Monday, July 1, 2013

Review ~ The Marriage Merger by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage Merger
By Jennifer Probst



     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?


    The Marriage Merger is the fourth book in the Marriage to a Billionaire series. The story centers on Julietta Conte and Sawyer Wells. As the CEO of her family’s Italian Bakery Julietta has a lot of pressure to make the right decisions; decisions for the company, her employees, her family, leaving decisions for her personal life last. In fact, she doesn’t have much of a personal life. Having been told she is cold in bed by her the few lovers she has had, has given her a complex. She is orgasm-less and doesn’t see any change on the horizon. She focuses on the area in which she is successful. Convincing herself this is enough for her.

    What, or should I say who, she didn’t see coming over the horizon is Sawyer Wells. Sawyer is a man with a blank past. There is nothing known about him before the age of 23. Now the world knows him as a successful business man. He is on the verge of commencing his greatest dream, a hotel named Purity. Sawyer approaches Julietta with an exclusive business deal it is strictly business, at first. It isn’t long before Sawyer picks up Julietta’s submissive nature. It calls to his dominate nature.

    Julietta doesn’t believe Sawyer knows what the hell he is talking about, but she can’t ignore her reaction to him.  They make a bet. The terms of the bet are pretty clear. Neither one thinks the other can hold out. What’s that saying about the road to hell and good intentions? If that saying is true, then the opposite should hold true for Sawyer and Julietta. The road to heaven is definitely paved with bad intentions for Julietta and Sawyer.

    Once they give into their desire trouble begins. Julietta realizes that Sawyer has demons. Demons she can’t begin to comprehend. Sawyer doesn’t expect or know what to do with someone who meets his issues head on. The sparks continue to fly.

    When the supporting cast of characters get involved things get more complicated. Julietta and Sawyer basically get guilt tripped into marriage. (Is this scenario sounding familiar? If you remember Mama Conte, it should.) Watching their relationship develop was nice. This wasn’t a love at first sight love story. The bond that forms between them and Sawyer’s foster son is so sweet. Ms. Probst did a good job of giving insight into a younger Sawyer through Wolfe.

     The only part I really didn’t understand was how Julietta and her family haven’t seen each other in so long. They are rich, with a private plane. It didn’t add up to me. I will say this could have been a way of showing how isolated Julietta was from everyone. It did not detract from the overall story.

     The Marriage Merger holds true to the Marriage to a Billionaire series. Although, now that the love spell book is lost who knows what will happen next. I would really like to see Wolfe get his happily ever after.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Reviewed by Liz

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