Friday, November 16, 2012

SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW "The Marriage Mistake"

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…

If you liked the Marriage Bargain, you will enjoy this book.  If you had some difficulties with the first story, you will find the same problems with this book.  The characters are fun and interesting, but their struggles are more cliche than not and thus is not really memorable.  

It feels like two books, BTB (before the bedding) and ATB (after the bedding).  The BTB part is the traditional story - girl has a crush on big brother's hot best friend, girl gets rejected, goes away to mature, returns as a hottie, best friend is reluctantly attracted, and eventually both let go of their inhibitions.  The ATB is a little more interesting.  Instead of living the HEA, Carina decides that she wants to pursue what is really important to her even if that means she has to reject Max.  It is nice to see a heroine challenge the expectations from her family, friends, and society to go for her own dreams. Unfortunately, this part comes too late in the story and there is just not enough of it to make up for the milquetoast start.  

I wouldn't run out to read this book unless you really loved the Marriage Bargain and the Marriage Trap.

Thanks to Netgalley for providing the ARC.

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