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The Marriage Trap

(Marriage to a Billionaire #2)

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To satisfy his late fathers wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bridesomeone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italyand fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael proposes to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancée during her ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published October 2nd 2012
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

This was OK. Good. I liked it.

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But it didn't rock my world.

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This is the kind of book that you can read anytime, a sweet romance and an interesting plot Photobucket So my rec goes to those who like their dose of happy and mushy Photobucket Me, I have a problem with too much mushyness, so that's why the three stars Photobucket


The story is pretty simple - the hero and the heroine fake the marriage because of some family problems, the hero and the heroine marry for real and fall in love, the hero and the heroine have a fight and
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Heather (hungrycookiemonster)
There is a rumor going around that The Marriage Trap will follow another story with different characters (*cough Maggie cough*). I hope not. I have grown too attached to Nick and Alexa.
Jill
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it

Italian billionaire and business man Michael Conte is in a bit of a fix. His sister is wanting to get married, but tradition dictates that Michael must marry first before his sisters. To placate his family, he devises a plan to present a fake wife. Photographer Maggie Ryan has known Michael for a year ever since her friend, Alexa had set her up on a blind date with the handsome Italian. But Maggie is convinced Michael is in love with Alexa who happens to be married to Maggie's brother, Nick.

This
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Ezinwanyi Chinyere

You know, this trope is so common, yet Jennifer Probst still made it a fun and entertaining read.
Last book, it was mentioned that Maggie Ryan went on a blind date with Michael Conte but something happened and there was tension between the two. It was uncomfortable and didn't seem that is was a good match. Until book 2.

Maggie was a nice character who had a defense built around her heart to keep everyone out. Michael Conte seemed like a bossy jerk but it quickly became clear that he was the
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Sara
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Of course love spells didn't work. She may as well look up hero in the dictionary and wish for Superman to appear outside her condo window."

Ah Maggie, how happy I was to see you and the good Count again.

I was so excited to start this book. The Marriage Bargain is one book that always stays hidden in my heart to pull out when I need comfort and what better comfort comes from that book than hiding dogs and the sexy scene that follows.

I have waited to see what happened on the blind date between
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Syndi
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I remember when I first read The Marriage Bargain. It was an eye opener for me. I think since then I compare romance story about married if convinience to The Marriage Bargain.

With Marriage Trap, I am not sure. I do not like it as much as I did for The Marriage Bargain, but I do not hate it either.

What is very confusing for me is Maggie. Her character development does not make any sense for me. With her past and who she is now, something is off. Miss Probst also not giving more detail into
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Natasha is a Book Junkie

 Let me be clear, la mia tigrotta. I'm taking you to bed. I'm going to strip off your clothes, bury myself inside you, and make you come so many times the only word from your lips will be my name, begging me to do it all over again.

There are some romance authors that get it right every single time and Jennifer Probst is one of those authors. Her delicious stories tantalise your senses, they keep you in a constant state of arousal and cheeriness, the only dilemma in your mind being - wine
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Susan
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was ok

2.5 stars

Meh. (*shrugs a shoulder*)

IF
you can get past the ridiculous and overdone premise of marrying to fool my family
you can forget that this SAME premise was used in book 1 of the series, not with strangers, mind you, but with the brother and friend of this books MCs
you can get past Maggies utterly annoying walls she puts up which makes me not give 2 cents about what happens to her

THEN
this book has some enjoyable moments
you can get fired up w/ some hot & steamy parts
it turns out to be not
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Vina
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: forced-marriage
You will serve your husband dinner tonight by your own hand....not because you are beneath him...because you are more.

Umm..I will allow my husband to be more than me.He can be the one making and serving dinner for the rest of our marriage.

This is one of those books where I get attached to the supporting characters more than the principal ones.I absolutely loved Mama Conte. she's one of those fierce, hard working women who care about her family and made sure everyone was happy.I loved some of
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Mareli
Mar 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
There is really a bad problem when an Italian woman (like me) is reading a book where one of the characters is depicted as Italian and instead he speaks a sort of Spanish/American Italian :(

Italians don't say Dios, Spanish do it.
Italians don't say bambinos, Americans do it (maybe, I don't know for sure).
Italians don't say mia amore (really I don't understand if this a product of google translator).

So, the bad use of Italian words really spoil this book for me, sorry :(
Saly
I really enjoyed Jennifer Probst first book but I think I like The Marriage Trap a bit better. Maggie Ryan is the photographer sister of Nick(the hero in the previous book), who is smart, successful and independent and great at hiding her feelings after the lonely childhood she and Nick had. Her best friend and brother's wife set her up with Michael Conte a year back and she felt a spark but was rejected so she convinced herself that Michael was in love with Alexa.

The reason I liked this book
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Sara  HarlequinJunkie
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-pick
Reviewd by: HarlequinJunkie Romance Reviews

The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst is passionately sexy and emotionally compelling. Mia Amore! It sure did surpass my expectations.

I wont reiterate the plot; I think the synopsis does a fine job of that.

I loved the characters in this book, Michael is the kind of guy dreams are made of; Handsome, loyal, family oriented, compassionate a guy with a big heart.
Maggie is my kinda girl; strong, independent, feisty and sassy to the end.
Together Michael and
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
**3.5 stars**

This is the story of Nick's sister, Maggie, and Alexa's friend from Italy, Michael. Michael's family is very traditional and his sister wants to get married but can't until Michael is married. Since Maggie is already planning on going to Italy for a photo shoot, Michael decides to see if he can rope her in as his "fake wife" and take her to meet his family.

