Tuesday, February 11

The Weekend Proposition by Ella Jade

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?

This is a quickie read that I went through early this morning before going to work--woke up too early and couldn't go back to sleep anymore.

I loved this novella. Sure enough, the premise is quite common but I liked the writing enough to keep my interest after I started reading it. It was an easy read and enjoyed it enough to feel bad that it was not a full length novel. There was just the right amount of sass, fun, steam, and good all-around pace. Despite it being just a short story, I didn't feel that any part of it being rushed at all.

I had a pet peeve though: the name Spencer just doesn't sit well with me as a hero's name. I can't explain it. It just isn't. Spencer in the book is tsss! hot but the name just cooled the steam down a bit. But that's just me.

Final verdict: 7/10. Good read.


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