Review: The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst

December 28, 2012
Title: The Marriage Mistake
Author: Jennifer Probst
Published: Gallery Books | Nov 6, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Series: Marriage to a Billionaire
    The Marriage Bargain
    The Marriage Trap
    The Marriage Mistake

    Synopsis (from Goodreads):
    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….


         What is happening to this series? I loved the first book, the second one was average, and this one is a huge disappointment, which is not something you would expect if you've read The Marriage Bargain. The first book, The Marriage Bargain was killer, the best in the lot yet, and I was hoping The Marriage Mistake to be just as good, but unfortunately it didn't meet the bar.

         The Marriage Mistake opens 3 years after The Marriage Trap; Carina has graduated with an MBA, and is ready to work in Michael's US bakery, Le Corte Maggie. In the previous book, Carina was a shy, overly emotional, innocent virgin, but in The Marriage Mistake she showed a new side of her personality. She is grown up, ready to explore her wicked sexual desire, and is not hanging on to Max anymore. I loved the new change, she was independent, strong, and fearless, and not to forget my favorite part about her, extremely playful & flirtatious. I adored Carina, she teased & challenged Max to the extremes, and was ready to take the brunt, which usually involved some hot steamy kisses.

         Max is Micheal's best friend, and runs the US headquarters of Micheal's bakery empire. He is also Carina's mentor for a period as long as she'd settled in her new surroundings. I didn't like Max at all, I wished he would stop treating Carina as his sister, and just let her have some fun. It was getting very annoying with he way he regretted his intentions after their kisses; if you want it then take it, just stop with the brotherly act.
         The major reason I didn't love this book, besides Max, was that their marriage took way too long to happen. The whole theme of this series is getting married under unnatural circumstances, and then somehow realize that it is a meant-to-be together relation with love & happy endings, but in The Marriage Mistake the story took way too long to get to that point (more than halfway), and when it did happen, it was a ridiculous scenario. It just seemed that the author couldn't find any other reason for them to be married, and just made a something so unbelievable that I basically hated the book after that part.

         The Marriage Mistake is a very playfully fun teasing book in the beginning, but then it takes a downfall, and stays there. I was not happy with this installment, the only good thing about the story was that it was the steamiest in the series so read it for that. The Marriage Bargain is still my absolute favorite, and read that book if you haven't read the series. I'm looking forward to Juliette & Sawyers book, it isn't announced yet, but I'm hoping theirs will be next because I really like the nerdy-playboy couple.


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