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An Engagement Challenge: Challenge Series Paperback – June 15, 2012
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About the Author
Kiru Taye is the award-winning author of His Treasure. She writes historical, contemporary and paranormal romances. Her stories are sensual and steamy, her characters passionate and sassy and her settings atmospheric and exotic. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, hanging out with family/friends or travelling. Born in Nigeria, she currently lives in the UK with husband and two children. You reach her via her website: http://www.kirutaye.com
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Ijay Amadi has just broken up with her long term boyfriend and isn't looking for another relationship until she meets Paul. He offers her a night with no strings but neither one realized that their hearts would be at stake. As Ijay and Paul work together on a promotional campaign, their desires become harder to deny, even though Ijay is engaged to another.
Paul Arnize has been searching for something all his life; he just doesn't realize that it's Ijay. When they meet at an event, he offers her one night because that's all he can give her. His mistrust of women makes him cautious but he has sworn to never to marry. When he awakes to a note, he sets things in motion to get Ijay to Nigeria so he can continue what they started; he just never expected her to be engaged to someone else.
Paul and Ijay are so good together. Both have been hurt in the past but find comfort in one another. The sexual tension between them is evident from the first time they meet and sets the pages on fire. I love that Paul's tie plays a role throughout the whole book as a reminder of what they almost through away.
Paul is the quintessential tortured hero. His childhood was far from ideal, filled with heartache and distrust. His past helped shape the man he has become along with a close knit group of friends and family that are his support system. He is a successful businessman that has made his own way in the world. He doesn't have much faith in women because everyone he has known always seems to have an ulterior motive. He watched his father have affairs and not remain faithful to his wife, vowing to always be a one woman man.
He never realized something was missing in his life until he met Ijay. She was the one woman that quelled that restlessness that he had been feeling as of late. Instantly he felt comfortable with her, like he had known her all his life. When he found out who she was engaged to, it really hit home how much she meant to him.
Ijay has almost as many issues as Paul when it comes to relationships; although she had a good childhood. She was dumped by the guy she had been dating for three years and not feeling very good about herself. Paul was the first man that made her feel loved and cherished, even when he was dominant in the bedroom. She is engaged to another man but she can't stop thinking about her night with Paul.
Now that she is with Paul again, it's everything she can do to remain faithful to her finance. Armed with the advice of her mother, she decides that she can't walk away from Paul without seeing where this could lead them. She already knows that he is kind, caring man that tries to take care of his community and those close to him. She hopes that he cares about her too.
This book drew me in right from the beginning. The story was engaging and it was easy to be vested in the characters. I knew from the beginning that Ijay's finance was bad news from the beginning and couldn't wait to see how the story would unfold. I was pleasantly surprised by a few things in the story and loved the ending; it was a fabulous end that tied everything together.
I had the pleasure of reviewing a couple of Ms. Taye's books and when I was offered the opportunity to review this one I gladly accepted. I enjoy her writing style and love being transported to places I have never been. Her characters are engaging because they are interesting and complex.
I think this is my favorite book yet by this author and give An Engagement Challenge 4 ½ Flaming Hearts.
The chemistry between Ijay and Paul was amazing! At first I was worried. Paul and Ijay's first sexual encounter happens pretty early on in the book, and I was left wondering if their would be any sexual tension at all after that. I was not disappointed in the least! With the appearance of another man in Ijay's fiance, Vincent, came the tension I was hoping for and added an element of angst to the book that I loved. I liked even more that Paul and Vincent have a past history, which makes the fact that Ijay is caught between them even more exciting. I don't want to give any of the plot twists away, so I'll just leave it at that.
There is plenty of suspense and plenty of surprise throughout the book to keep the pages turning, although I will say that I would have like to read a little bit less about what the characters were thinking. Sometimes these thought sequences ran a little long and had me chomping at the bit to get to the next scene, but I never lost interest, especially once Paul turned on the seductive charm.
Overall a great read; one that I would re-read in anticipation of the third book. If this book is any indication of what to expect in the future, it stands to reason that Kiru's books will only get better.
An Engagement Challenge is the second book in a three book series. I went in order and read a Valentine's Challenge first, but it wouldn't have thrown me off if I had read An Engagement Story first because they are separate and succinct stories with linking characters.
The book was spicy, I mean HOT. But the heat added to the romance of the story. The attraction between Ijay and Paul started strong and ended strong. My stomach was flipping throughout the book and that rarely happens for me with a book with strong sexual elements.
I found the novel to be well written with likeable characters (except for three of them). The book is set in Nigeria and the descriptions of both countries hooked the reader into the environment. The book had passion, intrigue, jealousy, love, and a little bit of physical violence. There was even one point where I was horrified at Ijay's actions and I slapped my forehead and said, "No, no, no. That's just dumb lady."
Once again Kiru Taye has written an engaging (no pun intended) fast read that snagged my interest from the beginning and kept it there.
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The book has a predictable story line and as an African, I could relate to some of the characters...Read more