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To satisfy his late father’s wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride—someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy—and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael “proposes” to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancée during To satisfy his late father’s wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride—someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy—and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael “proposes” to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancée during her trip to Milan for a photo shoot, he will keep away from her married best friend, Alexa, and stop making Maggie nuts with their too-close-for- comfort flirtations. But once in Italy, sexual tension sparks the hottest no-strings- attached arrangement on any continent. Could marriage be the most enticing trap of all?


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To satisfy his late father’s wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride—someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy—and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael “proposes” to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancée during To satisfy his late father’s wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride—someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy—and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael “proposes” to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancée during her trip to Milan for a photo shoot, he will keep away from her married best friend, Alexa, and stop making Maggie nuts with their too-close-for- comfort flirtations. But once in Italy, sexual tension sparks the hottest no-strings- attached arrangement on any continent. Could marriage be the most enticing trap of all?

30 review for The Marriage Trap

  1. 5 out of 5

    Blacky *Romance Addict*

    This was OK. Good. I liked it. But it didn't rock my world. This is the kind of book that you can read anytime, a sweet romance and an interesting plot So my rec goes to those who like their dose of happy and mushy Me, I have a problem with too much mushyness, so that's why the three stars The story is pretty simple - the hero and the heroine fake the marriage because of some family problems, the hero and the heroine marry for real and fall in love, the hero and the heroine have a fight and ge This was OK. Good. I liked it. But it didn't rock my world. This is the kind of book that you can read anytime, a sweet romance and an interesting plot So my rec goes to those who like their dose of happy and mushy Me, I have a problem with too much mushyness, so that's why the three stars The story is pretty simple - the hero and the heroine fake the marriage because of some family problems, the hero and the heroine marry for real and fall in love, the hero and the heroine have a fight and get separated, the hero and the heroine get back together and live happily ever after The couple - I actually liked them both :) Michael was sometimes a bit cheezy with his expressions, but hell, ok, not that bad. Maggie is great, sharp wit, and doesn't hold anything back, even when she had to pretend with his family :) I just felt some things could have been done better, like her finally opening up to him. It was a big deal, and that scene kind of fell flat to me. It could have been more emotional, ramp it up a bit on that area too, not just the sweetness. But oh well. On to the next one

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather (hungrycookiemonster)

    There is a rumor going around that The Marriage Trap will follow another story with different characters (*cough Maggie cough*). I hope not. I have grown too attached to Nick and Alexa.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Italian billionaire and business man Michael Conte is in a bit of a fix. His sister is wanting to get married, but tradition dictates that Michael must marry first before his sisters. To placate his family, he devises a plan to present a fake wife. Photographer Maggie Ryan has known Michael for a year ever since her friend, Alexa had set her up on a blind date with the handsome Italian. But Maggie is convinced Michael is in love with Alexa who happens to be married to Maggie's brother, Nick. This Italian billionaire and business man Michael Conte is in a bit of a fix. His sister is wanting to get married, but tradition dictates that Michael must marry first before his sisters. To placate his family, he devises a plan to present a fake wife. Photographer Maggie Ryan has known Michael for a year ever since her friend, Alexa had set her up on a blind date with the handsome Italian. But Maggie is convinced Michael is in love with Alexa who happens to be married to Maggie's brother, Nick. This is book #2 in the Marriage to a Billionaire series. And this time it's Nick's (the hero from The Marriage Bargain) sister, Maggie who is getting married to a billionaire. Altogether The Marriage Trap is a cute, lightweight, and sexy romance, yet ultimately for me an average read. Though there is nothing particularly bad here, Jennifer Probst writes a contemporary following the usual tropes and brings nothing really new. But for those readers who enjoyed book #1 The Marriage Bargain, I think will also enjoy this one as well. Steam: 3 ARC courtesy of Gallery Books via Edelweiss

