A Companion Novel to The Proposition and The Proposal
After her former boyfriend left her pregnant and alone, Megan McKenzie swore off men. She spent the last eighteen months focused solely on her son, Mason, along with finishing nursing school at the top of her class. Although she’s not ready to complicate her life with a long-term relationship, a nice no-strings attached hook-up is just what she needs. At her godson, Noah’s, baptism, she finds the perfect candidate in the soft-spoken godfather, Pesh Nadeen. After all, the widower could use a good time too. But after drinking too much, the night doesn’t end the way she thought it would. Forced to leave Pesh’s house through a walk of shame, Megan hopes to never, ever see him again.
For Pesh Nadeen, the very sight of Megan sends him into an emotional tailspin. Since she reminds him too much of what he has lost, he wants to be out of her sight…at first. But the more he gets to know her, there’s something about the diminutive blonde that causes his protective side to go into overdrive, and he finds himself wanting more. When Megan is assigned to work in his ER to complete her nursing clinicals, he sees it as fate, but she’s having no part of it. She only wants a physical relationship while he wants far more.
What happens next is a sexy game of cat and mouse to see who will break first or if both of them will eventually get more than they ever bargained for.
“Oh, I don’t know if I should be gone that long. I don’t want to take advantage of Ankle’s kindness for watching Mason.”
Emma shook her head. “He won’t mind. He’s happy to do it.”
As Megan raised her brows skeptically, Casey snorted. “Lemme guess, you bribed him sexually to get him to give up a perfectly good Saturday watching two kids who are under two.”
A red flush entered Emma’s cheeks. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Casey laughed. “Oh Em, you are so busted!” Leaning forward, she put her elbows on the table and stared straight at Emma. “So what was it? Green lingerie? A blow job? Maybe a blow job while wearing green lingerie?”
Refusing to meet Casey’s inquisitive gaze, Emma finally murmured, “It was a blow job in the shower this morning, okay?”
Casey snickered. “I knew you had done something. Hmm, that was fun. It was like solving a sexual game of Clue—it was Emma in the shower with a blow job.”
Megan brought her hands up to cover her eyes. “Umm, hello? That’s my uncle you’re talking about.”
**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**
~~ 5 Sweetest Love Story Stars~~
This book was absolutely AMAZING!!! Now I know why I love Katie Ashley’s books so much. They are filled with some of the greatest love stories. This one was no different. I have to say that The Pairing is my FAVORITE Katie Ashley book to date!!! This book was flawless and was so full of love and sweet emotion…it completely warmed my heart. I love Katie’s writing style…her books all flow well and are written at the right pace…nothing too fast or too slow. Now The Pairing is listed as a Companion Novel to The Proposition and The Proposal, and it truly is because we get to see other characters from those 2 books in this book, but don’t let that stop you from reading this book as a stand alone. Katie does a fantastic job filling in the spaces so you never feel lost if you haven’t read Aiden and Emma’s story. If you are one like me, who doesn’t want anything ruined by reading out of order, then you will want to read books 1 & 2 first because this book does spoil something’s from those books. I don’t think I can truly express how much I loved this book…when I was done with it all I know is that it left me smiling and feeling all warm and fuzzy on the inside. This was really the best book I could’ve read right before Valentine’s Day.
This is the story of Pesh and Megan…we meet these two throughout the first two books. I loved these two together. Even though there is a 12 yr age difference, these two just matched well. They truly complimented each other. I loved Megan…she was a fantastic leading lady. She was such a strong ,and even alittle sassy, person. She had encountered some bad men in the past so she was pretty reluctant to start a serious relationship. She had a son Mason to take care and she knew what she wanted out of her life and she refused to be distracted or sidelined. So when she met Pesh at a family function, she thought it would be better just to have a casual fling, well Pesh wasn’t having that. He was ready to settle down and start a family. He had a tragic event happen many years earlier and he finally, now was willing to open himself up again, with Megan. So what happens now?? Is a really cute game of cat and mouse between these two. Normally it drives me batty when one of the characters fight their feelings but in this book it didn’t bother me, I think it’s because I respect Megan’s thought process behind it. I also loved that when there was a slight blip in the road brought on by an outsider…Megan and Pesh dealt with it together. We didn’t see that jealousy thing or that “taking a break” misunderstanding we usually see in a book like this. These two were the best functioning couple I’ve read in awhile. I can’t say enough about Pesh…he was truly too good to be true. I kept waiting for something to happen or some flaw to come out, but there were NONE!!! You need to read this book and experience these two characters for yourself….you won’t be disappointed!!!!
“I’d be anything and everything you wanted me to be, if you would give me the chance.”…..Pesh
“If I take you, I’ll be making love to you. I’ll have you begging and pleading, but you’ll be coming so many times you’ll lose count. You’ll understand the difference between a quick tumble and the all-consuming power of a physical connection fueled by an emotional one.”….Pesh
I also loved watching Aiden and Emma grow as a couple and a family in this book. I was glad to see them be such a big part of this story 🙂
So as you can probably guess from this review…I would DEFINITELY recommend this book, either as a stand alone or as part of this series!!! If you are looking for that all around truly feel good love story without major drama and angst this is the book for you. And let me tell you, if you are looking for steam…this book doesn’t disappoint 😉
Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.
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.
She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.