A proposal they can't refuse

Natalie Caña

Book - 2022

"Kamilah Vega is desperate to convince her family to update their Puerto Rican restaurant and enter it into the Fall Foodie Tour. With the gentrification of their Chicago neighborhood, it's the only way to save the place. The fly in her mofongo: her blackmailing abuelo says if she wants to change anything in his restaurant, she'll have to marry the one man she can't stand: his friend's grandson. Liam Kane spent a decade working to turn his family's distillery into a... contender. Now he and his grandfather are on the verge of winning a national competition. Then Granda hits him with a one-two punch: he had cancer and he has his heart set on seeing Liam married before it's too late. And Granda knows just the girl ... Kamilah Vega. If they refuse, their grandfathers will sell the building that houses both their businesses. With their futures on the line, Kamilah and Liam plan to outfox the devious duo, faking an engagement until they both get what they want. But soon, they find themselves tangled up in more than either of them bargained for."--

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Genres
Romance fiction
Humorous fiction
Published
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Mira [2022]
Language
English
Physical Description
329 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780778386094
0778386090
Main Author
Natalie Caña (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Childhood best friends Kamilah Vega and Liam Kane grew up in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood where their grandparents started their businesses. Kamilah's abuelo opened a traditional Puerto Rican restaurant, El Coquí, in the same building that Liam's Granda opened Kane Distillery, where they make traditional Irish whiskey. Decades later, gentrification is turning their old neighborhood into a hipster enclave, and lonely workaholics Kamilah and Liam have grown apart. But the sneaky old matchmakers have a plan. In exchange for their permission to update their businesses and let their grandkids take the lead, Kamilah and Liam must get engaged. Their fake arrangement has a rocky start, but as they spend more time together, Liam and Kamilah recognize that they understand each other better than anyone else and will do anything to support each other's hopes and dreams. With beautiful references to Puerto Rican and Irish folklore, the cultural and linguistic nuances Caña inserts into her heartwarming contemporary romance are flawless, as is the slow buildup of romantic feelings. This spectacular debut has tremendous series potential and is highly recommended for all libraries, especially those looking to highlight authors who deliver diverse true-to-life characters that leap off the page with originality and heart. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In Andrews's latest, widowed Hattie Kavanaugh has a chance to rescue her business by appearing in a beach-house renovation reality show called The Homewreckers, competing with a male lead who could be a new love interest—or her worst competitor ever (300,000-copy first printing). In debuter Caña's A Proposal They Can't Refuse, Kamilah Vega wants to update her family's Puerto Rican restaurant but can't get permission from her ailing octogenarian grandfather unless she marries his best friend's son, Irish American whiskey distiller Liam (75,000-copy first printing). In Colgan's Island Wedding, Flora MacKenzie is planning a sweet, small wedding on the Scottish island of Mure when she learns that rich, gorgeous Olivia is returning home to Mure for her own extravaganza wedding—planned for the same day (100,000-copy paperback and 30,000-copy hardcover first printing). In Foster's The Honeymoon Cottage, Jubil Long isn't thrilled that the little sister he's cared for since their parents' deaths wants an out-of-the-way country wedding, but then he meets wedding planner Yardley Belanger, who wishes she could have her own wedding one day (75,000-copy paperback and 10,000-copy hardcover first printing). Lauren's Something Wilder takes Lily Wilder to the Utah desert, where she uses her difficult treasure-hunting dad's old maps to conduct staged hunts and encounters the one man from the past who always saw her as the love of his life (100,00-copy first printing). A thief since childhood, when he scrambled to support a mother dying of cancer, the ever-honorable Harry Booth feels he can't follow up his feelings for Miranda Emerson—although maybe there's hope if he disentangles himself from the Nightwork he's been trapped into doing for bad-guy Carter LaPorte. This latest from Roberts has a million-copy first printing. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

DEBUT This steamy romantic comedy features well-developed characters with understandable motivations and stressors. Kamilah Vega and Liam Kane have only one thing in common: their troublesome grandfathers, who are best friends and co-own the building that houses both families' businesses. Kamilah is a chef whose family runs a Puerto Rican restaurant, El Coquí, while Liam and his grandfather run the Kane whiskey distillery next door. Kamilah has taken over most of the responsibility for El Coquí but her family still treats her like a failure. Liam's grandfather has abdicated more and more decisions yet refuses to allow Liam any control over the distillery's future. Now the meddlesome duo have announced their plan to sell the building unless Liam and Kamilah get married. Though they grew up together and were best friends, Liam and Kamilah have done nothing but fight for the last decade. Can they put their personal issues aside long enough to outwit a couple of octogenarians? VERDICT The well-written storyline, fast-paced plot, deft characterizations, and delectable descriptions of whiskey tasting and Puerto Rican cuisine will keep readers turning the pages long into the night.—Heather Miller Cover Copyright 2022 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Childhood friends are forced into a fake relationship by octogenarian matchmakers in Caña's wildly fun and foodie-friendly debut. Chef Kamilah Vega's life revolves around her family's Puerto Rican restaurant, El Coquí. So when the gentrification of her Chicago neighborhood puts the restaurant in a tight spot, Kamilah hopes that entering the Fall Foodie Tour will put El Coquí back in the spotlight. Convincing her family is a struggle; her abuelo agrees, but with the condition that she marry his best friend's grandson, Liam Kane, whom she's known since childhood. Liam has helped his grandfather run the family distillery, which shares a building with El Coquí, for a decade and is set on winning a national competition. But his grandfather, too, gets in on the setup, and both men threaten to sell the building if the youngsters won't give each other a chance. To outwit them, Kamilah and Liam agree to a fake engagement—but they're unprepared for how tangled their lives become and for the feelings that bubble up between them. Kamilah and Liam's passion for their work and connection to their Puerto Rican and Irish heritage, respectively, shine through, and Caña does a fantastic job surrounding them with vibrant communities. This delightful mix of food, familia, and culture will leave readers hungry for more. Agent: Patrice Caldwell, New Leaf Literary. (May.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Kamilah, a Puerto Rican chef, and Liam, an Irish American whiskey distiller, are blackmailed by their grandfathers, best friends since boyhood, into getting married or risk losing the building that houses both their businesses"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Kamilah, a Puerto Rican chef and Liam, an Irish American whiskey distiller are blackmailed by their grandfathers, best friends since boyhood, into getting married or risk losing the building that houses both their businesses. Original. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“Utterly charming… A Proposal They Can't Refuse is a surefire winner!” —Mia Sosa, USA Today bestselling author of The Worst Best ManNatalie Caña turns up the heat, humor and heart in this debut rom-com about a Puerto Rican chef and an Irish American whiskey distiller forced into a fake engagement by their scheming octogenarian grandfathers.Kamilah Vega is desperate to convince her family to update their Puerto Rican restaurant and enter it into the Fall Foodie Tour. With the gentrification of their Chicago neighborhood, it's the only way to save the place. The fly in her mofongo—her blackmailing abuelo says if she wants to change anything in his restaurant, she'll have to marry the one man she can't stand: his best friend’s grandson. Liam Kane spent a decade working to turn his family’s distillery into a contender. But just as he and his grandfather are on the verge of winning a national competition, Granda hits him with a one-two punch: he has cancer and has his heart set on seeing Liam married before it’s too late. And Granda knows just the girl…Kamilah Vega. If they refuse, their grandfathers will sell the building that houses both their businesses. With their futures on the line, Kamilah and Liam plan to outfox the devious duo, faking an engagement until they both get what they want. But soon, they find themselves tangled up in more than either of them bargained for.