Guest Author & Giveaway: Jennifer Probst featuring The Marriage Trap

Thursday, October 18

Jennifer Probst is not new to romance, but she gained popularity with the first book in her Marriage to a Billionaire series, The Marriage Bargain which was originally released by Entangled Publishing earlier this year as an ebook, but was then picked up by Gallery Books and is now available in both print and e-book.  That book made her a NYT & USA Today bestselling author.

Jennifer is my guest today to share with us a bit about her newest book in her Marriage to a Billionaire series, The Marriage Trap with a special excerpt to tempt you even more :)  Enjoy!


A big thank you to Seductive Musings for having me here today to celebrate my release week for The Marriage Trap!

As a voracious reader of romance, I never gave thought to a theme in a novel. My main mission is to get swept away in the story, engage with the characters, sigh over the sexual tension, and smile at my happy ending.

But as a writer, I learned that theme in a novel can bring all the pieces together for a more satisfying reader experience. Theme works beneath the structure where a reader may not even realize there is a theme. But a good writer can make it work to pump up the story and solidify all those jagged edges to a smooth circle.

In my newest novel in the Marriage to a Billionaire series, The Marriage Trap, my heroine Maggie Ryan has many jagged edges. She has deep emotional scars and issues revealed slowly throughout the book, and faces off my with my sexy, dominating hero the Count. Their encounters are explosive, and they each believe the other is exactly wrong. Michael wants to settle down with a traditional, sweet,  Italian wife, well versed in all things domestic. Maggie is the snarky, independent male underwear photographer who wants nothing to do with such a lifestyle.

Sounds like they cannot possibly be right for each. Right?

Ah, but there is a theme throughout the story that pulses beneath all that yummy conflict.


Maggie subconsciously craves a safe place to call home. It pushes all of her actions and defenses throughout the book.

Michael reveres home in all aspects, yet his heart is a wonderer who craves to find a soul-mate that fits him.

The journey these two characters take to be whole is a boulder strewn path and the goal is home.

I introduce my readers to a warm, vivacious, dramatic Italian family in the heart of Bergamo, which reiterate the theme so when the reader reaches the end, pure satisfaction shimmers in the core.

Have you ever thought of theme in a romance novel? What type of themes do you like to read about?

Come share with me and one lucky commenter will win a free copy of my brand new release, The Marriage Trap!


 Book 2 of the Marriage to a Billionaire series

The most enticing trap of all…

To satisfy his late father’s wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride—someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy—and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael “proposes” to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancée during her trip to Milan for a photo shoot, he will keep away from her married best friend, Alexa, and stop making Maggie nuts with their too-close-for- comfort flirtations.

But once in Italy, sexual tension sparks the hottest no-strings- attached arrangement on any continent. Could marriage be the most enticing trap of all?

Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite!

Congrats Jennifer & thanks for being my guest today!  *Sigh*, if only handsome billionaires were as common in real life as they are in books these days :)  I could totally handle living in Italy, LOL.

If you'd like to learn more about Jennifer and the books she writes you can find her at her website , blog, Twitter, Facebook & Goodreads.

To celebrate the release of he second book in her Marriage to a Billionaire series, The Marriage Trap, Jennifer's publisher Gallery Books, would like to giveaway a print copy of the book to on lucky Musings follower.  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below (US only).

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Cassandra October 18, 2012 at 1:10 AM  

I love when books have certain themes. I'm not quite sure if this is counted as a theme but when there is constant danger and the man saves the female but she also saves herself in other situations. Also, I like the mercenary & undercover themes.

Carol L. October 18, 2012 at 3:07 AM  

I like a few themes more then others but one in particular is when the Hero wants revenge on the Heroine and her family for a wrong he thought or was done to his family. And then they fall for each other. Or the brother's best friend and the Heroine. I'd love to read Jennifer's The Marriage Trap. Thanks for this opportunity.
Carol L
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Maureen October 18, 2012 at 5:41 AM  

I like to read stories where the hero and heroine don't like each other but then start to see that they were wrong.

