⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ REVIEW: The Proposal by Maya Hughes

Such a FANTASTIC start to a new series! This had all the slow burn/enemies to lovers goodness that I wanted, with a couple that I was rooting for from the very beginning. I really, really enjoyed it. The story starts out tension-filled with some serious sparks, then slowly turns into a great friends to lovers read. The attraction stays on the back burner until just the right moment, simmering slowly until this couple finally makes the transition from enemies to allies to lovers. I loved the strong yet vulnerable hero who steals the show here (though our heroine is great too). It sets up a new series perfectly, introducing an intriguing group of characters, while also standing on its own with ease.

The story follows Zara, a woman who is so broke that she collects discarded punchcards just to treat herself to a cup of coffee. She’s supporting her little brother and trying to make a life for herself, but it’s been a struggle for awhile now. When Zara meets Leo, it’s irritation at first sight, so when they’re paired up to plan an event that will determine who gets to keep the client, there’s plenty of tension between them. As the two slowly work their way from loathe to love, it’s not long before they’re wondering what would’ve happened if they’d met a different way.

I was expecting this one to have more of a fake relationship/office romance vibe with pure hatred, so I was actually kind of pleased to discover that the tone was not like that. Yes, these two are irritated with each other and have conflicting interests, but it’s a little lighter and more playful than anticipated. I loved getting to know both of these characters better, and the slow burn does a very good job digging beneath the surface. While I liked Zara a lot, it was Leo who made the story for me. He was so unexpected and such a great guy that I wanted to see him happy. We’re also introduced to several characters whose stories I would love to read, so this is a very, very promising start to a new series! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC via the author (then purchased it for my collection), and am voluntarily leaving a review of this slow burn romance.


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…

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“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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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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