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Peek Inside The Practice Proposal

Liza Sutherland isn’t looking for love. Not from a charity-auction date she didn’t even bid on and especially not with Nationals first baseman Cole Collins, the guy she obsessed over as an awkward teenager. She won’t get involved with a notorious player, no matter how attractive Cole is. When Frank makes Liza a deal she can’t refuse—a bet she will fall in love with Cole or a cool half mil goes to charity—the game is on. But neither bet on the real feelings that surface. Could a fake fling turn into an official forever?

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Practice makes perfect, but can a fake romance lead to real love?

Nationals first baseman, Cole Collins is in trouble. He's up for contract renegotiation, but after too many late-night parties, he needs some positive publicity before he can make the roster. So when the last woman he ever expected wins a date with him at a charity auction, Cole realizes he's found his fake fiancee. She’s gorgeous and smart and he’s instantly hooked.

Liza Sutherland isn’t looking for love. Especially not with a notorious playboy like Cole Collins, the guy she secretly obsessed over as an awkward teenager. When Cole's agent makes Liza a deal she can’t refuse—a bet she will fall in love with Cole or a cool half mil goes to charity—the game is on. Even if it means betting against her own heart.


RT Book Reviews TOP PICK! "March knocks it out of the park with this Suddenly Smitten novel that will delight both fans of baseball and romance. A light and airy summer read, it focuses on family and companionship, but the remarkable, memorable romance is a grand slam, too. Readers will wholeheartedly connect with the down-to-earth heroine and swoon over Cole, the sexy ball player." ~ Jaime A. Geraldi

"A homerun on a stick swirled in chocolate! The Practice Proposal is one of those books that will have you laughing, crying, and cheering sometimes all in the same scene." ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Pick of the Litter! "Well I am just completely smitten. Absolutely and utterly. I adored The Practice Proposal, Cole and Liza and everything about them. This was one of those books that just made me...happy." ~ Anna, Herding Cats and Burning Soup

"One of the most romantic proposals I can remember reading
. Two thumbs up for Cole! The Practice Proposal is a great read that I recommend tossing in your beach bag." ~ Julie, Manga Maniac Cafe

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622668762
Series: Suddenly Smitten, Book 1
Release Date: Mar 1, 2013
Page Count: 166
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, sports romance
Tropes: fake engagement

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By Glass September 18, 2013

Review posted on Way Too Hot Books

The Practice Proposal by Tracy March is perfect novel for all of you who like good romance involving good girl and womanizing sports player. Bad boy will see everything wrong in his previous relationships and good girl will find her inner bad girl. A little bit pre ...more

By Amy R March 11, 2013

The Practice Proposal is such a fun story. I had a tough time pulling myself away from it and am now ready for baseball season to start! Tracy's writing is smooth, the plot moved along at a good pace and her descriptions of people and places makes you feel like you are right there in the story with ...more

Slick‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4.5 Stars

This is one of those books that I saw the publisher’s blurb on Facebook and I raced to buy it. I’m a sucker for any book with a baseball theme, I can’t help it. I know there are readers out there that are huge football, hockey, and baske ...more

By KAS September 13, 2016

If you are in the mood for a light-hearted, feel good romance, look no further. I really enjoyed it. I am also a sports fan, so the fact the main character is a hottie baseball player was a bonus ;) This was also my first Tracy March read and was impressed with her writing style and how quickly she ...more

By Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe) March 26, 2013

I have to say even thought I am not a fan of baseball nor do I watch it, I still very much enjoyed The Practice Proposal and it's sweet plot.

After winning a charity-auction date she didn't even bid on, Liza Sutherland ends up on a date with her families rival teams baseman Cole Collins – a boy who s ...more

By Autumn Review March 11, 2013

Oh my goodness...I loved this book. I'll start by saying that I am an absolute sucker for baseball players, so this book was right up my alley. The Practice Proposal was so sweet and exactly what I look for in a short read.

Despite the length, I got a full story. I absolutely loved these characters. ...more

By Anne OK April 16, 2013

Spring arrived and I was ready for some baseball – or more preferably a good baseball romance. And along came a new-to-me-author inviting me out to the ballgame. It was a winner even though it included a few strikeouts and some foul balls.

Cole and Liza met as youngsters. She crushed on him but he ...more

By Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) April 09, 2013

3.5 to 4 stars


I was attracted to this title for two reasons: it’s a second chance at love trope, and because hero Cole is a baseball player. I have to say, when the story starts out, our Cole is not very heroic. In fact, he’s pretty much a sleaze bag. His contract with the Nationals is in it ...more

By Anna's Herding Cats March 31, 2013

Well I am just completely smitten. Absolutely and utterly. I adored The Practice Proposal, Cole and Liza and everything about them. So I'm gonna gush a bit and I'm gonna shake my fist at Tracy March at the same time because the woman put me in a reading funk like you wouldn't believe! 5 whole days I ...more

By Kim Reads July 06, 2013

Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
by Kim

I was looking for a comfort read and a book to make me enjoy reading again and I found both in THE PRACTICE PROPOSAL by Tracy March.

