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?
What?! Whaaaaat?! You have got to be kidding me?! Ok, once again, my lack of research before diving, blind, into a book, gets the better of me. I did not know there was a second book and that this did not end in a HEA. And now I have to wait until March! MARCH!!! To find out what happens. Gah, torture!
However, that aside, I loved The Proposition. It was original, emotional, sweet, steamy, well paced, witty, fantastically written… just brilliant!
“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?”
Emma was a great character. She knew what she wanted and she was determined to have it. She wasn’t afraid of life or of hurt, despite having been through more than her share of heartache.
“Have you ever wanted something so bad you think you’d die if you don’t have it? That the mere thought of it keeps you up at night. You can’t sleep, you can’t eat, you can’t drink. You are so consumed by that desire nothing else matters, and you’re not sure life is worth living if you can’t have it.”
Aidan Fitzgerald I hate you! Oh but I love you! But right now I hate you! (And love you a little bit)! Aidan had moments of brilliance although I think I’d have kicked his ass into touch before now. He was super cute at times, very sexy but infuriatingly detached. But who can resist a man with a naughty, sexy mouth. The dialogue in this book is just great and had the butterflies in my stomach performing somersaults!
“How much plainer can I make it for you? You were so damn sexy in that green dress. Your hair was down and fell in waves around your shoulders. And you kept giving me those innocent little smiles from across the room. I’ve never wanted to fuck someone so much as I wanted to you.”
The sex is fantastic! Katie Ashley can write the shit out of a sex scene and there are some seriously steamy parts to this book. I love how the relationship between Emma and Aidan develops. It doesn’t feel forced or unnatural in any way. The book isn’t particularly short but I felt like it flew by, the story really drew me in.
Absolutely can’t wait for The Proposal. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to sulk until it is released.
ETA: Wooo, Katie Ashley has just informed me that she has moved the sequel release to January 5th!
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