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ezi Chinny

    You know, this trope is so common, yet Jennifer Probst still made it a fun and entertaining read. Last book, it was mentioned that Maggie Ryan went on a blind date with Michael Conte but something happened and there was tension between the two. It was uncomfortable and didn't seem that is was a good match. Until book 2. Maggie was a nice character who had a defense built around her heart to keep everyone out. Michael Conte seemed like a bossy jerk but it quickly became clear that he was the opposi You know, this trope is so common, yet Jennifer Probst still made it a fun and entertaining read. Last book, it was mentioned that Maggie Ryan went on a blind date with Michael Conte but something happened and there was tension between the two. It was uncomfortable and didn't seem that is was a good match. Until book 2. Maggie was a nice character who had a defense built around her heart to keep everyone out. Michael Conte seemed like a bossy jerk but it quickly became clear that he was the opposite of those things. One week of a fake marriage was all it was supposed to be but it seems they were each other's missing puzzle piece. This book kept my attention. I liked it just as much as book 1. The writing was crisp and engaging. It wasn't too deep nor was it a shallow read. It gave just enough to build the characters up and keep the flow of th story. I'm going to get book 3!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    "Of course love spells didn't work. She may as well look up hero in the dictionary and wish for Superman to appear outside her condo window." Ah Maggie, how happy I was to see you and the good Count again. I was so excited to start this book. The Marriage Bargain is one book that always stays hidden in my heart to pull out when I need comfort and what better comfort comes from that book than hiding dogs and the sexy scene that follows. I have waited to see what happened on the blind date betwe "Of course love spells didn't work. She may as well look up hero in the dictionary and wish for Superman to appear outside her condo window." Ah Maggie, how happy I was to see you and the good Count again. I was so excited to start this book. The Marriage Bargain is one book that always stays hidden in my heart to pull out when I need comfort and what better comfort comes from that book than hiding dogs and the sexy scene that follows. I have waited to see what happened on the blind date between Michael and Maggie and we finally get that but what we get in addition is well...perfection. Maggie Ryan and Michael Conte have a strained relationship to put it lightly. They both feel the pull of the other but just don't know how to approach it without it going up in flames. The fire that is between them is all-consuming and HOT! Michael has a family emergency he needs to handle but to handle it properly he needs to bring a wife back to his home town in Italy. A woman to play the role of his wife and would want nothing in return? Maggie could be the perfect woman for the part. "She was exactly what she wanted without apology. He'd never be a prince and didn't want the job. Especially against a woman who'd probably steal his horse and rescue herself. Still, for a while, he needed her." Michael puts the proposition on the table and Maggie agrees to accompany him as his “fake wife” but under her conditions. After all, she is going to Italy to work anyway so what could it hurt? Michael gets what he wants and so does Maggie. Deal made, let’s be on our way to Italy. "The whole crazy plan hit her full force as soon as his private plane shot into the air. What the hell had she agreed to? And what was it about the Ryan family that necessitated fake marriages?" The beauty of Italy that is created with Ms. Probst words left me breathless. The colors, the rich landscape, the Terra-cotta roof tops and the smells coming out of Mama Conte’s kitchen had me lost and drooling. I was IN Italy with Maggie and Michael on their whirlwind week of pretended marriage bliss. I have to say that I simply love Michael’s family; his mother and his sisters are a delightful layer to their story and Carina…oh Carina I feel your crush on Max full force. Michael's devotion to his family is what drives him to be the successful man that he is but also is a weakness that leaves him less than whole. Duty and family honor can be a fickle fate. It leads you down roads you may not want to travel but those roads can lead you to your greatest desire. He would not be in his current position without his family and not just the fake marriage but the family business and the promise on a death bed. Oh, a man of honor is quite the sexy beast. The Marriage Trap is packed full of frustration, imagination, seduction, and heart break. Moments that had me clapping like a school girl, gasping at the intensity and falling in love with these characters, all of them over and over again. Maggie with her wants "She wondered why no one loved her. Wondered if anyone could ever love her. " and Michael with is desire to claim Maggie as his own no matter what he must endure "She was heaven and hell in one; and he’d greet the devil with a smile on his face. " This book is amazing! I can honestly say that Ms. Probst, borrowing the words from your beloved Count, Michael Conte, after reading this, "You wrecked me. Completely." and I will be wrecked willingly all over again without hesitation.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Syndi

    I remember when I first read The Marriage Bargain. It was an eye opener for me. I think since then I compare romance story about married if convinience to The Marriage Bargain. With Marriage Trap, I am not sure. I do not like it as much as I did for The Marriage Bargain, but I do not hate it either. What is very confusing for me is Maggie. Her character development does not make any sense for me. With her past and who she is now, something is off. Miss Probst also not giving more detail into Mag I remember when I first read The Marriage Bargain. It was an eye opener for me. I think since then I compare romance story about married if convinience to The Marriage Bargain. With Marriage Trap, I am not sure. I do not like it as much as I did for The Marriage Bargain, but I do not hate it either. What is very confusing for me is Maggie. Her character development does not make any sense for me. With her past and who she is now, something is off. Miss Probst also not giving more detail into Maggie's past. Just quickly shift the story to the end. I am left unsatisfied and frustrated at the end of this book. Overall, this is OK read for me. Not like it nor hate it either. 3 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Natasha is a Book Junkie

