An Unlikely Proposition
A standalone companion to An Improbable Season, this Regency romance ― perfect for fans of Bridgerton ― is about following your heart, pursuing your dreams, and falling head over heels in love.
Eleanor did not come to London to be proper and boring. After the death of her husband and a year of mourning, the seventeen year old wants nothing more than her independence and to have a little fun. She’s hardly looking to remarry, despite pressures from her late husband’s nephew, who is keen on obtaining her inheritance. Eleanor quickly devises a plan that includes a fake engagement. What’s not a part of the plan? Falling for a dashing, quiet man outside of her social circle – a man who is not her betrothed. Can she survive the Season with her heart and her fortune intact?
Thalia is determined to begin afresh after a disastrous first Season in London. No romantic distractions, but only her work as a poet and newfound companion to Eleanor. Determined to get her poems published, she struggles to be taken seriously as a female writer. As the spring progresses, Thalia does not expect to take interest in a man from her past (a man who is engaged to her employer, no less!), but some feelings demand to be felt even if the timing isn’t quite right.
Hello Book friends!
Today I’m reviewing An Unlikely Proposition by Rosalyn Eves. In this standalone companion novel to An Improbable Season (which I absolutely LOVED) we follow a young widow and her companion as they find love in the unlikely of places.
What are some of your favorite tropes in YA?
I’m always a fan of found family. Where the main character is an orphan, but surrounds themselves by friends who fill that emptiness and eventually realizes they’ve found those rare few people who they can call family.
As I mentioned, I LOVED An Improbable Season. Filled with quirky characters, banter and clever dialogue, it is such a fun read and I highly recommend you check that one out. For An Unlikely Proposition it’s a slower pace, introducing a few new characters and bringing Thalia from An Improbable Season. Even though it was a slow start, I did enjoy the slow burn (almost forbidden romance) between Eleanor and Owen. Though I wanted to be more interactions between these two, some sparring and witty banter would have made it even sweeter.
There were a few pit falls for me, besides the pacing, I’m not a huge fan of love triangles. Even though Eleanor has zero romantic feelings for Henry, the setup for that didn’t work for me. The shock value that Thaila (gasp) falls for her employer’s fiancé, wears off when sparks fly between Thaila and Henry. It’s a tricky slope to walk on, trying to balance two relationships (one fake and one not) and can work or be a stumbling block in the overarching plot.
An Unlikely Proposition checks all the boxes of found family, fake engagement, and regency romance, YA readers should keep this one on their radar when it hits shelves in March of next year.
Happy Reading ~ Cece
RATING: – Satisfyingly Inked
About the Author
Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. She is the author of the historical fantasy trilogy Blood Rose Rebellion and Beyond the Mapped Stars. When she’s not reading, writing, or teaching writing at Southern Utah University, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking.
|Pub Date||ISBN||Page Count||Publisher||Age Group||Source & Format||Review Posted Online|
|5-Mar-24||978-0374390273||304||Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)||Young Adult||NetGalley, Digital ARC||November 19, 2023|
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