Title: THE PAIRING
Author: KATIE ASHLEY
Published: Feb. 18, 2014
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.
Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.
She spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.
She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
(The Proposition #1)
(The Proposition #2)
(The Proposition #.05)
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MY 5 STAR REVIEW!
The Pairing by Katie Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 I heart Pesh stars!
If you’re looking for a sweet, sexy and swoony romance, look no further! The Pairing made me remember why I loved Katie Ashley’s books to begin with. I’ve always felt that her Proposition series was her best stuff, and this only solidifies that. The Pairing is by far my favorite book of hers yet!
Pesh and Megan meet for the first time at Noah’s baptisim. You remember little Noah, right? Aidan and Emma’s child. Megan is Aidan’s niece. She has a son of her own, a little less than two years old. Pesh is the doctor that Emma became friends with. He is a widower and close friend. Aidan and Emma decide to make these two people godparents to their son. But Emma may have some ulterior motives...
"Nothing would make me happier than if you were to fall in love with Pesh."
With a laugh, Megan said, "Did you just hear anything I said? I'm anti-love."
"So was Aidan."
Megan is a hard working single mom and nursing student and she is not looking to settle down. Her son and finishing school are her first priority. After losing his wife, Pesh has found it very difficult to move on. He spends his extra time working extra shifts at the ER. But there is something about Megan. Something he likes and wants to peruse. Megan is attracted to Pesh. She wants him too, but not for a relationship. She’s not ready for that. She only wants fun.
"So let me get this straight for once and for all. You would let me..." He paused, fighting the conflict within himself to say what he needed to.. He drew in a ragged breath. "You would let me fuck you but not love you?"
Pesh makes it his mission to try to convince Megan she is worth more than that. That he wants something special with her. He would treat her right. The way he is with her son made me melt. He really shows her what it means to feel love.
Pesh and Megan still have different ideas of what their relationship should be, but they can’t continue to stay away from one another. They both really care for each other. Megan wants to be with Pesh. She knows he could be the guy for her, but is she really ready to take that step? She has a son, and school to think about. Is getting in a relationship with anyone smart? Pesh is persistent. He hasn’t felt this strongly about anyone since his wife. He didn’t know it was possible to feel this way again. He loves Megan and her son (view spoiler)[OMG- Pesh and Mason... The Daddy’s boy scene. Seriously, that brought tears to my eyes! SO BEAUTIFUL!!! (hide spoiler)]. If anyone could change Megan’s mind about moving forward into a relationship, it’s Pesh.
I’m not sure if I’ve made this clear enough, but I LOVED PESH! This guy... he was the entire package. Did he have flaws? If so, I didn’t notice. He really was the perfect man. Sweet, successful, swoony, patient, understanding and sexy as hell! He may seem like he’s tame, but he has his moments!
"Given the chance right now, you'd let me strip off your scrubs and fuck you up against the medicine cabinet." As her chest heaved up and down, she took a step back from him, bumping against the counter. "But you don't say things like that. You're refined. You're a gentleman."
"It may have been a while, but even a gentleman like me enjoys fucking."
I really liked Pesh and Megan together. Even thought there was a bit of an age difference, I felt like they were a good fit. They complimented each other well and they had wonderful chemistry. I liked Megan a lot. Usually the one in the relationship that pushes away annoys me, but I didn’t feel that way with her. I understood her reasons, and she fell pretty quickly for Pesh.
Heartfelt, sweet, sexy and moving. This book was contemporary romance perfection. Megan and Pesh were wonderful together, and it was great to catch up with Emma, Aidan and the rest of the Fitzpatrick clan. If you’re looking for a wonderful romantic read, I would highly recommend checking out this one!
At the end of the day, true love in it’s many forms was all you could really hope for and cling to.
**ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review**View all my reviews