The Proposal

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 09 Nov 2018

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Not as great as the Wedding Date, but still a fun, sweet read. I did recommend to purchase this title.
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This was a fun book! I've never read this author before but I enjoyed it. Very cute and funny. I would recommend it for fans of romance comedies.
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Nikole Paterson never expected her boyfriend of only five months to propose. She especially didn't expect him to do it at a Dodgers game and have it broadcast on the Jumbotron. It makes it especially awkward when she turns him down. In for the save is Carlos Ibarra and his sister Angela who happen to be sitting a couple rows back, and when they see the sharks start to circle Nik, hoping to get a story, they whisk her out of the stadium.

After a terrible breakup with the last person she loved, Nik has never been interested in the whole relationship thing. So she's happy to just hang out with Carlos, no strings attached. 

Carlos has so much on his plate what with being a pediatrician and basically taking over as the "man of the house" after his father passed away five years ago. He's too busy to commit to someone seriously, so he's completely on board when Nik says their hanging out (and sleeping together) is enough. 

But what happens when it's not enough, and their time together becomes more than just a series of random hook-ups?

I have to say that I enjoyed The Proposal much more than I did The Wedding Date. For some reason the relationship between Nik and Carlos just clicked for me better than Alexa and Drew. I think it's the banter between them is so fantastic. Jasmine Guillory does a wonderful job of writing their arrogance and humbleness, and Carlos has some wonderfully romantic lines too. Both Nik and Carlos are good at their jobs and love what they do, Carlos especially is not afraid to wax poetic about all of his strengths and accomplishments, and Jasmine Guillory does a great job in keeping it from moving into irritating territory but showing how much he puts forward for others around him especially his family. 

Before I started reading I wasn't aware that this book was tied to The Wedding Date in any way, but rest assured Carlos's best friend Drew and Drew's fiancee Alexa are mentioned and make an appearance, which made me happy to see those characters again. 

I also loved Nik's best friends Dana and Courtney. The support system the women have for one another is everything I want to read in female friendships in my books. I wouldn't mind either of those ladies popping up again in their own book if that's in the cards.

I thought that the pacing of the story was wonderfully done. Oftentimes I find that there's so much attention paid to the build-up that when we actually get to the conflict there's not enough time for a resolution without it feeling rushed. Not so with The Proposal from the beginning to the end, everything fit perfectly. 

With two stand out books in 2018, I cannot wait to see what Jasmine Guillory brings us next!
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The Proposal was just what I needed! I loved The Wedding Date and knew I needed to read more of Jasmine Guillory. I am very quickly becoming a big fan. I was happy to see some of the characters from The Wedding Date make an appearance in this book.

The whole idea of this story is so cute. I loved that this botched proposal set this whole story in motion. It was a great beginning to the novel. I loved the strong female character of Nik. She knew what she wanted and was not afraid to say it. I really liked Carlos too!

The story line and ending was pretty cliche and predictable but I have come to expect that from romantic comedy fiction. I really don't want to be shocked by the ending- I want everything wrapped up in a pretty bow at the end. This delivered for me! I would and have recommended this book to others. 

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Thank you Berkley Romance and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary copy of The Proposal in exchange for an honest review. 

Let me start by saying, I didn't read The Wedding Date (but I wanted too). The Proposal should be counted as a novel written within the same world. I will call it book #2. The couple from the first story is mentioned or appeared quite a few times through it.

The Proposal begins with an embarrassing situation. Nikole Paterson is at the Dodgers game when her boyfriend, a guy whom she has only dated five months, proposes to her using the scoreboard. To her dismay, everyone is watching her as she tells him no in the most subtle way. He storms out, leaving her behind. 

Carlos Ibarra and her sister are a few rows behind watching the events unfold. They decide to help Nikole by taking her away from the stadium and dropping her to meet her friends. When asked to join them, they agree. Carlos and Nikole share a spark and they will start communicating through texts and phone calls in the days to come. 

Nikole thinks that Carlos will be a nice rebound hookup since she doesn't want anything serious. Carlos feels the same way. Yet, the more time they are around each other, the more difficult this arrangement becomes. 

The Proposal is a fast and easy story. I liked that the author was inclusive of different races and body types but I had a hard time relating to Nikole. She said she was hurt before and that's why she didn't want to be in a relationship but we never get to experience her past. It's only mentioned. I would've liked to see more of what the other boyfriend did to make her skittish of relationships.

Carlos was very likable and so was his family. He was devoted to them. He was a good friend too. The only time I didn't approve of him was when he felt rejected. He was quite mean then. Otherwise, he was a good guy. 

