golden Penny TN 10-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun, but others were better"

    I really have enjoyed the last books of the Marriage Series. But this one, just didn't see to have the same charisma, or chemistry as the others. I found my mind wandering during different scenes. Plain to say, this book just did not hold my interest the way the Marriage Bargain or the Marriage Mistake did! While it was fun to see where all the other characters ended up- I won't be reading this one again. Excellent narration though!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    shannon WILSON, NC, United States 08-20-13
    shannon WILSON, NC, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful"
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    I loved this series. This book impressed me a lot. I prefer the first one and this one the best. The author made the characters very realistic like they are actual real people you could meet at any time. The story was great to follow along. The only negative is that I wish there was more. I would to liked to know what became of all the characters throughout the series relationships. This was an awesome love story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsea Alberta, Canada 08-05-13
    Chelsea Alberta, Canada 08-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great romance."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed it very much overall. However I do agree with another review that it was very predictable.


    What other book might you compare The Marriage Merger to and why?

    I have come to like romance novels much more with reading the marriage series.


    What about Madeleine Maby’s performance did you like?

    I would say so so. She has become very predictable. Not as good as the ones before.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I though she did a great performance. It's clear why she was chosen for the majority of the marriage series books.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy medina, OH, United States 08-02-13
    Cindy medina, OH, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "AWESOME!!!!!!"
    Would you listen to The Marriage Merger again? Why?

    Worth the credit. I enjoyed this whole series. Jennifer Probst did a great job with this series of books. Great read.


    What about Madeleine Maby’s performance did you like?

    I just loved this narrator. She did a exceptional job.


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

    Yes, I did this on one sitting. Did nothing else.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DK 10-31-13
    DK 10-31-13 Member Since 2012

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

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    "Latest in Series: Marriage to a Billionaire Book 4"
    What did you love best about The Marriage Merger?

    This is a great fantasy, escape. Mama Conte is at it again-ready to know and do what is best for her daughter.

    I liked that this delved into a darker past for Sawyer and Wolfe. It may be too much if you are used to Jennifer Probst's more light hearted (fun/silly) work in the previous Marriage Series books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Use the 'O' word a lot less! It seemed to be the focal point when there was SO much more to explore.

    Also, some minor timeline points...she mentions Sawyer's childhood and he (as a child) compares situation to Harry Potter. VERY minor points...


    What three words best describe Madeleine Maby’s performance?

    Unique, good & varied (although near the end Maggie started sounding like the men)!


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

    Yes, but 2 sessions and getting NOTHING else done was how I did it.


    Any additional comments?

    NOTE: More graphic and descriptive than her previous books. Some sex and depictions of child abuse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-28-13
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    "Brilliant Writing & Engaging"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - did not want to unplug. She had my whole attention from the beginning.


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    "A little light reading"

    I like Jennifer Probst books.
    the way she writes makes them light, funny and sad a good easy listen or read.
    I have a few of her books and have not been disappointed with any of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zacharoula
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    "Amazing sequence storyline"

    This book is by far the best of the series. The author outdid herself. Very touching to the point that it got me teary at times. A very heartfelt novel about two very strong characters coming together and dropping the barriers of self guard. A bit extra steamy than what we were used to by the author but not shocking.

    I highly recommend it but leave it last if you haven't read already the previous ones. There are references to past events and characters from the previous novels.

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