     “Let me be clear, la mia tigrotta. I'm taking you to bed. I'm going to strip off your clothes, bury myself inside you, and make you come so many times the only word from your lips will be my name, begging me to do it all over again.” There are some romance authors that get it right every single time and Jennifer Probst is one of those authors. Her delicious stories tantalise your senses, they keep you in a constant state of arousal and cheeriness, the only dilemma in your  “Let me be clear, la mia tigrotta. I'm taking you to bed. I'm going to strip off your clothes, bury myself inside you, and make you come so many times the only word from your lips will be my name, begging me to do it all over again.” There are some romance authors that get it right every single time and Jennifer Probst is one of those authors. Her delicious stories tantalise your senses, they keep you in a constant state of arousal and cheeriness, the only dilemma in your mind being - wine or chocolate? In this provocative sequel to The Marriage Bargain, our heroine is Maggie, a successful young photographer whose love life is as colourful as it is unfulfilling. She guards her heart fiercely, her fear of rejection holding her back from believing in ever finding love. But Maggie craves to be loved, to have a man look at her with possession and devotion - her unemotional upbringing has made her hungry for affection, secretly hopeful that every man she takes to bed would end up “slaying the demons in the evening and be enough under the harsh morning light”. She is lonely, tired of being alone and her past traumas have made her believe that she would never be truly wanted by anyone, never good enough. “Nothing was worse than that empty, gnawing feeling in her stomach when she rolled over and realized the man next to her was not The One. Would never be The One.” Michael has been a thorn in Maggie’s sight ever since their failed blind date over a year ago. Now they find themselves in Italy, Michael’s homeland, in an unconventional agreement of pretend-marriage and desperately trying to deny the sizzling attraction between them. But while they are convinced to be all wrong for each other and to have nothing in common, Maggie and Michael are a lot more alike than they realise. They have been looking for the same thing in life, the same empty search for a ‘soul mate’ both troubling them as well as filling them with hopelessness. “Do you take them to bed to escape the loneliness, hoping it will end up to be more? Do you wake up in the morning with a sick feeling in your stomach, knowing you lied to yourself again? Do you wonder if you’re meant to be alone? Wonder if something deep down is holding you back?” Michael wants a woman to challenge him, with a strong independent streak on the outside and a kind and loving heart on the inside. Deep down, he longs for a woman that is “wild, untamed, contradictory, and stubborn.” Maggie awakens this unconscious longing in him, he finds himself desperate to peel off her defences, one by one, and make her reveal her true self to him. He senses that something is holding her back from admitting her feelings for him and he patiently attempts to knock that wall down brick by brick. “... there was a cool detachment in her aura, surrounding her like a thicket of thornbushes with nasty-looking spines. Look, but don’t touch. Touch, but don’ feel. Her emotions were locked up and controlled to a point of strangling.” He senses her need to feel loved, her lingering pain and yearning to form a lasting attachment to someone, but he also struggles with his own reluctance to admit that she might actually be exactly what he’s been looking for all along. Michael finds himself unable to fight his attraction to Maggie any longer - the more he gets to know her, the deeper his feelings for her become. Her unpredictable personality and smart mouth are his undoing. Their connection is electric, intense, overconsuming. Before they know it, they are ‘stripped-bare’ before one another, with no walls between them, fighting for control over their emotions and over one another. “She twisted everything inside of him until he vibrated at a high pitch, and she made the long line of women he’d taken to bed fade away into nothingness. She was prickly, hardheaded, honest to a fault, and hid a soft center that melted his heart.” The build-up of sexual chemistry between the main characters, the anticipation, the will-they-won't-they will leave you breathless. Ms Probst’s stories are pure escapism at its finest - they awaken the hopeless romantic in you and they fill your dreams with sexually-charged fantasies of meant-to-be’s. This book is a worthy sequel to a favourite of mine and it only makes me wish for this series to never end. [4.5 STARS] ~ N ♥ See this review on my blog! | Follow me on Facebook!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sun

    2.5 stars Meh. (*shrugs a shoulder*) IF… …you can get past the ridiculous and overdone premise of “marrying to fool my family” …you can forget that this SAME premise was used in book 1 of the series, not with strangers, mind you, but with the brother and friend of this book’s MC’s …you can get past Maggie’s utterly annoying “walls” she puts up which makes me not give 2 cents about what happens to her THEN… …this book has some enjoyable moments …you can get fired up w/ some hot & steamy parts …it turns ou 2.5 stars Meh. (*shrugs a shoulder*) IF… …you can get past the ridiculous and overdone premise of “marrying to fool my family” …you can forget that this SAME premise was used in book 1 of the series, not with strangers, mind you, but with the brother and friend of this book’s MC’s …you can get past Maggie’s utterly annoying “walls” she puts up which makes me not give 2 cents about what happens to her THEN… …this book has some enjoyable moments …you can get fired up w/ some hot & steamy parts …it turns out to be not an entirely terrible read. All in all, kinda boring, kinda annoying, but Michael Conte is smoking hot. Full disclosure: I had to FORCE my way through this book, starting and stopping about 10 times. It was sheer determination that got me through since I have never DNF’d a book to date. That being sad, still, I’ve read worse. I think this could be a decent 3 - 3.5 for some. I just found Maggie too annoying to get past.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vina

    “You will serve your husband dinner tonight by your own hand....not because you are beneath him...because you are more.” Umm..I will allow my husband to be more than me.He can be the one making and serving dinner for the rest of our marriage. This is one of those books where I get attached to the supporting characters more than the principal ones.I absolutely loved Mama Conte. she's one of those fierce, hard working women who care about her family and made sure everyone was happy.I loved some of “You will serve your husband dinner tonight by your own hand....not because you are beneath him...because you are more.” Umm..I will allow my husband to be more than me.He can be the one making and serving dinner for the rest of our marriage. This is one of those books where I get attached to the supporting characters more than the principal ones.I absolutely loved Mama Conte. she's one of those fierce, hard working women who care about her family and made sure everyone was happy.I loved some of her advice too.Helped me to see some things a little differently. I love my heroine to be a strong, independent, and sarcastic young woman.Maggie Ryan most certainly didn't disappoint.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mareli

