The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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…
As my other review of The Marriage Trap stated, I absolutely love the trilogy. The characters are so likeable and I only want to see them be happy. Readers meet Carina in the second novel and she is still the overprotected youngest of the Conte clan. Readers see her as a sheltered girl trying to break free of family traditions and image. That is gone in this novel. Three years later and an MBA, Carina comes to America to learn the family business. Although, she learns a lot more about herself and her desires instead.
Carina is a sassy, sex-obsessed twenty-something. She is looking for thrill, adventure and a good time. Having a crush on Max her entire life, the reemergence of the man into her life makes her more willing and more wanting to share her desires with him. As the adage goes, “What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas” not with Carina and Max. Busted by Carina’s mother after an intense night of pleasure, Max and Carina are forced to marry and uphold Italian traditions. Readers see the typical forced marriage turn into the acknowledgement of both parties that they do really love each other and are miserable without the other one. In the end, the novel was a fun and light read with a few hot sex scenes. Jennifer Probst scores again with the third installment.