“An Indecent Proposition” by Stephanie Julian

 photo bafa59e4-ce85-41ce-995e-37a0509e0764_zps76210a61.jpgOne woman. Two men. Half a million dollars. One night… 

One night. That’s all Erik and Keegan want with Julianne. And they’ve come up with the perfect plan: Offer Julianne a half-million dollars. Julianne is in debt up to her eyeballs due to her mother’s illness. Five-hundred-thousand dollars would pay off her bills and give her a start on a new life. All she needs to do is have sex with a man she’s never met. 

An explosion left Erik with scars, physical and psychological. Work is his only refuge. Until he sees Julianne through a surveillance camera. And he discovers a desire he thought had been burned out of him. 

Keegan has watched his best friend retreat from the world for too long. If his desire for Julianne brings him back to life, Keegan will bring her to him, whatever it takes. 

Julianne is young, adventurous and not afraid to take what she wants. And she wants these men. 

But what happens when the night is over? 

Well, that’s the best part of the story… 

 

I received this book from the Author, Stephanie Julian, in exchange for an honest review and so I shall deliver.

The Review

Erik Riley and Keegan Malone are millionaires. They’ve been best friends since college and built their business, TinMan Biometrics, together. When Erik is burned and his face disfigured in a lab explosion, he falls into a dark hole of despair. He was just walking and breathing, but not living.  Until….Julianne Carter(Jules) came into view on the surveillance cameras at a party their company held. As soon as Erik laid eyes on her, he knew he had to have her. No matter the cost.

Keegan was stuck in his own hell. Drowning in the guilt he felt for not being the one at the lab the night of the explosion. He had noticed Jules too, so when Erik had the crazy scheme to get her into bed, he didn’t put up much fight.

When Jules received the offer of half a million dollars to sleep with a man who had been in an accident, she wasn’t sure whether to feel insulted or honored. But paying off the debt that had accumulated while her mother was treated and recovered from cancer…it was too much to pass up.

When Keegan opens the door, Jules is relieved to find he’s sexy and someone she’d have sex with even without the money. As they start to get down to pleasure….I mean business…she begins to sense there is someone else in the room.

At least a minute passed as they both caught their breath. Finally, her eyes opened and stared straight into his.
“Are you going to introduce me to the other person in the room now or are we going to continue to pretend he’s not there?”

At this point I held my breath as I was reading. Waiting, wondering and so excited when at last Erik stepped out of the shadows. Then the sex, oh my goodness! I needed a cold shower. Not over the top or vulgar, just right.

My final thoughts:  The author did an EXCEPTIONAL job of describing Eriks scars, Jules reaction, his insecurities, just everything. Keegan’s emotions were so realistic as well. This has been one of the best books I have read. I could only find one single typo and that is a shoe color change on a date. I only noticed because my thought was, do those shoes really go with that dress? The author must have reconsidered as she wrote, because Jules ended up with the color I personally would have chosen for her.

I’m assuming the author initially put this book out as multiple short stories, because it’s Part I, II, etc. with chapters restarting. I understand it being set up like that to begin with, but for it to be published as an entire book, I would have liked to see it presented as one with no breaks. Despite the restarting of chapters being distracting it didn’t disrupt the flow or the craving for more! More! More!

I also have to say the moment with Gary, talking about the nephew. Even though no details were given of the talk, I felt like there was going to be a meeting there and that made my heart swell. I loved the fact the author’s writing gave that impression.

This book was 1 point from perfect. LOVED IT!  I wholeheartedly recommend it to others.

~Robin