    There is really a bad problem when an Italian woman (like me) is reading a book where one of the characters is depicted as Italian and instead he speaks a sort of Spanish/American Italian :( Italians don't say Dios, Spanish do it. Italians don't say bambinos, Americans do it (maybe, I don't know for sure). Italians don't say mia amore (really I don't understand if this a product of google translator). So, the bad use of Italian words really spoil this book for me, sorry :( There is really a bad problem when an Italian woman (like me) is reading a book where one of the characters is depicted as Italian and instead he speaks a sort of Spanish/American Italian :( Italians don't say Dios, Spanish do it. Italians don't say bambinos, Americans do it (maybe, I don't know for sure). Italians don't say mia amore (really I don't understand if this a product of google translator). So, the bad use of Italian words really spoil this book for me, sorry :(

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sara HarlequinJunkie

    Reviewd by: HarlequinJunkie Romance Reviews The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst is passionately sexy and emotionally compelling. Mia Amore! It sure did surpass my expectations. I won’t reiterate the plot; I think the synopsis does a fine job of that. I loved the characters in this book, Michael is the kind of guy dreams are made of; Handsome, loyal, family oriented, compassionate a guy with a big heart. Maggie is my kinda girl; strong, independent, feisty and sassy to the end. Together Michael an Reviewd by: HarlequinJunkie Romance Reviews The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst is passionately sexy and emotionally compelling. Mia Amore! It sure did surpass my expectations. I won’t reiterate the plot; I think the synopsis does a fine job of that. I loved the characters in this book, Michael is the kind of guy dreams are made of; Handsome, loyal, family oriented, compassionate a guy with a big heart. Maggie is my kinda girl; strong, independent, feisty and sassy to the end. Together Michael and Maggie were dynamite; their chemistry was scorching HOT! I loved the Conte family dynamics in this book, the strong family ties worked well in moving along the plot. Jennifer has outdone herself with The Marriage Trap; this book is fun, witty, sexy and an emotionally satisfying read; everything I was expecting it to be and more I’m a huge fan of the Marriage to a Billionaire series and can’t wait to read Carina and Max’s story in The Marriage Mistake next, November can’t come fast enough for me. Highly Recommended! My Fav. Quote from the book "She was exactly what she wanted without apology. He'd never be a prince and didn't want the job. Especially against a woman who'd probably steal his horse and rescue herself. Still, for a while, he needed her."

  12. 5 out of 5

    Saly

    I really enjoyed Jennifer Probst first book but I think I like The Marriage Trap a bit better. Maggie Ryan is the photographer sister of Nick(the hero in the previous book), who is smart, successful and independent and great at hiding her feelings after the lonely childhood she and Nick had. Her best friend and brother's wife set her up with Michael Conte a year back and she felt a spark but was rejected so she convinced herself that Michael was in love with Alexa. The reason I liked this book wa I really enjoyed Jennifer Probst first book but I think I like The Marriage Trap a bit better. Maggie Ryan is the photographer sister of Nick(the hero in the previous book), who is smart, successful and independent and great at hiding her feelings after the lonely childhood she and Nick had. Her best friend and brother's wife set her up with Michael Conte a year back and she felt a spark but was rejected so she convinced herself that Michael was in love with Alexa. The reason I liked this book was Maggie and her sassiness that hid past hurts and vulnerabilities. She acted so blase but craved love and family like so many others but didn't believe she had it in her. Seeing her gel with Michael's family was amazing, as an outsider she could see how Michael was being patronizing to his three younger sisters and taking on the role of responsibility too far and she was not afraid of laying it all out. A foolish family tradition stands in the way of Michael's sisters happiness so he asks Maggie to be his pretend wife and she agrees on one condition, that he stay away from Alexa and though it pains him to do so, since Alexa is a close friend, he agrees. He has always felt the attraction between them but because of his friendship with Alexa and her family he doesn't want to risk a relationship going bad. Michael was a great hero, he loved his family and had given up his dream of racing for them to run the family baking business, plus even his frequent dating was an attempt on his side to find "the one", never guessing that Maggie would be that person, prickly, sassy Maggie who is the complete opposite of what he thought he wanted and has walls all around her. The book was sexy, sweet and even heart-breaking when we hear what happened to a young Maggie. Yes, the book could be corny especially the last part but I still enjoyed it. ARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This was definitely not as good as the first one. Although I love Jennifer Probst's style of writing, I found this story lacked character development. I didn't "feel" the romance or love between the characters. There was no true build-up to anything and I did not really like the heroine (Maggie.) This was definitely not as good as the first one. Although I love Jennifer Probst's style of writing, I found this story lacked character development. I didn't "feel" the romance or love between the characters. There was no true build-up to anything and I did not really like the heroine (Maggie.)

