Series: Book #4 in the Marriage to a Billionaire series
Release Date:July 30th 2013
Number of pages:400 pages
Source: ebook copy provided through Edelweiss for review
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Grade: 1.5 stars
Goodreads appetizer: 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?
My Thoughts: I have read and really enjoyed the past two books in the Marriage to a Billionaire series by Jennifer Probst, so when I saw that a fourth book was planned to be published I was beyond excited! Unfortunately, my excitement was short lived... The Marriage Merger is nothing like its predecessors I'm afraid.
In this fourth instalment of the very successful series, the author follows the exact same recipe as in the previous books, but while the previous three stories were sweet and cute and sexy at the same time, this one didn't really manage to grab my interest. The writing style is as great as always and while Sawyer and Julietta's story was even sexier than what I would dare hope, still, I couldn't connect with either of the main characters plus I felt that their chemistry was somewhat forced. I mean as soon as they meet each other Sawyer is in a constant state of arousal while Julietta can't get him out of her head. I prefer for the author to make me feel the chemistry between her characters rather than notify me about it.
Anyway, another reason The Marriage Merger didn't work for me were also the BDSM references. I noticed the same thing in Jennifer Probst's past stories but I really think that they are somewhat not fitting to a sweet contemporary romance title. And this story for its better part is a sweet romantic title, so I kind of found those references irrelevant. All those mentions to Sawyer's dominant side kind of turned me off instead of turning me on. And let's face it, kinky sex has nothing to do with BDSM. Just saying.
The plot also isn't adding anything fresh I'm afraid. It follows every known cliche out there. Granted, the previous books were also full of those cliches but still the mood and the overall story were able to take away the focus from that fact. While in The Marriage Merger nothing of the sort happens. The story, the romance and the characters are so lukewarm that there's nothing to hold the reader's interest. At least I couldn't find anything.
Verdict: The Marriage Merger was a big failure for me I'm afraid. Considering how much I liked the previous books in this series I had higher expectations from this novel, but I'm afraid it didn't deliver in any department. I still think though that Jennifer Probst is one of the most talented authors out there and I will definitely pick one of her next novels, even if The Marriage Merger is the second book of hers that I read that can't really catch my interest.