Friday, September 27, 2013

Book Tour for The Weekend Proposition by Ella Jade (Review & GIVEAWAY)


We're ending the week with a sweet yet sexy story that put a smile on my face.  Keep reading to learn more about The Weekend Proposition by Ella Jade through my review and learn even more by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour.  Make sure to fill out the form for your chance to win a $10 bookstore GC!

One weekend—no strings, no expectations, and no commitments. On Sunday afternoon it all ends, or does it?
No-nonsense businessman Spencer Cannon has a dilemma. He's headed to Connecticut for the weekend to attend his cousin's elaborate wedding. His whole family will be there in addition to his obsessed ex-girlfriend Ava. According to Spencer's brother, Ava has been telling her friends she's planning a magical reunion with her favorite ex-boyfriend. Spencer's not in the mood to deal with her, but he can't miss the wedding. He needs a plan.
Struggling Brooklyn waitress and aspiring graphic designer Dakota Vercelli has fallen on hard times. College debts, pending eviction, and her sick mother are taking a toll on her. A chance encounter with Mr. Cannon, CEO of Cannon and Carrington Advertising, leads to a proposition that may be just the thing to solve both of their problems. Spencer's offer—spend four days with him during the wedding festivities and keep his ex off his trail. In return, he'll compensate her generously for her time. He needs a weekend girlfriend, and Dakota needs the cash.
It was just supposed to be a business deal, but after sharing a room, kissing under the stars, and attending a wedding, their attraction is undeniable. Will the illusion end when the weekend is over or is the proposition just the beginning?

EXCERPT:

"I have a proposition for you," Spencer said.
"A proposition?" What could he possibly have to offer her?
"I have to attend my cousin's wedding this weekend. Actually, I have to leave tomorrow afternoon. I don't want to go alone for reasons I don't wish to discuss right now. I need someone to accompany me. I'm offering that to you."
"And you think I'm 'to the point'?" Coda shrugged.
He smiled but didn't say anything. She couldn't stand the silence. She wanted to figure out his game. There had to be some sort of catch.
"You want me to go to a wedding with you?"
"It's in Connecticut. I would require your services until Sunday afternoon. All of your expenses would be paid, including a wardrobe which would be yours to keep after the weekend."
"You need a date?"
"I would need you to appear as my girlfriend."
"Is this a joke?" she asked.
"I wouldn't joke about something like this. I've thought the entire thing through."
"A man who looks like you should have no problem finding a real girlfriend to buy clothes for and flaunt in front of his family." She thought for a moment. "Unless there's something wrong with you."
"There's nothing wrong with me." He raised his voice a bit. "I had planned on attending alone but circumstances have changed. I'm in a bind and from what I gather, you are too."
Her instincts screamed to run in the opposite direction. She'd never been the type to fall for a scam. "I'm not interested in—"
"I'll pay you two hundred and fifty thousand dollars for your time."
"What?" Apparently a side of crazy came with those good looks.
"One hundred and twenty-five thousand today, if you agree." He pulled out a check from the inside pocket of the jacket he had draped on the back of the chair. He slipped the mint green paper across the table. "You'll get the rest on Sunday afternoon."
"That's fifty grand a day." She studied the check. It would take her years to make that kind of money working these shit-end jobs.
"I'm aware." He nodded as if the money meant nothing. "I'm asking for your time, a commodity I believe should be well compensated."
Too good to be true.
"Do you make it a habit of paying women to be your girlfriend?"
"Pretend girlfriend," he reminded her. "You would be the first."
"Why me?"
"Does it matter?"
"What exactly do you expect me to do for that money?"
"I told you." He narrowed his eyes. "I need a date for a long weekend. Everyone needs to think we're a couple."
"You're willing to pay me to go away with you for four days. I'm supposed to take your word we're going to a wedding in Connecticut? How do I know you won't kidnap me and want to do all sorts of kinky stuff to me? You could be some sex-obsessed lunatic."
"Kinky stuff?"
"Yeah, you know, like bondage and blindfolds."
"Do you like that sort of thing?" He tried to conceal his smirk.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

When I first started reading this book the overall theme felt familiar, but as each page was turned Ms. Jade brought new life into a tried and true storyline.  From its memorable characters to crackling chemistry an indelible mark was left that kept a smile on my face throughout and sad when I reached the end knowing there was no more.  Fans of the theme of opposites attracting will be drawn to Spencer and Coda and rooting for them every step of the way as they realize they're more alike than they thought.

Spencer is a tough businessman who gave up his personal dreams to run the family business as he's devoted to his family.  He's also a workaholic who gives everything to his work leaving little time for happiness.  Part of his past involves Ava, the woman he broke up with after realizing she was completely wrong for him.  Unfortunately Ava doesn't want to take no for an answer and promises to win him back at an upcoming wedding he's attending.  His brilliant plan to convince Ava they're over involves another woman pretending to be his girlfriend.  That woman, cleaning woman Coda, appears to be his complete opposite but as the wedding weekend progresses he realizes she's exactly right and he just needs to convince her of it too.

Coda too is dedicated to family working two jobs to keep a roof over her and her sick mother's head.  She desperately wants a career in advertising but college debts and a pending eviction leave her no choice but to work and put her future on hold.  One night she gets an unexpected offer and the chance to finally live her life in exchange for playing the pretend girlfriend to a serious-minded yet sexy man for one weekend.  Their weekend ends up being more than they counted on as the sexual tension mounts and their supposed differences become a match made in heaven.  Once the weekend's over though do they have faith in a future together to grab their HEA?

This was a sweet story with immensely likable characters.  Coda was a delightful heroine who stood her ground against Spencer.  She took pleasure in goading him into having fun and relaxing and it drew her to him even more than his initial attraction.  Spencer was a different man in her presence, playfully laid-back and even more sexy.  Their banter was crisp and delightful to witness.  The issue of money was handled in a completely business-like manner so as to not sully their burgeoning relationship.  As they got closer together their contract evolved to reflect their deepening feelings.  Though their relationship is sweet that doesn't mean there's no steaminess.  The connection between them starts out as a slow burn but the fireworks soon arrive in some very sensual moments.  The only issue I had with the story was the annoying Ava who acted as the stereotypical villain bent on uncovering the truth about Coda in a vindictive way to pull the lovebirds apart.  For me she put a damper on every scene she was in.  Overall though I found this a heartwarming story that was immensely entertaining and satisfying and lovers of true romance will find this the perfect read.

My rating for this is a B+

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Ella Jade has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she often had a notebook and pen with her, and now as an adult, the laptop is never far. The plots and dialogue have always played out in her head, but she never knew what to do with them. That all changed when she discovered the eBook industry. She started penning novels at a rapid pace and now she can't be stopped.
Ella resides in New Jersey with her husband and two young boys. When she's not chasing after her kids, she's busy writing, attending PTO meetings, kickboxing, and scrapbooking. She hopes you'll get lost in her words.
She loves connecting with readers. You can find her here…

WEBSITE:  http://ellajadeauthor.blogspot.com/
FACEBOOK:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ella-Jade-Author/186959391390708?ref=hl

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7 comments:

  1. I wouldn't do a weekend proposition, but Yes, i'm anxious to read this book.

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  2. Weekend Proposition - only with my husband ;) Thank you for the giveaway.

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  3. Thanks so much for hosting me. I appreciate you taking the time to review my book.

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  4. Thanks to all for stopping by. I hope you'll get lost in my words :)

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