  14. 4 out of 5

    *TANYA*

    Very enjoyable,quick read. I think I'm a Jennifer Probst fan. Very enjoyable,quick read. I think I'm a Jennifer Probst fan.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    **3.5 stars** This is the story of Nick's sister, Maggie, and Alexa's friend from Italy, Michael. Michael's family is very traditional and his sister wants to get married but can't until Michael is married. Since Maggie is already planning on going to Italy for a photo shoot, Michael decides to see if he can rope her in as his "fake wife" and take her to meet his family. Okay, I'm kind of torn about this story...some parts were very sweet but others were too predictable and repetitive. I liked bot **3.5 stars** This is the story of Nick's sister, Maggie, and Alexa's friend from Italy, Michael. Michael's family is very traditional and his sister wants to get married but can't until Michael is married. Since Maggie is already planning on going to Italy for a photo shoot, Michael decides to see if he can rope her in as his "fake wife" and take her to meet his family. Okay, I'm kind of torn about this story...some parts were very sweet but others were too predictable and repetitive. I liked both Michael and Maggie but I didn't really buy Maggie's reason for agreeing to the fake marriage. Maggie certainly is feisty though and I did enjoy learning why she is that way. It was sad hearing what she went through. I loved Michael's mother getting her to cook and seeing right through her. I also loved her relationship with Dante...I was sooo hoping he would show up in the end and I'm glad he did! Michael was more than I thought he would be especially from how he comes off in the first book. But I was happy to know there is so much more to him. I liked finding out about him as well and I thought it was great that Maggie was able to get through to him and help him with his sisters. The naming of the new bakery? Perfezione! Michael's family was great. I enjoyed all of them and what they brought to the story. Mama Conte was pretty amazing and quite devious! And it's pretty obvious that Carina and Max will be the couple for the next story. I'm really happy for her but I hope there is lots of drama! I love Dante and I'm so happy with how things worked out. Overall, a sweet, cute story with some nice, steamy scenes and Yay for an epilogue even though it was a bit disappointing. I really would've liked more of Michael and Maggie. Favorite quotes: ♥ “Well, what do you want to do? Just stand there making googly eyes at me?” ♥ “The letter C stands for all the items needed in life,” she said. “Coffee, chocolate, and champagne.” She sighed with contentment and took another drink. Michael leaned back in the antique floral chair and smirked. “Aren’t you missing the best letter of all?” “What’s that?” “S. For sex.”

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lyn816 (The funk has left the building!)

    Let me just start off by saying that I loooooved the first book of this series The Marriage Bargain. Ms. Probst did a GREAT job at creating such a nice and hawt (hot) buildup between the two characters (Nick & Alexa), that I was bummed when the book ended. That of course led me to want to read the 2nd volume, just hoping for a little more of a glimpse into their story again or atleast to recapture that feeling that I felt. Deep breath in, now exhale….“Ahhhhh.” Ok enough of that, moving on! I was Let me just start off by saying that I loooooved the first book of this series The Marriage Bargain. Ms. Probst did a GREAT job at creating such a nice and hawt (hot) buildup between the two characters (Nick & Alexa), that I was bummed when the book ended. That of course led me to want to read the 2nd volume, just hoping for a little more of a glimpse into their story again or atleast to recapture that feeling that I felt. Deep breath in, now exhale….“Ahhhhh.” Ok enough of that, moving on! I was really hoping to feel the electric chemistry between the two characters (Michael & Maggie), as I did for the characters in the 1st volume. In my opinion, the heroine spent most of the book doubting his feelings which made it hard for me to feel that connection between them. I truly have to admit that I found myself struggling to stay interested, rolling my eyes and sucking my teeth at times. I even actually put the book down a couple of times and paid attention to my family when they were talking to me! Which I (shamefully admit), usually tune them out (did I just say that?) because of how good a book is, lol! There, I said it!! (You’ve been guilty of it too I’m sure, lol). Having said all of that, there were parts of the book that I did like, and I did eventually finish the book, because I’m no quitter (well…with some things I am, lol). I liked Jennifer Probst writing so much with the 1st book that I will definitely read the 3rd volume as well, (The Marriage Mistake.) Ms. Probst gives us a taste with the first chapter, and I must say, that I liked what I’ve read so far and my interest is surely peaked!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    I loved Maggie and Michael from the marriage bargain... So happy they got their own story! They had awesome chemistry, loved Michaels family and their interactions with Maggie... Loved the sneak peak for the third book! Can't wait I loved Maggie and Michael from the marriage bargain... So happy they got their own story! They had awesome chemistry, loved Michaels family and their interactions with Maggie... Loved the sneak peak for the third book! Can't wait

  18. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (Danniegurl)

