The Bulletproof Proposal by Rebekah Louise is a short and sweet romantic novella. At just thirty-nine pages I wondered if I would be able to connect with the story, as sometimes I can struggle to get invested into novellas because they seem to be over with before they really begin. I’m happy to say I did not have that issue with this one, and I happily read all the way through, cheering Lisa on with her wedding planning. At first I worried that her idea of proposing to her boyfriend of five years might backfire, and then I really started to worry when not only was she going to propose but also plan the wedding all without him knowing– sure, I was worried for her. Her idea to have the wedding fully ready, all the guests invited, the cake done, and more – all without knowing if Matt would say yes – sure, I was sweating a bit for her. It was fairly comical at points watching her try to get a wedding planned in just weeks, and fun seeing her friends and family step up and try to help her. I of course won’t spoil the ending, as I couldn’t even guess how that might come together, but I hope you’ll read for yourself! Like mentioned prior, this is a novella but nothing appeared too rushed for me. It was the perfect romantic/chick lit storyline for a novella, and I highly enjoyed from beginning to end. If you are looking for a short and sweet read, I would recommend The Bulletproof Proposal by Rebekah Louise.
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About the Book
There are three kinds of guys: forks, knives, and spoons. That is the final lesson that Amy York’s father sends her off to college with, never suspecting just how far his daughter will take it. Clinging to the Utensil Classification System as her guide, Amy tries to convince her skeptical roommate, Veronica Warren, of its usefulness as they navigate the heartbreaks and soul mates of college and beyond.
Beginning in 1988, their freshman year at Syracuse University, Amy and Veronica meet an assortment of guys—from slotted spoons and shrimp forks to butter knives and sporks—all while trying to learn if the UCS holds true. On the quest to find their perfect steak knives, they learn to believe in themselves—and not to settle in love or life.
Talk about a book I could not put down. My Kindle was coming everywhere with me while I was reading Forks, Knives and Spoons. Even while waiting in line at a drive through, I pulled out my Kindle to keep reading. I loved the story of a college friendship between two women, their relationships, and their life after college. The early 90s nostalgia had me smiling as well, and if you’re a 90s child, I bet you’ll get a few throwback laughs as well. I was surprised to see this is Leah DeCesare’s debut novel, as it was extremely well-written, well-organized and kept me hooked from the first page to the last. I highly recommend you add this to your reading list!
About the Book
Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a romantic weekend away—to anywhere—before. Traveling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up for their mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone—including herself—wrong. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life? Funny, charming, and irresistible, Paris for One is quintessential Jojo Moyes—as are the other stories that round out the collection.
This book had me a little – puzzled and feeling conflicted. I went into it thinking we were getting short stories, but the first story took up 50-60% of the book. I remember thinking at one point, oh this is just the full story, I misunderstood, and I wasn’t mad about it. I highly enjoyed Nell’s story, I thought it was sweet and romantic and I was totally invested in it. Yes, a little short when it came to an end, but I thought it made a delightful romantic novella. But then the other stories were most definitely short short stories, and I just didn’t understand the pairing overall. Either two novellas in one or all super short stories would have made more sense for me. I’m giving it four stars because I enjoyed the first story that much, but the others really didn’t need to be there.