[note color=”#fae0f3″] THE PROPOSITION
Author : Katie Ashley
Genre : Erotica/Contemporary Romance
Format : EBook, Print
Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date : December 9, 2012
Recommended Reading : AGE 18+ (Explicit language, Sexual Situations etc.)
THE GIST : The Proposition is the first book under the author’s pen name of Katie Ashley. It is a quick and entertaining book about a relationship that starts out as a business transactions and transpires into something more.
SYNOPSIS : With her 30th 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?
THE LOWDOWN : I have a confession to make – this book opened my eyes to the fact that I might be a little too harsh when it pertains to critiquing books. Okay, VERY harsh. How did I come to this epiphany? I was yelling at the main characters of this book within the first couple of chapters. I just could not understand or relate to Emma in her quest to become a single mom at the age 30. Emma is beautiful, smart, and successful and she wants to be a single mom?!? I have mad respect for single moms…but I don’t think most single moms CHOOSE to be single moms, especially at the age of 30. Strike one for me. Strike two was Aidan Fitzgerald. He is hot, charming, smart and successful. He usually has no issues in the lady department. What guy like that do you know volunteers to be a sperm donor just so he can get some nookie by the hot chick? COME ON!!!!! This was the argument that me, myself and I were having at first. Just when I was this close to putting it down, my epiphany happened:
Jessica, don’t you read books to escape reality? YES
Do you always have to relate to the characters? NO
Isn’t it possible that this might actually be someone’s reality? I GUESS…
So STOP being so judgmental and enjoy the romanticism of the story!!! OKAY SELF
So there you have it. I shut off my judgmental self and when that happened, I actually enjoyed the book. Emma and Aidan have a wonderful camaraderie together. The author does a terrific job with the flow of book. Aidan has some hilarious one liners (mostly all sexual, of course). Emma has had a lot of tragedy in her life, so you start to understand her quest for a baby. Aidan also has had some tragedy in his life, but like most hot fictional (or maybe even non-fictional) men, he is one messed up individual. The sex scenes were pretty hot and Aidan’s verbal language during the sex scenes might be blush worthy for some. The author introduced a handful of supporting characters in small doses that were not overwhelming. Just when you think these two might have a chance at being a couple, the author ends the book with a small, predictable “cliffhanger”.
If you are looking for a quick, light, fluff of a story, then I recommend this book. Stay tuned, as I will be reviewing the sequel to this book called The Proposal.