Review: The Marriage Merger by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage Merger by Jennifer Probst
Series: Marriage to the Billionaire (# 4)
Release Date:  July 30, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 400
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

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?


Review: The Marriage Merger is the fourth book in the Marriage to a Billionaire series. It can be read as a stand alone. I have not read the other book in the series as such I am unable to make a comparison.  After reading this title I am compelled to read the rest of the books in the series. This title is set in Italy, which I believed helped to enhance the story and the romance between the characters.

Sawyer Wells, the lead male character, did not have a great childhood. He had suffered both physical and emotional abuse while growing up. He had experienced loss at an early age. Sawyer rose above his circumstances and became a billionaire, however he was afraid of getting close to anyone as he felt he was not worthy of love.

Julietta Conte the female lead, came from a loving family. She was an accomplished no nonsense business woman. She was not looking to be involved with anyone romantically based on her past experiences with the opposite sex. In the business world she was the poster child for self confidence, but when it came to her love life she was a walking advertisement for insecurity. There were times throughout the story when I found my self thinking that she needed someone to knock some sense into her. Sawyer was exactly what she needed.

Sawyer and Julietta came in contact due to a business arrangement w which involved a merger between the Conte’s family bakery and Purity hotels. When these two met, the attraction between them was instantaneous and combustible. It was good to see these characters grow and were able to move past their insecurities.

The plot was quite believable but it was not unique. This is a story of love, loss and blackmail. It was easy to feel and relate to the characters’ emotional struggles.  The romance was realistic. The sex scenes were definitely hot. There was some amount of BDSM involved which was handled quite tastefully.

This was an easy read which had my attention from the very first stage. This story shows how powerful love can be and that if we are willing to let go of the bad things in our past our hearts will be receptive to the healing power of love.

This is my first taste of Jennifer Probst work and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I would definitely this book to lovers of contemporary, erotica romance.