Series: The Proposition #3
Published on February 18th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A Companion Novel to The Proposition and The Proposal
After her former boyfriend left her pregnant and alone, Megan McKenzie swore off men. She spent the last eighteen months focused solely on her son, Mason, along with finishing nursing school at the top of her class. Although she’s not ready to complicate her life with a long-term relationship, a nice no-strings attached hook-up is just what she needs. At her godson, Noah’s, baptism, she finds the perfect candidate in the soft-spoken godfather, Pesh Nadeen. After all, the widower could use a good time too. But after drinking too much, the night doesn’t end the way she thought it would. Forced to leave Pesh’s house through a walk of shame, Megan hopes to never, ever see him again.
For Pesh Nadeen, the very sight of Megan sends him into an emotional tailspin. Since she reminds him too much of what he has lost, he wants to be out of her sight…at first. But the more he gets to know her, there's something about the diminutive blonde that causes his protective side to go into overdrive, and he finds himself wanting more. When Megan is assigned to work in his ER to complete her nursing clinicals, he sees it as fate, but she’s having no part of it. She only wants a physical relationship while he wants far more.
What happens next is a sexy game of cat and mouse to see who will break first or if both of them will eventually get more than they ever bargained for.
Guest Review by AJ:
If you’re looking for an angst-free, drama-free, chemistry-filled love story that is sweet but hot, featuring a super-functional couple – this is your book!
Tying in nicely with The Proposition and The Proposal, this is the story of Pesh and Megan, who we met earlier in the series. Megan is Aidan’s niece. She is a single mother who is working hard to create a life for her and her 15 month old son, Mason. She is smart, no-nonsense, and not afraid to go after what she wants. I really like her.
Pesh is the doctor that Emma dated briefly in The Proposal. Now if, like me, you were immensely irritated by that particular storyline, please don’t judge Pesh for it! Emma was the stupid one, Pesh got caught up in a situation he knew nothing about! Pesh is actually fantastic! Nicknamed “Dr Dreamy McBollywood”, he’s a good guy, and such a gentleman! Respectful, kind, caring, and intelligent, he’s gorgeously sexy but also emotional, and isn’t afraid to let people know how he is feeling. Still grieving the death of his wife two years ago, he is struggling to re-enter the dating world, but he’s brave enough to follow his heart, I really love that about him.
Megan and Pesh meet when, in a somewhat strange move, Aidan and Emma ask Pesh to be the godfather to their son, Noah. I must say, I thought this was a pretty weird way to bring him back into the story. Surely there was somebody closer to them that they could have chosen?! It is explained why Pesh was chosen, and even though it’s all very sweet, I still though it was strange. But I could get over it. Especially because Megan is to be Noah’s godmother, so it gives us a very nice set up to their first meeting.
Megan and Pesh are attracted to each other from the very beginning. The conversation and banter is easy, honest and witty, and had me smiling like a loon. And, in true Pesh form, he lets his feelings be known and puts it all out there for Megan very early on.
“Got a hero complex, huh? Wanna be every woman’s knight in shining armor?”
“Not every woman’s,” he murmured.
“Mmm, Pesh, you wanna be my knight in shining armor?” As soon as the words left her lips, she fought the urge to slap her hand over her mouth. Alcohol always had this effect on her-it left her completely without a sensor.
Pesh’s jaw clenched, and he didn’t reply. Pitching her upper body over the armrest, she got as close to him as she could. “You didn’t answer my question.”
Taking his eyes momentarily off the road, he pinned her with an intense gaze. “I’d be anything and everything you wanted me to be, if you would give me the chance.”
The only problem is, Megan is not interested in a relationship. At 25, she is considerably younger than 37 year old Pesh, and having the last few years pregnant and then looking after her son, she wants easy, no strings, fun (ie. sex). And she wants it with Pesh. But he wants so much more from her, and is not the type of guy to dive into something without getting his heart involved, and you’ve gotta respect him for wanting to do what he feels is right – for him and for Megan.
“If I take you, I’ll be making love to you. I’ll have you begging and pleading, but you’ll be coming so many times you’ll lose count. You’ll understand the difference between a quick tumble and the all-consuming power of a physical connection fueled by an emotional one.”
She rapidly blinked her blue eyes in disbelief while her cheeks flushed. “Oh God, did you actually just say that?”
“I did.” He gave her a teasing smile. “And you’ll be calling out my name more than his.”
Unwilling to compromise what they want, they hit a stalemate, but they have a continued presence in each other’s lives, and the feelings between them continue to grow as the UST hits dangerous levels. And behind Pesh’s gentlemanly nature, the hint of a sexy alpha is always there behind his actions and his words, and when he lets it loose…. phew!
“You’re not the type of man to fuck,” she countered.
His brows shot up. “Oh really? I’m too nice of a guy?”
“Something like that.”
“I’m a man, Megan. We all have needs. Isn’t fucking one of them?”
Her body trembled slightly at his words. She licked her lips before replying, “S-Stop saying that word-it isn’t you.”
