Thursday, January 3, 2013

Review: The Proposition (The Proposition #1) by Katie Ashley

Title: The Proposition (The Proposition #1)
Author: Katie Ashley
Published: November 1st 2012
Publisher: Katie Ashley
My rating: 4 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?
I was so glad I picked this book up on a whim. I didn't even check out the blurb nor did I find the cover eye-catching, in fact I didn't quite like it. I don't really know what urged me to pick and download this. But for whatever the hell reason, I just did. I started reading this with no idea what this book will be about. So you see, I was surprised, completely surprised to find myself devouring this in one night. And gratefully thanking my instinct for letting me pick this. Because this book is so freaking awesome! I rarely write reviews for adult books but I can't pass up the opportunity to express how thoroughly I enjoyed this book and to convince other readers to have this book. So here we go...

Emma Harrison, like any other normal woman wants to have a family. But she feels like her biological clock is ticking away to fast and a romantic relationship with a guy wouldn't be coming close anytime soon. So she decided to get a sperm donor from her gay best friend. However things turned quite differently when her friend suddenly backed out which left her pretty devastated with almost no options. But then comes Aidan Fitzgerald - the answer to her prayers. He offered to be her sperm donor but in a condition that they would have it in a traditional way - meaning she has to sleep with him until he gets her successfully knocked up.

Upon realizing that this story is going to be that way I had my doubts that this could be any more different than the other books with the same plot. But then the author surprised me by taking things a bit faster and differently than I expected. Only it did really good because it brought me to a place where I wasn't very familiar with how things would go. So I was left really thinking and anticipating everything.

Emma was such a wonderful character. She was smart, adorable and impressive. She seems to be a shy heroine but in fact she was a very dependent and strong woman. She knows what she wants and what she does. She keeps her emotions in check but she doesn't hold them back. I like how she lets herself take a chance for a relationship with Aidan despite the risks behind it. I thought she would start to complicate things but between her and Aidan she was actually the braver and reasonable one.

Aidan on the other hand, I wasn't so sure at first. I didn't like him right away but as the story progressed I was able to see a lot of admirable layers in him. I love how he tends to be so genuinely caring with Emma, how he loved his nephews and how considerate he was with most things. However, he was also a character that has a lot of doubts in him and some secrets that holds him back. The last part had me almost not forgive him but when her sister mentioned that there's something in him can't let on and his tendencies of self-sabotaging himself I realized there's something dark, deep and emotional trauma Aidan was carrying within himself. And I know he deserved a second chance.

Now with the ending. That one caught me really off guard! And I hate cliffhangers! God, I was so caught up with all that's happening that I barely noticed that I only have a page left and when I reached the ending I was utterly, absolutely left shocked and hanging. Although this left me a bit in disarray I was glad that the author decided to have it that way and have things be settled in a second book. This would leave lots of time and space for discussion and exploration between the relationship of Emma and Aidan and their circumstances. And I do really want that.

I could say that this is probably one of my most favorite adult contemporary romance I'v read. I enjoyed it very much. The plot was fantastic, the characters were very lovable, the banters and dialogues were funny and entertaining, and the scenes were absolutely sweet, swoon-worthy and yes, steamy. Overall, this is one hell of a brilliant and stunning read. I can't wait for the next book! :)

*I'd like to recommend this to everyone although I have to say that this is an adult book and contains some explicit and graphic contents. But if you're not that sensitive I would love for you to try this.


  1. I haven't actually dipped into adult fiction yet, but I'm eager to start in the near future. I'm so glad you loved this even though you weren't sure what made you download it. I've had those moments and books which surprise you are the best! It's great Aidan seemed to grow on you and haha, a cliffhanger! Hate it when you're not expecting them >.<

    Great review, Eunice <3

  2. I have to say Eunice I probably would have passed right on by this one based on the cover - it has a textbook quality to it that doesn't exactly scream READ ME. Love that your instincts told you to get this one anyway though, it's so much fun to be pleasantly surprised by a book. I'll definitely be looking into this one:)

  3. I love how you ended up enjoying this more than you expected Eunice, I find sometimes they end up being my secret gem reads! Like Jenny I don't think I would have picked this book up either just by looking at the cover, but the premise does sound interesting and I'm intrigued about this ending too! Fab review Eunice! :)

  4. I'm a huge fan of steamy, New Adult contemporary novels! And while this is an adult one, I think I will still enjoy it. Don't you love it when a novel COMPLETELY takes you by surprise? And you went into this one knowing NOTHING about it, which is great! The synopsis made me giggle a little, Aidan sounds a bit overconfident! But I am truly excited to see his hidden, emotionally-wrecked side. Emma seems really strong, I can't wait to meet her. I'm so glad you loved this one, Eunice! I'll definitely be checking it out soon. Thanks for the awesome review!!

  5. An adult book? 0.o *eyes Eunice wearily* OMG now you're all grown up you've started reading adult fictioooonnnn! Don't become too mature for your good old little friend over here, kay Eunice? :P Great review! This seems really romantic and nice, and the fact that it's one of your favorite Adult-Lit Contemps says a lot. Great review. :)

  6. This sounds right up my alley. Although, I have to say I'm not too thrilled we have to wait for book 2 to find out what happens. Wonderful review Eunice. :)

  7. One of my bookish goals is to expand my reading tastes, and that means reading a few adult romance contemporary books! You seem like quite the connoisseur regarding this genre, so I'll definitely attempt to give this book a shot eventually. :) Excellent review!


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