Hi BookishLovers! Aren’t you all just glad that December’s here? I don’t know about you but I’ve been having a big case of Novemberitits and I just want to jump for joy that 2013 is almost over. So today I have a special treat for you. Barbara DeLeo’s book, Last Chance Proposal, releases today and since I’m awesome, I’m bringing you my exclusive review and a fantastic guest post from Barbara herself, where she’ll be talking about having an upside down Christmas. Something I’m quite used to here in South-Africa.
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Date of Publication: 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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About Barbara DeLeo
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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Now before I get to the good stuff, I’m haring my review of Last Chance Proposal with you all.
Disclaimer: I received this book directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Rating 4.5 glasses of wine. Wine is awesome and so was this book!
This was the first Barbara DeLeo book I’ve read and she impressed the heck out of me. I finished this book in less than a couple of hours and I swear, when it was done, I was floating on cloud nine. A romantic upside-down Christmas read, it made my heart clench from happiness.
As a South-African, I love reading about summer about summer Christmases and this one was extraordinary. Reading and experiencing the way both characters go out of their way not to feel anything but friendship for each other, had me going. But the love they so clearly feel, not just the love for each other, but the love for the little boy who managed to capture my heart without uttering a single word, felt completely real.
Barbara created characters you just can’t help loving. A man who’s trying his best to connect with a son who doesn’t speak, and as an added bonus, he is sizzling hot on top of all that. Well, that hits a girl hard. Add a woman, who is so kind and gentle, that she’d give up to help the man she’s loved for years, and you have a powerhouse combination.
This book was light-hearted, fun and a fantastic holiday read. Barbara DeLeo had me falling in love with her writing, with this book, so much, that I’m not thinking twice about purchasing any of her other books.
Now let’s move on to the brilliantness that is Barbara DeLeo!
“An Upside Down Christmas”
It’s great to be on All the Bookish Love today! I really should be out starting my Christmas shopping but I’m notoriously disorganized with gift buying and secretly love being in the middle of the all the last minute shopping panic. Besides, the only thing better than having Christmas is talking about it and planning it….
I guess the Christmas shopping rush is the same down here in New Zealand as it is for most people around the world, but we do have a few traditions of our own. Because it’s so warm and daylight savings has well and truly begun, one of the worst traditions is how early the kids get up on Christmas morning. It’s light and warm at 5am so it’s pretty hard to keep Christmas stocking hunters in bed. We have a “no stocking til 6am” rule but we always seem to get worn down by faces peering around the door and stagger in for our first cup of coffee while all four kids dive into their presents.
After that they’re banished to the pool while we prepare Christmas dinner. Roast turkey and hot ham’s not much fun in ninety degrees so we’ll have salads and strawberries, cherries and refreshing summer puddings. The most famous New Zealand Christmas tradition is the pavlova.
It’s like an enormous meringue but it’s got marshmallow on the inside and whipped cream topped with sliced kiwifruit covering it. YUM!!
As most of us take two weeks break over Christmas we’re often camping or staying at holiday houses by the ocean on Christmas day. We’ll all go do down to the beach after lunch and play cricket with all our neighbours while the grandmas and granddads sleep in the shade of the New Zealand Christmas tree – the pohutukawa.
My latest book, Last Chance Proposal is set in Rata Cove, a beach just like this at Christmas time in New Zealand.
Have you ever had an “upside down” Christmas or do you have a special family tradition that you couldn’t do without? I’m giving two of my backlist, “Contract for Marriage” and “Dishing up Desire” to one lucky commenter on All the Bookish Love!
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Thank you for joining me on All The Bookish Love, Barbara. i hope to have you again soon!
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