Okay, I'm kind of torn about this story...some parts were very sweet but others were too predictable and repetitive. I liked
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Christy
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved Maggie and Michael from the marriage bargain... So happy they got their own story! They had awesome chemistry, loved Michaels family and their interactions with Maggie... Loved the sneak peak for the third book! Can't wait
*TANYA*
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable,quick read. I think I'm a Jennifer Probst fan.
Danielle (Danniegurl)
DNF about 40%

I just couldn't do it guys. Maggie was sort of likable in the first book, and Michael was endearing in that one as well, but them put together spoiled the whole thing.

Firstly Maggie is a bitch, this is explained away as her fierce loyalty to those she loves, but I think it's delusions of negativity she "sees" from her childhood. From book 1 we learn Nick and Maggie's parents are like anti parents, cold, emotionless, leaving the, alone. Showing no love and showing that everything
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Lyn816 (The funk has left the building!)
Let me just start off by saying that I loooooved the first book of this series The Marriage Bargain. Ms. Probst did a GREAT job at creating such a nice and hawt (hot) buildup between the two characters (Nick & Alexa), that I was bummed when the book ended. That of course led me to want to read the 2nd volume, just hoping for a little more of a glimpse into their story again or atleast to recapture that feeling that I felt. Deep breath in, now exhale.Ahhhhh. Ok enough of that, moving on!
I was
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Anahita
3-3.5 star
I don't know what to say.
Well... This was a good read. Nothing special, but not that bad.
I liked Maggie but the conflicts that she had with herself was really on my nerve.
Contrary to my expectation Michael was more wiser and more easy going. He accept his flaws and start to change them.
Brenda
Aug 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: meh, dead-boring
Italians are a fetiche now, right? :D Yeah I suppose they are hot LOL
Britt
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, erotic, romance
This is the second book of Probst's I have read and just like after reading the first novel I was asking myself the same question? How does she do it? How does she take a typical cliche (the pretend marriage and then falling in love with your fake husband/wife thing has been done a thousand times) and make me enjoy it? (I usually hate typical writing).

After a few days of thinking I have come to one conclusion: The characters. Jennifer may use an old idea and plot line, however its the
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AJ
Oct 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romantic, series, steamy
This was a sweet little story of frenemies to lovers.

Maggie and Michael were both introduced in the first book in the series The Marriage Bargain. Maggie is Nicks sister and Alexas best friend, while Michael is the Italian billionaire working with Nick who befriends Alexa. I liked him from back then, so this book was an easy sell for me :) They went on a blind date in the first book, but nothing really came of it (or so we thought), but with them now entering into a pretend marriage and
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Nhi Nguyễn
I love love love this bookkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!! I know the idea is cliché, but I still love it like hell! And it took place in Milan, Italy, the place I've been dreaming of visiting my whole life! :)))) Books that make me ditch my work and secretly read them during working hours totally deserve 5 stars :D

There is only one thing I'm concerned with the Vietnamese-translated version of this book. I don't know why but they censored all the steamy and beautiful sex scenes. I have never read a romance book
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MedievalMinstrel
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
It's not a bad book but i couldn't really get into it because...

1) The reason for the marriage felt more far-fetched than the reason in the first book of the trilogy.

2) I felt the rhythm of the book wasn't very fluid. After every action there was an explanation about maggie's feelings (or michael's). I would have liked it more if the background and explanations were inserted in the narrative more fluidly or maybe be more subtle about it. Sometimes the readers don't need to be told every single
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Shelly Bell
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I am a huge fan of The Marriage Bargain and was thrilled when it gained such popularity. The characters of Maggie and Michael were established in that book, but you dont have to read the first to enjoy The Marriage Trap. But if you did, youll get an update on Alexa and Nick.

Even in the first book, I loved the character of Maggie. She had such strength and compassion for her best friend and brother. In this book, we get to learn more about her flaws and her upbringing. Michael is sexy, exciting,
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• Lisa •
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Nothing not to love about this easy-to-read romance. Heartwarming to the end with characters you can't help but fall for. Not epic but certainly one to consider - a good all rounder.
Ashy Khaira
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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Ayuhashim
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Suddenly I learnt Italian in this book. Love the story.. Everything is great. I'm happy
Jessica Buwalda
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Review:
The first in the series, The Marriage Bargain, was a very hot and emotional novel. Although the story highly focused on the romance and the spark between the characters the story line was lacking. Now, in the second one I found that the storyline was little bit better, Except the characters were not ones that appealed to me. I found both of them to have unrealistic control freak levels. Basically what threw me off was that she basically says and plans to leave three times and realizes
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Elaine
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars, romance
While I absolutely loved the first book in this series (so much better compared to this one), I was greatly disappointed in The Marriage Trap. Maybe it was the formulaic forced marriage, maybe the contrived fights, the cliches or the poor grammar, but I really didn't feel this.

Seriously, a writer should pay more attention to details...most of the Italian words and sentences were wrong (italians don't say "mia amore" but "mio amore", "delizioso" and not "delicioso", "dio " and not "dios" and so
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Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
www.readyourwrites.blogspot.com

The Marriage Trap is the second book in the Marriage to a Billionaire series by Jennifer Probst. The books can be read as standalones.

We first met Maggie and Michael in the first book, The Marriage Bargain. Maggie is the younger sister of Nick from TMB and Alexa's best friend. Michael is a business associate of Nick's and pretty much pulled out the stops to get Alexa into his bed, or so it appears. Now these two have their
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Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasnt stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a masters in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

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“Let me be clear, la mia tigrotta. I’m taking you to bed. I’m going to strip off your clothes, bury myself deep inside you, and make you come so many times the only word from your lips will be my name, begging me to do it all over again.” 34 likes
“My Maggie, mia amore, I love you. I want to live with you, grow old, and have bambinos with you. You wrecked me. Completely … You belong with me.” 29 likes
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