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The Marriage Mistake (Marriage to a Billionaire Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Probst
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Carina Conte has had a crush on her brother Michael’s best friend, Max Gray, since she was a teenager back home in Italy. Now she’s earned her MBA and come to work at Michael’s new venture, America’s fastest-growing bakery empire. But some things never change: her overprotective family still treats her like a child. With three drop-dead gorgeous siblings, she’s still the ugly duckling of the bunch. And Max, the company’s new CEO, still barely notices her.

Max knows Carina Conte is strictly off-limits, for the sake of his job and his friendship with Michael. But hot-blooded lust wins out at a conference when the two share a scorching one-night stand—and are busted by her mother! Now, forced by old-world Italian tradition into a marriage he’s not ready for, Max is miserable—and Carina is furious. Her new husband is about to realize that hell hath no fury like a woman transformed. . . .


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Jennifer Probst is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary romance fiction, both sexy and erotic.

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Chapter One

“I’ve hired a new associate. She’ll be under your direction, and you will be responsible for her training.”

Max cut his gaze to the man seated across the table. His nerve endings prickled at the announcement, but he remained silent. He stretched out his legs under the conference table, crossed his arms in front of his chest, and quirked a brow. He’d worked endless hours and sweat blood to get the family empire of La Dolce Maggie, the U.S. branch of Italian-based La Dolce Famiglia, off the ground, and damned if he’d step aside nicely. “Looking to replace me, boss?”

More like a brother than a boss, Michael Conte shot him a grin. “And deal with your mama coming after me to kick my ass? No such luck. You need help with the expansion.”

Max smirked. “Seems your mama is tougher than mine. Didn’t she instigate a shotgun wedding with your wife? Good thing you loved her, or you would’ve been screwed.”

“Funny, Gray. The wedding wasn’t the problem. It was your doubts about my wife that truly screwed us up.”

Max winced. “Sorry. Just trying to protect a friend from a money-hungry woman. Anyway, I love Maggie now. She’s strong enough to take your crap.”

“Yeah, now it’s like a mutual admiration club between you two.”

“Better than war. So, who’s the hotshot coming in?”

“Carina.”

Max snapped his mouth shut. “Excuse me? Carina, your baby sister? You’ve got to be kidding me—isn’t she still in school?”

Michael poured himself some water from the cooler and took a sip. “She graduated last May with her MBA from SDA Bocconi, and she’s been training at Dolce di Notte.”

“Our competitor?”

Michael smiled. “Hardly. They are not looking to conquer the world like us, my friend. But I can trust them to teach her basic skills in the bakery business. I wanted her to train with Julietta but she refuses to lag in her older sister’s shadow. She’s been begging me to come to America and her internship is up. It is time she now join the family company. Capisce?”

Ah, hell. Yeah, he understood. Max was being reassigned to babysitting duty for the youngest sister of the clan. Sure, he loved her like a sibling, but her tendency to burst into tears over emotional scenes did not go well with business. Max shuddered. What if he hurt her feelings and she crumbled? This was a bad idea all around.

“Um, Michael, maybe you should put her in accounting. You always said she’s capable with figures, and I don’t think management is a good fit. I’ve got a crazy schedule and I’m in delicate negotiations. Please give her to someone else.”

His friend shook his head. “Eventually, I will move her to CFO. But for now I want her with you. She needs to learn proper management and how La Dolce Maggie works. You’re the only one I trust to make sure she doesn’t get in trouble. You’re family.”

The simple words slammed the last nail into his vampire home. Family. Michael had always taken care of him, and he’d proven himself worthy. He’d also dreamed of a place carved out just for him. The peak of the food chain, so to speak. No one had ever questioned his job as CEO, but lately he wondered if missing the prized Conte blood in his veins hurt his position. Contracts were temporary, and his was renegotiated every three years. He craved a more permanent place in the empire he helped build, and the expansion of three more bakeries could be his crown jewels. If he did his job well, he’d secure himself at the top, right beside Michael—as a permanent partner instead of an appointed CEO. Worrying about a young girl fresh from business school would only distract him. Unless . . .

He tapped his finger against his lower lip. Perhaps Michael needed to be reminded of how critical his efforts were for the company. By throwing Carina certain challenges, he’d be sure to highlight her deficiencies and young age, all the while keeping her under his so-called protection. After the expansion, Max intended to approach Michael about partnership. Carina may be able to help his cause, especially if he mentored her and she depended on his feedback.

Yes, perhaps this was for the best.

“Okay, Michael, if this is what you want.”

“Good. She’ll be arriving in about an hour. Why don’t you come to dinner tonight? We’re having a small welcome celebration for her arrival.”

“Is Maggie cooking?”

Michael grinned. “Hell, no.”

“Then I’m in.”

“Smart man.” Michael crushed the paper cup, threw it in the trash, and closed the door behind him.

Max glanced at his watch. He had a ton of work to accomplish before she arrived.