    DNF about 40% I just couldn't do it guys. Maggie was sort of likable in the first book, and Michael was endearing in that one as well, but them put together spoiled the whole thing. Firstly Maggie is a bitch, this is explained away as her fierce loyalty to those she loves, but I think it's delusions of negativity she "sees" from her childhood. From book 1 we learn Nick and Maggie's parents are like anti parents, cold, emotionless, leaving the, alone. Showing no love and showing that everything rel DNF about 40% I just couldn't do it guys. Maggie was sort of likable in the first book, and Michael was endearing in that one as well, but them put together spoiled the whole thing. Firstly Maggie is a bitch, this is explained away as her fierce loyalty to those she loves, but I think it's delusions of negativity she "sees" from her childhood. From book 1 we learn Nick and Maggie's parents are like anti parents, cold, emotionless, leaving the, alone. Showing no love and showing that everything relationship wise sucks and will end. So imagine when Maggie starts believing that Michael is secretly in love with Alexa, the heroine from book one and Nick's wife, even though Michael, and Alexa have both told Maggie time and again that she's crazy AND Nick invites him to family functions and what not and clearly isn't threatened by him. Maggie needs to butt the fuck out. Seriously girl do you think he is just gunna swoop in and steal Alexa!? How? She's in love with your brother!!! *eye roll* then no matter how Michael tells Maggie this is untrue she doesn't believe him and hears only what she wants to hear. Then we have Michael. He didn't rub me too badly until we saw how he interacted with Carina, his youngest(?) sister who mind you is 23 and he treats like she is 14. He freaks out about what she wants to do with her life, he freaks out when she got a make over from the make up artist at the photo shoot Maggie was doing, he freaked out she was photographed with male underwear models, he freaked out said models wanted to hang out with her and he "didn't approve". Um did I miss somewhere that she wasn't an adult? Is this a culture thing? Because I don't understand it, I can't supportive it and it drove me nuts. I can not stand the way they were treating her, for her part though Maggie was trying to help, but Michael was like she is not allowed to date, see naked men or basically have a relationship, yet her older sister who this whole farce is for, seems to have been able to date, so why is it different for Carina? Drove. Me. Nuts. I can't. I tried, I can't but mostly it was because Maggie rubbed me the worst way. I just couldn't deal.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anahita

    3-3.5 star I don't know what to say. Well... This was a good read. Nothing special, but not that bad. I liked Maggie but the conflicts that she had with herself was really on my nerve. Contrary to my expectation Michael was more wiser and more easy going. He accept his flaws and start to change them. 3-3.5 star I don't know what to say. Well... This was a good read. Nothing special, but not that bad. I liked Maggie but the conflicts that she had with herself was really on my nerve. Contrary to my expectation Michael was more wiser and more easy going. He accept his flaws and start to change them.

  20. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    This was a sweet little story of frenemies to lovers. Maggie and Michael were both introduced in the first book in the series – The Marriage Bargain. Maggie is Nick’s sister and Alexa’s best friend, while Michael is the Italian billionaire working with Nick who befriends Alexa. I liked him from back then, so this book was an easy sell for me :) They went on a blind date in the first book, but nothing really came of it (or so we thought), but with them now entering into a pretend marriage and spe This was a sweet little story of frenemies to lovers. Maggie and Michael were both introduced in the first book in the series – The Marriage Bargain. Maggie is Nick’s sister and Alexa’s best friend, while Michael is the Italian billionaire working with Nick who befriends Alexa. I liked him from back then, so this book was an easy sell for me :) They went on a blind date in the first book, but nothing really came of it (or so we thought), but with them now entering into a pretend marriage and spending the week together in the beautiful Italian countryside, sparks fly! Maggie is a complicated character. “She was no shrinking violet. Her attitude was kick-ass and woman, hear me roar … A heavy wall of armor barricaded her from any real emotions … She was exactly what she wanted to be without apology.” And then along comes sexy billionaire, Michael, to smash through her defences. This man was pure swoon and bit by bit he and Maggie cave into the attraction between them - and holy hell, can he bring the hotness!!! "Let me be clear, la mia tigrotta. I’m taking you to bed. I’m going to strip off your clothes, bury myself deep inside you, and make you come so many times the only word from your lips will be my name, begging me to do it all over again." With all of the hotness going on, it doesn’t take long before Michael and Maggie realise that they are falling for each other, but the road to happy ever after is not a smooth one. I really enjoyed this, a swoony, sexy story with some lovely moments and a sweet ending that made me squee. Michael and Maggie are great together, and form a beautiful partnership - supporting and encouraging, and bringing about much-needed changes to each other’s lives. There is also a beautiful set up for the next book in the series about Michael’s younger sister, Carina and best friend, Max – looking forward to getting to that one. 3.5 stars

  21. 5 out of 5

    MedievalMinstrel

    It's not a bad book but i couldn't really get into it because... 1) The reason for the marriage felt more far-fetched than the reason in the first book of the trilogy. 2) I felt the rhythm of the book wasn't very fluid. After every action there was an explanation about maggie's feelings (or michael's). I would have liked it more if the background and explanations were inserted in the narrative more fluidly or maybe be more subtle about it. Sometimes the readers don't need to be told every single f It's not a bad book but i couldn't really get into it because... 1) The reason for the marriage felt more far-fetched than the reason in the first book of the trilogy. 2) I felt the rhythm of the book wasn't very fluid. After every action there was an explanation about maggie's feelings (or michael's). I would have liked it more if the background and explanations were inserted in the narrative more fluidly or maybe be more subtle about it. Sometimes the readers don't need to be told every single feeling the character is feeling every moment. Sometimes actions speak volumes and explanations aren't necessary. 3) The male protagonist gave out a jerk vibe which, no mater how hard i tried, i couldn't shake it off. Still, jennifer probst is capable of funny, sweet books and i'll be reading more things coming her way. It's just that, in my humble opinion, she tried so hard with this one and i think she doesn't need to.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Italians are a fetiche now, right? :D Yeah I suppose they are hot LOL

