Monday, September 16, 2013

Spotlight and Review: 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?

Review:

This story is what fairy tales are made of. Hot, steamy fairy tales that is.  Spencer is a gorgeous billionaire, who is compassionate, talented, and every grown woman's desire.  He's found himself in a spot due to being so desirable. Namely an ex-lover who doesn't want to let go and will use every social media outlet to exploit his cousins wedding and try to bed him and re-gain him.  When his brother mentions taking a date as a way to rid himself of Ava he scoffs, but on the way to the coffee pot he sees the woman who will alter his life.

Dakota is a recent grad from NYU. She's always dreamed of working for Cannon and Carrington as a graphic design artist. She's lived a hard life, scraping to eat and keep a roof over the heads of herself and her mother who has recently been diagnosed with MS. They are close to losing their apartment and she's working two jobs. One cleaning for Cannon and Carrington, the other as a waitress in a grease pit in Brooklyn.

Can Spencer and Dakota make it through four days and finish their proposition or will the attraction they feel toward other finally rule? For two days Spencer fights his attraction, but Dakota has decided she doesn't want to fight hers. A man like this comes once in a lifetime and she's going to enjoy it while she can. What Spencer doesn't know is that Dakota can be persuasive when she wants something. Her site is on him and she won't stop until she gets what she wants.

When they finally give in, there is no "enough". The desire can't be stopped and neither can get their fill. It's love at first lust, but will they put their prides aside to capture a future that could set their hearts ablaze?

Be ready to read this book non-stop when you sit down with it. This book captures the stories of love from girlhood with the lust of womanhood. It's almost sinful to have a man as good as Spencer to fire up the pages in a book. He's the perfect enigma of what a woman wants and is as considerate as they could come. Dakota is the Cinderella of the story. She's a strong, witty, beautiful woman who is at first underestimated.  She is proof that a woman isn't always just a pretty face and can rise above what circumstances they come from. The banter is comical and light and makes for a perfect read. The more Spencer and Dakota get to know each other the sweeter the story becomes.  This book is a five star romance. 


 

 

 

Excerpt

“I have a proposition for you.”

“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’?”

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?”

“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.

 


About Ella

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.

 

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