Published by Entangled: Bliss on December 9, 2013
A wife he needs. The woman he desires.
Cy Hathaway needs a wife, fast, to win custody of his son, Jonty. He returns home to discover the childhood sweetheart he once left behind has become a vibrant, beautiful woman. Even though wanting to sweep her off her feet wasn't part of the plan…
For Ellie, Cy's sudden reappearance awakens a flood of memories—and resentments for the way he’d abandoned her all those years ago. But she has a life now, a career. She can't simply drop everything and get hitched, even if the sight of him still makes her heart race.
But after Ellie meets his little boy, she can't refuse. Certain she has a grip on her old feelings for Cy, she agrees to marry her first love until he gains custody. But when did helping out a friend become something with the capacity to hijack her heart?
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Happy release day to Barbara DeLeo! Last Chance Proposal is the perfect book for this holiday season and takes place in the beautiful New Zealand. It made me want to hop on a plane and experience a Christmas in the summer time.
I just loved how family oriented this story was and how touched I was by the father, Cy’s, love for his son, Jonty. The way Cy was described as looking at his son and caring for him touched my heart and plastered a smile on my face.
I won’t lie though, when the story first started, I was a little put off by the strange request Cy had for his childhood friend, Ellie, but as I read on, I began to appreciate the desperate measures he would take for Jonty. I had admiration for Ellie and her willingness to put her life on hold for the man who broke her heart so many years beforehand.
There were moments I felt I was frustrated over Cy’s actions just as much as Ellie was. Sometimes I wanted nothing more than to reach into the pages and shake him! Luckily, he finally came to his senses. 🙂
The best way I can describe Cy and Ellie’s relationship would be a game of tug of war. While they were both hesitant and cautious, they couldn’t resist the temptation and began to let their guard down. I surely tested my patience, but in the end, it was so worth it. Such a happy ending for all involved. Truly a Christmas to remember for Ellie, Cy, and Jonty.
5 out of 5 stars!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Barbara DeLeo’s first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago, much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and is now living her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters.
After completing degrees in Psychology and English then travelling the world, Barbara married her winemaker hero and had two sets of twins.
She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, with not a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.
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