A Daring Proposition by Jennifer Greene

Story: 5
Presentation: 9
Total: 14
Publisher: Carina
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Blurb: Leigh Sexton is desperate to have a baby, and Brian Hathaway would be the perfect bio-dad. A notorious Chicago playboy, Brian is no family man, which suits Leigh just fine. An heiress and successful CPA, she is more than capable of raising a child alone. Now all she has to do is work up the nerve to ask Brian to impregnate her...artificially. Leigh has no interest in conceiving the old-fashioned way, despite how her heart races when she's near him.

Brian is intrigued by Leigh's request. He's not into commitment, even with a woman as attractive as Leigh, but he's also not the type to make a deposit and then disappear. If he goes along with her scheme, he's got one demand of his own: marriage before conception. He agrees to keep things clinical—he can get sex elsewhere—but having a wife at home will keep the husband-hunters at bay.

It seems like the ideal compromise—until they start falling in love.

Review: I found the premise for the story interesting based on the blurb. Once I got started I was torn a bit. I found the story hard to follow in places. Both of the characters seemed to grate on each other and while I think that it was the point, I began to question both of them and found myself getting miffed with them. Brian, while handsome, came off as a bit of an ass. Leigh, a woman who so desperately wanted to have a baby that she was willing to go into a marriage for the sake of becoming pregnant via AI, then drinking alcohol after the pregnancy is confirmed, I was not impressed with some of her choices or the way she handled some situations.

I was a little disturbed by Brian’s constant statement that he wasn’t going to “rape” Leigh. I think that there could have been any number of other phrases used to get the point across that he wasn’t an animal that would just pounce on her unwillingly.

I was torn. There were times when I was so sucked into the story that I didn’t want to stop reading and other times when I was so pissed that I didn’t want to continue. Was the writing good? Yes. Did I connect with the characters? Sometimes. Would I read it again? Eh. I really don’t know. Perhaps someday but It certainly wasn’t one that left me breathless.

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