Carina Conte has had a crush on her brother Michael’s best friend, Max Gray, since she was a teenager back home in Italy. 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 overprotective 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, for the sake of his job and his friendship with Michael. 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....
©2012 Jennifer Probst (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
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"This series is quickly becoming my guilty pleasure"
Well, she did it again....another easy listening (simple) romance story that I really enjoyed. Much like the first two books, it's a little unbelievable and completely predictable but I can't help but like this series. So far this one was my favorite. If you like book 1 or book 2 then you will enjoy this one too.
Again, the narrator is great and I'm looking forward to the next installment.
Ask yourself - what do you want from romance novels? Great characters that are involved in believable plots, passionate romances, some touching sexy love scenes and happy endings - right?
Well this book, and previous ones in the series, not only delivers the right criteria but delivers them by the bucket full. It could be a stand alone listen but there are references to other members of the family that the spell book has worked for and those characters all make their occasional appearances too.
Worth a credit? If you're a romance lover, want happy endings and are looking for a great listen to get lost in - then this book (along with the whole series) is an absolute MUST.
"Great listen!! Better then the other of the series"
I've enjoyed the first one on the series, but this one for me was even better, very funny, sizzling interactions.
Loved the inner doubts of the main female character, although at the end it was a bit too much insecurity for my taste. But overall a great listen good story and the narrator did a pretty good job.
Give it a try
"Entertaining Series Worth the Credits"
Engaging relationships and liked the overlap of characters in each successive book. A bit of plot redundancy in books 1 & 2 with "fake" marriages. Humor in sexually charged scenes will have you smiling if not laughing--overall sexual dynamics get better in each book. Would love to read more by this author--narrator of 2nd book the best, 3rd narrator the worst.
"Great Great... Very Very Sexy!!!"
I loved this book. I really like the first two book. This one did not disappoint. Micheal sister really grew up. I like how this book showed how Catlina grew up from child to woman and knew her mind. I love the fact that there was real smex in this book. However, the only thing I didn't like was after Max and Catlina got married, they kinda just accepted it... There should have been a bit more struggle of them getting married. Especially with the family, like Micheal accepting the marriage, but it was still a great book. I wonder if there will be another one....
"Equally as impressive as the first two"
The incorporation of previous characters from the series were mention in this book.
When Max realized he actually loved Carina.
I really enjoyed Carina's charcater she had many layers to her character.
It made me laugh out loud a lot.
I would reccomend this book to all audiobook listeners.
"OOPS! Read this for Marriage Merger"
I did my review for this book on the wrong book: Wow - #2 and 3 in this series are devoted to exasperating and unlikely female characters. I only read this one to get to the fourth, and well, the hot scenes are well done.
BUT the Marriage Merger is the best of the series. Characters with more depth and that you can actually like!
"Not my favorite in the series but still a good rea"
No and that's simply because I can never go back and listen to a book again. I'm not sure why and I know most people do but I just can't. To me, listening to a book is all about the surprise of what's next so repetitive listening to me would be boring.
When the mother caught them in the hotel room. The mother's response was rather interesting and I didn't see that coming.
The Italian accent she used irritated me at first because I couldn't help but imagining Carina as this big boobed bimbo which did not mesh with the writer’s portrayal of this smart, educated, sophisticated woman. A little while into the book I started to enjoy it and it made me feel like I was actually listening to some crazy Italians.
I could have but I didn't have a NEED to listen to it in one sitting.
I really enjoyed how Carina matured and found herself by the end of the book.
"totally fun, can't wait for the series to continue"
if you haven't tried the Marriage series, give it a whirl. you might just enjoy them as much as i have, and i'm always so excited for the next one to come out. the narration is terrific, the characters are endearing and fun, but the best part is how mamma gets involved in every story. gotta love her. the love scenes are wonderful. jennifer does a superb job. definitely worth a credit.
"Am I Listening to the Same Book?"
Now let me say, I really loved The Marriage Bargan so I know Jennifer Probst writing is excellent.
Perhaps my experience with this novel would have been better without the awful narration. Unfortuantely,I couldn't even get through the story. The narrator soundsl like she's reading with strange pauses in between and very little inflection. I think if I had read the book rather than listened to it, I would have had a much better opinion.
I liked the story although the accent used by the narrator was weak, given that most of the characters were of Italian descent, ideally more thought needs to go into the ability of the narrator to bring some authenticity to the story.
This issue was enough to stop me from listening to any of the others in the series which is a shame as the story of Julietta was enticing, but the irritatingly non Italian accent made this purchase feel like a waste of money so I won't be purchasing any of the other books.
"Love spell three"
The last so far in this series of wonderfully written books
I do hope there is a fourth
I absolutely loved it. Great descriptions, catapelt of emotions. It had me craving to listen to more. Had my crying some too. I so much recommend it.
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