The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage TrapMarriage to a Billionaire, 2Jennifer ProbstContemporary RomanceGallery BooksOctober 2, 2012Kindle320

To satisfy his late father’s wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride—someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy—and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael “proposes” to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancée during her trip to Milan for a photo shoot, he will keep away from her married best friend, Alexa, and stop making Maggie nuts with their too-close-for-comfort flirtations.

But once in Italy, sexual tension sparks the hottest no-strings-attached arrangement on any continent. Could marriage be the most enticing trap of all?

I didn’t like this story as much as The Marriage Bargain, but I did enjoy Michael and Maggie’s story. He’s an alpha male businessman with some “traditional” ideas about what he wants in a wife. Maggie is an outspoken spitfire with a warm heart hidden by her snarky exterior.

The plot is very fast-paced, and their equally stubborn personalities and seemingly opposing values made for many amusing arguments which almost always led to sweet (and often sexy) scenes. Watching his whole family absorb Maggie (even when she doesn’t want to be) was funny and heartwarming to read, and the babysitting scene had me laughing so hard.

The one thing that was the most annoying was Maggie’s insistence that Michael held a torch for her friend Alexa, but the level of her devotion for her best friend was admirable. Michael is similar in his dedication to his family, but like Maggie, his methods aren’t always the most well-guided.

Seeing these two strong people come together under fake pretenses, fall apart, and then come back together was an entertaining read that I really enjoyed, and was a nice continuation of a series I love.

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