October 3, 2013

Book Review: The Weekend Proposition by Ella Jade

Title: The Weekend Proposition
Author: Ella Jade
Release Date: September 16, 2013
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis/Blurb:
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?

Content Warning: contains mature language and graphic sexual content


The Weekend PropositionThe Weekend Proposition by Ella Jade

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Weekend Proposition was a very quick and easy read. The story was good, if not a little bit predictable, and the characters were interesting. I liked it quite a bit, but I really could have loved it if it had been more fully developed. At only 87 pages on my e-reader, I felt like the story was in fast forward the entire time. Instead of letting things breathe and develop, it felt like the entire story was rushed - like we had to get from point "A" to point "B" and only had 7 pages to do it in.

I loved the concept of the story. It's not a totally original concept, but Ella Jade does a good job of making seem unique. The story is about Spencer Cannon, a billionaire who is a part-owner in an advertising agency in Manhattan, and Dakota Vercelli, a recent Graphic Arts graduate from NYU that is struggling to work two jobs to support her and her ailing mother while she tries to find a job at an ad agency. Fate throws Spencer and Coda together one night when Spencer is trying to figure out how to avoid his conniving ex at a weekend family wedding he has to attend, and overhears Coda talking to her mom on the phone - reassuring her that she will find enough money to pay the rent. Spencer offers Coda a deal she can't refuse: accompany him for the four day wedding extravaganza and pretend to be his date so that his ex, Ava, leaves him alone, and he will pay her $250,000 for her time. Seems pretty straightforward, right?

But of course Spencer and Coda figure out pretty quickly that there is real chemistry between them, and that they are feeling more towards each other than they should be for a simple business transaction. As things become a lot more personal and a lot less formal, they then must figure out if they want their relationship to remain a weekend fling, or if they want to try and make it more.

Coda was a great character in this story. I connected with her immediately. She was spunky and fierce and determined to make her way in the world without anyone's help. But she was also able to be vulnerable and allow herself to really see Spencer for who he was, and she took the time to try and understand him and get around his walls. Spencer was also an interesting character. I loved how gentle and considerate he was of Coda and her feelings, especially considering how his attitude towards women could have been sufficiently soured by his dealings with Ava. And talk about a perfect villain. Ava was a capital B-itch throughout the entire story. I would have loved to see her get what she deserved in the end. I loved the chemistry of how the story and all of the characters worked together, I just felt that the short length of the story and the rushed pace really did it a disservice.

Overall, I did really like this book. I feel like I would have loved it if it would have been given just a little more time and length to fully develop like it should have. Good read - could have been great.

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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 the Author:

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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