Tuesday, February 18, 2014


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.

Selene's Review

4 - I'll take one HEA to go - SMOOCHES

The Pairing is the fourth book in the Proposition series.  It is a companion novel, intended to be a standalone which is how I read it.  The Pairing is the first book I’ve read from the series.  Katie does a good job of making past references that brought me up to speed enough to make me feel like I wasn't missing anything.

I have to say I really enjoyed this book!  It was very even keeled ... hardly any drama or angst yet I was drawn in to the story and these two characters.  I really loved Megan!  She’s a funny, spunky, smart, and tough on the outside single mom to five year old Mason.  Mason’s dad is a star NFL player whose only involvement in Mason’s life is a monthly child support check.  The last thing she wants is to get serious with a man …. she’s young, single, focused on her career, and with a young child in tow she doesn't have the desire to be in a serious relationship.  When she meets Pesh, she is instantly attracted to the handsome, slightly older doctor.  He's not the kind of guy to have a casual relationship and yet that's all she wants.  
"While you may only want sex from me, I want far more from you.  I want your time but I also want you to understand that you're worthy of something special." - Pesh
After a mortifying night with him, Megan leaves the embarrassment behind and hopes she never sees him again.    As fate would have it though, she is placed at his hospital to finish her nursing clinicals.  She proposes a no-strings-attached affair but being the gentleman he is, Pesh refuses.  Eventually though, he decides he can win her over if things start out casual.  He agrees to a friends-with-benefits relationship. 

And so their affair begins ….

My biggest issue with the story was my struggle with Pesh’s dialog … it was awkward at times and I had to kept reminding myself it was probably meant to be a cultural thing.  Otherwise, he was super schmexy and dreamy!

This is such a sweet, sweet story!  The Pairing gives you an HEA wrapped up in a big pretty bow and I loved that!  With little drama and lots of smiles, this is definitely the book if your blood pressure needs a break from all the angst-filled stories out today.

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.


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