Review: Merger to Marriage by Addison Fox

Posted May 15, 2013 by Nima in 3.5 stars, Contemporary Romance, Rating B Tags: , , ,

Merger to Marriage
Author: Addison Fox 
Release Date: May 13, 2013
Publisher: Entangled 
Boardrooms and Billionaires #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): e-book 
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
One night of passion…
Mayson McBride has spent the last decade restoring her family’s magazine empire with her two sisters. She loves what she does, but she can’t shake the feeling something’s missing. Which is why she jumps at the chance–incognito–for a single night of no-strings-attached sex with Holt Turner.
A once in a lifetime connection…
Holt’s been unable to forget the woman he shared one night of explosive passion, and he’s thrilled to get reacquainted with her at a weekend house party. What he doesn’t expect are the immediate feelings of need and desire–emotions he keeps firmly in check–upon their reunion.
A forever commitment…
When Mayson and Holt’s single night together leads to unexpected consequences, both must decide what matters most. Especially when a threat from Holt’s past promises to ruin their relationship before it’s barely begun.
What Nimas talking about:
At under 150 pages, Merger to Marriage, the second book in Addison Fox’s Boardrooms and Billionaires series is better classified as a novella.  It’s the perfect happy ending for an afternoon at the pool, two taekwondo classes, or three when-are-they-ever-going-to-let-them-out-of-this-show-choir-rehearsal’s?!  Unfortunately, it also means that there isn’t a whole lot here to review.
The Boardrooms and Billionaires series follows the three McBride sisters.  Merger to Marriage focuses on the youngest sister, Mayson McBride whose natural instincts for visual composition make her the perfect person to lead the design department of their family magazine empire.  The story starts with instant chemistry between Mayson and Holt Turner at the wedding of Mayson’s oldest sister Keira to one time business rival Nathan Cooper.  While this can be hold its own as a stand-alone book, I was missing some of the McBride family background I suspect was in book one, Tempting Acquisitions (which I did not read).  Mayson often justifies keeping Holt at arm’s length based on this background and even though we are aware of it, I felt very little connection to it.
I wanted more connection.  I liked these characters.  They were genuine and real to me, especially Holt who had some significant mommy issues.  Even if the resolution of the problems she caused was a little predictable, it was fun to see it come to fruition.
Something I found odd was the lack of power and wealth displayed as assumed by the series title.  This is a romance, no question, and that is where the focus is, but for a billionaire courting a magazine magnet, there were no helicopter rides, or outrageously expensive fashions.  The most we got was some very pricey wine which was critical to Mayson and Holt’s initial meeting and a mansion in the country.  If we’re going to have this kind of fantasy set-up, then flaunt it.
Addison Fox proved that she’s a good writer in her Alaskan Nights series, capable of creating wonderful interactions and relationships.  The intimate scenes are sexy, well done.  I would have been very happy to have another 150 pages, however, to add the overall depth that was lacking for me.  What is there is good, liked it a lot.  I just wanted more.
Nimas Rating:
Liked it a lot – recommend (B+)

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