Monday, 7 July 2014

100 Hundred Proposals - Holly Martin

About the book...

20140610-103517-38117757.jpgIs there really such a thing as a perfect proposal? Over the next hundred days I intend to find out. I will find one hundred ways to propose to our Chief Proposer Suzie McKenzie and post the results here for your enjoyment. One thing’s for sure, not one of my proposals will be on top of the Eiffel Tower with a dozen red roses.’ Best friends Suzie and Harry are partners in romance. That is, they run the.PerfectProposal.com, coming to the aid of would-be grooms to create the ultimate marriage proposal. But when Harry decides to catapult the business into the big leagues with a PR stunt all Suzie can see is a hundred days of heartbreak stretching ahead of her. But however exotic the location, or breathtakingly romantic the setting, Suzie has to keep remembering that ‘Marry Me?’ is the one question she can’t say yes to. 

This business proposal should come with one hundred broken heart warnings... One hundred proposals, one hundred chances to say yes. 

Buy the book: Amazon UK / Amazon USA

About the author...

Holly has been writing for five years, mainly chick-lit novels. Changing Casanova and The Chainsaw Masquerade were shortlisted for the Festival of Romance New Talent Award 2012. Her short story won the Belinda Jones Travel Club short story competition last year and was published in the first Sunlounger anthology. Her fantasy adventure young-adult book, The Sentinel, was published in October and hit three different bestsellers lists within twenty-four hours. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 and her novel The Guestbook was released on Valentine’s Day 2014. Her short story Beneath The Bay Bridge is in this year’s Sunlounger 2 anthology.
My thoughts...

I was given an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review by @GGBookTours which I'm more than happy to give.

Another Carina, beautiful jacket, just shouting to be took off the shelf. Open it up, what a book, I didn't realise there was that many ways to propose!  Wedding proposal, planning best buddies Harry and Suzie set off on a journey with Harry proposing 100 times to Suzie as a PR stunt to find the most appropriate, romantic proposal to offer their clients at PerfectProposal.com. 

Harry is Suzie's rock, always there for her since the death of her brother, dropping everything whenever she needs him. It's clear when we meet them both that they adore each other, best friends through thick and thin. Can there be such a thing as best friends of the opposite sex? It's easy to see very early on that there are a few blurry lines on both parts but Harry is adamant Suzie is his best friend and appears to be playing the field left, right and centre to prove it yet drops everything whenever Suzie has a crisis - of which there are many.

A round the world trip to facilitate 100 proposals of marriage allows Holly to take us on an exotic journey - I'm not sure if she has been to these places or is a fantastic researcher but I so want to go.  I could feel the heat prickling my skin as they stepped off the plane to begin their journey. I could taste the food, drink the champagne - feel the bubbles fizzing under my nose. Diving and exploring a coral reef, feeding dolphins, I could see the sunsets and picture the atmosphere.  Every proposal was different, some had me literally saying WOW, some were simple, some elaborate but each had me turning the pages wondering how can he top that. 

At times I wanted to shake Suzie, she was so blaze about each of the proposals, sometimes dismissive or missing them altogether. Then I wanted to shake Harry, the effort he went to was beyond belief - then as soon as it was over he'd be off chasing the local talent - how callus even if it was a PR stunt. The book is so well written it was easy to forget this was a PR stunt, Harry had me wishing Suzie would say yes time and time again, 

They kept a blog about the 100 proposals and half way through the book, some of the readers comments are printed - that was a wow moment, 'OMG I know her and her and her, they're real people' - genius Holly. 

This isn't a straight forward romantic chick lit as it would appear on first appearances.  Holly digs below the surface, exposing real people who live their life the way they do because of past events - it's not simplistic and Holly covers emotional roller coaster moments with tenderness and insight whilst moving the book along at such a pace that the positive moments are the main focus - a real feel good book.  

A lovely summer read, especially for the romantic out there still waiting for their perfect proposal - this book will touch your heart and make you smile.

I gave this book 5/5 stars