The Proposal by Maya Hughes





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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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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The Proposal
Maya Hughes

It kills me to give this author any thing less than 4 stars. Not that 3 stars stars are bad, but I have always been super impressed with this authors work, but The Proposal just wasn't up to par with what I am used to when it comes to this authors work. To me, The Proposal was just okay, but we will get to that in a minute. The Proposal followed the trope of enemies to lovers to more. This author did a great job of relaying that, within the dialogue and witty banter. The story line was an original and that I appreciate. There was a nice pace set within the development. The characters were to die for. The chemistry was on point, it was explosive because of the hate involved. Now on to what I was not a fan of. I felt like something was lacking. I am not exactly sure what that was, but I needed the ' Wow ' factor to make it special, and I didn't find it. Also, even though there was a decent amount of depth, it didn't reach the level of depth that I needed to make a great story.

The characters. I adored them, even most of the side characters. They each played an integral part into Zara and Leo's story, which in turn made for a more family / friendly oriented story. Zara is a character that is set in her ways. She graces us with so much determination and strength, it's not even funny. She is loyal and protective of those she loves, and she is willing to make sacrifices even at the cost of what she wants/needs. Leo is a strong hearted guy that is trying to figure out his life. He is loyal with a great personality. He can banter with the best, and can give what he takes.

Overall The Proposal was a decent story. I do look forward to the next couple books in this series.


~ Ashley

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