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Buwalda

    Review: The first in the series, The Marriage Bargain, was a very hot and emotional novel. Although the story highly focused on the romance and the spark between the characters the story line was lacking. Now, in the second one I found that the storyline was little bit better, Except the characters were not ones that appealed to me. I found both of them to have unrealistic control freak levels. Basically what threw me off was that she basically says and plans to leave three times and realizes thr Review: The first in the series, The Marriage Bargain, was a very hot and emotional novel. Although the story highly focused on the romance and the spark between the characters the story line was lacking. Now, in the second one I found that the storyline was little bit better, Except the characters were not ones that appealed to me. I found both of them to have unrealistic control freak levels. Basically what threw me off was that she basically says and plans to leave three times and realizes three times that she really cares for him, I can see being in denial but its written a couple of times that she was addmitting it to herself. Luckily their past explains why they were both such control freaks and kind of helped with the believability a little, but still I was not a big fan of the characters in general. Basically Maggie at some points seemed very rude, and Michael (who is suppose to be the appealing male figure) came across as sexest. And...they didn't really change that much. Well, he did but not necessarily her that much. Although I appreciated, like in the first one, their backgrounds that really shaped who they were..both very dark and troubled in their own way, but it wasn't developed enough to really get me involved in their story. Good: The emotion was very steamy and you could feel the electricity between them through their looks and touches. Maggie-Independent and has created a name for herself in the industry she loves. Michael-out of the two of them he seems to have his stuff together. He admits his control freak tendencies and gives in first. And he's a family man Bad: Maggie-Kind of rude, shelfish and (the mature word for) cranky Michael Conte-a little sexest at times. Overall: Overall the story line was better but the characters were not my taste. the focus was still on the romance and left the story line lacking a bit. The book, like the first, could have been longer that its under 200 pages to provide more depth to the story line. I was also expecting a bit of a shower scene because of the cover, but it didn't happen. This book is directed to people whom are more interested in the chemistry and the events they lead. I can't guarantee that I would continue with this series in the future, although the exert that was provided for the third book and the characters that it revolves around does make it sound like it could be an interesting relationship.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    While I absolutely loved the first book in this series (so much better compared to this one), I was greatly disappointed in The Marriage Trap. Maybe it was the formulaic forced marriage, maybe the contrived fights, the cliches or the poor grammar, but I really didn't feel this. Seriously, a writer should pay more attention to details...most of the Italian words and sentences were wrong (italians don't say "mia amore" but "mio amore", "delizioso" and not "delicioso", "dio " and not "dios" and so o While I absolutely loved the first book in this series (so much better compared to this one), I was greatly disappointed in The Marriage Trap. Maybe it was the formulaic forced marriage, maybe the contrived fights, the cliches or the poor grammar, but I really didn't feel this. Seriously, a writer should pay more attention to details...most of the Italian words and sentences were wrong (italians don't say "mia amore" but "mio amore", "delizioso" and not "delicioso", "dio " and not "dios" and so on). Moreover, Bergamo isn't surrounded by hills and olive and lemon trees but by mountains! If that bothered me, and I'm not even from Italy, I can't imagine how Italians must feel about all this. Also, why does almost everybody who's supposed to be Italian have English names?! Makes no sense. Maggie. Got. On. My. Nerves. Michael kept telling this woman he was not in love with Alexa; that he would not go there with a married woman. But she was only hearing what she wanted to hear. He was showing her time and again that he had feelings for her but again she wasn't seeing it because she believed he wanted her best friend. Just because the man refused to go on a second date with her, she decided that it must be because he is in love with someone else (because she is so so desirable everyone has to love her right?????) and who better than her best friend Alexa. It's like I seriously wanted to slap her. Then that stunt she pulled at the end, I was ready flounce with that mess. The book was certainly hot, no doubt about that, but Maggie was a real pain and I was irritated by numerous things, including Michael's "Count" status, which wasn't explained or reflected by the other members of his family (surely that made his mother, and most certainly Maggie, a contessa?). I mean I really really loved The Marriage Bargain because the chemistry between the characters was hot! But this one kinda fizzled. I'll read the third one because I have high hopes it will be more like the first book and not this one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nhi Nguyễn

    I love love love this bookkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!! I know the idea is cliché, but I still love it like hell! And it took place in Milan, Italy, the place I've been dreaming of visiting my whole life! :)))) Books that make me ditch my work and secretly read them during working hours totally deserve 5 stars :D There is only one thing I'm concerned with the Vietnamese-translated version of this book. I don't know why but they censored all the steamy and beautiful sex scenes. I have never read a romance book I love love love this bookkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!! I know the idea is cliché, but I still love it like hell! And it took place in Milan, Italy, the place I've been dreaming of visiting my whole life! :)))) Books that make me ditch my work and secretly read them during working hours totally deserve 5 stars :D There is only one thing I'm concerned with the Vietnamese-translated version of this book. I don't know why but they censored all the steamy and beautiful sex scenes. I have never read a romance book published by Bach Viet that suffered from this nonsense editing. What's wrong with reading a little sex????? After all, this is a modern romance novel! And sex is a normal between two people who are in love. It's beautiful, enjoyable and it's not just about getting physical, you know? It's NOT PORN! I can't believe we're reaching the end of 2016 and there are still book editors who did such thing to a wonderful book and to the readers! This is such an disrespectful act toward the author. Thank God I found the English version online, or else I wouldn't know this kind of deception! I did suspect there were some sex scene censoring when I saw that the Vietnamese version has only 300 pages, while the original version has over 300 pages (there is NO WAY a translated version can be shorter than the original one). And certainly I made a right decision by combining both the Vietnamese and the original versions for my reading. Dear Vietnamese romance readers out there, if you are interested in reading this book, and your English is good, then I suggest you read the original version here: http://www.rednovels.net/book/Marriag... Don't bother buying the book because you will be disappointed.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shelly Bell

