Title: The Practice Proposal (Suddenly Smitten, #1)
Author: Tracy March
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Release Date: March 11, 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Liza Sutherland isn’t looking for love. Not from a charity-auction date she didn’t even bid on and especially not with Nationals first baseman Cole Collins, the guy she obsessed over as an awkward teenager. She won’t get involved with a notorious player, no matter how attractive Cole is.
Cole Collins is up for contract renegotiation, but after too many late-night parties, he’ll need some positive publicity before he can make the roster. His agent, Frank, pitches Liza as the perfect prop…only Cole didn’t account for Liza no longer being just a teenager with a crush. She’s gorgeous and smart and he’s instantly hooked.
When Frank makes Liza a deal she can’t refuse—a bet she will fall in love with Cole or a cool half mil goes to charity—the game is on. But neither bet on the real feelings that surface. Could a fake fling turn into an official forever?
The Practice Proposal is such a fun story. I had a tough time pulling myself away from it and am now ready for baseball season to start! Tracy’s writing is smooth, the plot moved along at a good pace and her descriptions of people and places makes you feel like you are right there in the story with the characters.
In The Practice Proposal we meet Cole Collins, a major league baseball player for the Washington Nationals and Liza Sutherland, the daughter of the owners of the Baltimore Orioles. Cole and Liza had met when they were teens and Liza had quite a crush on Cole at that time. Now they are grown up and it has been years since they have talked. Because of Cole’s agent, Frank Price, the two are thrown together for a romance that neither Cole or Liza really expects to happen.
Tracy sure had me on the emotional roller coaster in this book. Both Cole and Liza have some past issues they need to deal with and it seems they are the only ones that can help each other out. I found my heart breaking and even shed a couple of tears for both of them at times. Cole and Liza also had fun and entertaining times together in which I found myself laughing out loud with them. When they forgot about the reason they were in this relationship, Cole and Liza were focused on each other, and the relationship was easy and fell into place. We don’t get to read a lot of books about easy going relationships so it was refreshing. There were no overly dramatic elements that you would roll your eyes at and I loved that about Cole and Liza.
The rivalry between Cole playing for the Nationals and Liza rooting for the Orioles was a big part of the book and so much fun. If you are a baseball fan you will really enjoy that about this book. I enjoyed the secondary characters in the story, especially Liza’s friend Paige. I hope there is a book in the future about her because she is a little spitfire and definintely entertains.
The Practice Proposal is a sweet romantic read. Tracy is an author that I will be checking out again in the future for sure. I highly recommend The Practice Proposal to anyone looking for a fun, flirty, heartwarming read about family, friends, and love.
Reviewed by: Amy R.