The Party is a prequel to The Proposition and The Proposal, but please make sure you read it after reading both of those stories or you will ruin it. There are spoilers! (See my review for The Proposition here, and The Proposal here.)
The Party begins right where The Proposal left off and then flashes back to 3 months before The Proposition when Aiden and Emma meet for the first time. The flashback starts out where Aiden is being his man-whore self with a fuck buddy. And I have to admit, it bothered me a little! Maybe I’m crazy, because it was before he even met Emma, but I hated seeing him with anyone else.
We get to see the tender moments with Aiden’s family concerned about his bachelorhood, and the emotional moment when Emma first asks Conner to father her child. We also see Emma remember her first love, Travis, and I gotta tell you, I know it’s weird but I kind of fell in love with a dead man.
Then we get the company holiday party when Aiden and Emma meet. Aiden as such a cocky dick, but I loved seeing that side of him again, and I loved reading his point of view when he sees Emma the first time.
“She was just the kind of woman he would enjoy taking home and ensuring she screamed his name over and over when she came. The shy guise she had going on stoked his interest because he could pretty much bet that with the color of her hair, she had a fiery personality to match it”
I also loved seeing Emma knock his cockiness down a notch:
“Either I’m going to call security or knee you in the balls to get you to go”
All in all this was a great little bonus read after The Proposal–great to see the tender moments now, and flashback to the meeting that started it all….
Rating: 4.5 stars It was too short for much heat, but there was lots of sexual innuendo
If I didn’t have so many other books on my TBR list, I would have picked up The Proposition and started it again immediately–but I grabbed Katie’s other book, Nets and Lies, instead (review coming tomorrow).
- The Proposition Series Order by Katie Ashley
- My Review of The Proposition
- My Review of The Proposal and an interview with Emma
- My Favorite Books of 2012