Friday, December 13, 2013

[Book Review] The Proposal by Lily Zante

The Proposal (A Perfect Match #1)The Proposal by Lily Zante
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Part 1: From The Book Cover

A high-flying career woman with no time for romance finds herself at a loose end for her company's annual marketing convention. Partners are encouraged, and Nadine Stefano has every intention of fitting the image she believes her boss wants.
At her sister's recent bachelorette party Nadine finds herself irresistibly drawn to Ethan, one of the male strippers.
A single woman, desperate to present the image of being in a settled and happy relationship, she hires Ethan to act as her pretend boyfriend at the company event.
Not only is he five years younger, but he is also sexy as sin.
Theirs is a strong attraction, and the over-worked and uptight Nadine soon finds herself falling for the easy-going young man.
But company politics and nasty colleagues stand in their way.
Will their meeting lead to love, despite seemingly different career choices, or will Nadine dump Ethan in order to pursue her career goals?

Part 2: Recommendation

The Proposal by Lily Zante is a light read that I personally would classify as a romantic chick-lit and the plot line is very similar to the movie The Wedding Date starring Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney in the sense that both, highly successful women, hired an escort to act as their boyfriend for an event and ends up falling for the guy and the guy falling for the woman.

This book is another self-published endeavor and though I like the simple plot and the believable characters, sadly, I cannot give it five stars because there are so many grammatical errors and redundant phrases throughout the book that a proof reader and an editor should have caught. After reading this book, I went to check out the author's website to learn a little bit more about the writer and her other books and it looks like she has self-published a lot of other books. What I do wonder about though is that her website has no About the Author section, nor does her books.

I don't like her use of the word spectacles because the word is dated and since her book is contemporary, why couldn't she just use the word reading glasses or simply glasses? If she were writing a historical romance, by all means, use spectacles. A couple of words that I don't like in this book are words like spilt and leant when she should've used the words spilled and leaned. I also didn't like the fact that Nadine's thoughts were not italized.

Just an example where I feel she was redundant were on page 3: "Nadine stroked her sister's wavy hair...." followed by a short dialogue then "...she said, running her fingers gently down her sister's hair."

Since there are way too many errors in this book to go through them in this review, let's cut it short to what I think. The Proposal by Lily Zante has a simple plot, making it a light read which as I mentioned earlier, I'm classifying as a chick-lit (it feels like a chick-lit to me), the characters are believable, Lily Zante kept Ethan's main job as a mystery so that mainly is the only thing that kept me reading on. As for the author's writing style, it shows potential especially if the next book she puts out will have gone through a more rigorous proof reading and editing phase. So, if you are a person who will be distracted, mortified, or highly bothered by grammatical errors, sentence structure errors, etc, I will not recommend this book. However, if you are someone who can put aside your editing reflexes, and you are into quick, light and chick-lit like reads, then this might be for you.

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