Jennifer Probst closes her ‘Marriage to a Millionaire’ series on a fun note

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The Marriage Merger is the final installment in Jennifer Probst’s “Marriage to a Millionaire” series.

This time, The Book of Spells works its magic — you list what you want in a mate, stick it under the mattress and prepare to plan a wedding — on Julietta Conte, the last unmarried Conte sibling. Sawyer Wells, a friend of the Conte family, wants the family bakery to exclusively cater for a luxury line of hotels that he is launching.

There’s an undeniable attraction, but Julietta and Sawyer are set in their ways and neither one has any intention of marrying. Then, Julietta’s mother gets in the mix and basically guilts the pair into saying “I do.”

They settle in for marriage, but Sawyer’s past prompts him to push Julietta away just when things start moving into happily-ever-after territory.

The story is filled with characters from earlier installments in the series, and Probst maintains her wonderful way with dialogue. The banter and bickering between characters keep the story moving. But the romance between Sawyer and Julietta feels a little contrived, and the ending seems rushed.

The Marriage Merger doesn’t have all of the charm of some of the earlier stories, but it’s still a fun read.

— Jean Marie Brown

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