Wednesday 19 February 2014

**Blog Tour** The Pairing by Katie Ashley

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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When Pesh pushed open the door, he couldn’t

help the surprise that filled him. With her auburn hair pulled into a loose
knot and her emerald eyes glittering with happiness, Emma Harrison Fitzgerald,
stood before him with her six-month-old son balanced on her hip. “Hi. I hope
I’m not interrupting you.”

A rush of pure love entered his chest at

the sight of her. Six months ago he would have confused the feeling with
amorous love, but now he knew the difference. He loved her only as a friend.
“Hello to you, too. It’s so good to see you.” His brows furrowed as his mind
wondered why she was here in the ER. “You’re okay, aren’t you?”
“Oh, I’m perfectly well. It’s just—”

Pesh’s gaze dropped to the strawberry-blond

haired boy sucking voraciously on a pacifier. “Noah’s fine, isn’t he?”
Emma smiled. “He’s perfect.”

Pesh exhaled the anxious breath he’d been

holding. “I’m glad to hear that. You both look well.”

“Thank you.” Emma surveyed him and frowned.

“I wish I could say the same for you. What’s wrong?”

“Just a tough day.” Even with Emma’s

expectant expression, he didn’t want to elaborate. Gazing down at his hands, he
finally responded, “I held a man’s heart in my hands this afternoon.”

Emma’s eyes widened, and she sucked in a

breath. “Oh my God…”

He shook his head with regret. “But no

matter how hard I tried, I still couldn’t save him.”

She reached out to rub his arm. “I’m so, so


“Thank you,” he murmured. Since he was

ready to change the subject before his emotions overcame him again, he motioned
for her to have a seat. “So, what brings you here?”
“I have a favor to ask of you.”

His brows rose in surprise. “You do?

Another flight for Aidan perhaps?”

Emma laughed. “No. I think it’ll be a long,

long time before he ever gets in a small plane again.” As Noah began to squirm,
she shifted him from her lap to her shoulder. He spit out his pacifier and
started to fuss.

“Here. Let me,” Pesh suggested, bending

over to take Noah into his arms. Noah’s surprised blue eyes met his, and then
he smiled at Pesh. “Hello, little one. My, how you’ve grown since I saw you

Noah cooed and reached for Pesh’s

stethoscope. “You were saying?” he questioned Emma.

“I know it’s a lot to ask, considering

you’re not Catholic, but I was wondering if you would be Noah’s godfather?”

Pesh couldn’t hold back his surprise, and

his mouth dropped open in shock. “You’re serious?”

Emma nodded. “Since I’m not Catholic, I’m

basically humoring Aidan’s father by having a baptism for Noah. You remember

Pesh laughed. “How could I ever forget Mr.

Fitzgerald, the matchmaker?”

Emma smiled. “That’s right. Well, you can

understand how persistent he is.”                                            
“Oh yes, I do.”

“We’re allowed one Catholic and one

non-Catholic godparent. We’ve chosen Aidan’s niece as godmother, and then I
wanted you.”
“But what about your good friend?”
“Yes, him.”

Emma waved a dismissive hand. “Besides the

fact that Connor is a non-practicing Baptist, he’s refused on the grounds he
doesn’t want to have any moral or religious responsibility for Noah.” She
grinned and shook her head. “While he and Casey were obvious choices, let’s
just say they’re looking forward to corrupting Noah, rather than guiding him on
a spiritual path.”
Pesh smiled. “I see.”

Emma’s auburn brows knitted together in

worry. “I hope you’re not offended that I told you that. I don’t want you to
think you were a second best choice. When I thought of someone to protect and
guide Noah, you were one of the first people to pop into my mind.”

Pesh worked to free his stethoscope from

Noah’s mouth. “And what does Aidan say about this?” He knew that although he
and Aidan had come to some sort of friendship on the night of Noah’s birth, he
couldn’t imagine, as possessive as Aidan was, that he would want a potential
ex-flame of Emma’s having a major part in his son’s life.

“He’s fine with it,” Emma replied, as she

toyed with the strap on her purse.
“Emma,” Pesh pressed.

She threw up her hands as she met his gaze.

“Okay, so he wasn’t thrilled with the idea at first. It took some convincing on
my part, but he’s totally onboard now.”

“As honored as I am, I would not cause

contention between you two for anything in the world.”

“And you won’t. I promise.” Emma reached

out and took his hand. Months ago, that touch would have electrified him from
his head to his feet. Now it was nothing more than the caring touch of a
friend. “In this day and age, it is so hard to find a truly honorable man. You
have such a kind heart and a caring spirit. Coupled with your integrity, I
couldn’t ask for a better person in my son’s life, and Aidan agreed.” She
squeezed his hand. “Please say yes.”

Claire's Review

4.5 Bare Naked Stars 

Megan is a single mum at 25, she’s been hurt a couple of times and made a couple of bad life choices but she’s happy being a mum and training to be a nurse.

Pesh is a widow, and not over his late wife, when his old friend Emma asks him to be godfather to her child he agrees in an instant, never knowing that and he would be instantly attracted to the godmother, Megan.

Sparks fly but they hit an impasse when Megan realizes that Pesh wants so much more from her than she can give. Not wanting to lead him on or hurt him she refuses to date, insisting that she only wants a no strings attached ‘friends with benefits’ arrangement.

Pesh frowned. “I don’t think I understand.”

“What I want from you is the same thing I wanted last night. Just sex,” she answered honestly.

2 months later and Megan finds herself as a trainee in Pesh’s ER. Thrown together again their desire for each other is hard to control.

Pesh manages to get Megan on a date, finally, in the most ingenious way…

“If I give you and orgasm, you have to go on a date with me.”

Her eyes widened through her panting, “You can’t be serious.”

The supporting cast around Megan and Pesh’s budding relationship really make the book and there are some actual laugh out loud moments, especially with Megan’s uncle, Aiden.

But the real question is can they get over their differences to make their own happy ending?.....

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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