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.
If you are a fan of Katie Ashley’s The Proposition then you are familiar with the characters of Megan and Pesh. Although you don’t have to read the other books to understand what is happening in “The Pairing”, I would highly recommend that you read those books.
I love “The Pairing”. It was the perfect blend of sweet and sexy. I love the characters that Katie Ashley creates. Her characters are just down to earth good people. It is refreshing to read a book that doesn’t have characters dealing with the emotional turmoil of sexual abuse. The pairing focuses on Megan and Pesh, two characters dealing with separate relationship hang-ups. Megan is a single mother, focusing on the well-being of her son. Having been hurt and disillusioned with her past emotional experience she is afraid to open her heart to another person. With Pesh you have a caring doctor still reeling from the loss of his wife.
I have to say that I loved Pesh in this book. It was nice to see a male lead with a sensitive side. A man who was not afraid to express and show his feelings. The way he treats Megan will make you swoon. He is a character who will be not be written into a stereotype. He is who he is and he is not ashamed of it. I really enjoyed how you really get to see the different sides of Pesh. He can go from sweet to sexy in a heartbeat. At the end of the novel you will be thinking to yourself that Megan is a lucky girl.
As a female lead Megan was great. She really had her priorities straight. I love how she had a lot of spunk. I have to say the big scene stealer in this novel is her son Mason. He is so cute that he will be melting your heart. Every scene he is a bundle of cuteness.
This was another great read by Katie Ashley. All her books are always enjoyable, and this book is right there with the rest of her work.