Type: Contemporary Romance
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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?
This is such a wonderful series; I love the author’s voice and have enjoyed each of the unconventional marriage beginnings, thanks to a book of spells, or was there another intervention? This fourth installment is Julietta’s story and it is just as good as all the others.
Julietta Conte runs the family bakery that her parents created successfully years ago, La Dolce Famiglia. She works to continue the progress her parents made and is angry at a recent set back when a company backed out of a business arrangement.
All her siblings are recently married and she is feeling a bit out of sorts, yet she has sworn off men and anything having to do with sex, as she believes she is not meant for that connection with men. Her sister Carina has been bugging her about a love spell that she insists helped them all find their true love. She sent her the little violet colored fabric book weeks ago and it has been sitting on the shelf ever since. Finally she is tired of Carina’s texts and performs the spell, rolling her eyes the whole time.
Sawyer Wells is a friend of Julietta’s brother-in-law Max, he owns Wells Enterprises, a corporation that steps in to run problem luxury hotels until they turn a corner and then promptly steps away, he has a new wish, to open his own luxury hotels called Purity and he wants La Dolce Famiglia to be part of an exclusive deal. Sawyer rose up from a hellish existence and believes he is unworthy of love yet he wants to help others, which is why when he met Wolfe, a nineteen year old on the streets of New York; he took him under his wing.
I love the tortured hero and Sawyer could be the poster boy for them. The strength he has in order to survive is amazing; it is too bad that he can’t see himself in a happy family. The closest he has ever been is being friends with Max and knowing Julietta’s mother. When he meets Julietta, he is immediately drawn to her and desperately wants her, he must break through a wall she has created thinking she is an emotionally damaged person. Which of course he does and she is stunned by what she has missed, the chemistry between these two is amazing and sizzles from the moment they meet. I like Julietta as a person, she was so strong yet vulnerable, with a little OCD on the side, and she makes a great partner with Sawyer.
I love Julietta’s family, her mother is a gem and everyone who meets her knows she is special. Especially Sawyer, he met her years ago and believes saved his life, so when she “calls in his marker” for a huge favor he is unable to say no, even though he knows it will ruin Julietta’s life. Wolfe is a dream, I love his character, even the cat, who hated everyone, fell in love as soon as they met. I choked up the several times when Sawyer and Wolfe had several heart to heart conversations. They truly care for each other. He starts out as a surly teen living with Sawyer to a young man who starts to believe in himself, thanks to the influences of Julietta and her mama Conte.
I thought the book’s progression worked well, a bit slow in the beginning but picked up wonderfully. This is a fantastic conclusion to the series and I look forward to more from this author. She writes intelligent characters with depth, warmth and humor.
I give The Marriage Merger by Jennifer Probst 4.5 stars!