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The Marriage Mistake

(Marriage to a Billionaire #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  26,285 ratings  ·  1,303 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published November 6th 2012
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
This one was GREAT! Photobucket Definitely the best from this series Photobucket

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A lovely romance about a girl in love with her brother's best friend for ages :D now a woman, starting in the familly business, and determined to move on Photobucket

Carina has been in love with Max since she was a teenager, but he only saw her as a baby sister. Now, after graduation, she comes to America and starts working in the family business. Max is surprised by her, how much she matured, and how she doesn't swoon all over him anymore Photobucket Car
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is OK read. I still love the first book the best. Marriage Mistake is a brother best friend's romance. It has a little bit of forbidden romance. The banter between Corina and Max is hilarious at the beginning where Max tried so hard to push Corina away. The banter took about 50% of the book then it dwindling down.

After the first 50%, it becomes boring. The marriage trap from Corina's mother is just.... ridiculous.

3 stars
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

Just quick thoughts, ok?

This was 2.5 stars for me (I rounded up because I hate giving 2 stars, I feel bad). Why only 2.5 stars? Oh well, kinda predictable and boring. Maybe sweet stories are not my cuppa anymore. And yes, it had hot sex but for some reason that's not enough for me. I need to FEEL and let's say this book didn't make it for me but, and this is a big but, most of my buddies loved it so give it a try as you might like it more than me.

A one-night stand just wasn't worth it. Not even
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“I am the big bad wolf, sweetheart. Now get your ass up to your room.”

Reading Jennifer Probst’s books makes me feel like I am on some tropical island, laying in the sun, a sexy cabana boy on call and a cocktail in hand. I feel a little naughty from the pleasure it gives me, but I’m grinning from ear to ear from the sheer indulgence of it all. There is something in these books, perhaps the idea of a marriage of convenience turning into true love that just ‘speaks’ to the hopeless drea
Rating 2.5 stars
This is the third book in a series by Jennifer Probst and it was one I was looking forward to, since in the second installment of the series we met the heroine Carina, who was shy and awkward and was madly in love with her brother's best friend Max.

The Marriage Mistake opens a few years later and Carina has just completed her MBA and is moving to America to work in her brother's company. It is something that is expected of her but isn't her passion, which is painting. She though
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
You can find this review and much more on YA Fanatic.

I picked this book up because a lot of people on Goodreads are saying this is the best one of the Marriage to a Billionaire series and I liked the first novel so why not. Oh, and it was a part of my December reading challenge.

Let me tell you how I feel about this book. *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* Ouch! That not only hurt my head and brain but everything I stand for- about relationships, marriage, sex and etc. If you still want to read it
Nov 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: modern
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Georgia Cruz
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have got to get those love spell book and cast a request for Earth Mother to bring me one and only man I truly want in my life: Kellan Kyle

Okay, so here's my review now. I love this story because it's a combination of sexy-romantic-funny ride all in one package. I even laughed hard in this particular scene where they talked about "Fifty Shades of Grey". I mean they even have the same name Maximus Gray. I bet the author was inspired with the book especially the dominance sex scene. Haha! Her
The third installment in the Marriage to a Billionaire series is stunning. I didn’t think Nick and Alexa from The Marriage Bargain could be topped and then I met Michael and Maggie from The Marriage Trap. Of course I loved them; I was so connected to their story I didn’t think I could read The Marriage Mistake until a friend told me to cut the cord and dive in. Max and Carina, I have to say my cheeks got the ultimate workout from the constant smile on my face as I read every word of their story. ...more
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Marriage Mistake was fun, flirty and addictive. There’s a fair amount of sexual tension and denial that makes it oh-so-satisfying when they finally give in and let go.

Carina is the naïve heroine longing to break free of her traditional Italian family’s overprotective constraints, and experience life and passion. She had a mad, intense crush on her brother’s best friend, Max all growing up, one that was evident to everyone including Max. Max, of course, only looked on her as a little girl an
I am so glad I finally read this! To be honest, I read the first one, the Marriage Bargain, but completely skipped the second, the Marriage Trap. I wasn't yelling from the roof tops about how good it was and actually found it slightly boring. I thought the characters fell flat for me and the story didn't have enough of a stellar cast.

Whoever coined the expression, "third's one a charm" must have been talking about this one. I know, I know! I'm saying this without having read the 2nd in this seri
5+ stars

Thanks to Simon & Shuster (via NetGalley) for this ARC.

Oh my... I loved this book. It was so good. So good I stayed awake and had panda eyes on the next day.

This story was way intriguing and interesting, it got me hooked until the end. I really liked the sexual tension between Carina and Max. It was super uber hot. With the brand new sexy, beautiful, artistic Carina, she's definitely a great match for hot, brooding, commitment-phobe Max. I also liked their banters, their conversations, t

The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst

This was probably my favorite so far of this series. it was super hot,sexy...

All the characters were great.
Max Gray and Carina Conte are the perfect couple, i LOVE them. The cover was SUPER HOT, the models are incredibly sexy!

Great read, i enjoyed it a lot.
Fani *loves angst*
In a time of my life when I'm struggling to finish most of the books I start, the fact that I was looking forward each night to read more about Carina and Max, is a plus by itself. I never thought I'd like this fluffy contemporary romance so much, but the truth is, it had humor, it had a dose of angst, it had unrequited love, two very interesting characters, a plot that flowed easily and some really hot chemistry between the main leads, so I enjoyed the heck out of it!

