REVIEW – THE MARRIAGE ARRANGEMENT (Marriage to a Billionaire, #4.5) by Jennifer Probst

SYNOPSIS

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Probst comes a new story in her Marriage to a Billionaire series. The Book of Spells returns in this sparkling addition to the series!

She had run from her demons…

Caterina Victoria Winsor fled her family winery after a humiliating broken engagement, and spent the past year in Italy rebuilding her world. But when Ripley Savage shows up with a plan to bring her back home, and an outrageous demand for her to marry him, she has no choice but to return to face her past. But when simple attraction begins to run deeper, Cat has to decide if she’s strong enough to trust again…and strong enough to stay…

He vowed to bring her back home to be his wife…

Rip Savage saved Winsor Winery, but the only way to make it truly his is to marry into the family. He’s not about to walk away from the only thing he’s ever wanted, even if he has to tame the spoiled brat who left her legacy and her father behind without a care. When he convinces her to agree to a marriage arrangement and return home, he never counted on the fierce sexual attraction between them to grow into something more. But when deeper emotions emerge, Rip has to fight for something he wants even more than Winsor Winery: his future wife.

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*****Patty’s Review*****

*****3.75 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

This man made her want things she’d never imagined before. She craved to delve into and explore every layer of him and open herself up again. She knew almost nothing about this man, yet her heart whispered she knew all the important things.

 

 

THE MARRIAGE ARRANGEMENT is a prequel to the ”Marriage to a Billionaire” series. While it didn’t quite measure up to some of my favorites in this series, I still enjoyed catching up briefly with some of the well-known characters before they end up with their true loves. We learn that the Heroine, Catarina Winsor, is the first one to discover the ”Book of Spells”, and then we are able to deduce how it winds up in the other Heroines’ hands later on.

Ripley Savage is a successful businessman, who has made a name for himself all on his own. Once he went off to college, he left his painful past behind him. Rip has never felt the loving support of family until he winds up working at Winsor Winery. He helps Edward Winsor rebuild his empire that was nearly bankrupt and is treated more like a son than an employee by the Patriarch. Rip is more than disappointed when Edward tells him that he is retiring and can’t turn over the business to him unless he marries his only daughter, Catarina. He feels that he has proven himself beyond measure and that the winery is rightfully his, but it is a family owned business and Edward is bound by legalities to give the winery to a blood relative. So Rip decides to fly off to Milan to meet Catarina and see if he can win her heart but asks Edward to keep his identity and arranged marriage situation a secret from his daughter. Edward agrees but advises that he’ll only give him a week before he tells Catarina all about their plans.

Catarina has been burned by love and is not sure she’ll ever be able to trust another man. Needing to get away from her home which held too many reminders of love lost, she flies off to Milan, where she has been for the past year, trying to find herself again. It’s been way too long since she’s been with a man and Catarina feels it’s time to get back in the game. She takes a chance on love with the ” book of spells”she recently purchased. She can’t believe her luck when she meets a tall, dark and handsome stranger at a local café she visits often.

The two can feel something spark between them that night and it’s unnerving. Rip has also been hurt in the past and has avoided romantic entanglements ever since. He wasn’t expecting to feel such a visceral attraction to Cat and he’s also pleased that she has turned out to be far from the ”privileged princess” that he had originally pegged her to be. He knows he’s in deep trouble when his feelings grow strong for her so quickly.

How will Rip be able to win Cat’s heart once she learns his true identity and the reason for his arrival in Milan?

Here are my overall ratings:

Hero: 3.5
Heroine: 4
Plot: 3.5
Angst: 3.5
Steam: 4
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 4

THE MARRIAGE ARRANGEMENT releases on May 1st!

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2H4UuL1

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