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The Proposal is a great read. This book had a very strong set of characters set in modern times. I read it in an afternoon. I can't wait to read more of Lily Zante stories. Lisa M Faucz, Amazon reviewer
From the moment I started the book, I was unable to put it down. I give it two thumbs up!Stacyb, Amazon reviewer
Loved it and will be reading it again! I could not put it down read it in one day and was fascinated with the characters!
Mary M, Amazon reviewer
Loved this book. Did not want it to end. Great plot, interesting characters.Great quick love story. You won't be disappointed.
CJ, Amazon reviewer
Call me crazy but I loved this one. It is simple but gets right to the heart.The chemistry between Nadine and Ethan worked really well for me and Ethan...*sigh* No more words needed ;)
Steffi, Goodreads reviewer
I loved this book. What started out as a proposal turned into more. This book also taught me to slow down. It isn't always about work and getting things done but to enjoy life and relax when the time calls. Thanks for a great read!
Amble Coble, Goodreads reviewer
I honestly loved this book. I could connect to Nadine and Ethan and really couldn't wait to see how their relationship would resolve. I loved their chemistry, and I enjoyed Ethan's ability to make Nadine loosen up without changing who she was.
Kate, Goodreads reviewer
From the Author
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Embracing Love (Tanya)
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- ASIN : B00ARFOGQ2
- Publisher : Lily Zante; 3rd edition (January 12, 2014)
- Publication date : January 12, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1689 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 159 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,022 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Now about the story. The two thirty-something individuals in the book talked in their heads like they were preparing for the prom and a sleepover. Ethan is supposed to be an innocent escort? Excuse me, there are none out there like this guy claims to be. Second, neither even had a likable personality. Nadine was not just a prude, she came off at times as snooty as her boss lady. The insta-love was ridiculous, although a buff mostly naked male dancer gyrating in your face probably has that effect on a lot of women. Last, the ending was rushed and stupid. Readers would have at least wanted to stick around to hear what Zimmerman had to say to both women. Instead, we are left with a lot of 'why's'. Also, why did my book end at eighty percent? I wanted to shake my Kindle to see if the other twenty of the story might fall out.
Ethan is the hero in this story. I loved him. He is 30, single, works as an escort, no sex, mostly just listening to women that have workaholic husbands or ones that have grown bored with them. They just need someone to listen and care. He uses the money to pay his expenses so that he can work with metals to create art. He is close to being able to show his work and hopefully be able to earn a living with his art. He is a gorgeous, sexy hunk. He is also kind, considerate, very aware of a woman's needs, and interesting. I really liked him.
Nadine is 35, single, a career woman on the way up. She has a high powered job but her boss is a female that is a witch of the highest order. Dumping all her work on Nadine, she takes the credit. She sees Nadine as a threat and does everything possible to make her life miserable. There is a big conference coming up and she needs a partner. The big boss is big on family and he likes all his people to be settled and have partners. Now Nadine desperately needs a partner to impress the boss. She has no one to fill that role. She doesn't date, a bad experience left her deciding to just concentrate on her career. She saw Ethan at her sister's bachelorette party and decides to call and see if he will hire on as her plus one. She calls him and he tells her he is not a stripper, he was only filling in for a friend, she doesn't care, will he do it? He tells her he is an escort and his fee is $500 a night. Done, she hires him for 3 nights and she will pay him $800 a night!
And then the fun begins. They go to the big convention but they have to be in a committed relationship so that requires certain actions. She is nervous, he is a hit!! The ladies love him and the men want to be him!! She is very attracted to him but he doesn't do sex on his jobs so cool your jets honey!!
This story is fun, I think it could happen in life. Who knows? Big cities offer everything imaginable. Anyway, I thought it was a good story. I really like Nadine and felt sympathy for her, the boss from hell, working herself to death, never having any fun and then she is in the hotel room for 2 nights with a gorgeous piece of eye candy. No wonder she was a little on the edgy side. Loved the hero. Thought he was very aware of her and what she was thinking and what she needed. Great story, great read. I definitely recommend it.
I was not paid for this review. I am not a writer nor do I know one. I am not kin to this author. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 9/5/2019
1. The characters are living in San Francisco. As far as I can tell from their background, these people are American. So why am I seeing British vocab in the book? American people do not ring people, they call people. They have cookies, not biscuit and I have never heard an American say "whilst." This was something that brought me out of the story when I noticed those inconsistencies. If you are writing characters in America,use the American vocab.
2. There were errors with word usage as well as sentences that didn't make sense at all.
3. The ending was too abrupt. It tied up neatly but it didn't feel right because I wanted to know more. A quick 6 months down the road blurb would have done wonders to complete the story.
A good editor would be able to note all of these issues and help the author to write some great stories.
She hosts a Bachelorette Stripper ( 3 buff men) Party for her kid sister. The first Stripper talks with her. ...
