Series: The Sorensen Family #3
Published by Entangled: Bliss on July 25th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Doctor Benny Sorensen has had it up to here with her party-throwing playboy neighbor. SheÔÇÖs declaring war. She doesn't care how gorgeous or charming he is, he's going down. That is until he proposes something she's not sure she can say no to...
Wealthy ad man Henry Ellison lives an uncomplicated life that revolves around work, women, and partying. In that order. Until Benny storms into his life. To placate his attractive but hotheaded neighbor, Henry offers to help her land a date with the man of her dreams. Only as Henry makes her over and coaches her on the fine art of flirting, he realizes that the idea of this woman in any other manÔÇÖs arms but his own is unacceptable. But Benny's a forever kind of girl and forever might just be the one commitment he can't make.
The PlayboyÔÇÖs Proposal by Ashlee Mallory is a very sweet romance. (This was my first┬ábook by her.) ItÔÇÖs the classic enemies-to-lovers story with an insecure heroine thrown in who gets a makeover by the hero. Those are well-tried tropes and people love them. IÔÇÖm not any different, yet I still crave them to be unique. The excellently written prose of this book definitely make me like it.
ItÔÇÖs the story of doctor Benny SorensenÔÇöthe proverbial ugly duckling who doesnÔÇÖt know how beautiful she isÔÇöand her rich, womanizing playboy neighborÔÇöHenry Ellison. ItÔÇÖs Henry who ultimately shows her her inner beauty. The story does have many hilarious situations the main characters find themselves in. Their first encounter definitely is funny.
What I love about this story, and the characters, is that I was shown the emotional growth they each experienced. Each of them changed for the better due to the other.
Unfortunately, I felt like I have readÔÇöor seenÔÇöthis story many times before. It was nothing new at its core. And while the amazing writing made me feel many emotions during the climax, I was waiting for the one thingÔÇöthat one sentence or situationÔÇömaking this book different from all the others.
If not for this, this book would have been amazing. The writing was wonderfulÔÇöwell thought out and sophisticatedÔÇöthe plot was consistent and interesting, and the characters were engaging and likeable. Everything I love in my books.
While this sweet story might have been a little too sweet for me, I still recommend it greatly to anyone who needs a break from the over-the-top alphas out there. It definitely wonÔÇÖt be my last Ashlee Mallory book.
~Review by Anja
Half an hour later, the two were stretched out on his couch, eating what was left of BennyÔÇÖs takeout.
ÔÇ£Get him talking about something he likes. Check. Nod and smile, look as if IÔÇÖm hanging on his every word. Check. Giggle and laugh at everything he says because my brain is too soft and empty to have anything more to do than engage┬áhim. Check.ÔÇØ
He smiled at the annoyance in BennyÔÇÖs voice. The disgruntled look on her face. ÔÇ£Oh, and donÔÇÖt forget to lean forward as much as you can, preferably in a low-neckline top with a lacy bra underneath.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Should I baby talk, too? Maybe ask him if I can massage his feet?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£If you think it might help.ÔÇØ Her brows drew together in vexation again, and he chuckled. ÔÇ£Okay, IÔÇÖm not saying you have to do all this. ButÔÇöIÔÇÖm not proud to admit thisÔÇöall men, even the best of us, are still little boys underneath. We want to be assured that a woman likes us. Finds us irresistible. But itÔÇÖs a fine line. You want to be interested but not an easy conquest.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£IÔÇÖve lost half my brain cells just listening to all of this.ÔÇØ She set her plate down.
ÔÇ£Just give it a try. Also, lick your lips a lot. You have great lips. You want to draw his attention to them. Make him want to kiss you.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£All those years in medical school, and now IÔÇÖm resigned to licking my lips to elicit his interest. Great.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£YouÔÇÖre forgetting the bigger picture. These are just little tricks, small steps you can take to initially capture his interest. His attention. Once LukeÔÇÖs looking at you with more than clinical interest and more actual bona fide sexual interest, then itÔÇÖs up to you to keep his attention. Engage him in any debate or whatever burning medical question you two might want. Just be sure that when itÔÇÖs all over he still wants to slip his tongue down your throat.ÔÇØ
She wadded up her napkin and threw it at him. ÔÇ£YouÔÇÖre disgusting.ÔÇØ
He grinned. ÔÇ£But I know what IÔÇÖm talking about.ÔÇØ
In no particular order, here is a list of a few of the songs that made my playlist for The PlayboyÔÇÖs Proposal. There are always a few keepers on here that I use in more than one book as well as new ones that were spot on for the mood I needed for Benny and HenryÔÇÖs story.┬á Hope you find some of them inspirational to you too!
–Author Ashlee Mallory
Playlist for The PlayboyÔÇÖs Proposal:
- Falling in Love (with my best friend) ~ Matt White┬áhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMOzu7YZZ6M
- Dear Future Husband ~ Meghan Trainor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShlW5plD_40
- You DonÔÇÖt Know Me ~ Michael Bubl├®
- Just What IÔÇÖm Looking For ~ Matt White
- Tenerife Sea ~ Ed Sheeran
- Poison & Wine ~ The Civil Wars
- DonÔÇÖt Worry Baby ~ The Beach Boys
- Feels like Home ~ Chantal Kreviazuk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjky7v7JIow (Bonus! Set to scenes from The Notebook)
- Running Around In My Dreams ~ Tyrone Wells
- IÔÇÖm Gonna Find Another You ~ John Mayer
- Wasted Word ~ Kris Delmhorst
- The Way I Am ~ Ingrid Michaelson
- 4 and 20 ~ Joss Stone
- Leave the Pieces ~ The Wreckers
- Baby YouÔÇÖve Got What it Takes ~ Michael Bubl├®
- Save the Last Dance for Me ~ Michael Bubl├®