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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 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 s... ...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 Collin... ...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 characte... ...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... ...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 Nat... ...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 day... ...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... ...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 st...

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 wi... ...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,...

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...

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Tracy March

About the author

Award Winning Author

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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