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on 14 November 2012
This is quite simply a fantastic debut novel by Katie Ashley. If love, laughter and passion are the hallmarks to a truly great romance, then The Proposition ticks every box. With a central duo to really believe in and cherish and also to despair with, a great host of secondary characters that are well crafted and feel real and an intriguing premise for a plot, this is quite the accomplished debut and Katie Ashley has proved herself a consummate storyteller. It's very engaging and captivating; it caught my attention right from the first page and, with the witty dialogue, I was engrossed right through to the very end.
Basic Synopsis - Emma's 30th birthday is looming large on the horizon and her biological clock is ticking so loud it's deafening her and everyone around her. After her gay best friend refuses to be a sperm donor, Aidan Fitzgerald, known manwhore and womanizer, offers to jump into the breach with just one condition - the baby must be conceived naturally. He's been attracted to Emma for a long time and, blinded by his easy charm and desperate to conceive, she agrees.
Aidan was a great hero - he's cocky, charming and more than a little misunderstood but he is commitment-shy and has a bit of a reputation with the ladies. I was leery of how their first night of babymaking would go but I needn't have worried. Aidan, sensible of the strangeness of their situation, made it very romantic and the writing builds the anticipation well until the pyrotechnics go off. Seriously HOT! There's some great humour in here too as they work out their sex schedule.
"A MWF sex schedule? How efficient," he mused.
"Please be serious."
A wicked grin flashed on his face. "Fine, pencil me in. I'll be ready and erect whenever you need me."
Emma is a sweetheart of a heroine - completely honest, without guile and a little bit heartbroken by losses in her past, I very much identified with her. She never really ever seemed desperate, just sad and lonely. She has great friends too and both she and Aidan have loving families which we get to know and - a quick word about the secondary characters. So often in novels, these aren't fully developed and feel like cardboard cutouts but that's quite simply not the case here - they jumped instantly to life off the pages and it all felt very real.
But, the course of true love never did run smooth and there are some bumps in the road ahead as Emma finds herself falling for Aidan who is in complete denial of his emotions and scared to death of commitment.
It's a fantastic debut novel but I will warn you all - MAJOR WICKED CLIFFHANGER ALERT!
This is happening with increasing frequency in romance novels lately and I guess it's a ploy to leave you salivating for more. Well, IT WORKED! Now I can't wait for the sequel - The Proposal.
4.5 stars contemporary romance