Sunday, October 28, 2012

Review: The Marriage Mistake - Jennifer Probst

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Carina Conte has had a crush on her brother Michael’s best friend, Max Gray, since she was a teenager. 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 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. 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…

Hootie Says: 

Once again I was captivated by this amazing series! I can't even put into words just how much I loved this book but I will try!

Picking up where The Marriage Trap left off, we saw Carina pining away after her brothers best friend Max. She has loved him her whole life and has always followed him around like a lost little puppy dog. When her sister-in-law gives her "The Book" with strict instructions not to buy into this silly hogwash because it doesn't work. Carina agrees but eventually gives in to her curiosity and makes a list with the only quality she is looking for. Once the list is burned we sit back and wait...

When Carina realizes what she wanted isn't happening she finally decides to move on with her life. She heads to America to help out with the family business and put her education to good use. Her brother Michael informs her she is to begin working as Max's assistant! (YOWZA! This should be fun!) She pushes her old feelings for him aside and sticks to business, but Max may prove to be more of a temptation than she can handle.
(I Loved Carina's Character! She went from a shy timid girl to a full grown vixen who knew what she wanted and went for it! Watching her take advantage of her sexiness was so fulfilling.)  Tired of everyone treating her like a little kid still, she wants to try out her wildest fantasies but her only chance is scared away by none other than... MAX!

Max was a fun character to read. He was such a good guy, not wanting to treat women the way his dad treated his mother. He was determined to treat his relationships with respect and always be honest with the ladies he was with. When Carina comes back into his life she opens his eyes to the fact that maybe he isn't so noble after all. She gets under his skin in a way no other woman does and he tries so hard to keep an eye on her. When he starts to respond to her saucy challenges he can't help but want her. 

"Her scent wrapped around him and made him want to run in circles like a dog trying to catch his tail."

It's always funny when a man can't help himself around a beautiful woman. He can't keep his hands to himself for long and the passion between them catches fire! But Max is determined to keep his hands to himself which pisses Carina off! 

Everything changes for these two when they head to Vegas on a business trip though. Up until this point Max frustrated the holy shit out of me with his back and forth behavior. When his longtime friend and business acquaintance, Sawyer tries to stake a claim, that pushes Max into action. 

"You're gonna pay for teasing me sweetheart"

The hot factor skyrockets during the 24 hours they give themselves to get it out of their system. I loved how sweet and sexy Max was with Carina. He knew just how to treat her and make her (and my drawers) melt. When the magic is over and morning comes an unexpected visitor shows up and throws a monkey wrench into the mix. Neither one of them are prepared to face the consequences.

UGH! This book had it all! Heart, Depth and SEX! Mama like a little Boom Boom! I knew while reading The Marriage Trap these two characters would be my favorite simply because they had history! I found myself crying in certain places and laughing in others. The only thing that bothered me was a small 50 Shades reference

"Christian Grey has nothing on you"

I think it is complete and total BULLSHIT that someone wrote a fan fiction about another popular book series and then got published. I think it is unfair to the original author who did all the hard work and built the fan base for someone else to ride those coattails, and I can't fathom how everyone including other authors can think there is nothing wrong about this and loves the book! This is only my humble opinion so I digress. 

But don't don't let my soapbox rant deter you from reading this book because Max comes back with a zinger and it totally wiped away my aggravation!

"My name might be Similar, but I'd never say "Laters, Baby"

You can't help but love MAX! This book rocked my world and I  want to give a shout out to NETGALLEY for the ARC!

The Marriage Mistake won't be released until November 6th 2012 but you can pre order by clicking the box above!



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  2. This is my second time reading this book so I definitely liked it.
    The characters chemistry was excellent and the development of the real marriage between the two was very good. I'm anxiously looking forward to Julietta's story which appears to be the next book due end of July.

    Micky Johnson (One Way Link)


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