• • •

Carina stared at the sleek wooden door with the shiny gold sign. She swallowed past the tightness in her throat and swiped her damp palms down her black skirt. This was ridiculous. She was grown up and well past the days of mooning over Max Gray.

After all, three years was a long time.

She smoothed back a strand of hair from her sleek topknot, straightened her shoulders, and knocked on the door.

“Come in.”

The sound of his husky voice drifted past her memory and grabbed her in a choke hold. It was rich and creamy smooth, hinting at naughty sex and mischief that only a nun could ignore. Maybe.

She opened the door and strode in with fake confidence. Carina knew it didn’t matter. The business world only observed what lay upon the surface. The knowledge soothed her—she had gotten very good at hiding her emotions during her training. It was simply a matter of survival.

“Hello, Max.”

The man behind the sprawling teak desk gazed at her with a strange mixture of warmth and surprise, almost as if he wasn’t expecting the woman who stood before him. Those piercing blue eyes sharpened and roved over her figure before his face smoothed out to a polite welcome. Her heart teetered, dropped, and held steady. For one moment, she allowed herself to drink in his appearance.

His body was lean and trim, and his impressive height always added an intimidating demeanor that was an edge with most of his deals. His face reflected the image of a demon and angel caught in a love affair. Sharp cheekbones, an elegant nose, and a graceful curved brow held hints of aristocracy. The sexy goatee hugged his jaw, accented the plump curve to his lips, and bespoke pure sex. Thick, coal black hair fell in untamed waves across his forehead and set off the rocketing blue of his eyes. As he moved toward her, he walked with an easy grace a tall man usually didn’t pull off, and the enticing scent of his cologne teased her senses. The odd combination of wood, spice, and lemon made her want to bury her face in the curve of his neck and breathe in.

Of course, she didn’t. Not even when he held her briefly in a welcome hug. Her fingers rested over broad shoulders barely contained in his custom-made navy suit. She’d long ago faced her own personal kryptonite and learned core lessons. Acknowledge her weakness. Accept it. Move on. The simple rules in business applied to all areas of her life now.

She smiled up at him. “It’s been a long time.”

“Too long, cara.” Unease flashed in his eyes, then disappeared. “I heard you graduated at the top of your class. Well done.”

She gave a brief nod. “Thank you. And you? Michael says you’re working hard on expanding La Dolce Maggie.”

His jaw clenched. “Yes. It seems you will be assisting me in this aspect. Have you spoken with your brother yet?”

Carina frowned. “No, I came straight to headquarters so I could put in a few hours first. I figured he’d give me the tour. What division is he starting me with? Accounts payable, budgeting, or operations?”

He studied her face for a while, his gaze an actual caress as he probed every feature. She held tight and submitted to the inspection. She needed to get used to his presence since she’d be bumping into him at work. Thank God she’d be buried in accounting. Her core concentration and skills with figures were solid, and Max would rarely need to peek in on her progress.

A smile curved those sensual lips and briefly distracted her. “Me.”

“Excuse me?”

“Your division. You’ll be working with me as my assistant. I’ll be training you.”

Horror flooded her. She took a step back as if he was the demon who requested she sign away her soul. “I don’t think that’s a good idea.” A crazy laugh escaped her lips. “I mean, I don’t want to get in the way. I’ll speak with Michael and convince him to start me somewhere else.”

“Do you not want to work with me?” He lifted his hands. “There’s nothing to worry about, Carina. I will take good care of you.”

An image of him slipping his fingers in her damp heat and stroking her to orgasm blazed before her vision. God knew he’d take care of a woman. In all ways. Color flooded her cheeks so she turned quickly as if studying his office. Ridiculous. She was losing her control within five minutes of their first meeting.

Her heels clicked on the wooden tile as she paced and feigned interest in the large photo of the waterfront opening. This was her ultimate test, and she refused to fail. Max was a silly crush from her youth, and she’d no longer live her life in an emotional prison. She’d come here for two main reasons: Prove her worth, and exorcise the ghost of Maximus Gray.

Failure so far on both accounts.

She cleared her throat and faced him once again. “I appreciate your willingness to train me,&...


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  • File Size: 1627 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476717524
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (November 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476725322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476725321
  • ASIN: B00902TXU2
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED it! Fun, Flirty and Passionate November 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Marriage Mistake by author Jennifer Probst is book 3 in her incredible Marriage to the Billionare series and it was just amazing and so much fun to read. This story captured my attention right from the beginning with it's lovable characters, witty dialogue, sexual tension and hot sex scenes.

I loved and adored the sexy hero in this story, Max Gray, who doesn't know what has hit him when he encounters Carina Conte, all grown-up now, feisty and too sexy for his peace of mind. I enjoyed watching Max struggle with his non-brotherly-like feelings for Carina and the jealousy that consumes him as she tells him she wants to experience sex without any long-term commitment even if it's not with him. He's overly protective of her and doesn't feel like he's good enough for her but also doesn't want anyone else to have her either. I enjoyed the comaderie and friendship he has with her brother, Michael. He's caught between what he perceives as family betrayal and giving into his desires which creates great conflict in a love story.

