The Proposition is a fun, light-hearted, stand alone first in series based in Hawaii. I am a situational author where my love stories are immersed in their environment and culture.
I write strong-willed heroines that go up against head-strong alpha heroes. And there’s always a smart aleck trolling around every story.
And in this new release, John Tanaka happens to be that guy.
Let’s Get To Know Naomi Knight
Q: What are the top five books that have influenced your career?
A: Top five is a hard one because I read series for the most part. Like most avid readers of romance I could go on and on, but my top 5 series are:
(1) The Birminghams by Kathleen Woodiwiss.
(2) The Mackenzies by Linda Howard
(3) The Westmorelands by Brenda Jackson
(4) The Breed Series by Lara Adrian
(5) The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
I fell in love with reading romance via Woodiwiss historicals. It was my first time not putting a book down from beginning to end. I’m inspired to create great stories like these gifted authors.
Q: Pick a super-power and tell us what you’d do with it.
A: As a writer, I’d love to have telekinesis, which is the ability to move things with your mind. It’s only fitting since my mind never stops anyway. And the best way to use it would be to type my stories as they come to me no matter where I am. On top of that, it would be an awesome power for life in general.
Q: What’s your favorite AND least favorite thing about being a writer/author?
A: My favorite part about being a writer is the creating. To put together a world I can be immersed in and sharing it with others. And as a traveler, it speaks to the explorer in me.
The least favorite part is getting it down on paper. I have tons of stories in my head and typing 70 wpm isn’t fast enough 🙂
About The Proposition by Naomi Knight
Electric. That was the only way to describe the meeting of their skin when she offered her hand. He approached her from across the room, a powerful dark-haired local who stirred Jemma Hale’s deepest desire.
The first thing former All-pro wide receiver John Tanaka noticed was that she stood a head taller than everyone in the room, except him.
Jemma’s focus is on raising her younger brother. She doesn’t have time for the ultra sexy man who offers to make her dreams a reality.
John is not looking for a permanent relationship, but if he plays the game right he could have the statuesque beauty in his bed and no regrets when it’s time to leave.
Only, will The Proposition turn into more than either of them expected?
John watched Jemma storm out.
“Sounds like a case of Young Single Mother Syndrome to me,” Nancy said.
He looked at her curiously. “Being a single parent doesn’t really have anything to do with this.”
“I’m not saying that about all single parents, but you have to admit she could barely control herself. Of course her son would exhibit the same behaviors in school.”
John felt himself get defensive. Manny was a well-put-together little boy. He had manners and a lot of self-control—that much was evident the few times they had spent together. He was bright, intuitive, and introspective. While Tom had been talking about his plans, Manny recited past conversation points almost verbatim while asking complex follow-up questions. And to top it off, Jemma Hale had more devotion and loyalty in her little finger than he’d ever seen in Nancy.
“See you around, Nancy.” John turned and whispered to Tom. “I’m out.”
He left the auditorium and caught Jemma at the front doors. “Jemma, slow down.”
Jemma paused for a second and turned her head to see John walking toward her. It should be a crime to be that well put together. Then she remembered him all cozy with the blonde, so she pushed open the doors and kept walking.
She made it down the steps but heard him behind her, closer. “I could tackle you, and it wouldn’t be pretty or chivalrous of me.”
She stopped. “If no one told you, this isn’t the time for bad jokes. What do you want?”
“Take the claws out, sweetheart. It’s me, John, the friendly neighborhood taxi, remember?”
She didn’t. Instead she made the statement. “You agree with them.”
He saw her eyes were wet and he softened his tone. “No. I’ve spent time with Manny. He’s the most well-mannered, easygoing, socially apt kid I’ve ever had a play date with.”
She smiled and wiped at her eyes. “Are you always this serious?”
“Just trying to lighten the mood. Is it working?”
“No. God. I just want to strangle that so-called principal, Cadena. I just don’t know what to do, I feel like such a sap sending Manny to the wolves five days a week and having him have to fend for himself. Telling him to play nice.”
John was silent for a moment. He needed to get with Tom to see what they could do immediately to stem the hostility.
They were the only two people in the parking lot and she was lost in tears with her hands over her eyes. There were a lot of things he wanted to do, but his first thought was to comfort her. To let her know she wasn’t alone and that there were people that cared enough to do what they could. So he took a step forward and pulled her into his arms.
A hug, that was all he wanted to give her. So why was adrenaline rushing to his heart? He knew early on he was attracted to Jemma but to be this close, there was something about her. He had gotten close to others since Nancy but none garnered this reaction. He had to let go before he did something stupid like pull her closer so he could see how well she fit against him, legs and all.
Slowly, he pulled away—adrenaline was rushing to another part of him and he didn’t want to embarrass either one of them with that.
“You ready to go?”
She smiled again. That was the same tone he used for her after work. “Yes.”
John put his arm around her shoulder and walked her to his truck.
“The meeting isn’t over yet.” She climbed in.
“What else do we need to stay for?”
“I mean, I don’t want to stay, but what about your brother? And the blonde?”
“I don’t need to drive either one of them home,” he said.
They rode in silence for a while.
“Manny’s at the store,” Jemma said. “I didn’t want him to be there for the meeting. Somehow I knew they weren’t going to be fair.”
“You left him alone?”
“Yes, I don’t do it all the time but I can’t leave him at home.”
“It’s complicated. Anyway, I’ve talked to him about strangers and such. He’s very responsible.” She left no room for commentary.
John didn’t say anything at first. He knew that when people were used to having things one way, it was hard to change course. But Jemma would have to give a little.
“You remember when I gave you my card and said call me if you need anything?”
She hesitated. “Y-Yes.”
“It also included needing someone to watch Manny in lieu of leaving him alone, in a store, at night.”
“Okay, I am officially a bad parent. You sure you don’t agree with them?”
“Look,” that came out wrong. “I’m here … for a while. Use me. You’ve met my mother. She can vouch for me. I can’t imagine how hard it is to be a single parent, so when someone trustworthy wants to help…” He pointed to his face with both hands. “Let me.”
My favorite quote from The Proposition is:
“Of course not.” Luana scoffed at him. “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?”