Title: The Marriage Bargain
Series: Marriage to a Billionaire #1
Author: Jennifer Probst
Release Date: February 13th 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
A marriage in name only…To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner, Alexa Maria McKenzie, casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend’s older brother—the powerful man who once shattered her heart.Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn’t believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father’s corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister’s childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he’s offers Alexa a bold proposition.A marriage in name only with certain rules: Avoid entanglement. Keep things all business. Do not fall in love. The arrangement is only for a year so the rules shouldn’t be that hard to follow, right?
I discovered The Marriage Bargain at and the synopsis interested me. Romance between a billionaire and his sister's childhood friend? I'm in!
Alexa McKenzie needs money and fast, so the best solution is to find a rich husband. Nicholas Ryan needs a wife and fast, so when Maggie, his sister, recommends him to marry Alexa (and pay her in advance), he accepts. They haven't seen each other in years, but he still remember their first kiss.
They have both grown up and their life are very different, but they can barely keep their hands off each other. After all, they are married. But sex leads to feelings, and this is only a business arrangement.
Alexa is fun! I loved her attitude toward her family and Nick, and her sweet heart to save dogs from the shelter. Nick is different, he didn't have a good childhood and doesn't believe in love, but he found in Alexa a person who was strong enough to give him time and space and who actually could love him.
I loved The Marriage Bargain. Alexa and Nick were a sweet couple, they had their hot explosive moments, and I enjoyed the author's writing. I read it in just one day, and even when it didn't have the surprise factor, I really want to read the second book from the series, The Marriage Trap, which is going to be released June 15th 2012.