Friday, 12 October 2012

Review: The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage Trap
Series: Marriage to a Billionaire #2
Author: Jennifer Probst
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages:  205
Format: ebook
Source: purchased


Reason chosen:

I read the first one and thought it was fairly decent so thought I would check this one out.

Summary taken from Goodreads:


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?


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.


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


Maggie-Kind of rude, shelfish and (the mature word for) cranky.

Michael Conte-a little sexest at times.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

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.

Previously in the Series:

The Marriage Bargain-> Click for review

Next in the Series:

The Marriage Mistake ETA: Nov 6th 2012

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you’re a lover of romance and hot-headed head butting couples then this is for you.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst, Something AboutYou by Julie James, Play-By-Play series by Jaci Burton, Wanted! By Vicki Lewis Thompson, Turn It On by Vivian Arend, Weldon series by Jennifer Saints,

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  1. I like the first one, but damn I hate when both characters are control freaks. I'll still read it, but I'm more excited about the next one.

  2. I loved how it started off as a puppy love crush that followed her entire life. I loved how when she grew up she flaunted her sexy that he knew was forbidden, but gave in to his heart. I loved the forbidden loves storyline and how they were so meant to be all along. I loved the family ties to all of these books. Can't wait for the last conte sister to find her true love.



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