Thursday, November 22, 2012

Review: The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage Mistake (Marriage to a Billionare, #3)
The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst
Published November 6th 2012
Purchase: Amazon
About the book: Carina Conte has had a crush on her brother Michael’s best friend, Max Gray, since she was a teenager. Now she’s earned her MBA and come to work at Michael’s new venture, America’s fastest-growing bakery empire. But some things never change: her family still treats her like a child. With three drop-dead gorgeous siblings, she’s still the ugly duckling of the bunch. And Max, the company’s new CEO, still barely notices her.

Max knows Carina Conte is strictly off limits. But hot-blooded lust wins out at a conference when the two share a scorching one-night stand—and are busted by her mother! Now, forced by old-world Italian tradition into a marriage he’s not ready for, Max is miserable—and Carina is furious. Her new husband is about to realize that hell hath no fury like a woman transformed….

The Marriage Mistake was fun, flirty and addictive.  There’s a fair amount of sexual tension and denial that makes it oh-so-satisfying when they finally give in and let go. 

Carina is the naïve heroine longing to break free of her traditional Italian family’s overprotective constraints, and experience life and passion.  She had a mad, intense crush on her brother’s best friend, Max all growing up, one that was evident to everyone including Max.  Max, of course, only looked on her as a little girl and thought her crush was cute.  Carina had to endure the countless girlfriends he went through.  She’s moved to America to take a position in her brother, Michael’s company, but she’s not that little fluttering girl anymore.  When Michael assigns her to work with and learn from Max in La Dolce Maggie, she plans on showing Max she’s long since over him. 

Max is Michael’s right hand man at La Dolce Maggie.  They have been best friends since they were boys growing up in Italy.  When he finds out he’s to train Carina, Max is not happy.  He doesn’t want the distraction and Carina was always so passionate and emotional, really not a fit in a tough business world.  What he doesn’t expect is the Carina that comes through the door.  She’s grown up, confident, and gorgeous.  Not the unsure, volatile girl he remembers.  Max remembers the crush she used to have on him, but there are no traces of it now, and that hurts his ego a little.  This is all for the best though because he has no intention of settling down right now.  However, the feelings Carina stirs up in him are dangerous.  He knows he can’t act on them and ruin the relationship he has with the Conte family if things go wrong.

On one night of weakness they give in to their passions and are caught by Carina’s mother, Mama Conte, who swiftly forces them into a marriage to make things right.  As we’ve learned from the previous story, Mama Conte is always knows best, even though it may take Carina and Max a little while to figure this out. 

I wanted to smack these two upside the head a few times, but that’s what makes these stories so much fun.  The giving in and the pushing away, back and forth, until they finally figure out they’re perfect for one another.  There were all kinds of smoking hot sexual tension in this story!  Ms. Probst certainly knows how to write some spicy scenes.  I loved how Max got all growly and alpha on Carina once he let go, but I loved his sweet side too.  Carina was such a passionate and honest woman, she’s a force to be reckoned with, charming the socks off any who come around her.

This series is so much fun, I can’t wait to read the next one.  Is Carina’s sister, Julietta next?  I guess we’ll have to wait and see. 

A copy of this was provided Simon and Schuster via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

4 Suns

1 comment:

  1. Jennifer Probst has done it again. I couldn't put this book down. Jennifer knows just how to hook you in and keeping you wanting more. The anticipation she creates in her books is perfect. Little glimpses into the hot passion has you begging for more. I will continue to read her books.

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