Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Proposal (SWANK #1) by Maya Hughes ~ Book Review with Excerpt and Playlist


Title: The Proposal

Author: Maya Hughes

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Fake Relationship, Enemies to Lovers, Workplace

Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

Release Date: July 16, 2020


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✮ About The Proposal ✮

When I envisioned Zara Logan dropping to her knees in front of me, this wasn’t what I had in mind...

 I was expecting a lot less glaring and a lot more moaning.

Instead, she's proposing an enticing deal that I can't bear to walk away from.

To land one of the city’s biggest clients, she wants us to put our differences aside and play fake fiancés for the next thirty days.

So, I slip the diamond ring onto her finger and agree to play the perfect fiancé. How hard can this be? 

A hell of a lot harder than I thought... 

She’s infuriatingly stubborn and she thinks I’m a cocky jerk with an enormous ego. (She’s right, but I can definitely back it up...)

As our long days stretch into even later nights, it’s getting harder to remember we’re only playing pretend, which means one thing. 

She won’t be faking it for long…

The Proposal is a brand-new series from Maya Hughes. Get ready for a fun, fake fiancé romance to kick off the SWANK series.

✮ Excerpt From The Proposal ✮

“You want me to propose to you?” With muscles tense and tight, she stared at me before crossing the room to me in two strides.

“It’ll make a wonderful story to tell if anyone asks. Or we can call the whole thing off and confess, but you’re the one who led us down this path with the relationship talk. Kathleen would probably kick us off the project. Or maybe just you.”

Her gaze narrowed. “Just when I think you’re not a complete asshole. Fine.” The word shot out like a nail gun. Covering her mouth, she mumbled into her hand. “Will you pretend to be my fake fiancé for the next thirty days?”

I cupped my hand around my ear. “That wasn’t exactly romantic and you’re not even on bended knee. Boyz II Men would be disappointed.” I dangled the ring in front of her.

She squeezed her forehead and snatched it out of my hand.

I braced myself for her to fling it straight into my face, but she didn’t. Hiking up the skirt of her suit an inch, she lowered herself to the floor with her gaze trained on mine. The intensity of her emerald gaze sent my blood thrumming through my veins. Her thick eyelashes framed her eyes and the ill wishes she was trying to sear into my brain.

But damn if her sinking to her knees in front of me didn’t flash me into a whole different set of circumstances with her where she wasn’t wishing me dead and I wasn’t trying to steal this project out from under her.

“Leo Charles Wilder, will you please agree to be my fake fiancé for the next thirty days and make me the most miserable woman on earth?” She held out the ring in her palm.

I tapped my finger against my lips and stared up at the ceiling. “When you put it like that…”


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THE PROPOSAL has Zara's day starting off on the wrong foot with a hike in her brothers tuition, a run-in with a wall of sheer cockiness, some spilled coffee, and a crushed croissant unfortunately Zara's day doesn't get any better from there. 

Leo left his NFL career do to an injury and is now trying to figure out what to do next with his life so when his Uncle needs help he steps in, really what can go wrong when an NFL player becomes an event planner in hopes to save his uncles company?!? 

Zara and Leo have amazing chemistry and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that she doesn't let him get away with anything, she is a take charge I will work myself 'till I drop type of person and I really like that about her. The banter between the two of them had me laughing out loud at times, but don't let that fool you because there were plenty of times where I was tearing up as well.

Leo and Zara both have issues to work through and they both need a break but being forced to work together might just be the best thing for them whether they can see the light at the end of the tunnel or not. This slow burn, fake relationship, office romance, contemporary romance will have you begging for more because not only are Zara and Leo so likable so are all of his friends! Each of the Men of SWANK will get their own stories and I am looking forward to each and every one of them.  

This was a great start to the SWANK series and I would recommend it to anyone that has enjoyed Maya's books before, as well as those that enjoy Office Romances, Enemies-to-Lovers, Fake Relationships, or just a good Contemporary Romance.

Happy Reading!!!



Maya Hughes can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! :-) I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe and traveling with my family.


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