Mina October 18, 2012 at 8:39 AM  

Some of my fav themes in romance are marriage of convenience, enemies to lovers, and whatever theme involves alpha males and unassuming, apparently vulnerable but secretly strong willed a.d passionate women. Congratulations on the new release! Sounds awesome.

Angie October 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM  

I love to read books that have angsty love triangles in them. I'm not sure exactly what them that would cover but I would put it under forbidden love.

Great giveaway...Thanks

biochemguy October 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM  

I can't really think of one theme in particular that I prefer. If the writing is well done the story will work regardless.

Jennifer Probst October 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM  

Love these mentioned! I'm guilty of craving them all - marriage of convenience, revenge, best friends to lovers, alpha males galore. Thanks for stopping by and commenting and happy reading everyone! Was so much fun to stop by today and guest blog!

erin October 18, 2012 at 11:07 AM  

Thanks for a great post and congrats to jennifer on the newest release and the success of her series!!!

"As a voracious reader of romance, I never gave thought to a theme in a novel. My main mission is to get swept away in the story, engage with the characters, sigh over the sexual tension, and smile at my happy ending." That's me exactly. I guess I only really notice theme if it's pointed out like in a series detailing the same place/characters. Otherwise, I'm blissfully oblivious :)

Anonymous,  October 18, 2012 at 11:07 AM  

I'm a fan of various themes in books. I love good vs. evil, over-coming odds and unexpected love. I think most people can relate to the theme "home" because its something we all want- Security and love.

Sarah Handrich October 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM  

I love reading books that have love triangles or enemies to lovers!

Simone Honore October 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM  

I love marriage of convenience plots! Where the heroine and hero are at odds with each other, and their physical chemistry has the reader wanting them to kiss already

bn100,  October 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM  

I like books with certain themes, but don't really think about it when I'm reading.

Joanne October 18, 2012 at 1:38 PM  

I love love triangles and marriage of convenience themes, but then again, I'll read almost anything as long as it's well written.


Anonymous,  October 18, 2012 at 2:30 PM  

I tend to lose myself in a book and forget to think about themes, but I do find it fascinating how authors create stories with an underlining theme.

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Texas Book Lover October 18, 2012 at 2:40 PM  

I don't mind when books have themes but honestly I don't think about them when I am reading them. As long as the book is well written and not predictable I usually get to lost in the story to think about themes! They don't keep me from reading books that is for sure.

Carrie October 18, 2012 at 4:31 PM  

I love.books with excitement, love, hate, or enemies turn to lover. Books that keep you wanting more...... Love your books! Can't wait to read more of your work.

Maris October 18, 2012 at 5:45 PM  

Looking forward to reading the Marriage Trap and the italian theme. I enjoy different themes and settings. I read vampire books that have a Godfather because of the hierarchy and I loved it. Triangles and angst romances are enjoyable too. Damaris (Maris)

Tore October 18, 2012 at 8:19 PM  

I like when they are best friends and the one friend is in love with the other friend. I also like when the hero rescues the heroine or there is a murder to be solved or someone is trying to kill the heroine.

Alicia October 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM  

Lately I have been picking up more romances with a time travel theme, I'm not sure why. Sometimes I just go through phases with certain themes.

Thanks for having the giveaway!

Anonymous,  October 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM  

I love the Romance theme. I love when the character have to fight for the people they love. I love when the underdog wins in love.

lorimeehan October 18, 2012 at 10:22 PM  

I guess when I think of a theme in a series of books it would be something like:
Pregnant brides
Billionaire brothers
Sport team members
There are so many and if they are good books them I want to read the entire series. I truly enjoy those kind of theme books.

*yadkny* October 18, 2012 at 10:30 PM  

I think my favorite is the friends to lovers theme. I like there to be alot of emotion.

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