Ohmygod. OH.MY.GOD. I loved the CRAP out of The Proposition by Katie Ashley. It fits right in with the books I love to love. Why? Because I sat there with a stupid grin on my face the whole time I read it. Add to that some laughing, a few choked up moments, and a “No Fucking Way! I’m gonna toss my phone and cut his balls off” and you’ve got a great book. But I must warn you….it ends in a cliffhanger, and the sequel will be out in January. Should that stop you? Should you wait? No, and No. Some of my favorite books in the past year or two have been cliffhangers, and I kind of like the anticipation. I had been seeing some early comments on this book and begged for an ARC from the author. I’m so glad I did!!!
Emma Harrison is about to turn thirty and is desperate for a baby. She has always wanted kids, but after losing her fiancé and her mother, she has a crushing need to have a baby of her own to love. Emma believes that love must accompany sex, and has only been with her late fiancé. One of her best friends, Conner, (who is gay) had offered to donate his sperm until his partner couldn’t cope with the idea.
Aiden Fitzgerald, the gorgeous office man-whore overhears a part of Conner and Emma’s argument and thinks he is rescuing her. Instead, he finds out the situation. Emma has shot Aiden down before, and since that happens so rarely, it made Aiden want her even more. And the is where The Proposition comes in. Aiden will help get Emma pregnant, but only if they do it the natural way. So they draw up a contract:
“Is this one of those contracts like in that kinky book where we outline what we’re willing to do or not do during sex? Like our hard limits and safe words?”
Ha! I loved this–unfortunately the answer here was no, but that didn’t stop some pretty sexy scenes from curling my toes! Actually, Aiden, despite his reputation, understood how inexperienced Emma was and goes out of his way to make her time with him extra special. And PHEW! It was! But Emma doesn’t know how to separate sex from love, even when she expects it going in, and especially with Aiden being so swoonalicious. But she knows his reputation:
“Why does everything have to be so damn hard on me? Women everywhere can drop their panties and have mindless sex, but no, not me! I have to get emotionally invested in a douchenozzle who is only willing to knock me up for his own pleasure!”
As soon as I saw the word douchenozzle, I knew this was a 5 star read…besides the fact that that is my word, these characters are REAL. And I loved them! Both characters had amazing families, and Emma’s best friend was hysterical! Unfortunately, I hated Aiden’s friends, I just wanted to say:
But really, this books had me totally happy and thrilled and loving every word of it until I hit 90%, when I thought I was home free with a fairly angst-free book then….WHAM!
And now we have to wait for Book two, The Proposal, until January!!!! Thank goodness, the title helps me stop hyperventilating.
- I loved the light humor throughout.
- I smiled throughout the first 90% of the book.
- I loved the real life like qualities of the characters.
- It was a nice light fluffy happy read, but the angst made it even better.
- Great sex scenes without any real kink.
- There were a number of small errors, mostly with misplaced apostrophes and commas.
Rating: 5 Stars 4.25 for Heat
I loved this book. I loved Aiden and his family, I loved Emma and especially her best friend Casey. I loved their families. I loved seeing this confirmed bachelor-for-life/player fall for Emma despite himself. But mostly, I love that there is MORE!!!!! I can’t wait for January!
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PS: The author says that this story is only 2 books, but Megan, Aiden’s niece may get her own book!
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