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.
What can I say? Katie Ashley has done it again. I love the way she grabs my attention in the first few pages of a novel. She doesn’t waste time pulling in my emotions and making me feel and relate to the characters. Immediately I was drawn to Pesh and my heart broke for him. I wanted him to find happiness. I wanted him to get back what he had lost. And who better to do it with than someone we had already been introduced to? Perfect.
Then there was Megan and I immediately wanted her to realize that Pesh wasn’t a loser. He wasn’t going to ditcher and treat her like she had in the past. But I understood her resistance and why she didn’t want that. Katie Ashley has a way of making you not always agree with her characters, but you understand them. So while I didn’t always agree with Megan, I understood her.
Throughout the entirty of this story, I was captivated. I couldn’t wait to see where it would go. I was constantly wanting more of Pesh & Megan. Katie has stuck to a style of writing that she is great at and I was glad to see that. Her story was unique and wasn’t just merely a copycat of other stories meshed together. Good job, Katie Ashley. Keep writing!
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.