The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage BargainMarriage to a Billionaire, 1Jennifer ProbstContemporary RomanceGallery BooksAugust 17, 2012Kindle340

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 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…

I really enjoyed this story. Nick and Alexa knew each other as children, and always teased each other (sometimes taking it a bit too far). When they meet again as adults, over Nick’s desk for negotiating a fake marriage, they realize the other has grown up and that they’re attracted to each other. That’s an understatement.

For their own reasons, they agree to a marriage in name, but things start going wrong almost immediately. They disagree about the simplest things. They can’t fake being in love in front of others without an argument breaking out. And then, somewhere along the way, they realize that they love each other.

And I loved their love story. The ups and downs in their relationship brought me along, I felt for both of them equally, and I genuinely wanted to see how their story would end.

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