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The Proposition

(The Players #2)

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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

Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Swerve
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3.5 stars
I enjoyed The Proposition by Elizabeth Hayley until nearly the end of the book. Ms. Hayley is a new-to-me author, and The Proposition is the second book in a series, but she did an excellent job of working in characters from the first book without leaving the reader lost and confused. I always appreciate when series books are able to be read as standalones. The basic premise of Ben needing to hire an escort to act as his girlfriend while accompanying him to his estranged brother’s
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: The Players #2
Rating: 4 stars - it was enjoyable

But the idea of there being more to life, things they owed it to themselves to experience, that was what made Ben's mind work overtime. Because even though he loved hockey, he also wanted something that could love him back.

Another enjoyable Elizabeth Hayley book with fun characters, silly situations, and a pretty good romance. I really wanted more tension between the characters. The reason I love the fake relationship trope is the tension
Manon the Malicious
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Proposition is a New Adult romance. It is the second book of the Players series by Elizabeth Hayley. I’ve read the first book in this series thanks to NetGalley and was happy to jump back in.

The book is about Ben and Ryan. Ben is in a bind. He has to go to his estranged brother’s wedding in a month or so and still doesn’t have a date. And as we know, professional hockey players have trouble finding dates, so his good friend
Pelusa Rivera
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. This is the second book in the series. This was Ben's book, he needs a date for his brothers wedding, whom he does not get along with, and you read the story you find out why they are the way they are. Gabe has this brilliant idea of Ben hiring an escort to the wedding. I love Gabe he is crazy. It was also good to read about Jace and Ally's relationship still going strong, they are from first book, the Bet, and I think you really should read it ...more
I am a HUGE fan of Elizabeth Hayley’s writing and The Proposition is yet another great reason why I love their books!!!!

I loved how Ben and Ryan began their “relationship”, the premise of it was perfectly done. My heart shattered for Ryan when secrets were revealed.

This is the second book in the series but I believe can be read as a stand-alone.

Reviewed by: Dana D.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a HUGE fan of Elizabeth Hayley’s writing and The Proposition is yet another great reason why I love their books!!!!

I loved how Ben and Ryan began their “relationship”, the premise of it was perfectly done. My heart shattered for Ryan when secrets were revealed.

This is the second book in the series but I believe can be read as a stand-alone.
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Plot: 3/5
Characterisation: 3.5/5
Prose: 4/5
How much I enjoyed it: 4/5
Rating are rough estimation. Read this in December 2017 but didn't remember much.
Danielle from Short and Sassy
Another book I have read lately that I skimmed most of it. I had a few issues with this one. I won't go into it in much detail. But this book has been done some many times now, that without anything super crazy happening, it is over done.
This is a series about three bet friends: Jace; Gabe and Ben. Each star athletes in their own fields, they have also been best friends since college. In the first book they are invited to join an exclusive sportsmens club - think more teen boy heaven than anything sinister - which serves as their go-to place to discuss man stuff and play pool/ darts without being bothered by fans and groupies.

This book centres on Ben Williamson, one of the few black men in hockey and certainly the most
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wicked
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I really enjoyed this book. Its not your typical man needs a date to a family wedding so he hires an escort to play the part. Its a story about struggle: the struggle to be more than what people expect you to be, the struggle to find good in bad situations, the struggle to overcome the demons of the past.

Ryan has seen more than her fair share of struggles, however she has never faltered in her belief in herself, of being
Jeannie Zelos
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Proposition, Elizabeth Hayley

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: romance

A fun read, but a one off for me.

I loved Ben, couldn't understand why he wanted to go to these lengths though just to fool his family. It seemed a bit nut and sledgehammer, and I couldn't see why he just didn't say No to them.
When more about his past came out it was a bit easier but it still sat a bit weird with me. He's a nice guy though, very honest and straightforward - apart from the whole lying to his
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an enjoyable read with an original plotline that had me intrigued to the very end. Though I’ve read the first in the series I still appreciated that this one can be read as a stand-alone with no confusion while still giving us glimpses of the characters from the previous book!

Ben is a professional hockey player who has been on the outs with his brother for years. His brother is getting married and Ben doesn’t want to face the wedding alone, especially since his brother is marrying Ben’s
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a sweet, fun and easy read. The premise is a little bit Pretty Woman. The idea of a professional athlete hiring an escort for a wedding may not very plausible but it does make for a good story.

Ben and Ryan are a great combination. Ryan’s background has made her a survivor and she’s been caring for herself from a very young age. Ben comes from privilege and his biggest worry is his family’s disapproval of
Avid Reader
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Proposition (The Players #2) by Elizabeth Hayley
4 stars
M/F Romance
Triggers: Cheating
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

This was an interesting story. On the one hand, you have Ben who seems pretty put together. However, when you get deeper in to his character, you find that he's struggling just like everyone else around him. He feels an inadequacy that stems from his family home life and he can't quite shake it.

For Ryan, she is just trying to figure out where she's
Heather andrews
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ben is such a flirt, “I’ve learned that you look really good in my shirts.” He let his finger toy with the hem of his flannel she had on." Ben likes to make sure him and his girl are comfrontable, “time to move to a bed. This couch isn’t big enough for both of us.” I liked this book, I fell in love with Ben.
Megan  ~The Never Ending Book Basket
Elizabeth Hayley continues to be a writing duo that I can always count on to create a phenomenal story that will make me laugh, that will deliver me with dynamic characters to love, and that will give me a fantastic reading experience. Their Players Series has delivered all of that and more, and I was beyond excited to get back with Gabe, Jace, and Ben as it was Ben’s turn to find the one woman who would change everything. With everything I love about a sports romance perfectly woven together ...more
A Klue
For me, this book can practically be divided into two separate parts. The first 30% I had some issues with so began questioning if I was a good fit for this author’s writing style. Despite, for the most part, I did enjoy book 1, The Bet. However, when Ben and Ryan, the main couple, actually started interacting as a real couple, it was like a switch was flipped, and I was now all in to see them get their HEA.