Liza Sutherland is a twenty-seven-year old who is “happily” living in her own little self ...more

By Kassiah July 27, 2015

4 stars.

My full review, including quotes, can be found on the Pretty Sassy Cool.

The daughter of a famed baseball player, Liza Sutherland has grown up around the sport her whole life. When her mother enters a charity auction bid in Liza’s name for a date, she’s less than thrilled. Liza’s still reelin ...more

By Romancing the March 09, 2014

Reviewed by Rachel
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Take me out to the ballgame!

Tracy March really hits this one out of the park! The reader is immediately sucked into the life of Liza Sutherland, baseballs sweetheart and all around girl next door ...more

By Janna April 04, 2013

The Practice Proposal is a totally funny and enjoyable romance. Tracy March does a fantastic job of crafting a love story about two people who are not looking for love but find it in spite of themselves. This heartwarming tale will grab your attention from the first word to the very last.

Liza Suthe ...more

4.5 stars

Some of my favorite themes are friends to lovers and sport romances now put those together and you have a killer combination. I adored this book.

Cole and Liza may have entered their fake relationship for different reasons but in the end Love is all that matters. For Cole and Liza they had ...more

By Kari April 01, 2013

The Practice Proposal is a very sweet romance. I was able to read it in just about one sitting. I really enjoyed the book. Cole and Liza knew each other as teenagers and were friends of a sort. Years later, Liza wins a charity auction that involves a date with Cole. Cole is now a famous baseball pla ...more

By Allyson March 17, 2013

I couldn't put this book down! What a wonderful sweet, heartwarming by Tracy March! Cole and Liza knew each other when they were teenagers at her dad's baseball camp! Years later when Cole was a professional baseball player, Liza won a date with him! His agent Frank, thought she was perfect for his ...more

By Lia April 22, 2013

This is such a good, clean love story! And the fact that its based around baseball, makes it all the better! I loved the characters and how their story/relationship unfolds. There is also the element of emotion. I was in tears at one point. They were good tears. Tears brought on by the love that Col ...more

By Kathy November 23, 2014


Content: some innuendo, 1 fade to black sex scene (clothes comes off but then the door closes), a few swear words but over all fairly clean. ...more

By Liza April 03, 2013

I got a review copy from NetGalley thanks to the publisher. The Practice Proposal is the 1st book in the Suddenly Smitten series.

I really enjoyed The Practice Proposal very much. I’m a huge fan of sports romances and add in a friends-to-lovers storyline, and you have me hooked. I fell for Cole prett ...more

By Jennifer April 12, 2013

Though I’m not a big romance reader, there was something about The Practice Proposal that made me want to read it:
Baseball, a hot pitcher, the fact that I’m a Washington Nationals fan (and a sometimes Orioles fan), and that it’s set where I live. Oh, plus, the added side dish of romance, can’t forge ...more

By Christine December 28, 2014

The Practice Proposal is truly a well written story. This was the first book I’d read from the Bliss line which is an imprint from Entangled Publishing. I wasn’t sure about reading a story with closed door love scenes. I wondered if there would be enough tension and physical awareness between the ch ...more

By Jessica April 11, 2013

Good Girl .. Bad Boy .. Baseball!

This is a feel-good, sweet love story.

Liza Sutherland isn’t looking for love. Not from a charity-auction date she didn’t even bid on and especially not with Nationals first baseman Cole Collins, the guy she obsessed over as an awkward teenager. She won’t get involve ...more

By Ana March 18, 2013

I love the combination of this two. Daughter of the owner of one of the baseball team and star of the opposing team. Such a star couple. Cole was Liza's puppy love, she was a fan even before Cole is in the center of the spotlight. And Liza was the only friend Cole has back then. The only person who ...more

By Valerie March 23, 2013

4 stars - Feels as good as it reads.

This story is about two people that aren't looking for love and who aren't even interested in dating but find something anyway. Liza is still grieving the lose of Wes. Cole can't seem to trust any girl to want more than his money and fame. They are both "pushed" a ...more

By Sandra March 12, 2013

Liza's mom surprises her with charity date she wins at a fundraiser and when she finds out her date is none other than her her teenage crush Cole Collins she is less than enthused. Cole is now a major league baseball player has a reputation as a love 'em and leave 'em party guy off the field. His ma ...more

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Tracy March

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Tracy March

Award-winning author Tracy March writes romantic thrillers influenced by her interest in science and politics. She also writes lighthearted romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after. Always up for travel and adventure, Tracy has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Nationals baseball, Saturday date nights, and Dairy Queen Blizzards--and rarely goes a day without Diet Coke and Cheez-Its. Tracy lives in Yorktown, Virginia, with her superhero husband who works for NASA.

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