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Peek Inside Last Chance Proposal

Cy Hathaway needs a wife to win custody of his son. He returns home to discover his childhood sweetheart has become a vibrant, beautiful woman. Even though wanting to sweep her off her feet wasn’t part of the plan... For Ellie, Cy’s reappearance awakens a flood of memories—and resentments for the way he’d abandoned her years ago. But she has a life now, a career. She can’t simply get hitched, even if the sight of him still makes her heart race.

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A wife he needs. The woman he desires.

Cy Hathaway needs a wife, fast, to win custody of his son, Jonty. He returns home to discover the childhood sweetheart he once left behind has become a vibrant, beautiful woman. Even though wanting to sweep her off her feet wasn’t part of the plan…

For Ellie, Cy’s sudden reappearance awakens a flood of memories—and resentments for the way he’d abandoned her all those years ago. But she has a life now, a career. She can’t simply drop everything and get hitched, even if the sight of him still makes her heart race.

But after Ellie meets his little boy, she can’t refuse. Certain she has a grip on her old feelings for Cy, she agrees to marry her first love until he gains custody. But when did helping out a friend become something with the capacity to hijack her heart?



"Seriously people, if you love a heartwarming romance, you can't go wrong with any Entangled Bliss book, but Last Chance Proposal stole my heart. :)" ~ Ashley the Book Junkie

"Last Chance Proposal is the perfect book for this holiday season and takes place in the beautiful New Zealand. It made me want to hop on a plane and experience a Christmas in the summer time." ~ 5 Stars from The Turning Pages

"I swear, when it was done, I was floating on cloud nine. A romantic upside-down Christmas read, it made my heart clench from happiness." ~ All the Bookish Love

A Heartwarming story. Couldn't put it down until I finished. Loveable characters, great dialogue. I've never read any of Barbara Deleo's books before but will in the future~ 5 Stars

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622663859
Release Date: Dec 9, 2013
Page Count: 169
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, holiday romances
Tropes: marriage of convenience

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By Heather Anne December 09, 2013

Happy release day to Barbara DeLeo! Last Chance Proposal is the perfect book for this holiday season and takes place in the beautiful New Zealand. It made me want to hop on a plane and experience a Christmas in the summer time.
I just loved how family oriented this story was and how touched I was... ...more

By Bette December 04, 2013

I really enjoyed this book! From the wonderful setting of New Zealand and all the different terminology to thinking about how Christmas is spent in summer. The characters were intriguing and the storyline had a bit of everything. Second chance, marriage of convenience, single dad, cute kid and of... ...more

By Donnajo November 29, 2013

read/review from publisher for a honest opinion

This was a wonderful, heartwarming story. I couldn't put it down once I started reading and hated fro the book to be over when I finished. Lovable character, great dialogue. I would recomend this book to everyone.
Also this is a new to me author which... ...more

By Monique December 09, 2013


This review also appears on my blog All The Bookish Love

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

This was the first Barbara DeLeo book I’ve read and she impressed the heck out of me. I f... ...more

By Jessica November 23, 2013

Cy is a business men who wants custody of his child, to look like he has some stability he comes up with a crazy plan to get his son: Find someone to marry. Ellie once knew and loved Cy, that was before he left her because she said she love him. If he can get her to say yes, they both would have... ...more

By Irene November 22, 2013

4 stars

I really enjoyed Last Chance Proposal, once I started it I couldn't put it down.

Ellie and Cy had been best friends who had loved each other but after something terrible happens Cy run away from both Ellie and his home town.
Now nearly 10 years later he's come back wanting Ellie to help him... ...more

By Shari December 09, 2013

Cy returns home to New Zealand with his son Jonty, to find a wife, to gain custody of his son. He wants to marry Ellie, a childhood friend, for a marriage of convenience.This stirs up old feeling they need to solve. I really enjoyed the dialogue between these two. The description of New Zealand w... ...more

By Nicola December 06, 2013

I love second chance romances and this is a touching, captivating journey of friendship, trust, understanding and sacrifice when first loves become reacquainted.

Cy Hathaway is facing a custody battle with his son's Grandparents in the US. His return home to New Zealand happens to coincide with hi... ...more

By Alycia July 14, 2014

Now out!! ...more

By Ashley May 01, 2015

Aww! So sweet! I think I might go back and read it again. :) I'll post my full review after it goes live on the blog. ...more

By Helle December 10, 2013

Loved it, was so dame sweet.. ...more

By Becky August 25, 2016

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books.

