The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
October 30, 2018–Expected Publication Date
I received my review copy thanks to Netgalley
I really enjoyed Jasmine Guillory’s novel The Wedding Date and was very excited when I learned she would be writing another novel following a side character from it. I finished this book and decided I’d take some time to allow my thoughts to piece themselves together before typing them up. It’s been a few weeks now, so here goes..
When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn’t come as a surprise–or happen in front of 45,000 people.
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…
First and foremost, Never sneak a peak at reviews for your current read on Goodreads while in the middle of it! I made this mistake while reading The Proposal which lead to those reviews overshadowing my thoughts, which is why I decided to give it time before I wrote a review of my own.
I gave The Proposal three out of five stars which for me means the book was okay. After finishing Guillory’s The Wedding Date, I wanted to throw it into the hands of anyone I could, to get them to read it. I didn’t feel that way about this one.
The novel starts out intense and with a bang! Nic and her at the time boyfriend are at a baseball game, when he proposes. His proposal is in front of everyone at the baseball stadium and the whole world watching the game on television. The couple hadn’t been dating long, and he didn’t even spell her name right on the big screen. Nic turns him down which causes him to start a scene before storming away. Nic is soon approached by news reporters and shortly after, Carlos and his sister Angela come save the day, pretending they know her and have been looking for her to take her away from the craziness.
Like with The Wedding Date I really love how friendship runs deep in Guillory’s novels. Nic has two really close friends in this story and I found myself at times preferring the scenes with them over her scenes with Carlos. It is so refreshing to see the representation of three strong, successful women doing well for themselves with a friendship and support system that means so much to them.
The scenes with Alexa and Drew (from The Wedding Date) didn’t overwhelm me, and I must admit, when I read their scenes I realized how much I missed them. I became really interested in Carlos in The Wedding Date and wanted to know more about him, so when I saw that he would be the love interest in The Proposal, hands down it was the top reason I wanted to read it. Carlos though, worked my nerves a bit in this story. I understood the why, behind how he acted at times, but it was still too much. Carlos lost his father, so understandably, he wanted to step up and be the back bone for the women in his family. At times with them and Nic, his take charge personality came across possessive to me. The first couple times, I thought, okay this is cute, but eventually it caused the side eye. There is a scene toward the end of the story where his sister sets him straight and I lived for EVERY moment of it.
Yes, this story had things that I liked and things I didn’t like but what dominated my thoughts while reading this book, causing it to just feel okay once finished, was that I didn’t feel the chemistry in the romance between Carlos and Nic. They start hanging out after the proposal disaster which was cool. There were a few times that Carlos and his overbearing ways annoyed Nic, and she never really addressed them. Carlos is a doctor which Nic is hesitant about. Apparently she had a really bad dating experience with a doctor in her past which I felt was kind of brushed over. There would be hints of how their relationship went and later on in the story you learn this relationship really caused Nic to not believe she could love and all I kept thinking about was how if this was serious enough to make her feel this way, I need more of a back story. I didn’t buy that the few hints we were given were enough to swear off all doctors. Carlos and Nic have plenty of sex, and sadly I finished this book thinking that was really the only place their chemistry lied. Carlos and Nic literally were hanging out cooking dinner, laughing when he gets summoned to the hospital, and when Nic, trying to help out, shows up hours later with food, Carlos is Annoyed! And this is towards the end of the book. All I kept thinking was, “You were just hanging out with her at your house, laughing having a great time, but you’re annoyed she bought you and your family food!?”
All in all, I think this was an okay book. I think I’d like something different from Guillory next, or maybe this one just fell into the curse of the second book category. I’ve seen discussion about having to read her previous novel first. I don’t think it’s a must. Alexa and Drew weren’t constants in this story–there won’t be a bunch of confusion if you haven’t read it. At this point though, I prefer The Wedding Date way more than The Proposal.