Book Review: The Marriage Bargain by Sandra Edwards

Last Updated on August 30, 2016 by Diane Hoffmaster

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Title:  The Marriage Bargain

Author: Sandra Edwards

Publisher:   CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 1, 2012)

ISBN: 978-1478273981

Format/length: 246 pages (368 KB)

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Book Blurb:

Camille Chandler is a tabloid journalist whose career is right on track–until her boss sees a curious ad in the L.A. Trades.

Wanted: Single actress for an extended gig abroad.

France’s mega-rich playboy Julian de Laurent is up to something and Camille’s boss expects her to find out what. Who knew the eccentric gazillionaire was looking to hire a temporary wife?

When Camille refuses to accept Julian’s proposal–and secretly write a juicy tell-all about the de Laurent family–she’s fired and left financially destitute, forcing her to entertain Julian’s proposal for real.

But what’ll happen at the end of the contract period, after Camille has spent six months as the wife of a man she learns is capable of stealing her heart?


About the Author:

Sandra is an award-winning author of romance. She has eclectic tastes, penning tales in a variety of genres such as paranormal (mostly time travel and reincarnation), contemporary and suspense. She lives in the U.S. (west coast) with her husband, two kids, four dogs and one very temperamental feline. Sandra’s books often push the envelope and step outside the boundaries of conventional romance. For more info on Sandra’s books, visit her website at


My Review:

This is a classic story of a rich, dashing, and ultra handsome playboy who is attempting to avoid being forced into  marriage by finding a wife of convenience.  He puts an advertisement out looking for an actress who can play the part of his wife…and offers a very hefty sum of money to the candidate in return for a 6 month marriage of convenience. Camille is a Stanford educated reporter working for a tabloid and her employer wants to know why the oh so famous Julian de Laurent is looking for an actress.  When Camille quits her job rather than turn the story over to her boss she is threatened with a blacklisting in the journalist community.  As a result, she finds herself agreeing to Julian’s crazy scheme because she really needs the money.  Falling in love wasn’t part of the bargain but it happens anyhow, although not without a few bumps along the way.

While the story line is certainly not unique, it is a popular one for a reason.  The idea of finding true love from a business deal is encouraging!  I really liked the characters that the author created.  While Julian was a typical rich and handsome playboy, he was still quite a nice guy.  He wanted to please his father but refused to be pushed around.  His behavior towards Camille was both attentive and thoughtful.  Camille had quite a bit of integrity and spunk and refused to be pushed around, either by her employer or Julian himself.  I liked the secondary characters that the author created as well and hope that we get to see Julian’s brother in a future book!  There were times I thought the writing was a bit formal but it sort of went along with the upper class, rich and snotty atmosphere that his family home presented.

There were a few inconsistencies in the characters that did bug me a little bit.  I couldn’t figure out why Camille, who graduated with honors from Standford, would be working for a tabloid.  Someone with that sort of background would be working at a much better newspaper than that!  Also, while Camille is ready to jump into this marriage of convenience (with a few bedroom benefits thrown in along the way) we learn in the middle of the book that she is supposed to be a virgin.  That seemed a little bit hard to fit into the character I had already developed in my head.

Overall, I think this was a nice, lighthearted and quick read.  The storyline is not new but a good one.  I thought Julian was really sweet, even if he didn’t quite have the guts to stand up and say ‘no thanks’ to a woman his family was pushing on him.  Camille stood up nicely for herself when she needed to and it was nice to see the two of them finally realize that their marriage of convenience had turned into something deeper.

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  1. Thanks for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed the book! Sandy
  2. My favourite wedding tradition is CAKE. cupcakes, cake, anything goes! Who doesn't love cake!?
  3. Stephanie Ziegler says
    I love to watch the groom's face when he sees his bride for the very 1st time. And I love to watch the father/daughter dance. I guess I love the passing of the bride from the father to the husband.

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