The Proposition (The Proposition #1) by Katie AshleyThe Proposition by Katie Ashley
Published December 2012
Series: The Proposition #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
five-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?

The Proposition by Katie Ashley book was on my To-Read List for quite some time. I think I kept avoiding it since I was afraid it would be a little too cheesy. But in the end, I picked it up because of the good ratings and because after reading tons of rich guy/cute girl stories in the style of the Crossfire Series, 50 Shades of Grey and This Man, I figured a bit of down-to-earth romance wouldn’t hurt. And down to earth it was: an absolutely lovely love-story with down-to-earth people you can easily relate to.

The Proposition is about a woman called Emma Harrison, who is desperate to have a baby since she is hearing her biological clock ticking and because she wants a family of her own. Her gay friend bailed out on his promise to donate his sperm and she doesn’t not want to go to a sperm bank. She then encounters the handsome Aidan Fitzgerald, who works in the same company as she does, whom she had already turned down at a Christmas Party knowing his reputation as a womanizer. Yet, she accepts to have a drink with him and pours her heart out. Aidan then comes to proposition her to donate his sperm, on the condition of conceiving the baby naturally.

The story is not pussy-footing around, and Emma’s agreeing to Aidan’s proposition leads them to get involved sexually at a very early stage of the book. But this is only because what matters in this book is obviously the emotional part emanating for their sexual encounters destined only for the purpose of conceiving. Both discover soon enough that there is more than just the “agreement” their encounters were based on.

They develop an unspoken relationship, both getting involved very quickly and helping each other to get over their difficult pasts. And what’s there not to love? Emma is a real angel with a heart of gold and Aidan… well despite of his reputation (which he actually lived up to before meeting Emma), turns out to be just as tender and caring as he is handsome.

This baby, and especially Emma, made him want to change, but despite of knowing what his feelings for her are, he is scared of the thought of not living up to Emma’s expectations. As the story goes along and Emma confesses her feelings to him, he wonders if he could actually commit and give Emma what she wants: a father to her child and a husband to love… From there on, I will keep my mouth shut since this is too much of a spoiler, but their lovestory takes an unexpected turn and made this book impossible to put down. FYI, I had it done in only 4-5 hours.

But it’s not only the story that made this book so special, it’s also the lovely way the story is told. Everything is so tangible and easy to relate to. The book was so well written I could actually imagine the decor in the slightest details, and the details about the budding relationship even more so.

Oh, and did I mention this was written in third-person point of view? It was great to alternatively know what went on in Emma and in Aidan’s head, which changes from the whole female first-person-POV I was used to reading. Anyway, I absolutely fell in love with the characters, and especially with Aidan, who appears as the perfect book boyfriend despite his past and despite the turnaround and HUGE cliffhanger at the end of the story.

Well this book is great, and the topic was approached in a very good manner, without making this book cheesy. It’s not! Well, at least it made my hormones kick in as if I were pregnant myself. The love-making scenes were really hot and well-written too and were, again, more down-to-earth than the whole multiple-orgasm-24/7-stallion-thingy I was used to in previous books.

Anyway, this would be excellent movie-material, kind of a mix of Sweet Home Alabama (the story is set in Georgia) and The Back-Up Plan. And the soundtrack to it would probably be some early John Mayer (Why Georgia, City Love, Back To You, and My Stupid Mouth) – you John Mayer fans out there who read the book will know what I’m talking about.

A total must-read!

Detailed Rating
Storyline
5 Stars
Characters
5 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
5 Stars
Overall: five-stars