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Review: A Daring Proposition

A Daring Proposition, Jennifer Greene’s previously published book is being re-released from Carina Press today.

Leigh would like nothing more in life than to have a baby. But she doesn’t want to go about it the traditional way. Leigh has inherited money from her parent’s but she’s not the type to sit back, relax and live off her inheritance. She enjoys a successful career as a CPA. She decides to approach Brian, a notorious playboy at a firm she audited, with a proposition: She’ll pay him $10,000 for his sperm with no strings attached.

Brian is tired of the gossip about his personal life. He sees Leigh’s proposal as the solution to his problem. He’ll give her a donation, but he doesn’t want the money he want’s something more… marriage. Brian believes that if they are married, he can  avoid all the”husband hunters”. He believes that they could have a marriage of convenience … he can get sex elsewhere.

Leigh isn’t so keen on the marriage proposition but goes along with the plan because she is disparate to have a child. But once Leigh is pregnant and Brian moves in, things begin to change. What seemed like a marriage of convenience is turning into much more.

I enjoyed reading this book and it wasn’t until after I finished it that I discovered it was previously published in the early 1980s. The author apparently updated parts of it for this publication. But it read different than many of the contemporary romances I have read. At times it did feel a little dated. I can’t quite put my finger on what exactly made me feel this way but it’s different. But not in a way that would prevent me from finishing the book or even rereading it.

The characters are likable. One thing that I found interesting is that as confident as Leigh is in her career she was much less so in her personal relationships. She lived the life of a bit of a loaner. It surprised me that the trauma affected Leigh so deeply. Brian had an ego the size of Montana, but he cared about Leigh and you could see his feelings grow stronger as time went on.  I particularly liked the character of Robert. He loved Leigh like a granddaughter and wanted to see her happily married with a child. Or at least out living life. Brian’s respect for their relationship was touching.

I enjoyed this book by Greene and will definitely be checking out some of her other works.

3.5/5 stars

Disclaimer: I received my copy from Netgalley

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Review: The Kiss Test

I’m a sucker for stories about best friends becoming lovers so Shannon McKelden’s The Kiss Test caught my eye.

Margo has the perfect life – or so she thinks. She’s living with her boyfriend of two years, Kevin in his Manhattan apartment with her Elvis collection. She has a great job as the morning DJ of New York’s only Country Radio station. And then one day everything changes.

The station is bought out and the format is switched. Suddenly Margo is out of a job. She thinks she can hide this from her boyfriend but comes home to find that he threw her a party to celebrate the award she won only to find he didn’t invite any of her friends. Shortly later they get into a fight. Kevin it seems wants to get married, have kids and move to Connecticut.  Margo is independent to a fault and married represents everything that she doesn’t want.

When Kevin asks her to move out Margo finds herself at her best Chris’s apartment. Margo and Chris have been friends for ever. She doesn’t want to move into Chris’s home and be exposed to the revolving door of ladies that frequent his bedroom but she has no choice.  As if things couldn’t get worse, they do. Margo falls down and suffers a concussion and other lingering side affects. She is forced to depend on Chris.

Because of her condition, her vacation plans change. Chris agrees to come along her cross country Elvis tour but with conditions. The biggest being that she attends her mother’s wedding – her 11th – in California. Margo with no other options is forced to agree and off they go on the road trip that changes everything. Continue reading

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