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Review ❤️ The Proposition by Elizabeth Hayley

November 1, 2017

the proposition elizabeth hayley

Professional hockey player Ben Williamson doesn’t quite know how he got himself into this situation; hiring someone to be his date to his brother’s wedding is way out of character for him. But with family pressuring him to settle down, going stag just isn’t an option. It would just be one more thing his polite, cultured family uses as ammo against him.

Ryan Cruz is having a bad day. Wait, make that a bad year. Broke, technically homeless, and living on a friend’s couch, she’s now also unemployed after her sharp tongue gets her fired from her job. So when a handsome stranger approaches her out of the blue with a proposition–he’ll pay her to be his date to his brother’s wedding for the weekend–accepting his offer is a no brainer. She needs the cash and figures it wouldn’t be in the best interest of a professional athlete to murder her.

What starts as a simple business arrangement soon becomes more as these opposites attract and get caught up in the wedding magic. Will Ben and Ryan be able to turn their relationship into something more? Or is love based on a proposition too much of an obstacle to overcome?

Release Date: Oct 31, 2017
Series:  A Player’s Novel
Book: 2
Heat Level: Sensual
Publisher: Macmillan
Imprint: Swerve
Price: $3.99


The Proposition is a third person narration of Brandon and Ryan’s story. Brandon Williamson is pro hockey player who has to find a date to his estranged brother’s wedding to his ex-girlfriend from a decade ago. Not only is he estranged from his brother David but he’d not close to his entire family because he feels his family is very critical of his career choice and because of his fight with David in the past. Brandon is constantly trying to side step his mother’s attempts to fix him up with women who meet her approval. His friend’s Gabe and Jace suggest hiring an escort to pretend to be his girlfriend at David’s wedding. Easy business transaction with no feelings involved. So they visit a local strip club in search of the perfect escort.

Ryan Cruz is a waitress at Daisy’s Strip Club who, after an altercation with a handsy customer, gets fired from her job. After Brandon mistakes Ryan for an escort outside of Daisy’s he asks her to pretend to be his girlfriend for the wedding. Seeing as she just lost her job and she’s living on her friend’s couch in the worst part of Philadelphia Ryan agrees to the deal.

There was so much potential to this story but it just kept falling short. It lacked heat and passion. The love scenes were sweet but they were short and were very mild.  I expected Brandon to be more alpha considering he’s this big strong pro hockey player but he was more reserved and somewhat weak. Towards the end when Ryan left Brandon he seemed to give up very easily until his friends and family talked him into going after her. His interactions with his family was frustrating because most of the issues he had were really just assumptions he made rather than fact. A part of the problem with the book is that at times it was hard to distinguish what was the prime focus of the book, the love story between Ryan and Brandon or the issues between Brandon and his family with a love story thrown in.

The author has a lot of potential, the banter between all the characters was great and funny, which I love. However, the meat of the story, the love story left much to be desired.

~ Diana

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