Thursday, February 20, 2014

Blog Tour: The Pairing by Katie Ashley

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.

Kathy says…

The Pairing is #3 in The Proposition series by Katie Ashley. It follows Pesh, the sweet Indian doctor who Emma dated briefly in The Proposition.

Pesh is a widow who still mourns his wife.  The only time he came close to feeling something for another woman was when he dated Emma (from The Proposition). Everyone in his life wants him to move on with his life and start dating. Up until now he has been living a shell of his former life... voluntarily working overtime at the hospital and avoiding socialization.  When Emma asks Pesh to be Noah's godparent he gets introduced to Megan.

Megan is a spitfire. She has been hurt before (her son Mason's father left her high and dry when she got pregnant) and she isn't looking to open herself up to getting into a relationship where she can get hurt again.  Yet, Pesh is a very appealing package... In more ways than one.

The attraction between Pesh and Megan was immediate. I have to admit at first I was upset that Megan resembled his dead wife.... It made his attraction to Megan seem very superficial. Thankfully, this was not a major plot point in the book and was quickly overlooked. With a little matchmaking they meet and talk they realize they have a lot in common, including careers (he's a doctor and she's a nurse).  Megan becomes interested in a no strings physical relationship, whereas Pesh wants the whole fairytale marriage that he once had and lost.  When the two become coworkers it becomes harder and harder for the two to ignore their feelings for each other.

It was almost a gender role reversal in this story with Pesh assuming the sweet, romantic, and tender mate while Megan was standoffish and hesitant. There were many references to Pesh being such a gentleman and nice guy (which he continuously tries to refute).  Pesh did have a few secrets up his sleeve in the bedroom that I didn't see coming though.

There were some definite heartwarming scenes with Pesh and Mason (Megan's son). Mason needs a loving father and Pesh is so desperate to be a father.  All of the toddler scenes gave me a smile.

There was a lot of interaction with the characters from The Proposition and The Proposal - I loved revisiting them. We were also introduced to Pesh's family and a few tidbits of the Indian culture which were interesting.

While the couple made a nice pair, I didn't find it quite as engaging as The Proposition and The Proposal, but it was a fun, quick read. A solid romance to enjoy! 3.5 stars for The Pairing!

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, 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.

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