Review: The Marriage Merger by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage Merger by Jennifer Probst
Series:  Marriage to a Billionaire (# 4)
Release Date:  July 30, 2013
Publisher:  Gallery Books 
Pages:  401
Source: book provided by the publisher 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:  As we have come to expect from Ms. Probst this is another highly entertaining story of contemporary romance that involves millionaires.

This story based in Milan involves a family owned bakery and the building of a new hotel line.  Drawn to each other from the start Julietta and Sawyer are headed on the path to a world wind romance.  No holds barred.

If you had the chance to find your soul mate by using a little bit of magic would you?  If all you had to do was to write the qualities wanted in a man on two pieces of paper, then burning one while putting the other under your mattress to sleep upon would you then do it?  After being pestered by your sister you would do it just to get her off your case just as Julietta did never giving it a thought again.  I wish it were that simple.

These two are both strong characters which you don’t find that often in books.  When it comes to the bedroom and sex…Sawyer is dominant and Julietta is submissive.

There is a lot happening in this story which keeps it moving a nice pace.   Mama Conte once again plays a part in the matchmaking process.  She does want to see all her children married and happy.  I think she sees what is happening and gives that added push in the right direction leaving no room for cold feet.

The rest of the family shows up from the other stories (don’t worry if you haven’t read any of the other’s you can always go back) so that Ms. Probst can tie up any loose ends to finish out the series.

There was a definite edginess to this story that wasn’t in the other ones which I liked.  It wasn’t just Sawyer but also his young protégé of sorts Wolfe whom I liked right away.  He was real.  He wasn’t afraid to be who he was.  Rough around the edges with a little bit of a soft side that showed every once in a while; a small glimpse that made him a very endearing part of the story.

I enjoyed the very creative, simplistic story line.  It showed how basic it is to have everything when you have the love, support and hope that comes from a strong family.  The strong characters need an equally strong supporting cast which is this case didn’t take away from the main characters.  It made things more realistic which helped the story to run a smooth path never leaving the reader bored.

The only thing that I had a bit of a problem with was the naming of brands.  To me this was just filler which got in the way at times and really wasn’t needed but, it was easy to overlook.

Overall it was a quick, easy, fun read with sex, chemistry, a little bit of a mysterious air to the characters, with a bit of a dark edgy feel that I liked.

Books that in a series are nice but can stand on their own as equals.