Saturday, October 13, 2012

SUSAN: BOOK REVIEW "The Marriage Trap" Jennifer Probst

WIFE WANTED: Italian billionaire seeks faux fiancée. Willing to agree to anything in return...

In order for his sister to marry, Italian billionaire Michael Conte has to find himself a bride – and fast! When he learns that photographer Maggie Ryan is going to be in Milan, Michael hatches a plan to introduce her to his family as his “fiancée.” Never mind that Maggie is confident, independent, and a control freak. Never mind that she’s everything he doesn’t want in a wife… and everything he wants in his bed!

Convinced that Michael is in love with her married gal pal, Maggie agrees to keep up the ruse if he’ll keep away from her friend. Besides, she’s not attracted to charming, ridiculously hot billionaires who drive her nuts. Once they’re in Italy, however, everything changes – and the sexual tension between Maggie and Michael goes from simmer to naked nuclear meltdown!

But have they found the perfect arrangement… or are they trapped in a make-believe marriage?

Meh. (*shrugs a shoulder*)

…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 (book 1, "The Marriage Bargain", I kinda enjoyed, BTW...)
…you can get past Maggie’s utterly annoying “walls” she puts up which makes me not give 2 cents about what happens to her

…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 could see how some people would enjoy this book. I just found Maggie too annoying to get past.

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