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….
I was left feeling a little disappointed after reading The Marriage Trap but The Marriage Mistake has definitely changed things for me. In a good way of course. You can find my reviews of The Marriage Bargain and The Marriage Trap. It is not completely necessary to read this series in order. This book could stand well as a stand alone too but all the couples from the previous books make an appearance so it would be better if you read them in order.
The Marriage Mistake is the story of Carina Conte, she is Michael's sister whom we'd met in the previous book. Carina has always had a crush on her brother Michael's best friend Max. She'd spent her teenage years pining after him and trying to catch his eye to no avail. Now after a few years she's accomplished and independent and still Max doesn't notice her.
Max has always know Carina was strictly off limits but when she reappears in his life after a few years he can't help noticing the changes in her and seeing her for the beautiful woman she's become. It was fun seeing Max trying to fight his attraction to Carina with no success whatsoever. The whole "Forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest" theory applied here.
Both Max and Carina were well defined characters. The romance between them was simply hot. Their sizzling chemistry came through the pages and I ate up every bit of it. Their banter was engaging and story moved smoothly from one point to another. It was a little bit unrealistic, the circumstances and conditions under which Max and Carina get married. But it IS fiction.
It was nice to see what was happening in the lives of Alexa and Nick and Michael and Maggie. We see a lot of the Conte clan and there is going to be a book called as The Marriage Merger which if my guess is correct, will be the story of Julietta and Sawyer who we got to meet in this book. The Marriage Mistake was really very good. If you're looking for a sigh worthy romance novel you should definitely read this.