Also by this author: The Pairing, Vicious Cycle, Last Mile (Vicious Cycle, #3), The Hard Way
Series: The Proposition #1
Also in this series: The Pairing
Published by Independently Published on October 30, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
With her thirtieth birthday looming, Emma Harrison finds her biological clock clanging and the elusive knight in shining armor yet to appear. She’s running out of options, especially after her gay best friend backs out from being her sperm donor. Of course, there’s always a sperm bank, but Emma fears a donor mix-up might impregnate her with the spawn of Satan.
Resident company womanizer, Aidan Fitzgerald, is used to always getting what he wants, especially in the bedroom. When Emma spurns his advances at the company Christmas party, he's determined to have her no matter what it takes. After Aidan learns of Emma's predicament, he is quick to offer a proposition that will benefit them both. He will father Emma's child, but she must conceive it with him naturally. Not one for hook-ups or casual sex, Emma is reluctant to take him up on his offer, but his charm, coupled with her intense desire for motherhood, wins out.
Soon their baby-making sessions become more than just physical. Aidan can't seem to walk away from her while Emma begins to wonder if Aidan could be the one. But can Aidan leave his past behind to become the man Emma needs him to be?
I had so many personal connections to this book, combined with the fantastic writing and storytelling, that 5 stars just isn’t enough to relay how much I enjoyed reading The Proposition. If this book is mixed in with a bunch of others on that never-ending TBR list, do yourself a favor, and move it to the top. You can thank me later.
The storyline was quite different but extremely enjoyable, especially without the “damaged characters.” And I am not going to rehash the “book synopsis,” as that would be redundant. But instead I am going to tell you in true David Letterman Fashion The Top 3 Reasons Why You Need to Read The Proposition.
Katie Ashley is truly a fantastic writer/storyteller, and the words seem to flow so effortlessly onto the page, which made for an absolutely enjoyable read. The characters are so relatable and true to life. The backstories of Emma and Aidan’s lives were so delicately weaved into the main story that I felt like I had known these two characters my whole life.
Furthermore, I enjoyed that Ms. Ashley used a number of unique words in The Proposition that will no doubt become trademarked. For example: The word “douchenozzle” was a term unfamiliar to me. Shaking your head in confusion? Here’s the word used in a sentence:
“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!”
The humor and the camaraderie between all of the characters in this book were absolutely refreshing. Emma and Aidan, as well as Casey (Emma’s best friend), were all quick-witted characters that kept me laughing throughout the entire book. I never knew what they were going to say as the humor was blended into the writing. I could be reading a sweet, tender moment, and then there was some sarcastic humor thrown in there.
“Damn, are these Scooby Doo?”
She giggled. “I wasn’t expecting company, and I have a slight obsession from growing up with the old cartoon.”
“They almost killed my hard on.”
She slid her hand between them and then quirked her eyebrows. “Seems fine to me.”
“I don’t know if I want all the moral and ethical responsibility that comes with being a godmother. I’m more the naughty aunt who sneaks them into R rated movies and buys them booze when they’re underage.”
Aidan rolled his eyes. “Jesus, Em, just when I think my dick is safe from your grandfather’s wrath, you sneak in here.”
And The #1 Reason Why You Need to Read The Proposition
Aidan Fitzgerald. Yes, ladies, we now have another man to add to our ever-growing list of fictional boyfriends. Although Aidan is arrogant and a womanizer with commitment issues, he is also incredibly handsome, sweet, tender, but not overbearing like many of the alpha males appearing in books today.
Emma is not a weak soul that cannot handle Aidan; she knows just what to say and when to say it. And once she and Aidan are together (as in the baby-making process), Emma starts to see a side of Aidan that she didn’t know existed…a side that Aidan is afraid to show and admit exists inside of him.
“Ah, but that’s where appearances are deceiving. Sometimes the ones that bloom fastest fade quickly. It’s these that are the toughest to coax out that make some of the most gorgeous flowers.”
Emma and Aidan’s chemistry together left me fanning myself a few times; and the sex scenes were much more true to life, which I truly enjoyed. Yes, this is one steamy read you do not want to miss.
“I could care less if you have a belly or not, Em. You are the one who makes yourself sexy, not a body. It’s not even the way you looked in that luscious lingerie you had on earlier. It’s the way you swayed your hips and shook your ass in front of me, knowing it would drive me insane, or the way you sucked me off with total abandon.”
The Proposition has definitely been one of my favorite books this year. I could not put it down nor could I read it fast enough. Yes, Ms. Ashley, you now have a new fan, and I eagerly wait for The Proposal.