Later, she needs a plus one for a weekend business conference...she calls the stripper. A proposal is agreed to.
You must read Lily Zante's "The Proposal" to find out how this story develops. All work and no play....
Another great book! Perfect for anyone's summer reading list.
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So the story was just cliched, obvious and lacking in originality. I think another reviewer summed it up by saying what was it Nadine saw in Ethan? She literally based her infatuation on seeing him strip and decided he was ‘different’ and falls in love with him, even though she doesn't bother to get to know anything about him, hmmmm very shallow.
The only good thing about this book was that it was a good bit of fluff to read after two intense thriller books that I had just read, it required no thought and was merely chewing gum for the brain!
All in all this is a really easy to read, enjoyable(ish) story. The book waltz’s around and manages to pull the reader along just about. Both characters are well written; Nadine is a very strong character but she lacks confidence which is something Ethan has in bucket loads. They strain against each other as they try and overcome the wobbles in their character profiles. I didn’t fall for either of them and Ethan was a little bit too much of a clean cut character for me but I can see the attraction. I must also add that the villain Sandra was written with spite and determination, very well done because she’s pretty damn awful.
In terms of plot it is a little stereotypical however the main issue for me was that the story jumps around all over the place in terms of the POV. One minute we’re with Nadine then Ethan and then back again with very little warning which becomes tiresome after a while. I did like that we learn that the reason Ethan is stripping is to help out a friend but also to earn a little money to help pay for materials to make his metal sculptures; of course our uptight main lady doesn’t take the time to find this out and therefore the problems with her colleagues begin to get out of hand which is a interesting plot twist although still a bit clichéd. The writing style is a bit superficial; there are points where Nadine immediately assumes a female seen with Ethan is a threat to her and vice versus but it’s okay.
I think if you have a free evening in the bath with some bubbles and a glass of wine you’ll be fine; it’s a time filler rather than something I would rush out and immediately buy. It lacks something which is a shame because there is a plot there, there are well built characters (even though they are at times unlikeable,) there’s something there but it doesn’t quite deliver. I also felt at the time that it had been broken down into smaller segments in the ploy to make more money and that is something that doesn’t quite sit with me. I downloaded this for very little if anything at all so I wouldn’t be clawing to get hold of a copy but if you want something easy quick with a bit of lust this might just be for you.
Had I paid for the book I would have been disappointed. It is in need of an editor but was happy to read around that as it didn’t distract too much from the story! My main complaint is how it jumps from one person’s point of view to the other with very little warning. Also I am not a great fan of being told the story rather than hearing it from either one characters perspective or the other. With that said I found the story line enjoyable enough to keep reading until the end!
I am not certain I would read anything by this author again, but shows potential after having a few books under her wings may give it a go but again wouldn’t want to pay for it!
Ethan is absolutely lovely, he's a complete gentlemen and Nadine is such a bitch to him sometimes. You do get the feeling, as does Ethan, that she's ashamed of him and she comes across as a bit snobby. However, the attraction is there and the fact that Nadine has paid him to act like her boyfriend is the reason for her holding back. Not the first story I've read with this plot but it wasn't so bad.
It followed the standard romance novel pattern, and there was a very lame misunderstanding. Despite Ethan saying that he lives with roommates she automatically assumes that the girl who opens the door of his house is his girlfriend and this causes her to believe that it was all just a business deal.
I liked Ethan but I didn't like Nadine as much. It was nice that she found someone who made her see more in her life than her career and of course the bitchy boss got what was coming to her! The only big kissing scene was when Nadine had had a few drinks so that wasn't going to go anywhere, it was steamy but no sex. Booo.
As it's free and can be read in an evening I would say it's a good time filler but no need to rush out to get it.
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I chose to read 'The Proposal' based on its fun-looking cover and I was not disappointed by its content. It is a quick, light-hearted read and I enjoyed every second of it.
Nadine is a wonderful character, a hard-working and ambitious woman with little time in her life to find 'The One'. There is one last career hurdle before Nadine reaches the top of her game and the only thing standing in her way is her lack of partner and her awful boss, Sandra. There is a business weekend coming up where everyone is expected to bring their other-halves and Nadine needs to prove she has a well-rounded personal life as well as professional. Big-boss-man Mr Zimmerman is going to be there and Nadine cannot let him down.
Ethan, for all Nadine knows, is a gorgeous stripper and escort. They meet at Nadine's younger sister's hen party, where Ethan invites her to rub oil all over his body. The two are destined to be together from the moment an unusually shy Nadine refuses to join in and hides away in the kitchen to finish off a report for work. A few days later, in a panic about the looming working weekend away where she will need a date, Nadine calls the escort agency where Ethan works and books him for the entire weekend.
If you're looking for a short read that gives you that warm fuzzy feeling, then 'The Proposal' is perfect for you. I will definitely be going onto reading the second book in the series!