Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Party ( The Proposition #0.5 ) by Katie Ashley

The Party by Katie Ashley

Coming off a break-up with his latest “friend with benefits”, the last thing Aidan Fitzgerald needs is a family hassle about his bachelor status. But after standing up as godfather for his great-nephew, Mason, that’s just what he gets at the Christening Party. Escaping the wrath of his father and sisters, he wants nothing more than to get to the company Christmas party. There he knows he can knock back a few stiff drinks and find some new no-strings-attached girl to take home for the night.

The last thing Emma Harrison wants is to attend another party—least of all one at work. After throwing the annual life celebration (for the anniversary of her fiancĂ©e’s death) with close friends, she’s finally gotten the courage to take matters into her own hands and become a mother. Convincing her slightly inebriated best-friend, Connor, to be her sperm donor was a lot easier than she thought, and all that’s left now is to start the process. But at her best friend and work colleague, Casey’s, insistence, she decides to make an appearance at the company Christmas party for her new boss’s sake.

Neither Aidan nor Emma could imagine what fate had in store for them at the party.




I'm not sure why this novella is label 0.5 instead of 2.5. I actually had a hard time decided which sequence to read. But after reading AJ's review, I decided to read this last.

The first chapter seems like an epilogue to The Proposal, with Emma getting herself ready for Aidan's company Christmas party, while Aidan is at home with baby Noah. Then we are treated to the flashback two years ago before the party that Emma publicly rejected Aidan's pursue.

Emma is having a reunion with Casey, Nate and Connor on the 5th anniversary of her ex-fiance, Travis passing. We learned about their tight friendship with each other and how much she misses a family that she never had. She came up with an idea to get herself pregnant by asking Connor to become her sperm donor.

Meanwhile, Aidan woke up with his Friday night sex buddy by his father demanding his presence at his great nephew, Mason baptism day. As usual, his family is trying to get him married and settle, but he is having non of it.

Later on, he went for his company Christmas Party and that is where he met this redhead that intrigue him with her green dress and shy smile. He decided right there and then that he is going to spend the night with her. But unfortunately, after learning about Aidan's infamous reputation, Emma directly told him off.

Okay, I'm not going to complain as long as I got to read more on Aidan, but as usual reading about prequel usually doesn't add much to the story. I would have much prefer a sequel instead. You know with little Noah and another baby girl on the way. I wish I could read more about Daddy Aidan moments.  

Rating 4/5