Review: The Marriage Merger by Jennifer Probst (Marriage to a Billionaire #4)
July 30 2013
Received from publisher
Yummy Men – Sawyer Wells
Kick Ass Chick – Juliette Conte
From Goodreads –
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?
The Marriage Merger is the fourth and final book in Jennifer Probst’s Marriage to a Billionaire series. I read the first three books in this series. In fact, I picked up the first book a while back because it was everywhere. Everywhere! It definitely was not the best book ever but I enjoyed it enough to immediately purchase books two and three. I found them light and easy to read. With each book though, the whole idea of the series started to irk me a bit – but not enough to deter me from enjoying what I was reading. Well, time has passed since I read those first books and I have to say that reading this latest installment sort of frustrated me. It’s not that it is any different from the other books but now that I have stepped away from the series I really noticed how Mama and her meddling makes me want to smack her lol.
On the surface, Mama is a sweet and wonderful lady. Now a senior, she is a hard working woman who has not only raised a large family but she also helped build a bakery empire. Now her children are all grown and she can’t help but stick her nose in their love lives. I understand a mother wanting what is best for her children but this was a bit more ridiculous than I apparently have the ability to accept. And you know what the worst part is? Her meddling didn’t even fully compute with me in the second and third books even though it’s a pretty important element in those books and it leads to how the main couples find their HEA! It only just hit me when it was mentioned in this book. How did it not drive me bonkers in those books but in this book I felt like throwing the book against the wall while crying out “Oh, c’mon!!!” *spoiler alert* Mama pretty much forces her children to marry. Yup. She goes up to people and says “marry my child” and they say “okay”. In this latest installment, she tells/guilt-trips Sawyer to marry Julietta and he gives in. She then tells/guilt-trips Julietta into marrying Sawyer and she gives in. What?! What century is this?! Up until that moment, the book wasn’t so bad. It had its sweet moments and I was leaning towards a 3 star rating. Then Mama did her thing and that was it. I understand that Mama making her children marry (which always ends up being for the best of course) is one of the common threads between the books of this series but it was just too much for me to handle.
Now that I am done with that, let’s talk story and characters.
The story was alright. Sawyer is the guy you hire to fix your ailing hotel and now he wants to open his own chain of luxury hotels. He wants big and he wants to hire the best vendors and suppliers and he wants them exclusively for his hotels. He contacts Julietta about her family bakery being exclusive. She agrees to his terms and that is that.
Sawyer is very attracted to Juliette and vice versa. Their chemistry was very strong and well written but other than that they were almost ‘typical’ contemporary romance hero and heroine. He was bounced from foster home to foster home until he found one that kept him but beat him. He felt he needed to take it to keep evil foster-dad from beating the little ones. A very sad story and reading how Sawyer has been affected by his childhood was heart breaking but again, been there. Julietta is a workaholic who has not reached orgasm in ages and the men in her life have made her feel as though there is something wrong with her. So she stays away from men. Again, been there. The characters were solidly written. The dialogue was a bit flat at times and I have to admit, made me roll my eyes sometimes. I feel bad saying that because it sounds mean but it’s the truth. Sawyer and Julietta have some steamy scenes, yet once again, some of the dialogue and occurrences were a bit too much. And I just couldn’t stomach the talk of Julietta’s ‘dripping channel’ when Sawyer was touching, well you know…down there. That was not painting a romantic visual for me… 🙁
I think what happened with me and this book is that I am not new to the genre and this, to me, feels tired. I know this author and this series is hugely popular among many of my ‘new-to-the-genre’ friends and to many of you but for me, it just fell flat. I expect a lot from my contemporary romance books and this one just fell short.
Books in the Marriage to a Billionaire series –
The Marriage Bargain
The Marriage Trap
The Marriage Mistake
The Marriage Merger