Carina has been in love wit
Lily S.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, easyfun
This book is not simply bad but truly awful. A mere excuse to rip off one more skin from the same story and make some money.

The characters are flat, they barely have any personality. They are shallow and priviliged, reminding me of the quality of my fantasies when I was no more than 5 years old.

The only sign of the characters Italian origin is that they someties say 'DIO!'. Very authentic no?

The conversations are fake, lacking the sense of reality.

My advice is to stay away from this book, av
Joy (joyous reads)
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I read the first book to this series a while back; and if I may be honest, I can say that I barely remember what happened in that book. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that memorable. The third installment was mildly interesting but it still didn’t rock my boat. In my experience, mind blowing books in this genre are typically hard to find, unless they’re written by Lisa Kleypas.

Anyway, The Marriage Mistake has a plot that have been used, misused and abused since the beginning of time: girl in love wit
Apr 28, 2013 rated it did not like it

Disclaimer: I didn't finish reading this book.

There are so many reasons this book made it so difficult for me to read it but I am going to go with the top four:

a) authenticity - the lead characters, they're meant to be Italians. Yes. But past the pazzos and the dios i didn't get it. Even in the least. Somehow, the whole they're not american came up only when Max or Carina say things like - Or as you Americans say it. Ok. Love of bruschetta does not make Italian.

b) the lead characters - Neither
Sofia Lazaridou
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A one-night stand just wasn’t worth it. Not even with a woman who soothed his soul and made him crave to be a better man
Carina wanted Max for a really long time and now she decides to move on,go to America and have a sexual affair,something she could not have in Italy.But Max wants to protect his best friend's little sister and tries to not let her have sex with anyone.Except him.He ends up kissing her once or twice but something comes up and they don't do the deed.
She sputtered a laugh. “You re
Nov 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Am I the only Italian who read this book and be annoyed???? I mean, the plot is ok, but the setting is totally out of reality. First, the town: Bergamo is a lively and modern town in the North of Italy and it's big enough that nobody knows anybody. So, no need to be afraid of what people think and especially of the mothers! Second: the idea of the strong master running and being responsible for his family belongs to the last century novels (and I mean XIX century, not even the XX!!!). We are liv ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quick-read, romance
I am disappointed, I expected more from this book. Through all the book I couldn't feel anything special about them.
First the way that Carina treated Max in the beginning it was like she is saying "because I loved you and you didn't notice me then, now I'm having my revenge and I'm NOT going sleep with you" all the time.
And the way it took so long that they find oh! they have this feeling for each other and then in the end she doesn't accept that he love him because she need to love herself
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog

Loved the story of Carina and Maximus!! The sexy time is HOT!! I love how Jennifer Probst always makes it a big buildup to the hot sex scenes. Hoping there is a fourth. Julietta Conte needs to find her true love next. Hopefully with Sawyer!!! :)
Shelly Bell
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I downloaded it and read it today. Steamier than the first two and I loved it.
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love a little Maximus in my life!!
Ashy Khaira
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Max is the childhood friend of Michael Conte and the central focus of Carina's life for as long as she can remember.Its been 3 years since she did the spell that both Alexa and Maggie did,with one difference.She wrote a name,not a list.Her change from innocent and childlike to sassy and sexy captured Max's interest.What will it take to get this two to their mutual destiny? ...more
Nov 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a sweet little read.

It’s the story of the youngest Conte sister, Carina, and the man that she has loved since she was a teenager - her older brother’s best friend, Max. Carina has moved from Italy to the US to start a new life for herself, and enjoy the freedom that comes from being away from home and her sheltered upbringing. She has a job lined up in the family business, and her protective brother wants her to learn all about her family legacy, so he gives her a position assisting the
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
An unrequited love story about Carina, the youngest Conte sister, and Max, her brother's best friend whom she'd had a crush on for most of her life.

Carina moves to the US to join the family business and Max is tasked with training her. She is far from the emotional child she used to be and has grown into a confident woman determined to make her family proud, while at the same time finally getting a life of her own.

Max, who is surprised by how attracted to her he is, does his best to keep things
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Review also 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
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
So far I have quite enjoyed the Marriage to a Billionaire series (The Marriage Bargain and The Marriage Trap) and after reading the second book I was sure that the series was getting better with each book. I hop high hopes for this, the blurb sounded awesome, the characters and romance had been introduced in The Marriage Trap and I was excited to read more. It all seemed so promising but unfortunately The Marriage Mistake fell well short of the mark for me.

I didn’t like the characters all that m
Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: love, frustrating
I'm sorry did the heat go up in my room, or am i just imagining things..

This book was phwoah... i mean there were some seriously hot sizzling scenes between the main two.. and i won't lie i enjoyed every minute of it. In fact I think those scenes are what made this book great.

It was a fairly easy read, with a typical girl loves boy, boy rejects girl, girl grows up and ignores boy, boy wants girl... and then a forced marriage after a steamy night of sex (okay so that part wasnt how most books wou
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one, about the same as I did The Marriage Trap, I guess so far neither of them are able to unseat my love for Alexa and Nick's story. At any rate, I liked that we were given a continued glimpse into the earlier character's story. Carina was beginning to bug me a little with her insecurities especially when Max made it obvious that he wanted to make this work. Momma Conte is definitely a force to be reckoned with, I loved when she revealed to Carina how she had to get involved with ...more
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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 hasn’t stopped writing since. She holds a masters in English Literature and lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley in upstate New York. Her family keeps her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. Her passions include horse racing, Scrabble, rescue dogs, I ...more

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