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Saturday, 27 July 2013

The Marriage Merger (Marriage to a Billionaire #4) by Jennifer Probst

Her sisters have found wedded bliss with their wealthy,wonderful dream men, but not Julietta Conte. She’s stayed on terra firma as top executive of the family’s corporation, La Dolce Famiglia bakery. Work is her passion, and her trendy Milan apartment her sanctuary . . . until Sawyer Wells, a masculine masterpiece in a suit, lures her out of hiding with an irresistible offer: an exclusive partnership with his international chain of boutique hotels.

Julietta’s been burned before—and trusting her brother-in-law’s friend, whose powerful gaze alone has her rethinking the best use of a conference room, is the riskiest proposition. But with a once-in-a-career chance to take the bakery global, will she mix stone-cold business with red-hot seduction?

Grace's Review

3.0 - 3.5 Stars

As a fan of the previous books in the series, I was really excited and curious about the fourth book, which pairs Julietta Conte and Sawyer Wells! Julietta is head of the family business, La Dolce Famiglia bakery. Sawyer has big plans for the chain of hotels he's opening and offers Julietta a huge merger deal. When they first meet, boy, is the attraction instant! Business shouldn't mix with pleasure, right?

I enjoyed getting to know the characters. Julietta is fierce, independent, and business savvy. Sawyer is a truly giving person with a damaged past. There are reasons why he needs to be in charge and in control.

In the end I liked The Marriage Merger, but it was really difficult for me to rate. I think the reason why is the first half of the book was too slow and uninteresting for me. Right away Sawyer senses submissive qualities in Julietta and doesn't waste time trying to pursue her. Their first encounter in the bedroom was a whopper! Although it was steamy, I got easily bored. This particular scene was really, really long, and I kept checking to see how many pages was left in the chapter...not good. I LOVED the second half more! I'm pretty sure it all has to do with Mama Conte doing what she does best. If you've been following the series, you know what that is! As for Julietta and Sawyer, we get to see all their emotions play out wonderfully. Both find each other a challenge. Sawyer feels Julietta deserves better, so there's lots of angst while they sort out issues.

Jennifer Probst is really great at bringing the beautiful Italian setting surrounding Milan to life in the story. Her writing left me with a “wish-I-was-there” feeling. Really, I wanted to climb into the Conte household and share a meal with them! Yum! I also found the story of how Sawyer met Mama Conte to be really touching. The addition of the secondary character, Wolfe, was both unexpected and genius! I loved Wolfe! I was craving more of him by the end.

Although not my favorite, The Marriage Merger is a solid installment. I have enjoyed the Marriage to a Billionaire books very much. Jennifer Probst ends this series in a satisfying full circle, which I truly appreciated. If you're looking for something romantic, seductive, with the right amount of angst and humor, give this whole series a try. The Marriage Merger can be read as a standalone.

***A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.***

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