Sunday, 1 November 2015

The Predicament (The Prosposition #4) by Katie Ashley

Unlike her best friend Emma Fitzgerald, Casey Rossi had never been overly maternal. She much preferred parties with Patron to Pampers and pacifiers. Most of all, she enjoyed a healthy sex life with her husband, Nate. But all that changed with the birth of their daughter. While motherhood is a thrilling, new adventure and her love for Nate grows even stronger seeing him be a wonderful father, Casey can’t ignore how stagnant things have become between her once steamy sheets. Between her exhaustion and Nate’s schedule at the hospital, there’s little time or energy for sex. She can deal with sporting spit-up stained clothes and a few sleepless nights, but she can’t abide losing the white-hot connection with her hubs.

No matter what it takes, Casey is determined to resuscitate her flat lining sex life. She starts out seeking the advice of her friends, Emma and Megan. But she’s desperate enough to try anything that she even solicits the advice of reformed manwhore, Aidan Fitzgerald, which turns into a fiasco of epic proportions.

Will any of Casey’s intentions be successful at reigniting her lost bedroom heat, or will they fail and cause matters to fizzle even worse? It’s one hell of a predicament.  

Kristine's Review:
Reviewed: October 2015.

The Proposition series is one that I often come back to, there's an ease to Ashley's writing that makes it so easy to get lost in, and Casey has always been this snarky, loving, larger than life character that you couldn't help but love. Casey's sex drive is well known, she's definitely always been the more amorous one in her relationship with Nate, and she's never been shy saying what she wants. A lot of books end where The Predicament starts off, Casey and Nate have got their HEA, they're blissfully happy, married, with a gorgeous daughter they both dote on, everything couldn't be more perfect right?? It's not even that there's something wrong per say, but the deep intimate connection Casey always felt with Nate previously isn't the same anymore, sure they love each other, sure they're happy and have so much to be thankful for, but for someone who's sex life has always played such a big part of who she believes she is, Casey suddenly feels lost.

The Predicament is a short, sweet, funny novella that looks at married life and kids and everything that goes along with it, from hair brained schemes to rekindle the flame, to outright hilarity Ashley takes the reader on an adventure. The reality is, one that anyone in a long term relationship, anyone who's had children can attest to, is that over time things change, priorities shift, and what you originally had deepens into something else, that's not to say your sex life or intimacy goes down the toilet, but more that finding your groove again can shake even the strongest of couples, there's a sweet message here about love and life, about marriage and kids, about trust and communication, that I think we all tend to forget sometimes, it was one that had me remembering sometimes it's not about the destination, sometimes you just have to enjoy the journey.

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About Katie Ashley:

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.


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