I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Marriage Merger by Jennifer Probst
Series: Married to a Billionaire,
Published by Gallery Books Pages: 401
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?
Reviewed by Stormi
I really have enjoyed this series by Jennifer Probst, but not with this last one. I am really disappointed in how the story of Julietta was written. I don’t normally feel that I have to put a content warning at the beginning of books that I read, but I really felt that it was needed for this book.
When I sit down to read a romance that is what I want a great story with some romance. If I want to read an erotic novel then I will but I don’t want to feel that erotic romance has infiltrated my romance novels. Also I felt like the book was mostly sexual harassment in the work place and I know that most business women would have probably slapped the man and walked out.
To some extent I can understand where the author was going with Julietta and Sawyers story but at the same time I think she just went a little to far for me. Julietta is a very head strong, all work and no play sort of woman. She thinks to much about everything, so much that it is hard for her to be involved with a man because she just can’t get into the sex. She is actually fine without having sex, or so she tell herself. She worked hard to finally gain her brothers approval and he has let her have fun run of the family bakery in Italy.
Sawyer, is a business man with a past he would rather forget. He grew up in a foster home with an abusive foster father. He is a very driven, hard working man and has no plans of settling down. He feels that he doesn’t have anything to give to a women because of his past. He always makes sure that all the women he is with knows this up front. Sawyer knows all about Julietta because he is friends with Max her sisters husband. He is going to be opening a new chain of luxury hotels and wants her to be a part of his hotel chain by putting La Dolce Famiglia bakery in every hotel. He will be using her bakery in Italy and then her brothers new bakery in New York.
From the very first moment Julietta stepped into Sawyers office he wanted her in more ways than one. He was not afraid to say what was on his mind which to me is bad business practice and it wreaked with sexual harassment. I do understand that Julietta character might have needed a domineering man, but some of the scenes just went to far for me. I know a lot of readers who would probably love this book and I would recommend it for those readers. For those who are thinking this is going be just like the other stories in the series it’s not.
I really did love the ending, but I just wasn’t satisfied with the over all story.