Release date: 6 Nov 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
From the Publisher:
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Marriage Bargain comes the final installment in the Marriage to a Billionaire series
Jennifer Probst’s first book, THE MARRIAGE BARGAIN sold more than a half-million copies in six months and has spent more than 20 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. The contemporary romance followed an impulsive bookstore owner who gets wrapped up in the plans of a billionaire who doesn’t believe in marriage but needs to marry in order to inherit his father’s corporation. In THE MARRIAGE TRAP, a supporting character in the first book got her shot at love and marriage. THE MARRIAGE MISTAKE focuses on Carina, sister of Michael Conte, as she navigates through her own romantic adventure.
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 is the third installment of Jennifer Probst’s Marraige to a Billionaire series. MtaB is one of those series where each book follows a different couple but is tied in some way to the couples from the previous books in the series. The first book in the series The Marriage Bargain followed Alexa and Nick. The Second book, The Marriage Trap, followed Alexa’s Best friend and Nick’s sister, Maggie, on her journey to happily ever after with Michael Conte. The Marriage Mistake follows Carina, Michael’s little sister, and Max, Michael’s Best friend. Max is CEO of a new venture for the Conte family business and a long time family friend. The Conte’s are like a second family to him while growing up in Bergamo, Italy. He is laced with insecurities about his place in Michael’s life and their business.
Carina, meanwhile, is racked with her own insecurities, born from being the baby of the family and a “failure” at everything she tries. She has spent her life in love with Max, but not feeling that she would ever be good enough for him. He has spent his life as a serial-dater while telling himself that Carina is off-limits in every way possible. While working closely together at the American branch of the family business, they both give in to and fight their attraction with everything they each possess. During a business trip, spurred by raging jealousy on Max’s part and persistence on Carina’s, they finally give in to the passion. They have one perfect, passion-filled night together.
The following morning her mother stops by for a brief stay in Vegas on her way to visit Michael and his wife in New York. She knocks on Carina’s door, only to find Max answering the door (in his underwear of course). She convinced Max that the old school sensibilities that they grew up with Bergamo require that they now marry. Max agrees and sets out to convince Carina. They marry, but Carina sees it as a big mistake, not because it is a loveless marriage, but because it is a one-sided love.
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The Marriage Mistake was well written and well edited. There are a couple of pop-culture references that were thrown in, I could have done without (seriously did you HAVE to mention Fifty Shades?). In addition, it takes almost 2/3 of the book before main characters finally get together. It is a slow-burn romance with a lot of extraneous events in the lead up. Then once they are actually married, I feel very rushed to the end. I would have liked to see this ratio moved toward 50/50 or even 40/60. She more of why the marriage was a mistake, not just be told it was. I didn’t feel the love between the main characters, only the lust.
While it is not a book I think will go on my re-read list, it was an enjoyable read. The love-scenes were a little fast, but not extraneous as you sometimes find in this genre. I will eventually get around to reading the second book in the series, but there is enough background that each book can be read as a stand-alone, I, personally, am a completionist and will need to finish the series.
In the end I think I would say 3.5 out of 5 stars.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for providing a free eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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