(3 1/2 stars--will they ever let us assign 1/2 stars??)

Ultimately I enjoyed Last Chance Proposal, though at times the main characters drove me crazy. I understand where Cy is coming from--his son is autistic, he's involved in a custody battle with his in-laws--... ...more

By Sandy LM December 21, 2013

I have to say I'm a big fan of Barbara DeLeo. I loved Contract for Marriage and Dishing up Desire, so I was super excited to download Last Chance Proposal and as always, Ms. DeLeo delivers. I LOVED (yes I'm shouting) everything about this book.

Cy returns to New Zealand as he needs a wife to secu... ...more

By Yazmin June 02, 2014

In Last Chance Proposal by Barbara DeLeo, Cy Hathaway needs to win the custody of his son Jonty, and for that he needs a wife. Otherwise, his in-laws will keep his son and more than likely keep him away from Jonty as much as the child’s mother did. He lived the first few years away from his own... ...more

By Sandra December 07, 2013

Cy Hathaway is going home to win custody of his son, Jonty, but he knows his chances will be better if he has a wife. When he finds out his childhood sweetheart he left behind is available and can fit in with his plans he decides to take a chance to apologize for the past and to help stabilize hi... ...more

By Linda December 08, 2013

Sweet Romantic Tale Set in New Zealand!!!!

Cy Hathaway left New Zealand suddenly and without an explanation many years ago. In so doing, he left his best friend and first love, Ellie Jacobs, bereft. She has since moved on to a successful career. Now Cy is facing a custody battle with his son's gra... ...more

By Amanda December 09, 2013

This book will warm you heart! I was addicted in first few pages and read it all in one setting. This is the first book I have read by this author but it won't be my last. Christmas in summer in New Zealand with a love story with two characters you can't help but love.....How could you not want t... ...more

By Maria December 11, 2013

A heartwarming tale of a dad fighting for his son's best interest! Whilst trying not to fall in love with his long lost ex love. Although sad and moving at times it was an absolutely brilliant read, with just the right amount of romance, sexyness and it had a great couple to boot.
An excellent an... ...more

By Karen December 07, 2013

I really enjoyed this book! It was a sweet story about second chances and learning to really trust your partner. I liked the characters and fell in love with little Jonty! I enjoyed experiencing Christmas in a completely different type of environment than where I live.
*ARC received from publisher... ...more

By Amanda December 13, 2013

I loved this book! one minute I was crying, the next I was smiling. This book makes you think about how life troubles can affect the children around us. It also shows us how they can bounce back with love and support. This book has it all. I look forward to reading more books by Barbara DeLeo ...more

By Deamer October 19, 2014

So beautiful, love the story <3 ...more

By *Jasmin September 13, 2019

What would you do, if your son's grandparents tried to take your son away from you, because you were absent from his life for most of the years, and you are not considered capable at all of having a child on your own? Well, one of the leads from this truly wonderfully built romance novel, thinks... ...more

By Monica December 22, 2013

Ellie Jacobs has had her heart broken once already but won’t tolerate it a second time by the same man. Only one look at a little boy and her mind is telling her to say yes to Cy Hathaway proposal.

This is my first read by Ms. DeLeo and I have to say that I have fallen in love with her creative wr... ...more

By Rachel December 08, 2013

Be prepared to read this book in one sitting. The characters and story drag you in and don't let go. But also be prepared to tear up, there are some tissue worthy moments.

This is a fantastic story of a father who needs a wife to gain custody of his son, one he hardly knows but is desperate to con... ...more

By Susie December 15, 2013

Are you looking for a little romance? ThenLast Chance Proposalis the perfect holiday read! Barbara DeLeo brings a nice pleasant twist to the tradition romance story.
Maybe it was reading about a romance set in the warm Christmas season in New Zealand from the frigid land of Chicago, but I got lost... ...more

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Barbara DeLeo

About the author

Barbara DeLeo

Barbara DeLeo’s first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and now lives her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters. Degrees in English and Psychology, and a career as an English teacher, fuelled Barbara’s passion for people and stories, and a number of years living in Europe gave her a love for romantic settings.  Discovering she was having her second set of twins in two years, Barbara knew she must be paying penance for being disorganized in a previous life and was determined to get it right this time. It’s amazing what being housebound with four preschoolers will do for the imagination and she decided it was time to follow her writing dream. Funnily enough, those first manuscripts had not a single child in them. Married to her winemaker hero, Barbara’s happiest when she’s getting to know her latest cast of characters. She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, but now without a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.

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