Thursday 28 March 2013

The Proposition Review

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?

The Proposition by Katie Ashley was a recommendation by author Kelli Maine who is determined to break my bank account.  Props to her though because DAMN, Katie Ashley knows how to write some pretty delicious romance that you can’t help but devour in one sitting.  I literally could not put this book down.

The story centres on Emma who has just turned thirty and life hasn’t quite turned out the way she planned (boy, can I relate to THAT one).  She has no man, no children and she’s desperate to have a baby.  Damn that biological clock ticking away!  Her gay best friend isn’t keen to help and then Emma has a chance encounter with Aiden Fitzgerald, the company player with a reputation to boot. After hearing about her plight, he makes her an offer she can’t refuse – he will give her a baby if she conceives it naturally with him and wouldn’t you know it, not only is he kind, considerate and charming but he’s also good in bed and the sex is amazing.  Of course, they have to do it more than once (what a shame) and there’s a legal contract in place absolving him of all responsibility so what’s in it for him? He’s wanted Emma since she spurned his advances at the company Christmas party so he gets to have sex with a beautiful woman he’s attracted to and Emma gets a baby. It’s a WIN/WIN situation but it turns out that neither of them can let each other go. 

The Proposition is a PERFECT read.  Not only is it highly entertaining, unputdownable, steamy, and heart warming but the characters are three dimensional and mark my words, you WILL fall in love with Aiden by the end of the novel.  I know I did.  And that is DESPITE the ending which you kinda need to be prepared for.  Without spoiling it, let’s just say that book two is going to be pretty interesting and Emma is going to make Aiden WORK for her affection.  I can’t wait! 

The Proposition is one of the best contemporary romance books I’ve read in a really long time and it comes highly recommended by me.  Katie Ashley is definitely an author to watch and I won’t hesitate to read more of her books. 

The Proposition was published on 30th October, 2012.  To find out more about Katie Ashley and her books, please click here to visit her website.