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Book Review – The Proposition by Katie Ashley

The Proposition by Katie Ashley is the first installment of The Proposition series. It’s a story of new beginnings, love and trust. This story is well written; it was sweet and sexy at the same time. Except for the cliff hanger and the crazy conflict, I think it would have been an amazing story overall.

The Proposition by Katie Ashley | Blushing GeekThe Proposition by Katie Ashley
Series: The Proposition, #1
First Published October 30th 2012 by Createspace
Genre: RomanceNew AdultContemporary
485 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Freebie
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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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’m being mean today so I am giving this one a 3 star rating, a star away from what I expected to give it. Well, I’m not really that mean because if I am, I wouldn’t have given this story even a star at all.

I’m sorry about that, haha. So I guess before I start ranting, I might as well start at the beginning and tell you about the story.

After losing her fiancée from a car accident, and then her mother from cancer two years ago, Emma is very emotional when it’s about babies and having a family. Her 30th birthday is coming and her knight and shining armor is still nowhere to be found, thus giving her the more reason to conceive a baby even without marriage. Then while she’s crying having an argument with her best friend, Aidan came to the rescue and told the guy to back off. Then it turns out that the Emma’s bff Connor is gay and they’re having an argument about him not being able to fulfill his promise which is to donate his sperm. Aidan is known as a player in their department and he normally sway away into anything relating relationships but Emma’s situation kinds of interests him which leads to him assuring Connor he’ll make sure she’ll be ok once she decided to come out from the ladies room. After a little drink and small talk, Aidan dropped the bomb and gave her a proposition that is so hard for her to decline.

When I found out about Emma looking for a sperm donor, I can’t help but be reminded of Jennifer Aniston’s movie The Switch that I’ve watched a long time ago. That said, I was really expecting this one to follow the movie’s plot so I made myself ready for some disappointed to come along. But dang! It was so good. Sure the plot was cliché but I figured this time, I’m not rating a book based on the story alone but on how it made me feel. It’s not my usual read and it was hotter than what I’ve expected but I love how Emma and Aidan’s relationship is moving.

The first half of the story was so good but the second half was fine (the final few chapters not included). I guess I’m fed up with a lot of sexy scenes that it’s making me sick. Really. The guy alone being a horndog is already a handful and now Emma?! But fortunately, my irritation didn’t last long because on the next chapters, there’s finally a true story going on. Emma being introduced to his family and then vice versa. It’s just quite amusing to read the part where Aidan was being antagonize by her grandfather, haha.

Before I talked about the impending bad news, I’ll talk first about the main characters:

For Emma, well, I’m not really that impressed with her when she was first introduced. I dunno, I just find it a bit OA whenever she becomes emotional about wanting to have a family of her own and stuff like that. You would even thought she’s an orphan lol, when the truth is she belonged to a big family. I’m not judging anyone ok, it’s just too much to read. Then as I’ve got to read more chapters, I slowly starting to like her character. She’s nice, she’s very likeable too whether you’re a person or a dog. I guess the most admirable trait that she have that I like the most is that she’s not assertive. Even if how bad she wanted to have a family of her own and how much she wanted Aidan, she didn’t oblige or commanded him to be tied to her. Plus, she was so tough on the conflict part. It’s just amazing how she can able to stay and look straight into his eyes after what she saw. If I was her, I already stalked out of that forsaken place without even a glance at all.

About Aidan. Well, I guess I need to be honest and admit that I liked him…at first. During the first chapter, I appreciated how direct he was and did not waste a lot of time beating around the bush. He knows what he wants and tells you frankly about it. Well, it wasn’t really a surprise since he’s a player and used to getting what he wants. I also like how he can be playful yet very caring at the same time. But all of that good impression was erased after what he did on the conflict part. I thought after what happened before he finally learned his lesson, but nah. He’s a bastard that even his dog Beau knows that. He really screwed up big time.

And speaking of screwing up big time, I have to warn you for some big spoiler ahead, so read on your own risk, *wink.

Everything was doing well between the two of them and what I’ve been waiting is for him to finally say those three magical words. But then, when he found out that he’s in love, he changed. He started putting a distance between them and then finally screw it up, and the timing wouldn’t have been perfect. It’s like a rehash from the mistake he did before but this time, Emma was with his dog when she caught him being straddled by a half-dressed woman. Crazy right? The last time I felt this mad was when I read A Beautiful Kind of Love by Ellie Wade. It was so frustrating and so crazy that I wanna get inside the book and chop off HIS thing so he will never ever play around anymore.

I understand that he’s afraid of long term relationships but dang! Why would anyone do such sh*ty thing just to deny what’s his true feelings are?! I’ve learned about what happened to Aidan before and that didn’t even win a little sympathy from me. He screwed big time and I wish Emma will never take him back like what Amy (his first love) did before.

I thought the conflict is the only thing that will make my blood boil, but when I reached the ending. Dang! I literally want to throw my Kindle because of frustration. But I realized, it’s not my kindle’s fault so I settled on murdering Aidan in my head. I didn’t know this one is in a series so I wasn’t expecting for a cliff hanger. It’s just too much to bear. I’ll definitely not going to read the second book even though I’m sure I’ll enjoy some of it especially on the part where Aidan is going to work his butt out hoping to get Emma back. Nah. I already concluded that Aidan doesn’t deserve Emma so what’s the point reading the second book?!

This was my first time reading a book from Katie Ashley so I wasn’t expecting anything. But I have to say that I did enjoy her writing style, but that doesn’t mean I approve about the conflict part. It’s just so frustrating and so maddening to think about. But overall, I guess she’s a good story teller. Btw, this book was taken both from Emma and Aidan’s point of view so we’ve all got a glimpse of what each of them were thinking in every scene.

I can’t really be a total b*tch and gave this story a one star or in this case, no star at all because of the stupid hero but I guess I have to be a little fair haha. So you see, I’m still nice haha. As I’ve said above, I’m already set on giving this one a 4 star rating but after the conflict, I have to drop 1 star. It was a pretty entertaining read and the fact that I was so affected means something. So if you’re up with a story that will make you wish to kill the hero yourself, then be my guess and try this one hihi.


Preview & About The Author

Katie Ashley | Blushing GeekKatie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

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