Cliffhanger: No

3/5 Fangs
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Jasmine Guillory is an auto-read author for me now! I loved The Wedding Date, and her second doesn’t disappoint. The characters are smart, relatable, and endearing. A great romance even for non-romance readers.
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I have been waiting to read The Proposal since I read The Wedding Date in February, and it did not disappoint!  This fun, sweet story was a 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me! 

If you adored The Wedding Date as much as I did, I highly suggest grabbing The Proposal. Nikole is at a Dodgers game with her boyfriend (of five months!) when he suddenly, and very publicly, proposes to her in front of thousands of people. Carlos (Drew’s friend from The Wedding Date) and his sister Angela jump in to rescue her from a camera crew following the disastrous proposal, and of course Carlos ends up supporting her after video of her proposal goes viral 😉 

I loved how independent Nik’s character is and how attached to his family Carlos is. I adored Carlos’ character in The Wedding Date, so I was thrilled he got his own storyline! I also loved the scenes with Drew and Alexa! Really this story was just so fun, it had all the components I love in contemporary rom-coms.
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I don’t what’s up with me lately, but the last few books I’ve read have just not held my interest. I got about a third into this, but it started to just get on my nerves. I used to never give up on books, but I’ve got wayyy too many on my TBR list to waste time. I’ve seen others feel the same way in reviews. It’s great as far as diversity, but the premise and writing are just kind of cheesy and predictable. Too bad, it seemed promising. Oh well.
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I had been super-excited for Jasmine Guillory’s first book, The Wedding Date, based on a lot of glowing advance reviews by readers I trust. I pre-ordered the book, set aside an evening as soon as I received it, and settled in to read … only to find myself a little bit underwhelmed. I liked The Wedding Date, don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t love it in the way I had expected. I can’t really explain why, but I just didn’t connect with Drew and Alexa’s story; I even read it again to see if a second time through would change my opinion, but it didn’t.

So I opened up The Proposal with somewhat reduced expectations, merely thinking that it would be a solid read to occupy me on a four-hour Detroit-Los Angeles flight (in the middle seat …). But I was completely sucked in from the opening page, cringing along with Nik as she endured the world’s least-welcome marriage proposal in front of thousands of fans at Dodger Stadium. I flew through the book, eager to see how the romance between Nik and Carlos would unfold, but just as impatient to find out what would happen to all the secondary characters. (I very much hope that Courtney will take center stage in one of Guillory’s future books!)

I think what I appreciated the most is that Nik and Carlos actually TALK to each other. There are several places where it seemed like a secret or mismatched expectations could send things off the rails, and I think most other writers would have used those plot beats to obstruct the path of Nik and Carlos’s relationship. But Guillory doesn’t go down that road—whatever problems there are between her two protagonists, miscommunication isn’t one of them. Nik and Carlos are open and honest with each other, and they don’t hide things that then eat away at their relationship. That shouldn’t be so refreshing, but it is.

The Proposal is one of the most well-rounded romances I’ve read lately, with a plot that is as engaging as its characters. I didn’t just like this book, I LOVED it.
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This was delightful! I read it all in one morning, and then promptly went back and got The Wedding Date from the library. I will be watching for more of Guillory's titles!
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I absolutely loved Jasmine Guillory’s first novel The Wedding Date so I was excited to read the next book in the series and learn more about Drew’s best friend Carlos.

All those happy feels from The Wedding Date returned in full measure and I really enjoyed this one. It was a fun read and very hard to put down. 

I swooned hard for Carlos and really enjoyed getting to know him better. He could be overbearing and paternalistic, particularly with his family, but this is where we see his greatest growth as a character. He carries a lot of unresolved grief and it was so good to see him finally deal with it, thanks to Nik’s advice.

Nik was not very self-aware so I did struggle to understand her at times. She would make sweeping pronouncements, like never wanting to date a doctor because her ex was a doctor, that didn’t make much sense to me. (Hello, not all doctors are the same and the issue with that ex was that he was a straight up jerk!) But I really admired her ability to create a freelance career as a writer and how loyal she was to her friends. She and Carlos made so much sense together. To the point where I was very ready for them to stop pretending they were in a “casual” relationship before they were, bless their hearts.

I loved all the food scenes: ranking tacos, Carlos's explanation for why he likes cooking risotto (which is my reason too!), Nik and Alexa meeting at the restaurant. I especially loved Nik's friends Dana and Courtney and I wish I could take that self-defense class at Natalie’s Gym.

