The first book I feel the need to talk about is the first in one of my three favorite romance series.
Heat Level: ♥♥♥♥♥
Overall Book Rating: 5/6 Glass Slippers
Series Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers
Genre: Contemporary Romance
The Marriage Bargain, by Jennifer Probst was a random purchase on amazon. I think it was recommended to me and I thought I’d give it a try. Turns out, this was a life altering decision as I would eventually read everything she published. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
The book is in dual point of views, starting with Alexa. She is an independent, feisty woman with black curls, boobs, and hips. The reader is introduced almost immediately to the problem. Her parents are having some financial hardships and are at risk of losing her childhood home, Tara. Love the Gone with the Wind reference. (Frankly my dear, it’s the little things that make me give a damn.) So Alexa does what any good daughter should; she concocts a love spell. But not just any spell, a spell looking for a man with some very specific qualities, $150,000 to spare.
Now we meet Nick, a billionaire with everything he could ever want. But then his uncle, the owner of the architectural company Nick proudly pours all of his time and energy into, dies. In his will, he stipulates that Nick must get married and stay that way for a year or he would become no more than a figurehead in the company. Nick wouldn’t be able to build the dramatic buildings that he sees in his dreams and he would be reduced to a corporate drone . Why? Because his does not believe Nick will take the time to settle down and really make a life. Vindictive relatives are my favorite.
As it turns out, Alexa and Nick know each other from childhood. Maggie, Nick’s sister and Alexa’s best friend, pulls them together in an effort to solve both of their problems. Reluctantly they agree and the wedding is planned in a crazy short period of time.
But, as there always is, attraction and emotion begin to play and feelings are soon swarming around. What started out as a business arrangement is now going to the dogs. (Read the book, you’ll get the reference). Nick’s parents always had tempestuous relationships and as a result he decided that true love didn’t exist. Someone always ends up hurt or even worse, trapped!
Alexa, who has been in love with Nick since she was a child, is having a hard time figuring him and her feelings out. On top of that, she has a few quirks that absolutely make Nick howl. Soon, an accident rocks their world. They must decide if they can even make it a year or if there may be time for something more.
This book has a lot of ups and downs emotionally and Probst does such an amazing job drawing you in. I laughed, cried, and screamed internally (obviously because other people were around and they weren’t experiencing catastrophic drama). At no point did I need to go back and reread a section because I was confused as to who was talking, whose point of view it was, or to figure out what exactly was happening.
The only reason it did not get 6/6 Glass Slippers is because I’ve read the rest of the series and they get better and better with each book. This is a great book to take with you to the beach or to curl up with in a nook. But I warn you, make sure you have time to go through the series. It is the pringles of books and you won’t be able to stop at just one.
Now, the sex scenes. Probst, unlike some authors I’ve seen, does not have her characters jumping straight into bed. She prolongs the need like foreplay until you’re sitting there wondering how you became sexually frustrated from a book. But the wait is worth it. Every word has a purpose and none of them skeve you out. (I’ve read books that use the M word that rhymes with Hoist, and it ruins the scene.) Most importantly, she doesn’t wimp out half way through but makes sure you are equally satisfied. There is none of this, and they fell into bed holding each other in a mass of sheets and body parts and the scene ends.
For those of you that I just scared, relax. There is no whipping, chains, or other fetishes. Just pure and simple sex that possibly turns into love making. For those of you I just disappointed, sorry but this is a romance and not erotica. I’ll find something good for you later.
To bring it all together, Jennifer Probst has a true talent and this book is just the beginning. I highly encourage you to take a look and give her a chance.
As always, I’m open to arguments or comments. See you later with a new review for Natalina Reiss and her book We Will Always Have the Closet.