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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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    Miss54321 missouri city, TX, United States 10-09-12
    Miss54321 missouri city, TX, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2017
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    "I don't get hoopla about book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No...just did not get sucked in...


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

    I don't really know...it just missed the special something that makes me want to go in that book's "world".


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

    She made it so the words were not so much "lost in translation".


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NikNakbzz overland park, KS, United States 10-01-12
    NikNakbzz overland park, KS, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "CUTE & FUN"

    I wasn't sure about this book after reading 50 shades; but i was pleasantly surprized. It was cute & fun

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    Sophia 09-29-12
    Sophia 09-29-12
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    "Good storyline."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it has a interesting twist .. Or two.


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

    The poem reading near the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the the last scene!

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    Gail S. Wright 09-27-12

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

    I did not like the narrator for this book. She just read it toooooo fast without any emotion. I had to quit listening and just read the book. Please redo with a better narrator or have her slow it down and put some emotion into the read.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    A lot. Read toooo fast and also no emotions.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved the book but not the narrator.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    B. D. 02-08-17
    B. D. 02-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I Think Not!"

    Unfortunately as we all know, a bad performance can ruin a decent book. That's what's happened in the story of Nick and Alexa. The reader made her male voice villainous and horrible. While he surely had issues, he wasn't the monster she presented him as. It could have been a decent story but you're better off reading it in print if you want to like it at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keri 01-27-17
    Keri 01-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Typical "lust" story."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Typical "lust" story. A better narrator would have improved this book tremendously.


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

    Doubtful. The story is too typical of other love/lust stories.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She tried too hard to make the female voice lusty through the whole book. It was painful.


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

    No


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    PamO 12-02-16
    PamO 12-02-16
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    "You can skip this series"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't know good writing from bad.


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

    WHY oh why do writers think that making a woman strong means making her mean, deceitful, sarcastic and bitchy? I have seen this over and over and am really tired of it. And then the author's voice tries to tell us that the heroine is so kind, loving and caring, and that the Hero is the one who is the unfeeling one. In my opinion, the H was the honest one, laying out exactly what he wanted and expected in the relationship. The h said what she wanted and expected, all the while holding back the truth. Then she changed the rules of the game and was mad when the H didn't jump when she said jump.
    I absolutely hate this story trope.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Coleen Marlo?

    It's not that she was terrible...It's just that there was no differentiation between the female voices, or sometimes even between the male and female voices. It made it a little hard to follow sometimes.


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

    I liked the Hero, and the Italian count. But I really didn't like the heroine, and all of her lying. Her supposedly good reasons were really just pride, which is another word for arrogance. These are things she accused him of! I have no patience for that. Then when things got tough, she ran off. Ugh.


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    anghared 12-26-15
    anghared 12-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Insipid"
    What did you like best about The Marriage Bargain? What did you like least?

    The end


    Would you recommend The Marriage Bargain to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe to someone who is not too descriminating


    Have you listened to any of Coleen Marlo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not heard her before


    Could you see The Marriage Bargain being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe - might make a daytime soap plot.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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