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The Proposal | [Katie Ashley]

The Proposal

In the weeks following Aidan's betrayal, Emma has tried her best to move on. Ignoring his countless texts, voice mails, and flowers, she isn't sure she wants to be won back by him. But Aidan isn't going down without a fight - especially not until Emma lets him reveal the secret of his past that caused him to be so commitment phobic. But fate intervenes when premature labor forces Emma on strict bed rest for two weeks. Aidan steps forward with a shocking proposal.
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Publisher's Summary

In the weeks following Aidan's betrayal, Emma has tried her best to move on. Ignoring his countless texts, voice mails, and flowers, she isn't sure she wants to be won back by him. But Aidan isn't going down without a fight - especially not until Emma lets him reveal the secret of his past that caused him to be so commitment phobic.

But fate intervenes when premature labor forces Emma on strict bed rest for two weeks. Aidan steps forward with a shocking proposal. To prove his love and commitment for her and their unborn son, he will take a leave of absence from work to care for her around the clock. Vowing to guard her heart, Emma reluctantly agrees. While she is touched by Aidan's attentiveness and tender loving care, Emma is thrown for a loop by the amorous attentions of ER doctor, Alpesh "Pesh" Nadeen. Pesh is everything Emma could ever want - successful, stable, and ready to settle down and be a husband and father. Pesh wants nothing more than to win Emma's heart, but she is not sure she's able to give it.

©2013 Katie Ashley (P)2013 Tantor

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    laurie eller the South 05-28-13
    laurie eller the South 05-28-13 Member Since 2007

    i live in the kentucky bluegrass and enjoy coffee in the morning while listening to a great book.

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    "didn't care for the narrator."

    i loved this book when i read it on my kindle, but the audio was just not the greatest. the voices for some of the females were far too shrill for my liking, bordering on obnoxious or valley-girl and the voice for aiden--well, i just didn't like it at all.

    the problem might be that when i read the book, their voices were already in my head in a certain way. you know how that is, and then when i listened to it, well, it was just flat. didn't like it at all. so maybe it's my fault. i don't know. either way, i loved the book, but not the narrator.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    miz LC 06-11-13
    miz LC 06-11-13
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    What disappointed you about The Proposal?

    did not like the hero - especially in the beginning of the book. He was a selfish jerk. Also would have been nice to have the characters history/back story in more depth at the beginning chapter of the book - instead of a short blip of his tragedy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Katie Ashley again?

    maybe


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not really


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    nicole HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States 05-16-13
    nicole HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Dear author..."
    Any additional comments?

    Dear Author,
    Let me introduce you to a thesaurus, see its a book the has many options for expressing words. Synonyms for "giggle" would be titter, laugh, chuckle...
    Sincerely,
    Concerned Reader

    Other than my upset that the author wrote about a 30 year old woman who can only express joy by giggling. This was a good story.
    *giggle

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    shannon WILSON, NC, United States 07-21-13
    shannon WILSON, NC, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What a waste, don't bother."
    Any additional comments?

    I feel that I wasted money on this book. I can't even finish this one. It is soooooo boring! I can't bring myself to listen to anymore of it. I wouldn't recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Serene 01-12-15
    Serene 01-12-15
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    "Good Story"

    Good story. I really enjoyed the main characters Em and Aidan.
    I do feel the narrator would be best suited for a self-help book instead of romance novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 01-07-15
    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 01-07-15

    Avid reader for 45 years

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    "Mixed Bag of Emotions"

    While I enjoyed the Proposition (except when it ended abruptly), I thought the plot lost focus in the 2nd book. Since Emma met Aidan when he agreed to be a sperm donor for her, their transition from co-workers to loving couple seemed too rushed to me.

    Yes, they started having strong feelings while engaging in frequent sex, but expecting to build a strong relationship while she's pregnant and he has commitment issues seemed unrealistic.

    When Emma is attracted (even a little) to another man while 6 months pregnant, I laughed out loud. Only in fiction does a woman who can't see her feet want sex with a stranger.

    Emma & Aidan's family & friends, especially Beau the dog, added humor and warm to the story. The ending was predictable but heartwarming. Mildly entertaining but not memorable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JC 12-24-14
    JC 12-24-14
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    "Narrator was good, but not buying the next book."
    Would you try another book from Katie Ashley and/or Justine O. Keef?

    From Justine O. Keef, yes. Katie Ashley? Probably not...


    What could Katie Ashley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I hate Pesh. Oh yes, he's supposed to be this über perfect specimen of manhood. But I just hated him. I wanted to skip any scene he was in. It got so bad just hearing his name mentioned automatically made me go "ugh". So, shorter scenes with him or fewer mentions of him or maybe making him less unbelievably "perfect" would have made this more enjoyable. And Emma and Pesh making out at Aidan's doorstep??? What. The. Hell. After she made such a fuss over catching Aidan doing the same thing? It made me dislike Emma and want to smack her. Tasteless. Also hate the importance she placed on Aidan saying "I love you" and disregarding all the actions he did to show it instead. Oh, and why does it have to be Pesh who points this out to her?And what's with all the "thank you's"? Seemed like a character was saying "thank you" every few sentences. It was getting annoying.


    What does Justine O. Keef bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would have stopped reading the second Pesh showed up. At least with someone else reading the story for me, I could someone slog through it.


    Any additional comments?

    Not buying the next book since the main character is the same one that ruined this for me. I don't care about Pesh Nadeen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mizfoxfire Oak Park, MI 12-19-14
    Mizfoxfire Oak Park, MI 12-19-14

    Mizfoxfire

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    "not worth it"
    What disappointed you about The Proposal?

    I enjoyed the first book in the series but this book had too much crying and whigning for both main characters. Really got tired of male lead crying and begging for forgiveness. This story could have been wrapped in the first book "the proposition" . This book was really badly written.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not anything by this author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Justine O. Keef?

    Not sure. I didn't care for this narrator. At times she sounded dry and her southern accent for the main characters went in and out.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The ending was good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 01-25-14
    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 01-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Mediocre at best"

    Well I was hoping that the book would pick up with a bit more drama but it fell a little flat. I still love the narrator but the book lack drama. I did not get the chemistry between Emma and Dr. Alpesh "Pesh" Nadeen. It is really unbelievable that a doctor would date a) patient and b) a very pregnant one at that. It kind of ruined the book for me. I like that Aidan did not automatically become flowers and sunshine kind of guy but the story needed more drama. I feel like the book had potential to get better but fell flat for me. The author tried to put some drama with the grandparents and family friends, but it felt out of place. I would have liked to save my credit. Oh well some are hits and others are a miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 04-30-13
    Leesa 04-30-13 Member Since 2014

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "At least it’s finished"

    I loved the first book in this series. I just couldn’t wait until this one came out. It just wasn’t what I was expecting. I was hoping for more drama. I thought Aidan and Emma would go through more “stuff” but it was more like a lukewarm bath. I just needed MORE. Well we can’t have it all. I just wish I’d saved my credit for something more exciting. There’s not much in this one to get excited about and it could be done by adding a few chapters to the end of the first book instead of having another book. Oh well.

    So, in my opinion I’d save my credit for a better book.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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