As much as I enjoyed this book, I had two main issues that made me subtract a star. First, Carlos was such a standup guy, always looking out for Nik while respecting her agency, up until close to the end when he behaved in such a mean way toward her. This was really hard to take. I get that he was hurt but there was no excuse for him to behave that way.

Second, and I’ll try to address this as unspoilery as possible, there’s a scene in which Nik punches someone. I’m sure it’s supposed to be empowering given the self-defense classes but she was not reacting defensively. This story includes a side plot that did some great education about emotional abuse. It was a strange juxtaposition to explore emotional abuse and then have Nik wallop someone. While it was an uncomfortable situation, she was not being attached and if it was the other way around and a man was punching a woman, it would not be okay. So I really can't be okay with it in this instance either. (This such a small part of the book and I think most people won’t have any problem with it. Perhaps I’m being overly sensitive but it really did take me aback.)

I also thought Nik's grand gesture at the end was unnecessary and on the cheesy side. I just wanted them to communicate with one another! But this is totally minor in comparison to what a happy, enjoyable read this was otherwise.
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I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Penguin Random House. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Public proposals surely make the moment far more memorable and "romantic." Of course, it is a declaration of love. However, when your boyfriend of five months, who cannot even spell your name right, proposes to you in front of thousands of people, would you still say yes?

The story follows Nik, who happened to experience the very same public proposal. Thankfully, Carlos, together with her sister, helped her from this disaster. Both Nik and Carlos are not looking for anything serious, so they both think it would be a perfect hookup set up. However, when one of them realizes that this relationship could be more than just a hookup, things get a little bit tricky.

I haven't read any books written by Jasmine Guillory, so this is my first time reading one of her books. It has been a long time since I read a romcom book. I'm glad I picked this one since I did enjoy reading this novel. This is such a funny and delightful book. It has one of the best opening scenes that I read in a romantic comedy book. The romance between Nik and Carlos is adorable. It has the right amount of swooning moments that are not way over the top. Also, the writing style is simple and very easy to read. I also commend the author for including important elements in the plot such as female empowerment, diversity and being independent through the lovable POCs. I also like how this book highlights the value of family and the importance of health.

Although the narrative started our epically, the middle part became quite slow for me. There are some cliches moments as well that made the story quite predictable. Lastly, the ending felt flat and abrupt. I just wished that it was more fleshed out.

Overall, The Proposal is a warm and fuzzy read that has diverse, interesting characters. I recommend this book for people who like to read a cute romantic comedy book.

I give this book 3.5 stars!
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4.5 stars

I reviewed The Proposal on Dear Author on October 29, 2018. The review can be found here:
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Jasmine Guillory takes another outlandish meet-cute situation, this time involving a jumbotron in a baseball park, and produces her second delightful rom-com.

Nik and Carlos meet when Nik’s man bun wearing, actor boyfriend of five months proposes during a baseball game via the jumbotron. Horrified because she hardly knows him, she turns him down much to the crowd’s dismay. But before the disappointed fans mob her a handsome stranger swoops in to save her. 

When Dr. Carlos Ibarra saw the perilous situation the attractive woman just a few rows away was put in, he couldn’t go against his nature and immediately jumped in to help her. And what started as a one time, spur of the moment event turned into great company revolving around delicious food, great fun and incredible sexy times which turned into more. 

After hearing so much about Guillory’s debut novel The Wedding Date, I jumped at the chance to read The Proposal which turned out to be a sweet and easy to read story with likeable main characters and a delightful supporting cast that added to the story’s charm.

Nevertheless I found the story’s pacing to be a bit slow and had difficulty connecting with the characters and their romance in addition to the fact that being of Hispanic descent myself I found some cultural inaccuracies and situations that felt borderline offensive. 

The Proposal is book #2 of The Wedding Date series by Jasmine Guillory. It is a sweet and fluffy standalone contemporary romance with a happy ending.
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I really struggled to connect with this book. Ultimately, I was unable to finish. However, NetGalley requires a rating. Here are my thoughts.

The Positives: Cute premise and an extremely diverse cast of characters! You have characters of different races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. Bravo! The relationship between the three best friends is fun.

The Negatives: Zero chemistry between the hero and heroine. The humor felt forced to me. The author emphasizes how hard the characters laugh at each other, and it seems like she's trying to convince the reader that it's funny. Not my cuppa.
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The Proposal was a perfectly nice, sweet read, but unfortunately for me just probably not terribly memorable. I have great appreciation for the critical eye being turned towards the lack of diversity and representation in the romance genre, and I think romance books like this that feature non-white characters like Carlos and Nik are valuable and important. I fully intend to read more by this author (The Wedding Date is sitting unread on my shelves currently) because I'd like to give her another chance. The parts of this book that I think were the most compelling were actually the nonromance parts- Carlos's relationship with his family and Nik's tightknit friendships, and I'd be interested in seeing more from some of those characters.
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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...

