ISBN# (10): 0-06-084797-5-2/ (13): 978-0-06-084797-5
AVON (HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
$13.95 U.S./$17.50 Canada
Rating: 4 Cups
Henry is a novelist and semi-successful at it. He and his girlfriend, Layla, live in New Jersey. Henry adores everything about her and feels they have the perfect relationship until the morning she prepares the Cinnamon French toast.
Layla is an associate lawyer at a New Jersey law firm. She loves Henry but is tired of waiting for him to pop the question. She wants commitment and finally gives him an ultimatum.
Henry wakes to the smell of Cinnamon French toast and coffee, not to mention a beautiful Layla who greets him when he goes down for breakfast. Unfortunately he is not ready for her remark. It has been six years, actually five years and 358 days, and she wants a commitment. Marriage or she walks; she is not getting any younger. Henry wonders what brought this on. He thought everything was going well in their perfect little setup with no marriage involved. Layla things otherwise and informs him that in a week when they go to their friend’s wedding in Maine, Henry must be ready to propose when the bride tosses the bouquet. Unless he agrees, they are finished. Henry confides in his friend Pete but gets nowhere. His brother Jake is no help either. As the time arrives for their friend’s wedding, Henry knows time is running out. Layla wonders will Henry fail her again or will he follow his heart and make the right decision.
The Ultimatum is an excellent read. The conversation has some witty parts that are quite hilarious at times. Henry and Layla are stunning characters and they make the story sizzle. I could really envision their scenes and Henry’s expressions were often priceless. I found this a quick read that moves along at a great pace and keeps the reader thoroughly entertained. I really loved it!! Dan Graziano creates characters that feel love in their relationship but each has their own thoughts on the subject. Henry feels comfortable in their situation but Layla wishes commitment. I loved the part when the bride throws the bouquet. A great blend of characters, sensational dialogue and priceless expressions makes this a delightful read.
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