    I am a huge fan of The Marriage Bargain and was thrilled when it gained such popularity. The characters of Maggie and Michael were established in that book, but you don’t have to read the first to enjoy The Marriage Trap. But if you did, you’ll get an update on Alexa and Nick. Even in the first book, I loved the character of Maggie. She had such strength and compassion for her best friend and brother. In this book, we get to learn more about her flaws and her upbringing. Michael is sexy, excitin I am a huge fan of The Marriage Bargain and was thrilled when it gained such popularity. The characters of Maggie and Michael were established in that book, but you don’t have to read the first to enjoy The Marriage Trap. But if you did, you’ll get an update on Alexa and Nick. Even in the first book, I loved the character of Maggie. She had such strength and compassion for her best friend and brother. In this book, we get to learn more about her flaws and her upbringing. Michael is sexy, exciting, and sweet, and an alpha male without being too overbearing. His love for his family, especially his youngest sister, turned him into a huge hero in my eyes. The book was romantic and parts were laugh out loud funny. I highly recommend it and I’m looking forward to the one!

  27. 4 out of 5

    • Lisa •

    Nothing not to love about this easy-to-read romance. Heartwarming to the end with characters you can't help but fall for. Not epic but certainly one to consider - a good all rounder. Nothing not to love about this easy-to-read romance. Heartwarming to the end with characters you can't help but fall for. Not epic but certainly one to consider - a good all rounder.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashy Khaira

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Maggie is given the spell book by Alexa who is now leading a happy married life with Nick,Maggie's brother.One lonely night is all it takes for Maggie to cave in and do the spell while she is somewhat drunk and she forgets about the spell completely.Michael Conte asks Maggie to be his bride for a week just so that his sister can get married.What Maggie sees when she spends time with Michael is a man who does not support and give words of encouragement to his sisters and slowly changes him for th Maggie is given the spell book by Alexa who is now leading a happy married life with Nick,Maggie's brother.One lonely night is all it takes for Maggie to cave in and do the spell while she is somewhat drunk and she forgets about the spell completely.Michael Conte asks Maggie to be his bride for a week just so that his sister can get married.What Maggie sees when she spends time with Michael is a man who does not support and give words of encouragement to his sisters and slowly changes him for the better...A one week proposition with consequences they never imagined possible.addicted to the book,cant wait to read the next in the series

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ayuhashim

    Suddenly I learnt Italian in this book. Love the story.. Everything is great. I'm happy Suddenly I learnt Italian in this book. Love the story.. Everything is great. I'm happy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Britt

    This is the second book of Probst's I have read and just like after reading the first novel I was asking myself the same question? How does she do it? How does she take a typical cliche (the pretend marriage and then falling in love with your fake husband/wife thing has been done a thousand times) and make me enjoy it? (I usually hate typical writing). After a few days of thinking I have come to one conclusion: The characters. Jennifer may use an old idea and plot line, however its the character This is the second book of Probst's I have read and just like after reading the first novel I was asking myself the same question? How does she do it? How does she take a typical cliche (the pretend marriage and then falling in love with your fake husband/wife thing has been done a thousand times) and make me enjoy it? (I usually hate typical writing). After a few days of thinking I have come to one conclusion: The characters. Jennifer may use an old idea and plot line, however its the characters, along with her beautiful writing that makes her stories come to life. This is why I am rating the second in the series one star more than the first because I liked the characters and the character development in this book better. Conte, Conte, Conte, he appealed from me for the start and I was delighted to know that Jennifer choose him for her next book. There is something about his character that has always appealed to me. He is seen by many as a womaniser, someone who seduces women and then leaves them. However through this book we see that he is so much more, he is somebody who cares so deeply for his family that he was willing to sacrifice everything (including his own dreams) and do anything to make sure his mother and sisters are safe, protected and happy. Ultimately he was willing to do the same for Maggie, as he admits his love her for. I also liked Maggie. She has had such a hard upbringing, being emotionally isolated by her parents and having to deal with her past by herself because of her vicious mother's cold response to her intial distress after the incident. Maggie refuses to acknowledge her bad past and the emotional abuse she suffered because she feels guilty as she has had everything she ever wanted. However she does not acknowledge the one thing that was missing, love. Even now she can't seem to fathom that somebody would love her for who she is, that she could be good enough for someone. It was rather beautiful to see the Count try to break through her barriers in a selfless attempt to show her that she does matter. Conte's family, particularly his mother was a source of amusement and just made me feel warm and fuzzy. The imagery of sitting in an old kitchen cooking homemade pasta with a little italian women is beautiful to me, and I could definitely relate to the whole idea of bonding while cooking. I really loved this book. As I have said, Jennifer Probst takes a pretty average and overdone plot and makes it special with her characters and their journey.

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