Review: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory


Title: The Proposal
Author: Jasmine Guillory
Publisher: Berkley Books
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Paperback, 325 Pages
Published October 2018


Summary: When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn't the hard part--they've only been dating for five months, and he can't even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans...At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik's rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He's even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik's social media blows up--in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can't be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes...


I first got a copy of Jasmine's debut book, The Wedding Date, at BookExpo a few years ago, so when I found out that she was doing a signing at this year's BookExpo and that there would be copies of The Proposal, I knew I had to jump right on that. Needless to say, I dove into this book recently and couldn't put it down because I loved it that much! Without further ado, let's get into my review:

As the summary explains, Nik finds herself being proposed to on the JumboTron at a baseball game, which should be every girl's dream, but there are a few reasons that it's not -- for starters, she hates anything done in public. Second, Fisher spells her name wrong on the screen. Lastly, up until that moment Fisher hadn't even told her he loved her yet, and then suddenly he wanted to get married?! Talk about a disaster, which is why Carlos, a kind and concerned stranger, jumps in to save her after she finds herself on the receiving end of some hate and stares for being the girl that turned down Fisher's proposal.

You guys, I absolutely loved this book. Just like with The Wedding Party, I found myself clinging to this book, unable to let it go from start to finish. It's almost 400 pages, and I managed to read it in just three days because I couldn't put it down. I even managed to sneak in some reading time during my breaks between shifts at work, that's how much I loved this book and didn't want to put it down. As someone who is a huge sucker for rom coms, this one definitely pulled me in from the very beginning and kept me clinging on until the end. Since I've been working on writing my own rom com recently as well, it was great to fall into this story and get a feel for a new romance that gave me a lot of inspiration (and motivation!) to continue my own story. This entire book just made me feel good, warm, tingly, and also super swoony from start to finish. I seriously can't sing its praises enough.

My favorite character in this book was definitely Carlos. Not only was he super smart and attractive as a family man and as a doctor, but he was also really funny, sarcastic, and sweet. Even though him and Nik had their differences, it's clear that they managed to compliment each other in a way, and their arrangement as friends with benefits (some really fantastic benefits, let me tell you!) was both as hilarious as it was a train wreck -- because come on, we all know how that was going to turn out.

Something else that I really loved about this story was the fact that you didn't have to read The Wedding Date to understand or enjoy The Proposal at all. Instead of being the "second" book in a series, it acts more as a standalone that just features some characters and allusions from the previous book -- I think the same thing happens with The Wedding Party, the third book in the series that was released just last month!

Overall, I absolutely loved The Proposal, just as much as I loved The Wedding Date. If you're looking for a rom com to sit and devour in just a few short days, I'd recommend looking no further than Jasmine's books, because this is the second one of hers that I read and ended up cancelling plans for, because I just wanted to keep reading and seeing what would happen next. She's excellent at crafting hilarious, intriguing characters and romances that will leave you blushing. Now if you'll excuse me, it's time for me to go pick up my copy of The Wedding Party and get lost in the world of Drew, Alexa, Carlos, and Nik once again!

You can read my review of The Wedding Date HERE, and be on the lookout for my review of The Wedding Party, coming soon!



 

1 comment

  1. I enjoyed "The Wedding Date," so this should be good! And I'm totally with Nik regarding the idea of JumboTron-izing one's love!

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