17 February 2014

The Pairing by Katie Ashley - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

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.
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my review -

All of us have the ability to love people in infinite capacities.

My thoughts of PESH in the second book:
PESH! He's your dream guy. (The name is Indian because he's Indian but was born in the US)
* He's a doctor (meaning a stable job)
* He's a pilot too!
* He's thoughtful
* He's sweet
* He's not commitment phobe
* He's what EMMA needs at her situation.
* And He doesn't really exist in real life! or he belongs to the rarest of the rare male specie
The first time I came across The Pairing I said to myself – OMG! I can’t believe PESH is having his own story! (*SWOON*)

Dr. McDreamy Bollywood

I so love Pesh – the refined gentlemad, and I love Pesh with a dirty mouth. For those who have read the previous book – bet you can’t imagine him talking dirty, can you? So I was surprise and freakin turned on when naughty words started coming out from his mouth (SEE EXCERPT!!!). He is SOOOOO HOOOOT with or without clothes, and in and out of bed. So tell me what’s wrong, Megan? Why don’t you want him?

Because she had been hurt before, and her ex boyfriend had left after knocking her up. Now juggling between being a single parent, and finishing her nursing degree – she couldn’t handle the complication of a relationship. The two of them met at the baptism of Aidan and Emma’s son – everyone was trying to pair them up. But after a disastrous night (no thanks to the booze), she left his home and wished she can never see him again.

But fate has other things in mind when she was assigned to do her clinical on the very same hospital he was in. Despite the fact that she reminds him of the things he lost, he can’t still help but want her. However, he wanted something serious, she wanted to have fun. I know it’s quite the opposite of the norm. When he couldn’t beat her – he decided to join her and dance to her tune – just for a bit.

It was a game well-played for the both of them. I so had fun reading this novel. Watching who will win their battle of wills, and who will surrender first. Aidan and Emma are still very much in love, and he still freaks out over some stuffs which had me laughing. And the proposal – gaaaahd! It was epic. Totally unexpected, so unconventional and surprising. Nevertheless, I have to agree with Aidan when he said that they were a match. She needed her reigns, and he needed a free spirit.

I didn’t think I could fall in love MORE with Pesh, but as the novel goes on, he capture your heart because of his personality. He’s not just a good doctor, an intelligent man, but he’s really the whole package, so Megan, and Mason too, is really lucky to have him. As for Megan, I’m glad she realized she would make a mistake to let this amazing man go. She may be young, but she’s already a great mom to her kid, she had ambition and she never gave up on it, but what I love most about her is in the near-end of the novel, she’s a realist, she’s not selfish, and she understands PESH.

This is my favorite among the four in the series, not just because of this perfect man, but how the story turned about. I swooned, I laughed so hard, got that awww-moment and fell in love. I love that it is a stand-alone novel and would highly recommend it to friends. 

★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★

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teaser -
After swiping his key card, he entered the room. When he closed the door behind him, Megan turned around, gazing expectantly at him. Now that he was in front of her, he didn’t know exactly what to say. He had been on an emotional overload on the roof, and things had escalated far too quickly. “Look, I just want to say how very sorry I am about kissing you.”

“Well I’m not,” she replied matter-of-factly.

Pesh’s neck snapped back in shock. Her response wasn’t what he was expecting at all. He had imagined she might be relieved or even embarrassed, but he hadn’t imagined that she would be unregretful. He cleared his throat. “Regardless, I shouldn’t have done it. I was in an emotionally vulnerable position, and you were merely trying to comfort me. Nothing more.” His words were more for his own good than hers.

She shook her head. “Just because I was comforting you, doesn’t mean I didn’t want you to kiss me. That I still don’t want to kiss you again.”

His brows furrowed in confusion. “But you—”

“Pesh, I’ve wanted you since the night of Noah’s baptism. But you shot me down then, and you still do.”

Although his heart wanted to soar at her admission of wanting him, the reality of her words caused his chest to clench instead. “Sexually. You only want me sexually.”


He should have been flattered that a young, sexy woman like Megan desired him. But he wasn’t. Half of the women in the hospital would be willing for him to drag them to an empty patient’s room for a quick and dirty screw. But that’s not who he was. He had never been that way with women, and he didn’t see how it could be possible to change. All he wanted was for her to really see him and how good he could be for her. How good they would be for each other. He thought that was what she was feeling in the moments before and after he kissed her. But now it seemed it was once again only lust.

Although it was probably pointless, he couldn’t help putting everything out there once again. “But when we were up on the roof, there wasn’t a moment where you wanted more from me than just sex?” He licked his lips and took a step toward her. “Just a second where you could imagine your life with me in it?”

Megan stared at him, her expression contemplative. For a brief moment, Pesh thought by her hesitation that she had changed her mind about him. But then she shook her head. “How many times are you going to make me hurt you with this? You’re too good for me, Pesh. We both know that. I’ll remind you again of some of the reasons I’m not the one for you. I’m twenty-five, and you’re thirty-seven. You want a wife, and I’m not ready to be married.”

Her words cut into his chest the same as if she had taken a sharp blade to him. She may have had to repeat herself this time, but he realized the finality of her words. And then an idea hit him so hard that he shuddered—a true light bulb moment and epiphany. There was only one way he was going to get to have his sweet Megan, and that was if he gave in to her. He would have to become someone else for her, even if it was just for a little while. He could distract her with sex that she both desired and demanded, but at the same time, he would make her fall in love with him. It could work. It had to.

Cocking his head at her, he questioned, “So let me get this straight 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?”

Her eyes widened at his word choice. “What’s gotten into you?”

He shrugged nonchalantly, feeling slightly empowered in the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde moment. “I merely asked a simple question.”

She snorted exasperatedly. “Yeah, about…” She swallowed hard. “Fucking, of all things.”


Megan shook her head wildly back and forth. “I can barely acknowledge hearing you say the word, least of all you doing that.”

“You can’t imagine me—”

She held up her hand. “You’re not the type of man to fuck,” she countered.

Crossing his arms over his chest, he countered, “Oh really? I’m too nice of a guy?”

“Something like that.”

“I am 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.”

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,” she whispered.

“It may have been a while, but even a gentleman like me enjoys fucking.” He closed the gap between them.

“What are you doing?” she whispered.

“I’m giving you what you want.”

“You’re giving in?”
the author -
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.


giveaway -

other books in the series -

★The Proposition Series Reading Order &Purchase Link★
 THE PROPOSITION: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads
Check out my review ► 3 Stars
THE PROPOSAL: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads
Check out my review ► 3 Stars
 THE PARTY (FREE): Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

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