Review: The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst

Posted May 11, 2016 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer ProbstThe Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst
Series: Marriage to a Billionaire
Published by Simon and Schuster on August 17th 2012
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook
Source: Own
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Also by this author: Searching for Beautiful, Searching for Always

The sizzling first book in the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Marriage to a Billionaire trilogy by “one of the most exciting breakout novelists” (USA TODAY) Jennifer Probst.
A marriage in name only...
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 uncle’s corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister’s childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he’s 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....


It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Jennifer Probst.  I read her Searching For series before I read this, but I enjoyed going back, and seeing some of the characters that make an appearance in the other series.


I love Alexa.  She’s strong, independent, and caring.  She does whatever she has to in order to take care of her family when they need help. I also love how close knit they are.  Nicholas can be a bit of a jerk at times. He doesn’t believe in love, and never thought he would find anything close to it. He has these thoughts because of the way his childhood went.  Absent parents make for jaded children.


I also love the whole fake relationship trope.  It’s always been one of my favorites.  No matter how much you say it’s a fake relationship, feelings get involved.  They can blossom or they can burn.  It’s hard at times to figure out which is going to happen in this one.  They can’t stand each other at times, but then they do something completely swoon-worthy.


The Marriage Bargain is a fast and fun read.  We get to see how Alexa and Nicholas progress.  They had me cracking up with some of the situations Alexa gets them into. I can’t wait to read the next one.


About Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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