“So fucking isn’t me? Don’t tell me you think I’m totally asexual – that you can’t imagine me fucking a woman…fucking you.” He eased in closer to her. “We both know for a fact that you wanted nothing more than to fuck me the night of Noah’s baptism. Given the chance right now, you’d let me strip off your scrubs and fuck you up against the medicine cabinet.”
Ummmm… yeah. Pesh is hot. Like… really hot! But, just like he promised, you can feel the emotional connection between them as well, and it makes it all so much more intense.
“Let me give you this pleasure. I want nothing more than to see you come apart.”
With the story told in dual POV, we get to follow both Megan and Pesh on their emotional journeys as they try to live without each other, and then finally decide that they can’t. The timeline moves quickly, so we get to see different stages of their relationship – from friendship which slowly develops into a romance, through milestones, special little moments that had me swooning at the emotional declarations, or grinning at the sweetness of it all, and, as I said, it’s all drama free as Pesh and Megan’s relationship grows, deepens, and becomes something incredibly special.
I love how Mason is included as a part of the story. His relationship with Pesh is absolutely gorgeous, and had me clutching my heart on multiple occasions. The book is so much more than just Pesh and Megan coming together, family is a really big theme too, and Mason and both of their families feature strongly in their story.
There is also a fair bit of Aidan and Emma, which I loved! Aidan is still so funny, and pretty much every time he appears in the book he made me laugh. His relationship with Megan is beautiful, and I like how he and Pesh start to become close. And, of course, he and Emma are still a fantastic couple, I loved every scene that included them, and their story progresses beautifully.
This is a really sweet read, perfect for fans of the series, but could probably also be read as a standalone if you wanted to (although I loved the first two books and don’t recommend skipping them). There’s no real storyline outside of the relationship, and there were moments towards the end of the book where it was leaning towards the overly-sappy side of things, but I’d rather take that than unnecessary drama and stupid conflict. There’s a sensational epilogue which finishes off not only Megan and Pesh’s story, but also Aidan and Emma’s, and it’s absolutely beautiful.
I really enjoyed it – 4 stars.
Release Date February 18th
Want a little more of the whole gang? Here’s a nice little teaser for you!
“So, will you have dinner with me?”
Pesh leaned forward expectantly as Megan opened her mouth. They were interrupted by the sound of Emma’s voice. “Oh thank God. I’m so glad you two are on .”
Her anxious tone was the only thing that could have torn Pesh’s attention away from Megan. He glanced from Emma to Aidan, who was grimacing and rubbing his head. “What happened?”
Emma replied, “He fell and hit his head,” at the same time Aidan grunted, “Nothing.”
Megan stepped forward and went over to Aidan. She gasped as she surveyed him. “Ankle, your pupils are huge!”
Pesh took his penlight out of his coat pocket and went to Aidan. As he flashed the light into Aidan’s eyes, he grimaced. “Yeah, they are. What exactly happened?” He made sure to direct his question to Emma since she appeared to be the only one being honest.
“We were at my OB’s for our first ultrasound.”
Pesh’s eyes widened. “Ultrasound…you’re pregnant?”
“Again?” Megan questioned by his side.
The concern for Aidan on Emma’s face washed away and was replaced with a beaming smile. “Yes, I’m eight weeks.”
“Why didn’t you say something at dinner Sunday?” Megan asked.
“Well, I only found out two weeks ago, and we wanted to wait to tell everyone until we had the first ultrasound.”
Megan’s blonde brows creased. “So what does the ultrasound have to do with Ankle hitting his head?”
Emma pursed her lips and cut her gaze over to Aidan. “Would you like to tell them?” When he shook his head and then winced, Emma sighed. “When they hooked me up to the fetal monitor, they thought they heard two heartbeats. At the word ‘twins’, Aidan passed out and hit his head on the counter and the floor.”
While Pesh quickly turned a laugh into a cough, Megan wasn’t so tactful. She burst out laughing. “You seriously passed out during the ultrasound?”
Aidan scowled at her. “In my defense, it wasn’t quite the ultrasound yet.” At Megan’s continued laughter, he shrugged. “It was pretty mind-blowing news.”
“Oh Ankle, honestly.”
Aidan turned to Pesh. “So am I going to stand around all day getting shit, or are you going to examine me?”
Pesh nodded. “Of course. Your pupils are definitely a matter of concern.”
Glancing at Emma, Aidan said, “Just wait for me here.”
Pesh motioned for Aidan to go into the first examining room. As soon as the door closed behind him, Aidan lunged for him, grabbing the lapels of his white coat. “I need a vasectomy. Today.”
Pesh fought the urge to laugh at the absurdity of the situation as well as Aidan’s desperation. “Okay, let’s get you to sit down. You’ve obviously been through a lot of trauma in the last hour.”
Aidan plopped onto the examining table. He buried his head in his hands and groaned. “What a fucking nightmare of a day.”
“Does your head hurt?” Pesh asked.
Pesh furrowed his brows. “What do you mean, maybe?”
Aidan raised his head. “If you’re asking if I’m nauseated now, the answer would be no. I’m not. But on the other hand, if you’re asking if I get nauseous thinking about the fact that Emma could have been pregnant with twins, and I would have had three kids under two and in diapers…” Aidan shuddered. “Then yeah, I get really fucking nauseous, and the room starts to spin a little.”
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