REVIEW – The Pairing by Katie Ashley

The Pairing


A Companion Novel to The Proposition and The Proposal

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.



Sometimes a girl needs to read something definitively “feel good”. If you find yourself in need of a good shot of happily ever after, THIS IS THE RIGHT BOOK!

I was introduced to Katie Ashley early last year with THE PROPOSITION and THE PROPOSAL and I am completely, utterly, hopelessly in love with Aidan and Emma and Noah and the whole Fitzgerald/Harrison clan. Their extended families are no exception. I have so many descriptors, but “delightful” always bubbles up to the top. If I need to feel ALL THE FEELS, I go back to these two books pretty regularly. If I don’t feel like starting something new, yep…these are my go-to” read them as many times as you want, you’ll never get tired of them, the world is better here” stories. The audiobooks with Justine O. Keefe narrating are fantastic.

I was supremely excited to see THE PAIRING was in the works. I mean, who didn’t love Pesh?  We all knew he wasn’t the right person for Emma, but he’s good people.

Pesh is every inch the honorable man. Lonely, but honorable. Still mourning his late wife, he’s not really looking for anyone to share his life with.

Megan has been climbing back to solid ground after years in nursing school while balancing raising her son without a father. She doesn’t have time for the pain, so she doesn’t bother getting attached to other men. She’s been there, done that.

Pesh are Megan are thrown together by our dear Emma when it’s time for Noah’s baptism. He needs godparents and Megan and Pesh are ripe for the picking. It’s just the start of a beautiful friendship, accelerated by Megan landing a nursing clinical rotation at Pesh’s ER.

I only have one thing to say about this story. I adore it. It curled my toes and made me so damned happy. I kept waiting and waiting for the other shoe to drop. You know, the moment in most books (the cliffhanger between the first two books, for example) where our hero and heroine are threatened by a misunderstanding or an outside force?   Read this without worry. It’s going all going  to be amazing…but even knowing it’s a HEA doesn’t change one hair on The Pairing’s head. I’m still a little giddy.

5 stars


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