Emma wants a baby. Badly. After the death of her fiance and mother, and with her biological clock ticking, she wants to have a baby to fill the void in her life. When one of her best friends tells her he won’t be playing the role of sperm donor, she feels like she has struck out. Aidan Fitzgerald is at the right place, at apparently the right time. When he comes upon what he thinks is a lover’s quarrel, he is set straight by Connor, Emma’s best friend, on what the situation actually is. Aidan is a player, the company bad boy, who is known for his sex God, love them and leave them ways. When he offers Emma a proposition, that he will be her sperm donor, but only if they conceive it naturally, she is shocked.
Honestly, when I started The Proposition I thought this was going to be a cheesy storyline. I really had no idea how in the world this author was going to make this believable to me. But… I got sucked into the story, and roughly four hours after I picked this book up, I finished it. Emma at first seems so sad, and I really didn’t connect to her good girl, desperate to have a baby character. It took me a couple of chapters, and her telling Aidan about her life to make me understand why she so badly needed to create a family for herself. She and Aidan do make a deal, and I was surprised at how amusing their negotiations were:
“I can assure you I’m clean, but I’ll be happy to submit.”
“Thank you.” Emma passed a manila folder over to him. “I also had my lawyer draw this up.”
He eyed it before bringing his gaze back to hers. “A contract, huh?” He leaned back in his chair and flipped the folder open. “Is this one of those contracts like in that kinky book where we outline what we’re willing to do or not to do during sex? Like our hard limits and safe words?”
Emma felt a wildfire of embarrassment spreading through her cheeks. “Absolutely not.”
Aidan laughed. “Glad to hear it. Just so you know, I don’t go in for freaky shit like whips and chains.”
Emma and Aidan embark on a baby making journey, and their relationship quickly turns from just sex to something that neither is prepared for, something much more intense. Aidan was a surprise, someone who I thought was going to be the classic jerk turned out to be a much deeper, more complex character. He and Emma have some seriously hot chemistry. Seriously hot. Desk sex, ride me like a cowgirl sex, shower sex, these two burn up the pages, but his desire to make their interactions together special and Emma feel at ease is what really kept me glued to the page. Regardless of how they came together initially, they fall into a very sweet relationship. I almost didn’t want Emma to get pregnant, I wanted to stretch out as long as possible the “trying to get pregnant scenes”. Aidan, despite his protests, wants to be a fixture in Emma’s life. She is sweet, strong, funny and sexy. A small town girl, who values family and friends. Aidan seems to have been raised by a loving, secure family. When he starts to freak out at the end of the book I still don’t understand why, and he does freak out. The last 5% of the book made me so angry at him I wanted to reach into the book and wring his neck, I was sick to my stomach. I was so afraid he would do something that I as a reader wouldn’t be able to forgive him for. He comes close, but I think he came to realize how bad he was messing up at the end. Thank the Lord he can fix this.
Yes, there is a cliffhanger. It seems like every book I pick up now days has a hook to make you want to read book two. After reading the end I about died when I found out the next book The Proposal won’t be out until January. I have no idea how I’m going to wait until the new year to find out how Aidan repairs his relationship with Emma. I hope she makes him grovel and beg, like hardcore groveling and begging. They make a wonderful couple, but Aidan needs to figure out what it is about himself that made him sabotage his own happiness.
The Proposition was a mixture of funny, sweet, tender and sexy. The dialogue is extremely well written and the story flows so well you would have no idea that this was a debut by Ms. Ashley. She’s got me good and hooked, I will definitely be picking up the next book in January. Final Grade: A
Aidan took Emma’s hand and brought it between them. “Touch yourself,” he instructed. Embarrassment filled her at this request. When she started to jerk her hand away, Aidan shook his head. “If you won’t touch yourself, then touch me… touch us.”