Review: The Pairing by Katie Ashley


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.


Honestly, at first, I wasn't a fan of Pesh or Megan.  I eventually came around to Pesh; Megan, not so much!  I know no one really wants to hear that, but it's the truth.  
In the beginning, Pesh is the brooding doctor who can't get over his late wife.  Yet, he feels drawn to Megan in ways he wasn't expecting.  He had the potential of being a doormat... Then BOOM!  He flipped the script.  His inner-bad boy can crawling out of the shadows!  I did a little cheer for this version of Pesh!  I mean, seriously, I was going to give him a virtual bitch-slap upside the head if he didn't grow a backbone.
Megan... what can I say about her?  She left a yucky taste in my mouth.  She was a little too self-righteous for me.  She played too many head-games in the beginning.  Although, she did redeem herself eventually... I still couldn't come around to like her.  She went from bitch to loving to bitch too many times.  I had whiplash from her constant back and forth!
I think my liking Pesh and disliking Megan is what made this story so easy to hold on to until the end.  It definitely wasn't lacking in content.  Pesh chasing after Megan.  Megan resisting him, giving in, resisting him... 
This isn't quite like the other books in this series.  It is its own story and holds its own... It can be read as a stand alone.  You really don't need to read the others in this series, but reading them would help some to know the other characters and the back story.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book.  I would recommend it, especially for those of you who are Katie Ashley fans! 

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