A FOURTH OF JULY PROPOSAL by Kim Findlay
SERIES: Cupid’s Crossing #2
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: June 29, 2021
Coming home, he’d expected fireworks…
He hadn’t expected redemption
Former bad boy Ryker Slade hadn’t returned to his hometown to stay. He doubted anyone would want him to. Then the pastor’s daughter, Rachel Lowther, made him a unique proposal: she’d help him if he helped her. But as their connection deepened, Ryker wondered—could a man with his past ever be good enough for a woman with her bright future?
Other Books In This Series
I really enjoyed A Valentine’s Proposal, book one in the Cupid’s Crossing series, but I fell head over heels in love with A Fourth of July Proposal! The characters, the romance, the various layers to the plot – all of it spoke my language.
First, let me say that I definitely related to pastor’s daughter Rachel and her struggles to be seen as something more than a model of decorum, or ‘nice’. I had to laugh at that phrase – a model of decorum – because this pastor’s granddaughter (me) was actually called that exact thing in high school by a teacher who was frustrated with the rest of our class. And while I didn’t want to be a mean girl or someone who was always getting in trouble, I also didn’t want to be stuck with that label for the rest of my life because I thought it boxed me in to expectations that I was weary of always meeting. Over the years, I’ve had to learn to quit ‘people pleasing’ so much and be confident in who God created me to be, rather than who everyone expects me to be. It’s been very freeing – so I was totally on board for Rachel’s journey to find her own voice and walk confidently in who she is at heart.
And then there’s Ryker… who is trying to shed his own set of expectations. Still seen as the local bad boy from the local bad family, no matter how much he’s turned his life around for the better, he struggles to find his place in this small town with long memories. While I couldn’t relate to him like I could Rachel, his story thoroughly hooked me and had me rooting for him all the way. His struggles are not ones common to romance heroes, and I LOVED that they weren’t. I appreciated the real-life issues – from childhood on – that were revealed as the layers of his character are peeled back, the honesty with which they were presented (both the past and the present ramifications) and the redemption we see in his story. Getting to know Benny & his story – and see his friendship with Ryker – was also heartwarming!
And lest you think that this book gets too heavy, let me assure there is plenty of delightful banter and some very swoony romance! Ryker & Rachel made me smile a lot, at their friendship, their conversations, and their kisses! Oh, those kisses. Especially the one that … well, that would be giving spoilers so I won’t say more. But trust me, they’re good!
Bottom Line: A Fourth of July Proposal is a sweet romance with fun banter, a swoony former bad boy hero, a relatable good girl heroine, and some knee-weakening kisses. It also doesn’t shy away from real-life issues but still maintains an uplifting tone, reminding readers that even the worst of situations can be redeemed. A visit to Cupid’s Crossing wouldn’t be complete without some time with town matriarch Abigail Carter, and her scenes made me smile too. Come discover this town with a big heart and settle in for a delightful weekend read!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3+ / WILL forget to breathe on more than one occasion
Kim Findlay grew up in Canada but now lives on a sailboat in the Caribbean. She gave up her accounting job to write romance novels. Life goals accomplished! Kim can be found reading, writing, and exploring paradise with her husband and the world’s cutest spaniel. You can find her at kimfindlay.ca, @missheyer74, or on Facebook and Instagram.
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