My very first Jasmine Guillory book and I loved it!! My love/hate relationship with womens fiction is that I don't want to know the ending but if they don't end up together I am totally pissed. So I have to find a balance of the story has to be great, they have to end up together and I can't figure out how by halfway through. Jasmine hit all of these points. She didn't dance around their story. I totally bought into all of it and was completely thrilled by the ending and even got teary eyed.
This is my first book by this author and I loved it. The characters were fun and it got a little steamy!
I was a huge fan of the first book in the series, The Wedding Date, so I was super excited to devour The Proposal in one sitting.
Meet Nikole, who suffers through one of my biggest fears/pet peeves: public proposal at a sporting event. I mean, there is just no way to not appear the villain when you say “No”. Hey - they had only been dating 5 months! Luckily, a potential love interest saves the day (at least temporarily). Big feelings ensue!
This book makes a great beach read or for lounging by the pool.
I find Jasmine Guillory's novels sweet and easy reads, full of the kind of heart and humor that readers of contemporary romance are looking for. Do I wish that the characters felt more fully realized and less stylized? Yes. Do I think they all sound like potentially the same character ie the author? Yes. Would I recommend them to romance readers? Yes.
Jasmine Guillory never disappoints and THE PROPOSAL is no exception! I love her characters, her stories, the way in which she highlights both strong female protagonists and a level of diversity that is not often seen in today's popular publications. Guillory has become an auto-buy author for me and I will read and recommend whatever she publishes in the future!
It kills me to say this, but I just couldn't get into this book. The diversity was fantastic, but I just could not get into the story or care about the characters. I think part of it was that I thought the first book was just okay and with the second devoting a lot of time to those characters I just couldn't get invested. A cased of it's me, not you.
Guillory is quickly becoming my favorite contemporary romance author. I loved the meet-cute at the baseball game and the way the story played out.
Guillory posted about this on her Instagram and it made me reflect on this book. I really loved the easy relationship between the leads, the way their backgrounds and lives had real impact on their present and futures. I also loves the way family and friends were a presence throughout. I can't believe her sixth book is almost here, i remember the day i requested this book.
I really enjoyed the sweet and sensitive relationship between Nik and Carlos. The side characters were all great, and I thought the storyline involving a preeclampsia pregnancy was a great thing to include. I thought Carlos's blow-up at Nik toward the end of the book was a little harsh, and I wouldn't have forgiven him so easily, but I get that his pros outweigh his cons.
Fun, light, fresh romance that’s engaging and quickly consumed. A bit short and easily concluded but provides the emotional HEA. Guillory isn't n=known for depth -- plot or character-wise. So as long as you go in knowing it's superficial and super good at in the moment engagement? A fun time.
I love the “Friends to More” or “Friends with Benefits to More” trope. And when it’s served up with a huge dose of humor, it makes it even better. THE PROPOSAL is sexy and fun and great follow-up to Jasmine Guillory’s THE WEDDING DATE.
The entire time I read THE PROPOSAL, I kept thinking “Y’all are totally in a relationship.” Just because Nik and Carlos say what they’re doing isn’t a relationship, doesn’t mean that it’s not a relationship. They didn’t want to claim to be in a relationship because of what that would mean, but their friendship developed into something more. They were intuitive of the other’s needs and didn’t recognize that what they were feeling for each other was love. Sometimes it happens just like that.
And if the love story isn’t enough, this book had me craving all the yummy food - risotto, tacos, pancakes - I wanted it all. And cooking for comfort or as a way to relax is always a plus in my book.
I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Thank goodness I already have a copy on my shelf.
Fun and cute. Definitely on the more racy side, but I found it absolutely delightful and would totally recommend it to people who don't mind some open-door scenes.
Thank you NetGalley for a fun Advanced Reader Copy. Another gem from Jasmine Guillermo. This book had all of my favorite things baseball games which I am missing dearly these days. A friendship turned romance and some mouthwatering food. The perfect book to get you through these trying times.
Jasmine Guillory is a hot romance writer these days, so I was really looking forward to reading one of her books. I found out afterward that this is a companion one to her debut, The Wedding Date, so I don’t know if it really matters if I didn’t read that one first. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I was anticipating given her popularity. It started out good to me with the dilemma of receiving a proposal at a ball game in front of thousands, when the main characters wasn’t expecting it and had no intentions of marriage. It made me ponder what I would do in that situation. Say “yes”, so as not to embarrass my boyfriend, and tell him “no” later or just say “no” to begin with. The writing wasn’t particularly strong and I just never got invested in the characters. The positive that I did appreciate about the book is the variety of diversity portrayed by the characters. I may try another one to see if this one just didn’t hit me right at the time and place I listened to it, but I’m not in a rush to do so.
Unfortunately did not finish this one. Jasmine Guillory is perhaps not my go-to romance writing between this and The Wedding Date.
I loved Jasmine Guillory's first book, The Wedding Date and I was excited for her followup. This book had a fun, interesting premise, so I had high hopes. However the story quickly lost steam after the initial setup of the public proposal and it simply didn't hold my interest. The main character, Nik, wasn't very likeable and I couldn't get myself to root for her. Carlos, the love interest was incredibly bland. None of the characters were well developed, so I didn't care about any of them. The couple's conflict felt contrived and I honestly didn't care whether they ended up together or not. While this one wasn't for me, I still consider myself a fan of the author and look forward to reading her other books.
REVIEWED BY SUNNY
THE PROPOSAL had a great start with a meet-cute at a Dodger's game. There was a lot I really enjoyed about Nik and Carlos from that point forward:
*their slow but sure friendly dating
*the importance of family to Carlos
*the impact Nik's friends had on the story
*the evoluation to their happily ever
From a jumbotron fiasco to an enchilada baking debacle, I laughed and enjoyed this sweet romance.
I want to love Jasmine more. Her books definitely cross over more into women's fiction/book club fiction than I usually read but with a good emphasis on the relationship. Overall not a great book but not a bad book.
I really thought The Proposal was a good book. Jasmine Guillory has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I am always looking to read her new book. This one wasn't a favorite and I didn't enjoy it as much as The Wedding Date and The Wedding Party, but I still thought it was a nice story and the characters had just the right amount of charm.
The premise for this story was a good one. I enjoyed the side characters and loving family Carlos had. Nicole also had a great friend support system.
This was a very fast read, which can be consumed in one sitting.