Series: Marriage to a Billionaire (Book 3)
Author: Jennifer Probst
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 hotblooded 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. . .
Carina started off as a force to be reckoned with and seemed to have a great can do attitude but we soon learned that she was actually very insecure and unhappy with the direction of her life. I did not fully understand the reasoning behind several of her choices later on in the story, especially those involving Max, but it was admirable the way she did what she needed to do to grow into the strong, independent woman we were initially lead to believe she was.
Max has some baggage of his own. Having been deserted by his father at a very young age he was terrified to let anyone close. Having thought of Carina as a younger sister most of his life, he was confused and fought desperately the feelings she brought out in him.
After marrying Max we abruptly learned Carina quit her job and decided to focus on her passion. This was a great move on her part but I couldn’t help but be a bit disappointed that there was not much leading up to this. Where was the interaction with her Max?
Overall, this was a light enjoyable read that I finished in no time at all. This was my first Jennifer Probst novel. If you are looking for a quick, steamy read I recommend giving this one a try.