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The Practice Proposal

(Suddenly Smitten #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  2,074 ratings  ·  235 reviews
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. 

Cole Collins is up for contract renegotiation, but after too many late-night parties,
ebook, 229 pages
Published March 11th 2013 by Entangled: Bliss
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Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Jaci Burton
Shelves: romance
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 predictable, but that is not a bad thing when it comes to this type of novels - that is exactly why we read them and what we want.

If you are fan of Jaci Burton and her Play by Play series like me, you w
Amy R
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 the characters.

In The Practice Proposal we meet Cole Collins, a major league baseball player for the Washington Nationals and Liza Sutherland, the daughter of the owners of the Baltimore Orioles. Cole
2.5 REALLY Slow Moving Stars

Hmmm, well…at least it didn't take long to read. I don’t believe I’ve ever started a review off quite like that, to be honest. It was also an entirely painless read void of any drama whatsoever. Unfortunately there en lies the problem.

I suppose a little back story’s needed here. Liza’s had a rough couple of years. Her fiancé was killed in the line of duty and she’s resigned herself to never finding love again. Cole’s an all star first baseman who’s become more famous
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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 basketball followers but for me, it’s always been baseball. This is a new to me author so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but after reading The Practice Proposal I know for a fact I’ll be checking out the ot
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 drew me into the storyline and kept my interest throughout. Quite the fast-paced little gem!

Liza Sutherland wins a night out with Cole Collins, an All-Star first baseman. She is freaked out because s
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
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 she used to obsess over when the two were teenagers.
Cole is a playboy who manages to get involved with the wrong women at the wrong time, and get caught by paparazzi while doing so. With his Nationals
Autumn Review
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, review
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. I almost always love the male characters more than the females, but in this one, I loved Liza too. She is such a solid character. She's likable, smart, and is cautious about getting involved with Col
Anne OK
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
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 didn’t see her as anything more than a camp friend. Over the years, they lost touch. Now he’s a hot-shot baseball player with some major image problems. She’s grown into a beauty with a perfect image.
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
Three Stars

Quick impromptu read. Can't resist a hot baseball player. Cute, predictable, but it was far from a home run .
This one was meh. Both h/H start dating for reasons of their own, H coz his agent thinks h will clean up his party-boy image and get him a better contract, h coz his agent promises he will help her reach her fundraising targets. Both of them of course don't tell each other this. h/H met as teens when H was at her father's baseball training camp. Things have changed, our h has been grieving the death of her fiancee the past two years and H still feels inadequate. This was a sweet romance that mov ...more
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 its last season, and he desperately wants to remain on the team. His behavior, however, is putting the contract renewal in jeopardy. His date with a Hollywood starlet ended in disaster, with her being b
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: next-to-read
2.5 confused Stars!!

I didn't know what to expect from this one. From the blurb I had thought Cole would be a player who would mend his ways because of Liza. But that didn't happen here. Cole was like a kid in a shiny candy factory who is totally charmed by everything but at the same time gullible and naive.
He was constantly complaining and Frank was more of a babysitter to this so called heartthrob! I really didn't like the uncertainty and immaturity in Cole. I wish the author had given him mor
Anna's Herding Cats
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 couldn't pick up another book after finishing The Practice Proposal. 5 days and 8 book attempts and nothing doing. And still, I had a smile on my face the whole time because it was just that great of ...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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 sustained bubble. She’s happy to watch her beloved Orioles, co-owned by her parents, and work for BADD (Be Aware of the Dangers of Doping) Athletes Foundation, founded by her mother. For the past two
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 reeling from the death of her fiancé and isn’t looking for love, even with her childhood crush, Cole Collins. Before he became the bad-boy baseball superstar he is today, he attended Liza’s dad’s baseball c
Romancing the Book
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. She’s mourning the loss of her fiance and the last thing she wants is to hook up with her childhood crush. But manipulative family ALWAYS get their way. Soon she finds herself on a date with the ver
Janna Shay
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 Sutherland, the daughter of the Baltimore Orioles, finds herself coerced by her mother into going on an auction-won date with Cole Collins, a womanizing, party-boy baseball player with the Washington Natio
I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

This was ok. I love the premise of two people both pretending to be in a relationship for different reasons (Cole needs to prove he is settling down in order to get a contract renewal with the Washington Nationals and Liza needs donations to secure her job at her family's foundation), but whereas ordinarily both parties go into the arrangement with full disclosure, or only one of them has an ulte
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
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 met when they were teenagers and really got to know the true selves of one another but as adults life had taken them in different directions. Thank goodness other people who they loved realized what
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: athletes
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 involved with a notorious player, no matter how attractive Cole is.

Cole Collins is up for contract renegotiation, but after too many late-night parties, he’ll need some positive publicity before he can make
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, kindle
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 player who needs to spruce up his image. Both of them go into the relationship with ulterior motives, but cupid has other ideas. I loved watching them fall for each other. I also loved how Cole took thin ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 image! Frank manipulated both of them into dating! Cole doesn't do commitment, Liza isn't over the death of her fiancée, Cole plays for one team while Liza's parents own another, plus Frank and his ma ...more
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 Cole had for Liza in helping her move on and open her heart to love. My only complaint would be the length of the book. It was too short! I wanted more detail. But it's still a great, easy read!
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-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.
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 pretty quickly. Knew his bad boy image was probably overstated and just knew the real Cole would come out if he met the right woman. When Liza Sutherland entered the picture, I knew Cole had met his match.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 forget that.
I don’t know what I was expecting going into The Practice Proposal, but what I got was a fun, sweet romance that I just loved loved loved, that made me want to get a hot dog, cozy up to my man
Tina "IRead2Escape"
The Practice Proposal is the first book in the Suddenly Smitten series by Tracy March. I enjoyed this book for what it was, a sweet, happy read. I have to admit this is one of the few “first in series” books that I’m left having no idea who the next book in the series is going to be about. I am so intrigued.

Liza Sutherland is slowly working herself back into the world of the living. Her fiancé died heroically and she doesn't think she’ll ever get over it. She just wants to find joy in everyday
Christine Warner
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 characters to make their romance believable and exciting—well, let me tell you, I wasn’t disappointed in the least.

This is a sweet, sensual read. The characters are so well developed that I instantly b
Eva • All Books Considered
Very cute!

Review originally posted on my blog

Liza has is still mourning the death of her fiance two years ago when her mom bids on a charity auction for a date for Liza with the hottest baseball player on the rival team, Cole Collins. Even for someone that is not necessarily a huge baseball fan, this romance was very cute! Liza and Cole knew each other when Liza was an awkward teen and Cole was attending her family's baseball camp. Of course, Liza is all grown up now and definitely not looking f
Ana Quiambao
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 knows him better than others.

So when they met again, and Liza is now the hot lady and Cole is the superstar, it's a match made in heaven. Though started for personal gain and lies, I can't help but r
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Award-winning author Tracy March writes romantic thrillers and lighthearted romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after.

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