Jennifer Probst is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of both sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her novel, The Marriage Bargain, was the #6 Bestselling Book on Amazon for 2012. Her first children's book, Buffy and the Carrot, was co-written with her 12 year old niece, and her short story, "A Life Worth Living" chronicles the life of a shelter dog. She makes her home in New York with her sons, husband, two rescue dogs, and a house that never seems to be clean. She loves hearing from all readers! Stop by her website at http://www.jenniferprobst.com for all her upcoming releases, news and street team information.
All romance lovers out there, make way for the superbly talented Jennifer Probst who has succeeded in earning herself an auto-buy spot on my already long list of authors whose books I wouldn't hesitate to purchase. Not only do I immediately purchase Jennifer Probst's books, but I stop everything I am reading at the moment and plunge into her books with an enthusiasm that tells a story of its own.
27 year old Alexandria Maria McKenzie (Alexa) is in a bit of a dilemma. She needs a husband, preferably with $150,000 to spare and she needs it fast. Brushing aside her ideals and her image of the perfect husband to share her life with isn't easy for Alexa. But she will do it because she is willing to do everything in her power to rescue her family home. And so Alexa casts a little love spell, all the while feeling a bit silly but nevertheless hopeful that Mother Earth would send her way, a man who would meet all those qualities that she wants in a man together with that wad of cold hard cash to give as well.
30 year old Nicholas Ryan (Nick) is in a bit of a fix as well. Nick has a fortune at his fingertips, but his Uncle Earl had changed all the rules of the game at the last minute and left him hanging. His dream of owning Dreamscape, the architectural firm that brings out all his emotions and creativity in one stride would belong to him, only if gets married before the stated time is up. Nick is a man who doesn't believe in happily ever afters, large families and the strength of a love between two people that defies all odds and logic. And he is certainly the direct opposite of what Alexa envisions as a husband for herself and nor is he too thrilled to know that his only viable option of a wife for a year is none other than his childhood tormentor Alexa herself.Read more ›
I'm so glad I didn't start reading this book late at night. I would have been crouched around my booklight at 3 a.m. hoping the light wouldn't give me away to my husband. I've been on a fairy-tale binge, and this contemporary is the polar opposite of a fairy-tale romance.
Nick doesn't want love--or he thinks he doesn't anyway. He doesn't want emotional entanglements--or he thinks he doesn't. Unfortunately that's exactly who he strikes a marriage bargain with. Alexa is a messy emotional entanglement with love and forever written all over her.
Their relationship was real and complex. He was sure he was broken, and she was trying to resist getting hurt and every spar between them left you feeling like a voyeur for enjoying it. The writing was sincerely spot-on and realistic, and the characters had so much depth that you really invested in them.
This was my favorite section--it starts off with Alexa talking to Nick:
"Maggie says you have a fish."
That remark rewarded her with a chilling look. "Yes."
"What's his name?"
She blinked. "You didn't even give it a name?"
"Did I commit a crime?"
Seriously, I love the dialogue in this book. It's brilliant. Fantastic book to curl up to. Just don't start it too late at night. (BTW, I'd assumed this would be a paranormal due to the love spell, but that's a very small part of it--it's definitely a contemporary romance--a beautifully done contemporary.)
This book was pretty good, especially for the price. With no disrespect intended for the author, I don't understand how books like this get such stellar reviews and stay on amazon's best seller list for so long. While I really enjoyed the storyline, it was predictable. A good fluff beach read. I'm longing for books like "The Glass Castle," one in which I will stay up all night because I can't bear to put it down. Overall, I would recommend this book. I'm just looking for more. Since I got my kindle, I find I'm reading more and more mediocre books based on great reviews.
This book had the potential to be a pretty good read; as it stands, it boiled down to the literary version of a 30-minute soft porn movie. We were introduced to some interesting characters, and the book hinted at some deep, dramatic events (Alexa's father's disappearance, Maggie's withdrawl from her loved ones in high school, etc.), but none of them were developed well enough to really invest in the characters or care what happened to them. Apparently, that would have taken away from the central theme of the story: the sexual energy between Alexa and Nick. While sex is often an important part of romance novels, I personally prefer a little bit of actual, plausible romance as well. I wouldn't waste the $3.
This is the first time reading Jennifer Probst. I absolutely loved this book! Nick and Alexa's passion was explosive to say the least. Their up and down relationship had me on the edge of my seat. The sexual tension was electrifying! I was so happy that Gabriella was not able to undo Nick. This book made me laugh (all the dogs), cry (all dressed in Mets), swoon (when Nick said to Alexa "I want to make love to you"), say awwww (Nick getting Taylor ice cream). I was on an emotional roller coaster and enjoyed every minute of it. I could not put this book down!