BY Elizabeth Hayley
Release Day: October 31, 2017
Professional hockey player Ben Williamson doesn’t quite know how he got himself into this situation; hiring someone to be his date to his brother’s wedding is way out of character for him. But with family pressuring him to settle down, going stag just isn’t an option. It would just be one more thing his polite, cultured family uses as ammo against him.
Ryan Cruz is having a bad day. Wait, make that a bad year. Broke, technically homeless, and living on a friend’s couch, she’s now also unemployed after her sharp tongue gets her fired from her job. So when a handsome stranger approaches her out of the blue with a proposition–he’ll pay her to be his date to his brother’s wedding for the weekend–accepting his offer is a no brainer. She needs the cash and figures it wouldn’t be in the best interest of a professional athlete to murder her.
What starts as a simple business arrangement soon becomes more as these opposites attract and get caught up in the wedding magic. Will Ben and Ryan be able to turn their relationship into something more? Or is love based on a proposition too much of an obstacle to overcome?
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I must admit knowing that Elizabeth Hayley was a duo and they had been recommended by someone I trust. I was curious to read to a read one of their books. So when an opportunity presented itself to read The Proposition. I jumped at the chance to do so .
I was definitely intrigued by the story. Think Pretty Woman but with a cliché twist. Ben is a pro hockey player who is happy living life to fullest as a playboy. Until recently when his brother announced he was getting married and he has come to home for the wedding . Ben isn’t a bad guy. He is instantly likeable but his family is another story. There is a whole lot of history there and Ben isn’t totally keen on the whole reunion. Especially with his brother and he wants to solve one of the problems he has a grasp on her
So he needs a girlfriend fast. You can see where this story is going fast and there could be many ways he could of gone and found a girl .There are countless possilbities but being professional sport players. His best friends Gabe and Jace happen to think they have the perfect solution.
Talk about a cliché and half . As this had drama written all over it and we all know how Pretty Woman turned out….
The guys might be players but they aren’t bad sort either. They want to help knowing the background story of Ben. You have to admire him as a someone who went against his family wishes and made something out of himself. He broke the mould in his family and he one of a few POC in the league it seems.
However this story is off the field in the off season . He is hanging with his friends and plotting his saving grace. They have a flawed plan, what can go wrong?
Well it seems it about got all right as whilst the guys may have no clue what they are doing. It allows Ben to met Ryan. Ryan who has no clue what she about get herself into literally. They might have a memorable meeting that you won’t forget. However it’s her story and the determination she has that keeps you love with Ryan and makes her endearing with Ben
She doesn’t have a pretty story to tell and you wonder what lead her to situation she in . She obviously doesn’t have much choice with Ben’s offer. Even so The Proposition is only the beginning of this story. There so much more to come and where obviously you know what is going to help next.
However it isn’t without the highs and lows like any good romance story. This book had me laughing and swooning . The duo do know how to write a good book and I enjoyed this tale. Whilst this was the second book and the previous book was about his buddy Jace. I didn’t feel like I missed anything as the story was standalone. Whilst the events was mentioned in passing, there wasn’t too much detail given so it left me curious about Aly and Jace. As Jace and Gabe were the perfect wingman and I know Ben would do the same for them. I enjoy the guys and Ryan was the perfect addition to the gang. She has the gift of ‘ word vomit’ which I can totally relate to and she was a fierce woman. She wasn’t proud of what she had to do and Ben really truly made her feel like some one special. I think they saw the best in each with out reaching and that why their story was special.
Another thing was the diverse elements in this story. Despite seeing the cover before, I didn’t pay attention too much until I realised the hero was African American and I loved that the heroine was a POC as well. There isn’t much of market out there in romance and I loved that it obviously changing with books like this.
Elizabeth Hayley is actually “Elizabeth” and “Hayley,” two friends who love reading romance novels to obsessive levels. This mutual love prompted them to put their English degrees to good use by penning their own. The product is Pieces of Perfect, their debut novel. They learned a ton about one another through the process, like how they clearly share a brain and have a persistent need to text each other constantly (much to their husbands’ chagrin).
They live with their husbands and kids in a Philadelphia suburb. Thankfully, their children are still too young to read.
Elizabeth Hayley’s writing motto is best captured by the words of Patrick Dennis: “I always start with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.”