Book #96: The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst

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The most enticing trap of all…

To satisfy his late father’s wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride—someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy—and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael “proposes” to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancée during her trip to Milan for a photo shoot, he will keep away from her married best friend, Alexa, and stop making Maggie nuts with their too-close-for- comfort flirtations.

But once in Italy, sexual tension sparks the hottest no-strings- attached arrangement on any continent. Could marriage be the most enticing trap of all?

Sometimes I get saturated with what I usually read that I just need a bit of fluff in my life. I usually go straight for a Harlequin, but this time I decided on a good ol’ contemporary romance with Lifetime movie quality hijinks. Thank you, Mom, for having this in your house for me to steal.

The Marriage Trap is actually the second book in Jennifer Probst’s Marriage to a Billionaire series, but the first Probst book I have ever come across. I have seen reviews saying how they didn’t like Maggie and wished this book was Alexa and her husband Nick. Having not read that book, I actually disagree.

Maggie is a woman with a deep seeded insecurity. Instead of hiding in a corner, she fights tooth and nail. I found her snarky, funny, and actually sad. I wanted her to find her happy ever after. I wanted her to find a way to push back her anxiety and find happiness. Being someone with anxiety, I felt a connection to Maggie.

Michael has alpha male qualities, but seems to be an actual softie. The alpha male bit seems to be attractive until he says some things that are disrespecting. I did like that he showed the willingness to change and be the man he wanted to be.

Together, Maggie and Michael work well. I actually could see their relationship working and was excited to see what would happen. I was hoping for a minor character to announce that she knew it all along, but that didn’t happen. That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t reveal it in the third book to the series (Michael’s youngest sister is the female lead in that one).

All in all, the book was a fun read. It didn’t take long for me to be emotionally invested in the characters and I flipped through the pages like a mad woman. It was a very quick read. I will definitely read more from Probst.

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