You see, at 15%, the writing felt somewhat stilted, and I wasn’t feeling a connection
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it

Ben Williamson is dreading going home for his brother's wedding, and the only way he can see things going well for him is to take a date. However, he never imagined he'd hire an escort, especially since if anyone found out, it could be used as ammo to disparage his good name. Still, hiring Ryan Cruz is the best decision he's ever made. However, what starts off as a simple proposition turns into a complicated mess he never saw coming. Will Ben be able to make things right with his family, so he
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc, favourites
Reviewed @ Thoughts By Tash
Review copy kindly provided by the author in exchange for a honest review

I must admit knowing that Elizabeth Hayley was a duo and they had been recommended by someone I trust. I was curious to read to a read one of their books. So when an opportunity presented itself to read The Proposition. I jumped at the chance to do so .

I was definitely intrigued by the story. Think Pretty Woman but with a cliché twist. Ben is a pro hockey player who is happy living life to
First up, let me point out that while Ben is a professional hockey player, this book does not revolve around his professional life. In fact, we don’t even meet any of his fellow teammates and nor do we see Ben on the ice in a professional capacity. This is not a romance set in the world of hockey.

So onto what is in the book. The Proposition is Book 2 of 3 in The Players series. The books are interconnected but having read only this book, I assume they are all stand alones.
Ben Williamson, our
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
With his brother's wedding approaching Ben Williamson is dreading the trip home for the festivities, because he knows with his brother settling down, the question on everyone's minds will be when is it your turn? And Ben has no intentions of walking down the aisle anytime soon, he has a lot of living to do first, and a lot more hockey to play without worrying about finding his forever. So, to keep his family off his back he takes his friends advice and decides to hire a escort to play his ...more
When I read the synopsis of The Proposition by Elizabeth Hayley, I knew I had to read it. I had absolutely no idea it would be full of such surprises! Ben is a successful professional hockey player. He has money, fame, and a tight-knit group of friends. But, he doesn’t have a girlfriend, and right now, he needs one desperately for his brother’s upcoming wedding. His family keeps pressuring him to find a nice girl to settle down with. Tensions have been high in his family for a while now, and he ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to read some well-written "relationship of convenience" romances, and The Proposition by Elizabeth Hayley is a really good one. The characters are well-developed and easy to get to know. The plot moves along at a steady pace and there was never a moment that I wanted to put the book down. This book is a modern day fairy-tale, and I couldn't help myself from thinking about the film "Pretty Woman" during a few of the situations.

Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars!!

This is such a sweet and funny read! Ryan and Ben were adorable together and totally balanced each other out perfectly!

This kiss was a promise-a promise that there cold be more. That their story didn't have to be about a hockey player and an escort.

Ryan is a waitress who is down on her luck. After literally bumping into Ben, a famous hockey player, her life makes a drastic change.

Ben is looking for someone to take with him to his brothers wedding. Not wanting to show up alone, but
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars at this laugh out loud story!

Even though Ben plays hockey in the NHL he is a disappointment to his family ... they think he should quite playing games and get a real job. To top it off, 10 years ago his brother stole is girlfriend from him and now they are getting married. He is NOT going to this wedding alone, so he decides to hire an escort to accompany him for the weekend so he can show his family that he's over Natalie and David's betrayal. Ryan is a waitress at a strip club ... or
Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports)
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

This Players novel features Ben, the hockey player. It is a stand alone novel and you don't have to read the first one to read this particular book. In the beginning Ben allows his crazy best friend, Gage, to talk him into hiring an escort to his brother's wedding. He can't go stag - as his mother will have set him up with another one of her friends daughters. That's not happening. Plus there's no way he can attend the
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
The Proposition is a mostly sweet, sometimes sexy, romance.

Ben is a professional hockey player who needs to bring someone with him to his brother's wedding to be a buffer between him and his family. When his friends (also professional athletes) suggest hiring an escort, and take him to a strip bar where escorts supposedly work, Ben meets Ryan, whom he assumes is an escort, and he hires her to go with him to his brother's wedding.

I liked the way Ben and Ryan got to know each other in a natural,
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I enjoyed this book, it was an easy read. The characters are well rounded and the story is sweet, cute and emotional. Ben and Ryan are together for all the wrong reasons and you want them to stay together for all the right reasons.

Ben Williamson is a famous hockey player looking to hire an escort to bring to his brother’s wedding, Ryan Cruz is a down-on-her-luck waitress. Each character has a problem requiring a quick fix, Ben needs a date to withstand a few days with his nosy,
Kari Hansen
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Professional hockey player Ben is running out of options. His brother’s wedding is approaching at breakaway speed and he needs a date or every relative he has is going to try to set up with “nice” girls at the wedding. Don’t they realize that he needs to focus on his career and that doesn’t include being distracted by a woman?

Ryan is a waitress at a strip club and her temper has just gotten the better of her when one of customers wanted more than drinks from her. After a confrontation she ends
Diane Lynch
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, hockey-romance
Hockey star, Ben Williamson, hires Ryan Cruz to attend his brother’s wedding with him. The more the couple gets to know each other the less sure either one is of keeping their relationship strictly professional. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences.

When I stared to read this book, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I enjoyed the story more and more the further I got into the novel.

I like Ben. He is in an interesting situation with his family. It is
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