Carina is tired of wearing her heart on her sleeves for Max and decides to appear more confident and sexy in her pursuit of independence and some pleasure. She teases Max mercilessly with her wardrobe and her innuendoes and it was so much fun to see a man squirm and finally give in. I liked that Carina is a strong, confident woman now yet still shows her vulnerability. I loved her friendship with Alexa and Maggie and their scenes together were hilarious and I couldn't stop laughing. And let not forget the force to be reckoned with, Mama Contes, who is the wisest woman and such a fun character to see in action.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mistake? Probably.... November 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Unfortunately, this one just didn't do much for me. A lot of the character motivation was lacking--Carina's burning desire to lose her virginity NOW, with any convenient guy because he'd just be a means to an end, in particular bothered me--and I had a hard time really caring much about the characters. I kept waiting for Max and Carina to both grow up and act like real adults, but it just didn't happen. The drama was over the top, their mid-novel "solutions" were unrealistic, and the resolution was way too easy and convenient. Some of the supporting characters and dialogue weren't bad, hence the two star rating, but overall this one was a disappointment.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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The Marriage Mistake is the third book in the Marriage to a Billionaire series by Jennifer Probst and to be completely honest, I'm a little surprised by the actual quality of this book. Considering that it's the third installment, I would expect that all the faux pas and kinks would have been worked out by now. But I actually found the first book (The Marriage Mistake) far better than this one.

The Marriage Mistake tells the tale of a young Carina who arrives in America to take an 'internship' of sorts under the watchful eye of her brother's best friend and right-hand man Max. The two have always known each other and Carina has for many years deemed Max as the perfect man for her.

A long story short (and halfway into the book) they decide to give their attraction for one another a try and agree to 'get it on' in the hopes of that it will help them work each other out of their systems. Anyway, they were not given the opportunity to explore their feelings further than the bedroom, since Carina's mother arrive out of the blue and forces her hand insisting the two marry. Carina's angry at Max, because of her mother's doing and Max is determined to prove to her that he has seen the light and has realized that he does in fact have feelings for her. Carina's insecure and doesn't believe that she's good enough for Max and that he couldn't possibly love her and so begins the long journey of Max trying to make Carina believe in him and their relationship.

Phew!

Here is my beef regarding this book:

* The main character Carina was completely unnatural. She was fake throughout the entire book. Thinking one thing, saying and doing another. Her obsession with ridding herself of her virginity really didn't work for me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Probst mastered the art of sexual tension. November 6, 2012
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Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

The Marriage Mistake is the third installment of Marriage to a Billionaire by Jennifer Probst. I must say that this book is the best of the three. Ms. Probst mastered the art of sexual tension, smexy scenes and managed to add a heart-warming element to the story, not to mention the swoon worthy hero.

Max and Carina are two people who are career minded. Max already established in the business world with Michael Conte, Carina's older Brother. Carina on the other hand, had just finished her MBA and had come to America to learn the family business. Because Max saw her as his BFF's little sis, he felt like he was babysitting and was a bit resentful of this assignment. However, what he did not expect was that Carina has grown up to be a beautiful, sexy, very independent woman and has been in-love with him for years. And that, shocked the heck out of him.

I was intrigued with Max and Carina being 20th century career focused but with a very heavy cultural background. In the melting pot of New York City, this is realistic and very believable. How many of us battle between making your career a priority, love life or family life. Max and Carina managed to get both. Not only that their story was heartfelt, but had funny banters, family love, extremely high sexual tension and very sexy love scenes.

The secondary characters were just as great. Nick/Alexa and Michael/Maggie made their cameo. Momma Conte was there again and she was a major factor to this love story. You know what they say, mother knows best. And the "Book of Spell" that has made its way from Alexa to Maggie and Alexa, made its cameo. Looks like IT will make its way to the next heroine for Ms. Probst series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ok was a bit far fetched
Published 17 hours ago by Joy Schaffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Conte Family is the Best
I love the Conte family, especially Moma Conte!!! This series is Fantastic. Each book is riveting in its own unique way
Published 19 hours ago by Deborah S
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Smutty and dirty...s&m
Published 4 days ago by adduty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 3rd book for the series.
I could nit put thus book down. Held my interest until the end. Can hardly wait to read book 4.
Published 6 days ago by Donna
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in the Marriage to a Billionaire series!
I love the "I'm in love with my older brother's best friend" stories. Of course I didn't have an older brother, but I did have crushes on just about every single older... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars verisimilitude
After reading three books in the series I'm compelled to offer my observations . I don't understand . What is the premise? Read more
Published 1 month ago by alice morris
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
its alright reading, kinda bored after a while.
Published 1 month ago by StellaBella
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love all her books
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars GET ADDICTED!
I am addicted to ALL of Jennifer Probst books----absolutely LOVE HER!
Published 1 month ago by sweetness
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Great book, loved the plot, was a little slow at first but picked up midway. I read the Marriage Bargain about a year ago and loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Randips
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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.


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