Feb 6, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: The Proposition Series by Katie Ashley


The Proposition by Katie Ashley

Publication Date: November 1, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Proposition #1
Source: Freebies from Amazon

DeeJay's Rating: 3.5/5 STARS

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? (Goodreads)

With all the ranting and raving people have been doing, I expected this book to be extraordinary. It was good and pretty funny, but nothing special. I thought the premise for the book was cute and quite intriguing, even though it was clear how it was going to end. Well, not exactly, but read it to find out what I mean.

The writing was just okay for me, nothing spectacular. The love scenes were abundant but far from the hottest ones I've read. There was a fair amount of dirty language in the book, but shit, who cares.

I liked Emma as a main character and didn't find anything wrong with her deciding to take on the responsibility of motherhood on her own. I wish more females in real life would wait until they can actually afford to care for a child on their own before they start popping out babies every nine months. But let me get back on topic. Aiden Fitzgerald was an awkward choice for Emma in my eyes. Basically, she chose him for his good looks alone because it surely wasn't for his morals. He was a well-known womanizer who had even shamelessly tried to get into her panties once before! Great choice, Emma!

But as it turned out, Aiden was the perfect choice and underneath all of the snide remarks and bullshit tough guy demeanor, he was really caring. I liked him. He was so funny! Everything that came out of his mouth made me laugh. Humor is so the way to my heart. Soon enough, Aiden grabs ahold of Emma's heart, too. They both try to fight it for awhile before they figure out it is impossible. They want to be more to each other. They are having a baby together. So they begin a relationship that still has a few parameters, but is monogamous nonetheless. Then, OF COURSE, your boy Aiden goes and fucks it all up. He realizes his mistake too late and spends the entire next book, The Proposal, trying to make things right.

The Proposal by Katie Ashley

Publication Date: January 10, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Proposition #2

DeeJay's Rating: 2.5/5 STARS

In the weeks following Aidan’s betrayal, Emma has tried her best to move on. Ignoring his countless texts, voice mails, and flowers, she isn’t sure she wants to be won back by him. But Aidan isn’t going down without a fight—especially not until Emma lets him reveal the secret of his past that caused him to be so commitment phobic.

But fate intervenes when premature labor forces Emma on strict bed rest for two weeks. Aidan steps forward with a shocking proposal. To prove his love and commitment for her and their unborn son, he will take a leave of absence from work to care for her around the clock. Vowing to guard her heart, Emma reluctantly agrees.

While she is touched by Aidan’s attentiveness and tender loving care, Emma is thrown for a loop by the amorous attentions of ER doctor, Alpesh “Pesh” Nadeen. Pesh is everything Emma could ever want—successful, stable, and ready to settle down and be a husband and father. Pesh wants nothing more than to win Emma’s heart, but she is not sure she’s able to give it.

Her heart may still belong to the very man who broke it—the one who is so desperately trying to win her back. (Goodreads)

This was a painful book to read. Somewhere between The Proposition and this book, Aiden lost his balls. I mean, I'm not sure there was an ounce of testosterone left in the guy. He must've cried it all out while he watched chick-flicks in his fluffy pink robe.

I understand being remorseful and wanting to do whatever you have to get the person you love back in your life, but damn, I couldn't imagine being this much of a sucker. When Emma has to go on bed rest, Aiden offers to take care of her at his house. That's cool. He is the father of her child. He goes out of his way to make sure she is comfortable and cared for, which is sweet and admirable. But Emma is struggling with her feelings, which is only natural. My problem is that she openly admits she is confused and leads on her handsome doctor, Alpesh Nadeen, into thinking he stands a chance. Not only that, but she lets Pesh come over to check on her (medically) at Aiden's house, but the dude brings dinner! And Aiden lets this happen and leaves them alone together! UGH! 

Dude. Ball sack. Find it. Now.

At that point, I was pretty much finished with Emma and Aiden. Thankfully, because the book only got more gross from there. I couldn't wait for it to end, but I did make it to the end, so I deserve a reward for that. Overall, a weak sequel that I could have done without.

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