About the Book
So onto what is in the book. The Proposition is Book 2 of 3 in The Players series. The books are interconnected but having read only this book, I assume they are all stand alones.
Ben Williamson, our hero, is a professional athlete. He avoids the limelight and has a great friendship with fellow professional athletes Jace (The Players Book 1) abd Gabe (The Players Book 3).
What Ben does not have is an understanding family. Academically successful, they do not understand Ben’s career choices and he struggles to maintain a link with them. Added to this is a decade old rivalry/hatred of his older brother, David. Davis is getting married and Ben has been coerced into being the Best Man. Ben decides hiring an escort is the answer to his mother’s attempts at matchmaking and sticking out like the proverbial fifth wheel at the event.
I felt the book began with a wobble. I do not believe that a publicly recognisable, professional athlete would think it’s a good idea to go to a strip club to find an escort to be his date at his brother’s wedding. In this day and age of social media scrutiny, as well as the abundance of discreet escort services, this decision is dubious.
What follows, however, is quite a good romance novel. Ben and Ryan may come from diverse backgrounds but they suit each other. Even in the early stages of their relationship, they are relatively relaxed with one other. They talk to each other, like spending time together, drive each other crazy with their respective annoying habits, yet they find them endearing just the same. They are hot between the sheets and I found the sex scenes are well written.
Before we get our HEA, there is the requisite falling out, which I won’t go into detail about to avoid spoilers. It’s handled well and I felt it was a truer reflection of the characters than their beginning.
This was my first Elizabeth Hayley novel and I liked it enough to want to read the other books in this series.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
"Elizabeth" lives with her husband, daughter, and nutjob of a dog. "Hayley" lives with her husband, son, and her own crazy dog. Thankfully, their children are still too young to read.
Elizabeth Hayley's writing motto is best captured by the words of Patrick Dennis: "I always start with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind."