The Playboy's Proposal

The Playboy's Proposal

by Ashlee Mallory

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ISBN-13: 9781633757202
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/25/2016
Series: Sorensen Family , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 275
Sales rank: 103,265
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ashlee was thirteen when she discovered her first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss book hidden away in her mom's closet. After two days of staying home "sick" from school to finish it, she was hooked. Her rabid love for romance has continued ever since and after a misadventure in the world of law, she is finally settling into her dream job of writing about people finding their happily ever afters-the only stories worth reading, after all.

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The Playboy's Proposal

A Sorensen Family Novel


By Ashlee Mallory, Alycia Tornetta

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Ashlee Mallory
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-720-2


CHAPTER 1

The music's never-ending thrumming surrounded her. There was no escape, despite the bright pink plugs stuffed in her ears or the mountain of pillows stacked on her head. Her whole bed was now vibrating in sync to what sounded like Ariana Grande's latest release.

Unbelievable.

Benny Sorensen cracked her eyes open to stare at the clock on her nightstand. It was after one in the freaking morning.

That's it. This impossible, selfish cretin had to be stopped.

Red-hot rage surged through her as she tossed off the covers. It wasn't enough that she'd come home tonight to find someone had parked in her one designated parking spot, but then to have to park almost a block down the street thanks to the dozens of extra cars taking up the rest of the parking spaces in the visitor lot added insult to injury.

All because one extraordinarily selfish resident decided to throw a party. One of four in the past three weeks since she'd moved in.

She shoved her feet into the green dinosaur-foot slippers her nieces and nephew had given for her last birthday and stomped to the door as a new song began. Seriously?

Moving to this high-rise condo with the secured underground parking was supposed to have been a step up from her squalid little apartment with roaches and meth heads as neighbors. It was her reward for finishing her residency and getting the plum practitioner spot that had opened up at a prestigious pediatric clinic ten minutes from here.

Only Mr. Animal House from next door was determined to make what was supposed to be her sanctuary more like a sanitarium. She hadn't even met him, and she was already certain that there could not be a more selfish human being.

The sound intensified in the hallway as she strode furiously down it, stopping in front of the door before pounding. She waited, counting the seconds until she could lay into the guy.

Nothing.

She rang the doorbell three times, hoping to penetrate the unceasing sounds from inside.

Still no response.

Apparently they were all too busy doing God knew what to hear a simple doorbell. No matter. It wouldn't stop her if she had to rip the speakers from the walls with her own hands.

She tested the doorknob. Unlocked.

She pushed the door open, a little at first, almost afraid to look inside. The lighting was low compared to the glaring light in the hall, and it took a moment for her eyes to adjust. There were easily thirty people crammed inside. Didn't they have jobs? It was Monday night, for crying out loud.

No one seemed to notice her, even after she threw open the door and stood there for a good long minute taking it all in. The place was twice the size of her own modest one-bedroom unit, which she'd fallen in love with after her first look at the jaw-dropping view from the windows, the gleaming wooden floors, and the high-end appliances.

Her neighbor had the same wooded floors and appliances, and undoubtedly the same view, but that's where the similarities ended. Her place was cozy and classic and warm, while his was modern and sleek and opulent. His television alone was easily three times the size of hers ... and the grand piano in the corner? Nothing short of pretentious. But what had she expected? The guy drove a flashy red Ferrari.

She shut the door behind her, hoping the sound would draw the owner's attention to the fact that he had a new guest.

Nothing.

Fine. If her neighbor wasn't going to be a courteous host and greet his new guest, then she was going to have to track him down herself. Even if she had only a vague recollection of his profile from the glimpse she caught last week when he whizzed by her in the parking garage in his Ferrari. If she had any doubt, she supposed she could just look for the guy with the horns and cloven feet.

Benny zeroed in on every face, every voice, trying to determine who was her target. A few people finally noticed her, if the widening of their eyes and the slight grins that crossed their faces before they diverted their gazes were any indication. She'd bet the ratio of women to men was close to three to one. Although "women" didn't quite describe the beautiful creatures flitting around in short dresses and cleavage cut down to there. "Goddesses" or "supermodels" might be more appropriate. Maybe he was running a high-end escort service. What else could explain the number of frogs to princesses in this place?

Over by the windows was a guy in his midthirties with short, dark blond hair, a sculpted, cleanly shaven jaw, and a harem of women hanging on his every word.

Yeah, that was definitely him.

She headed directly toward her neighbor, her rage from earlier incensed at his entirely overconfident posture — and the amused smile that played on his lips when his brown eyes settled on her.

"Are you Henry Ellison?" Benny demanded, stopping in front of him.

"Yes," he said, looking her over, from the top of her hair to the slippers on her feet, before meeting her gaze. "I'm afraid you have me at a disadvantage, though."

Of course he wouldn't have bothered to learn her name. Although to be fair, the only reason she knew his was because she'd already had three other residents — female residents — ask her what it was like living next door to the Henry Ellison. A quick Google search had shown her all she needed to know about her new neighbor. The man was trouble. A rich, entitled playboy who had more press covering his escapades than Justin Bieber. Okay, maybe not more, but close enough.

"Benny Sorensen. Your next-door neighbor, who, for the past couple of hours, has been trying to sleep despite the insanely loud music pouring from your unit," she snapped. "Do you have any idea what time it is?"

"Sorry, I'm afraid I'm still a little jet-lagged. Just arrived from Paris this morning." He looked at his watch. "Or I should say last night. But I'm guessing you didn't drag yourself out of bed to come and ask me the time."

She gritted her teeth. He knew why she was here. But he seemed to enjoy toying with her. Something she might find amusing in the light of day, but when she had to be up in less than five hours, it only served to seriously piss her off.

Flying off the handle, however, would only serve to amuse him further. She'd have to reason with him, tactfully. "I'm afraid not. You see, I have an early morning tomorrow. Patients who will want me to be awake and reasonably alert when I treat them, you understand. So maybe you'd consider turning the volume down a few thousand decibels so I can get some sleep and not have to come and rain on your party like this again."

"Oh, believe me, honey, you're not raining on my parade. Quite the opposite. I like your T-shirt, by the way." His eyes lit with humor as he stared at her chest.

She looked down. He'd have to be blind not to see the outline of her boobs under her favorite — if threadbare — T-shirt. Especially when, thanks to the slight draft by the windows, she was on high alert. She crossed her arms before meeting his gaze again.

He was smiling smugly. Aware he'd thrown her off.

Her hands balled into fists. She wanted to punch him.


* * *

Henry Ellison knew he shouldn't be smiling at his neighbor's discomfort, but the situation was so bizarre he couldn't help himself.

It had been quite a shock to look up and see a woman with dark brown hair poking out in every direction and wearing a T-shirt and purple flannel pajama pants storming toward him. Particularly in those clunky green dinosaur slippers. But it was her blazing blue eyes that completely enraptured him, despite the fact that she looked like she might try and kill him.

How could he not bait her, just a little?

She might have hissed at him as she narrowed those dark lash-fringed baby blues. "I'm afraid my invite for the black-tie event went missing and I threw on what I had available when you practically shouted come over with that blaring music." She leaned forward. It was hard not to notice the bright pink earplug stuck in her hair, which served to take the bluster out of her caustic tone. "I'm going to ask you nicely this one time. Turn the music down. Next time it won't be me breaking up your little party."

He raised his brows. "Are you suggesting you'll call the police? What, are we in high school?"

"That's a question that I might ask." She didn't look away, meeting his gaze for a long minute. She was a fierce little thing, he'd give her that.

"All right, Ms. Sorensen. I'll be sure to turn the music down, and I'll remind the kids to stay off your lawn while I'm at it."

"Great."

Before he could make another comment, Benny Sorensen whirled around and stomped away. "Stomped" being the only appropriate term when she was wearing such awkward footwear.

He chuckled and took a sip of his almost forgotten drink. Tiffany or Tasha — he couldn't keep it straight — returned to his side, a sultry smile on her full red mouth. "Friend of yours, Henry?"

He ignored the question. "It's getting late. I should probably wind things down."

"You read my mind. I was just thinking we could use a little alone time." She licked her bottom lip — something that ordinarily should have been enticing to him, only now it seemed too practiced.

"Wish I could take you up on that, but I have an early morning. I'll have to take a rain check."

Tiffany-Tasha stuck her bottom lip out into a pout but, to his relief, didn't try to change his mind, instead slinking away with the grace of a cat. A much different departure than Benny Sorensen, in her flannel pants and crazy bedhead. Aside from her lack of taste in sleepwear and complete distaste for him, he had to admit his new neighbor was interesting, to say the least.

The start of another song blared over the speakers, which he'd only had installed last month. He briefly considered pushing the limit of Benny Sorensen's patience, to see if she'd really have the temerity to call the police on him — or, preferably, march back over here sans bra and lay into him again.

Maybe another time.

He noted the level of volume before turning it to a whisper. "That's it for tonight, folks. Thanks for coming."


* * *

It was close to nine the next morning when Henry reached his office. Marion, his assistant, was already leaning against his desk holding a cup of coffee in her hand.

"I was starting to wonder if you'd forgotten you worked here."

He took the cup and grinned at her. "You'd think after last week's announcement that Studio 180 is a finalist for the best ad campaign from a small agency I would earn a little slack from you."

"Not a chance." The woman smiled despite her words. "Becks was just here and wanted you to come by later today. Murdock also called and needs you to call him back ASAP and, in case you forgot, you're scheduled to meet with the department at ten on the Crombie account. Oh, and a Mrs. Davenport has called twice this morning. Says she's from your HOA. Seems kind of anxious to talk."

Good grief. Benny Sorensen hadn't taken long in making her complaint. "Thanks, Marion."

With coffee in hand, prepared just as he liked, Henry headed down the hall to Becks's office, returning well wishes and greetings from the half dozen people he passed. Outside her office, he paused long enough to make sure his boss wasn't on the phone or with someone before knocking. She waved him in, and he sauntered into the large corner office that was a smidge bigger than his own.

Becks gave him the same look of disapproval as his assistant when he walked in. "Glad to see you decided to come in today. What with the late nights you've been keeping and the high-profile guests you've been entertaining."

He didn't make any apologies, instead coming to stand casually in front of her desk. Becks, who managed to emanate authority and confidence but also cool beauty with her blond hair tucked back in a neat bun, didn't even look up, still staring at something on her computer screen.

Becks had taken him under her wing nine years ago, when he first came on the scene at the agency, and taught him what it took — once you had the talent, of course — to play the game in the advertising world. He'd risen in the ranks pretty fast with her help and his marketing finesse. He knew how to sell just about anything and it had been that talent that earned him the position of creative director two years ago. Although Becks was still his boss, she was also a good friend. A friend who didn't pull any punches.

"I figured that since I nailed the Crombie account I was due a little indulgence of a late night and even later morning." He took a drink of coffee, noticing she looked more high-strung than usual. "You and Stewart might want to try it some time." Stewart being her husband. "Might take the starch out of that shirt."

"I'll be sure to pass that on to him."

"I was referring to you."

"I know." She finally looked up from her computer. "Although I'd love nothing more than to spend the rest of the morning engaging in the usual bullshit, I do have something I need to talk with you about."

"You look so serious. Should I have a seat?"

"If you like."

He'd humor her. He leaned against the corner of her desk.

"We have a meeting this Friday with a prospective client. You may have heard of them ... AirPro Athletics? They're an older, well-established company specializing in fitness wear based here in Salt Lake, but they also operate across the western United States. They want to overhaul their whole image. I have it on good authority they were in talks with Blaine Thomas but decided they wanted to go with a more locally based ad agency. It would be quite a coup for us to gain someone of their stature as a client."

"Sounds exactly like my kind of challenge. What's the problem?"

She leveled her gaze on him. "You. Or, I should say, you and the playboy image you've been fostering for far too long. It's finally catching up with you."

She turned the computer screen around so he could see it. It was a picture of him and a few scantily dressed women in a hotel room in Cannes taking shots. The photo was contrived to make it look like he was almost part of some orgy — never mind the fact he'd been there with three other guys from the office and their wives, unwinding after a long week of workshops, presentations, and networking.

"It was an after-party. The picture makes it look far worse than it was. Ask John and Ted. They were there. Where'd you get that? TMZ?"

"It doesn't matter where I got it or how innocent it all was, the point is how you've let yourself be represented these past few years as this immoral, partying playboy with no ties to family or community. And now it might be coming to bite you in the butt. These clients are looking for a firm that they believe shares the same vision of community, of family values, of moral integrity as they do, or at the very least, they want to know we understand that vision. Photos like this popping up aren't helping, nor was the latest gossip that you're throwing all-night ragers at your place that have the residents of the building wanting you out."

He froze. "Excuse me?"

"I'll let you read all about it later, but apparently you're one complaint away from being tossed out on your butt if you don't clean up your act."

Had his neighbor actually had the temerity to go to the press?

He'd thought her fiery before. Now he thought she was a menace.

Becks sat back and studied him. "You know, Henry, I've seen how hard you've worked all these years to prove yourself, prove your merit to me and the clients, to not stand on your family name to get where you are. You're good. Very good. Which is why I'd hate to see everything you've worked for — that we've worked for here at Studio 180 — reach a plateau because of this public persona you've fostered. We need this account, Henry. Fix this. And for crying out loud, when we meet with these clients Friday to convince them we are the best agency to represent them, there had better not be any reports about the playboy heir getting kicked out of his condo for having too many damn parties."


(Continues...)

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The Playboy's Proposal 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
MedinaG More than 1 year ago
The Playboy's Proposal is a fun book with light hearted romance generally following the Pygmalion formula: Man gives woman a makeover or teaches her something, man falls in love with his creation, man must find a way to woo woman while she wants to move on and live her life. In this case it's Henry Ellison trying to teach our MC, Benny, how to get guys. He gives her a makeover (clothes, hair, makeup...) but ultimately regrets helping her into another man's arms when he falls for her sassy and frank personality himself! Oh no...can our heroes figure out they should be together? (Hint: the answer is yes.) Anyways, it's a great book with a bold protagonist (Benny) who has fun banter with the love interest but also comes to have a sincere friendship with him, and eventually find romance with him as well. Mix in a cute niece, a small love triangle and the protagonists being unable to just spit it out already, and you get a story that's warm but still filled with the will-they-or-won't-they tension a romance needs. My only complaint would be that it starts out with the protagonists being kind of shallow in their approach to the makeover (like Benny really needs one), but even this is eventually cleared up. I was provided with a review copy by the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
This is a great romantic and easy read. We meet Dr Benny Sorenson of the Sorenson clan, the one who knew form an early age she wanted to be a Dr. She's the last woman standing in the family as the rest of them have found spouses or significant others. Benny is a pediatrician, landing a great job and with that buys herself a decent condo close to work. The story opens with Benny wide awake late at night because once again her inconsiderate jerk of a neighbor is having another one of his parties with the music at deafening decibels. Benny has had it, bad enough someone parked in her parking space and she had to park two blocks away, this is the end. Clad in her pajama's she heads next door, and encounters her neighbor Henry Ellison, who is as good looking as they come and clearly a horse's backside. Until Benny threatens him, he reluctantly agrees to keep the noise down. Breaks up the party and Benny salvages what's left of her night. Benny has a thing for another staff Pediatrician and when he's around her inner klutz and lack of confidence some roaring through. It's pretty comical to read and yet your heart goes out to her, let's face it, we've all been there. Benny hides herself in her scrubs, wears her hair in a ponytail, no makeup and those comfy ugly sneakers with ortho inserts. When Henry screws up yet again, she takes up her attorney sister in laws offer to write a letter to the HOA of their building. Benny's already called the woman. Who in turn called Henry and Henry thinks he can schmooze her. Because Henry is used to getting what he wants. Henry has his own baggage too. His parents split when he was young, he went to live with his dad until his dad died and then at 11 he was sent back to live with his mother who was busy building her empire, no time for children and he meets his younger sister from husband # ??? . Morgan has a daughter Ella, who loves her Uncle Henry. Morgan is driven as well and Henry sees too much reminder of his mother in her. He's subtle about it but reminds her that Ella should come first. When Ella spends the weekend with Henry they end up at Benny's clinic and she's on duty because Ella put a skittle up her nose. He watches how good Benny is with Ella and something in him clicks. He also bears witness to Benny yet again making a klutz move when Luke is there. She can't even form a complete sentence. Henry watches this and forms a plan. Especially after he gets the letter from the HOA complete with fines and one more complaint and you're outta here. He makes a deal with Benny to make her over... so she can attract Luke and in exchange she'll drop the complaint. There's a little message couched in there I picked up and don't know if other readers will as well. Interesting. Meanwhile they start with shopping, Ella in tow. Ella loves Benny. Shopping leads to hair and makeup and it's a gradual process but it works. Meanwhile, Henry is beginning to have feelings about Benny and what's going on and after spending Sunday dinner at her house and passing family muster and seeing what a family really is begins to have thoughts about what he's doing. Something happens that Henry calls Benny out on and he's right, she goes to talk to Luke about it and he's good. So she returns to talk to Henry only to have the rug yanked right out from under her. The big question remains here what will happen with Benny and Henry. Will things work out on their own. Will Henry realize how miserable his life has been without h
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
Ashlee Mallory had me from the very get go, as Benny Sorensen is a character with whom readers can instantly connect with. A quirky, charming, girl next-door (no pun intended), a character with whom any reader can ultimately relate to. Benny is secretly in love with her hot, sexy, doctor co-worker who doesn't even know she is alive .... which makes you wonder if he is even worth her time. After her annoying neighbour keeps her up, one too many times, Benny has enough and marches over .... and little does she know that will change the course of her life. Henry Ellison is the neighbour we all hate - loud, obnoxious, careless disregard for those around him and devastatingly handsome. When his cute next door neighbour bursts in and puts an end to one of his all nighters and files a complaint with the housing board, he makes a deal .... one that will change his life forever and change the course of path for both him and Benny. I loved both Benny and Henry as the chemistry between the two of them was off the charts. The banter between the two of them was great, light, funny and sometimes crossing the line between friends and lovers. Their friendship was easily relatable, if anyone has every had that "friend" who started off in the friend zone and somehow moved into the "more than friends", then you will easily relate to the Benny and Henry storyline. Ashlee Mallory wrote a great story about two people, so different, from two different worlds, but somehow their worlds collided. Her ability to insert laughter into her storyline and fitting in, is such a great talent. I thoroughly enjoyed The Playboy's Proposal and definitely recommend it and make sure you add it to your To-Be-Read Shelf. Mallory has a gift for writing and creating characters with whom her audience can relate too and enjoy. Great book!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Absolutely adorable! I haven't read the first two books in the series--yet!--but it didn't matter a bit going in to this one. Sure, Benny's siblings play a prominent role throughout--what a fun family dynamic!--but though I added their books ( Her Backup Boyfriend and Her Accidental Husband ) to my TBR ASAP, I didn't feel at all at a loss because I hadn't read them already. And now I've got those two to keep me distracted until Daisy's book comes out :) Benny and Henry were a great couple--a wonderful example of the Eliza Dolittle/Henry Higgins type of romance. I loved that even though of course nothing happened between the two of them before Henry started her makeover (they were firmly in the antagonistic camp before that), he very definitely realized long before the book's end that she needed to be appreciated for who she was all along, not just the "new" Benny she'd become. He was adamant about it, both in his head and out loud, and it just endeared him to me even more. Plus, he's an awesome uncle. And appreciates Property Brothers. And her dinosaur foot slippers. Obviously, Benny needs to hold on to that one. ;) I loved that the two of them went from enemies to friends and then started to look at each other in a new light. It felt very natural and right. And did I mention adorable? Benny is a fun heroine, and very easy to identify with. It just about broke my heart to see her try to be someone different for her doctor crush--Just tell him you don't like sushi, already! was running on repeat in my brain at one point--and the fact that she went so far down that path just underscored how much better Henry was for her. I loved that she was the one to take the plunge first, even if Henry had his head too far up his butt at the time to appreciate her effort. Fortunately, he does a good grovel. Backing up to read books one and two now, and anxiously awaiting number four.... Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
"The Playboy's Proposal" is a delightfully sweet, fun, and flirty romance that is definitely a feel good book. Ashlee Mallory pairs an intelligent yet vulnerable Heroine with a cocky Hero who finds out that there's more to life than just fun. With a clever "Meet Cute", a "My Fair Lady" - like story line, and incredibly charismatic characters "The Playboy's Proposal" is difficult to put down and easy to read. The storyline runs quick and steadily, making you want to see what's around the corner constantly. The main characters of Benny and Henry are written with great detail and the settings are so vivid you can see them clearly in your mind's eye. The secondary characters, many you have seen in previous installments of the Sorenson series, are equally fleshed out with personality to spare. "The Playboy's Proposal" is a romp with wonderfully amusing situations and adorable "wow what a great butt - wait, what? Why am I thinking about his/her butt. I don't even like him/her" moments. Ashlee Mallory gives the main characters wonderful vulnerabilities that effect their decision making and self-worth. The final revelation to Grand Gesture is wonderful and smile inducing. This novel is perfect if you are in the mood for a fun, playful, and gentle romance that will leave you with a smile on your face. To read the entire review please visit: http://wp.me/p4XqxF-1iO This novel was provided in exchange for an unbiased review
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet enemies to lovers romance. "The Playboy's Proposal" by Ashlee Mallory is book number three in the "Sorensen Family" series. The book is a standalone. This is Doctor Benny Sorensen and Henry Ellison's story. Henry is a wealthy playboy who works hard and parties hard. Benny placed a complaint to the condo board about the noise coming from his condo. Henry confronts Benny about the complaint and offers her a deal. He offers to help her with a makeover so that she can get a doctor at her work to notice her. Benny accepts the deal. This is where things get interesting. There is great chemistry between Henry and Benny. I loved the banter between them. It was fun watching their relationship change and develop. Get cozy and enjoy this fun, lighthearted sweet romance with lots of humor. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley/Entangled Publishing for an honest review.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
What a fun story! The enemies to lovers trope is a favourite of mine and right from the start it's clear that Benny and Henry are feeling a lot of antagonism towards each other, though it doesn't last too long. Once Benny plays her professional part in assisting Henry's niece and Henry realizes she's not quite the harbinger of doom to his playboy lifestyle, they form a truce that holds them in good stead. Henry's makeover of Benny is, truth be told, quite overdo and it's because Benny is ready for a change anyway that she accepts his advice on clothing, makeup, and putting one's best foot forward. Henry realizes that Benny is quite an attractive women (once she's not raging at him in her pajamas) and teaching her to flirt is but the first step to realizing how much he actually enjoys her company. She's sassy and opinionated and doesn't fawn at his handsome feet like so many of the other women he knows. Plus, toning down his public image while coaching Benny is good for business, as his boss warns him that his contracts for family based companies could be compromised by his playboy ways. The attraction between the two is genuine, and leads to some steamy kisses (but no bedroom scenes) and a strong friendship that Henry soon realizes is not enough. But he'll have to get over his commitment issues pretty quick before he loses Benny to the handsome doctor who's starting to take an interest in her now that her transformation has occurred. Like the other books in the series, we get some great family scenes and that is definitely part of the strength of this story. Benny's family is warm and friendly, even to Henry when he accompanies Benny to a family dinner - though he first has to put up with a brotherly interrogation. They accept Benny no matter how she acts or appears, but are equally thrilled with her new look. They can also sense that Henry means more to her than just a friend despite what she says. The angst level of this story is low, and the conflict just enough to keep the plot moving and make Henry and Benny work for their happy ending. Overall, it's another delightful and heartwarming story in this series.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Benny is a hard working doctor who bought a new condo as a reward for finishing her residency, but unfortunately her downtime is being disturbed by her annoying neighbor Henry. After many funny interactions, they become friends and Henry agrees to help Benny catch the eye of the hospital heartthrob! As Benny transforms into a more attractive version of her self, Henry's feeling for her begin to grow. Will Benny choose the dashing doctor or her newfound advisor and friend Henry? I enjoyed this new spin on a classic romance plot device. I liked how both main characters matured during their story, while remaining true to their character. Overall the book was fun, with great dialogue and great pacing. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Rating - 4.5 Stars Okay, let’s just get this part out of the way.... The Playboy’s Proposal was a really nice sweet romance. I loved every part of this story. I’m a fan of this series and I wondered how Benny would handle and find love. Henry was the perfect match for her. Benny Sorensen has finally graduated medical school and is ready to venture out and enjoy the spoils of being a Pediatric Doctor. Her splurge is a one-bedroom condo in a very nice, desireable location. Her problem is her neighbor, Henry Ellison, who is a trust fund party every night playboy. The two have never met face to face, however, when one party seems to be never ending, Benny decides to change all that. After Benny, with the help of her sister-in-law, complains to the HOA she and Henry strike up a deal to play nice. Henry will help Benny catch the eye of her heart’s desire, Dr. Luke Seeley and she will call off the HOA. What follows is a enemies to friends to lovers romance with a fair share of sweet, hilarious moments. Henry helps Benny gain a confidence in herself she never knew she was missing. He helps her see who she really is and what she’s capable of. In Benny, Henry finds the one woman who could care less about who he is, or his money. Benny pulls no punches when it comes to him. She introduces him to a more relaxed way of life. These are just a couple of reasons why these two are so perfect together. And Henry is really cool with kids! Ashlee Mallory has reminded me why I’m a fan of Entangled’s Bliss line. From start to finish, The Playboy’s Proposal was an enjoyable read. There’s also the added benefit of getting to visit with the whole Sorensen family, including the couples from the previous books. One of the best things about this book is that it’s a standalone read. But you don’t want to miss the other books. I’m going to be patiently waiting to see what Ashlee has in store for the last Sorensen book. It promises to be really special when a divorced single mom with three kids finds her true happily-ever-after. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
This was another great addition to the Sorenson family series. Benny was quite the character she was in the first books, only spunkier. I loved all her interaction with Henry. They were both so real, so honest and called each other on their crap. They were funny, sarcastic, yet sweet and encouraging of each other. However I believe I read a couple of parts with tears in my eyes, so be prepared. But the ending made my heart hurt worth it. I loved all the supporting characters in this series. I want so much more from Ashlee Mallory. I already love Daisy and want her happy ever after story. But now with also meeting Morgan and Ella, I would love a great story perfect for them. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
I loved it! It is so good. I loved Benny, she is funny, cute, and very clumsy. In my book that's a perfect heroine. And then we have a player for a hero. These two are perfect for each other. Only problem is that they haven't realized it yet. But they will.... ;) Benny has a huge crush on her co-worker but every time she sees him she runs into something or gets tongue tied. She doesn't think that she will ever be able to attract his attention. she has resigned herself to love him from afar. Henry is set in his playboy ways. When his annoying neighbor complains about noise, and all time partying he doesn't know what to do. but then he comes up with this crazy solution. He will help her improve her image, get the attention of any man she wants and in return she must stop making fuss about him. She agrees of course... But this crazy scheme will only end in trouble. Soon they both realize it. The only question is what are they going to do now? This book is well-written, interesting, humorous, romantic, and a perfect read for summer. I enjoyed reading it and I think it is a must read for contemporary romance lovers.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
the playboy's proposal is the third installment of ashlee mallory's sorensen family series. i haven't read the other two novels, but i didn't feel like i missed anything by not reading the books in sequence. they can really stand alone. the playboy's proposal follows youngest sister, bernadette "benny" sorensen and her relationship with her playboy neighbor, henry ellison. the characters first meet when benny storms over to henry's apartment to yell at him for the loud music and noise emanating from his condo and keeping her up past her bedtime. she thinks he's a frat boy, dude bro type. and he thinks she's a dumpy spinster--though he's also drawn to her fine eyes. from the start it's clear that henry gets under benny's skin, but she is suspicious of the beautiful people and henry is clearly out of her league. besides she has a major crush on her co-worker, dr. luke seeley. as the war between neighbors escalates into a hearing petition with their housing authority, henry discovers that benny is harboring a crush on luke and certain that he can help her with this crush he proposes that she let him advise her on how to hook a guy like luke in exchange for dropping the petition to their housing authority. against her better judgment benny agrees and then the love story begins. there are obvious sparks between benny and henry. but benny has a whole host of self-esteem problems that henry helps her address by simply giving her the tools to look her best. fears about her shape, her body, had caused her to downplay or ignore her appearance, and by giving benny the confidence she needs to look her best, henry does a lot for her. henry has issues too. his fear of commitment directly relates to his childhood neglect and abandonment issues. and while the novel doesn't focus so much on henry's healing process, as his friendship with benny grows he starts to realize what is missing from his lifestyle. and slowly he starts to build stronger connections with his family, and allows himself to believe that what he has with benny is something worth pursuing. both benny and henry are super likable, and you root for them from the meet cute. how they overcome their obstacles is totally worth the read. and this book is suitable for anyone who is a fan of category romances. **i've received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (bliss) in exchange for my honest review.
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
'The Playboy's Proposal' by Ashlee Mallory is book three in "The Sorensen Family"series. This is the story of Benny and Henry. I found this to be a sweet, fun overall great romance story. Henry was a playboy but had a good heart and worked well with Benny. Benny is a a pretty serious person that needed someone like Henry in her life. It hooked me in pretty quickly. I loved the there first meeting were she came to get after him for his loud music. I liked how Henry joked with her about her pj she showed up in. I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic visit with the Sorensen family! Benny Sorensen is a pediatrician who recently purchased a condo across the hall from Henry Ellison, who thinks that life is like a never-ending party. Benny is tired of the parties and the inconvenience that is Henry so she contacts the HOA to complain. Henry can't believe his new neighbor's unwillingness to rescind her complaints. When he takes his niece to the doctor and sees that Benny is nothing more than a klutz when in the presence of Dr. Seeley, he agrees to help her makeover her image in exchange for her taking back her complaints with the HOA. The banter between Benny and Henry was hilarious. I was laughing out loud so much during this book. I loved that Dominic and Cruz were so protective of Benny when she brought Henry around. I enjoyed the first two books in this series so much and it was great seeing the characters from those stories as well. I am really looking forward to Daisy's story! *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
repsgoddess More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The Playboy's Proposal by Ashlee Mallory is Book 3 of The Sorensen Family Series. Even though this book is part of a series, it can still be read as a standalone. And while I personally haven’t read the others in this series, I had no issues whatsoever with picking up this read and jumping into the fray! Ms. Mallory did a sensational job with this book. With relatable characters, winning chemistry and a defined world, you really get sucked into this heartwarming storyline. Loved it! And omg the feels...it has lots of feels! I will definitely be going back to read Book 1 & 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book exceeded my expectations! While I expected a sweet, cute simple love story, The Playboy's Proposal delivered that and so much more!! The characters were well-developed. Henry was not exactly your typical playboy, and I loved how caring he was with his niece and his sister. It was also refreshing to see a male hero lead with his career expertise as opposed to his alpha male persona. Benny is a confident, competent pediatrician, who has a great relationship with her family and her patients, but her shyness prevents her from connecting with that special someone. Although the book is a modern day version of the classic Eliza Dolittle story, I love the fact that Ms. Mallory did not make Luke (the third wheel and the object of Benny's crush) into a bad guy. Most love triangles push the reader one way or the other in a hard fashion, while this one refreshingly paints Luke as a great guy falling for Benny, who may just not be her ideal match. I also love that the entire love triangle is handled as true adults would and not as adults behaving like high schoolers. My only criticism of the book is the way that it seems to abruptly end. It would have been nice to have a bit more of Henry and Benny
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Recommended for fans of romantic comedy, make-overs and The Ugly Truth. I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. The blurb: Doctor Benny Sorensen has had it up to here with her party-throwing playboy neighbor. She’s declaring war. Wealthy ad man Henry Ellison lives an uncomplicated life that revolves around work, women, and partying. In that order. But when his attractive but hotheaded neighbor creates trouble for him, 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 man’s arms but his own is unacceptable. I love, love, love this trope and Ashlee Mallory did not disappoint. This is apparently the third in a series but it was easily read as a stand-alone. Benny is a paediatrician, she spends 90% of her life in scrubs and trainers with her hair in a pony tail. She has fallen for her fellow doctor Luke Seeley but her crush renders her unable to speak to him, in fact she spends most of her time running away from him or blushing furiously. After her irritating next-door neighbour's late night parties and inconsiderate behaviour drive her to make an official complaint to the Housing Association she runs into him when he brings his niece to the surgery to have a Skittle removed from her nose, whilst there he notices Benny behaviour with Luke. Later when Henry confronts her about the complaint he offers her a deal, he will make her into the sort of woman that Luke would ask out on a date and in return she will retract her complaint. Now I love the film The Ugly Truth starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler and this has a lot of similarities. I can't think of anything bad to say about this. I thought Benny and Henry were both well-rounded characters. The plot was well-written and believable. I think I've found myself a new author - I'm off to find the first two books in this series. Recommended for fans of romantic comedy, make-overs and The Ugly Truth.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars The Playboy's Proposal was such a fun, entertaining and heartwarming read. Loved Benny and Henry, they were both such charismatic characters. They were likable, stubborn, amusing and just perfect for each other! Loved their banter, Benny was full of sass and didn't hold back from keeping it real with Henry. She made him feel things he hadn't felt before and while it frustrated him in the beginning the more time he spent with Benny the more he wanted to be with her. It was heartwarming watching their relationship develop from angry next door neighbours to friends to more.. and their chemistry? it was off the charts! Another plus for me was getting to spend time with all characters from the previous books in The Sorensen Family series. While each book can be read as a standalone and you don't need to have read them to enjoy The Playboy's Proposal, for me it added to my overall enjoyment catching up with the previous couples. Overall this was a fun, entertaining, well written romance with characters that will touch your heart with their story. I highly recommend The Playboy's Proposal and the Sorensen Family series.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved it! It's cute, funny, and had me entertained all the way through. You couldn't help but smile at the witty banter between Henry and Benny. The book is very well written with a nice easy flow to the story. Henry Ellison is enjoying life. Good job, plenty of women, nights of partying....that is until his meddling neighbor starts complaining to the HOA board about his late nights and bad parking habits. When that complain threatens his job he knows it's time to confront her. Dr. Benny Sorenson just wants to live her peaceful life, park in her own spot, and oh yeah - get a date with the very hot doctor she's be lusting over. Too bad she starts stumbling and stuttering every time he's near. When her obnoxious neighbor comes over fired up over her complaint to the board they strike up a deal. He helps her get the confidence she needs to attract the hot doc and she'll withdraw her complaint. So the fun and hilarity begins as these two very different people strike up a friendship that could quite possibly turn into more. Definitely a book I recommend to everyone.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Benny is a pediatrician fresh out of residency and working in her first real job as a doctor. The pediatric group she joined has a very attractive single doctor, Luke, who is just so perfect for her that she is in love with him. The only problem is that Luke doesn't seem to know she exists and the only interactions she has with him are when she's falling, dropping, or spilling something. After just one visit to her practice, neighbor Henry (and uncle to the young Ella) sees right through her. As a voracious playboy, he is just the one to help her change her image and snare the doctor's attention....and, if in return she drops her complaints to the condo board about him, so much the better. As Henry helps her with clothes, make-up, hair, flirting, etc., he's suddenly not as comfortable with Benny and Luke together..... Life has taught Henry that there are not happily ever afters and he isn't even sure if he'd deserve a HEA - even if they existed. So he will tamp down his own attraction to Benny and support her with Luke. This is a delightful take on the classic ugly duckling turns into a swan. Fans of the genre will love this book.
Brigittehf More than 1 year ago
Henry works for an advertising company. He comes from a wealthy family but in view of circumstances around his childhood, he decides to make his own fortune. He works hard and is good at what he does. He is also known as a playboy. He doesn't believe in happily ever after and partying with different women suits him just fine. Benny is a Doctor. She comes from a very tight knit family. She is smart and outspoken but doesn't have much confidence in herself where men are concerned. She has a crush on Luke, a work colleague and whenever she is around him, she becomes tongue tied. She has to find a way to draw his attention. She also wants a stable relationship with a happily ever after. Benny and Henry are neighbours and she is getting fed up with his loud parties. She decides to confront him and goes as far as contacting the housing authorities. They come to an agreement whereby he helps her to get Luke's attention and she drops her complaint. Henry starts to help her with a makeover and they become friends. They start to enjoy each other's company and Benny realises that her assumptions about Henry are not quite accurate. I like the interactions between Henry and Benny. They are comfortable with each other and can make each other laugh. They both feel more than friendship for each other but with their insecurities and their way of thinking, it's hard for them to change their original course. The story is very well portrayed. The characters, pace and plot are nicely developed and held my attention throughout. It's full of fun and laughter with some sad and uncomfortable twists along the way. It's a very enjoyable read. I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Henry and Benny are fun. Some of the scenarios border on absurd but that adds to the charm of the romance. Benny at first meeting comes across uptight, stressed and high maintenance. In reality she's more down to earth. After devoting a great deal of time to her career, she just wants a chance to relax. She dreams of a life that is less lonely and separate from her work. One of the reason's Henry gets under her skin is he has the freedom that she longs for. Lots of parties, not bogged down with countless responsibilities and he's not bad on the eyes either. From the outside looking in he's living the dream. Looks can be deceiving. The Playboy's Proposal is more light hearted comedy than dramatic fanfare but it does hint at a little sexy along the way.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! A fun, flirty read! Nice interaction between the characters and a storyline you are routing for to have a happy ending as you read! Dr. Benny Sorenson has had just about as much as she's going to take out of her partying playboy of a neighbor! Late night parties, parking dilemmas, she's had it! Ad exec Henry Ellison has a fun life of working hard, but partying harder and he enjoys the image he portrays, but when his neighbor comes knocking at his door, he's intrigued by the feisty temper she displays! He stumbles across info that she has a crush on a certain guy, so to appease her, he offers to teach her the fine art of flirting! During the time they spend together giving her a make-over and teaching her how to act around a guy, Henry starts to second guess this whole plan. It turns out Benny is a great gal, and he's enjoying her a little too much himself now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this story and series. Looking forward to the next one.