Based on the synopsis, I thought this would be a cute and very quick read. But unfortunately, this book was badly written, unoriginal and pretty boring which is why it took me two weeks to finish it even though I even skimmed the last 20 percent of it. 

There were just so many things that happened in “The Proposal” that were so incredibly cliché and that I’d already seen so often that they mostly just made me roll my eyes. Due to my disinterest in the story itself, I also didn’t really care about any of the characters. I mean, I loved the diversity in this book but their personalities just weren’t really that interesting. 

However, the thing I had the biggest problem with was definitely the writing style. I know that I read an ARC of this, but those are still in the final stages of editing and this book simply read like a first draft which really interrupted my reading flow. Furthermore, I also had a huge problem with the formatting of this novel though I hope it might be different in the final novel. The author really should have put quotation marks to indicate a text that’s been sent to someone or should’ve formatted the text messages differently. There were tons of text messages in this book but I always ended up reading the text message and thinking that they were talking to themselves, until I realized that someone else had texted them which meant I had to go back and read the last few lines again which was extremely irritating. 

So all in all, this book just wasn’t for me and so I can’t give it more than two out of five stars.
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The Proposal Review

This was a cute, romantic comedy and I’m really starting to become a big fan of Jasmine Guillory. Carlos and Nikole meet during an embarrassing moment for Nikole at a baseball game. Carlos saves the day and the rest is history. I really liked how they met because it was unusual and as a baseball fan I always wondered what would happen if the person said no. As the story progress Carlos and Nikole hit it off and agree to keep things causal. I loved the banter and chemistry between the couple. Both characters are hard workers with good heads on their shoulders. 

Carlos was a totally sweetheart but at times he had a Superman complex and he needed to relax a little. Other than that he was such a good book boyfriend. He’s been added to my list! Nikole at times could be a little wishy washy but given her track record I can see why she was hesitant when it came to Carlos.

It’s very hard for me to believe that this is Jasmine Guillory second book. It was well written book with a wonderful diverse cast of characters. It was sweet, funny, sexy and endearing. The best part is that I felt like I was one of the gang while I was reading. I finished this book in one sitting and I’m sad it’s over. This book will be going on my Top 2018 list with out a doubt!
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My Review:
I haven't read The Wedding and although I could see hints of that book's story in this one (this is a followup, although they are not sold as a series), I didn't feel like I was missing out at all. I feel like this one stands up on its own.

Overall, this was a pretty enjoyable read. It's a steady flowing story with a really cute setup with Nik's horrific proposal during a Dodger's game on national TV. She never saw it coming. In her mind, she and her boyfriend just had a fun, easy relationship...nothing deeper. Certainly not marriage potential. But it's a very public break up and scene and Carlos is sitting a couple of rows behind her to witness it all. So, he also sees it when things are about to get out of control and swoops in to save her. 

They develop an instant friendship that had a whole lot of underlying chemistry. But Nik just had a very public, very nasty breakup, and Carlos is dealing with all kinds of issues with his family. Neither one is anywhere close to ready for a relationship. But what's the harm with exploring chemistry with no strings if they both agree to it?

Like I said, this was a cute story and I enjoyed reading it. I LOVED all the representation in the story. The characters run the spectrum and that made for a great read. It was entertaining and fun. I liked it and would definitely read this author again.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest and voluntary review.
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The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory was a quick read that made me laugh (and cry at times), but unfortunately I just didn't love it.

What it's about: Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her boyfriend of 5 months, only to get proposed to on the jumbotron and endure a very public experience of telling him no. Luckily, Carlos Ibarra who is at the game with his sister is sitting just a few rows behind Nik and comes to the rescue; not only getting her out from in front of the camera crew, but getting her out of the stadium as well. Neither of them are looking for anything serious, but once they get involved in a relationship the future for both of them isn't quite so clear anymore.

I loved the diversity in this novel, but there were not any distinct voices. I felt like any character's words could have been substituted for another and everyone seemed to talk exactly the same including Carlos. On the good side, there was a lot of sarcasm and humor that I loved, and The Proposal did make me laugh quite a bit. There were also a couple of places I teared up, if only for the subject matter and not necessarily the way the book was written. I thought that the idea behind this novel was a great one and had the potential to be much better than it actually turned out, even though it did make me laugh.

Unfortunately, I also found the novel to be quite repetitive in many places, and got sick of hearing the same things over and over again. Also, I think most people will find this book very predictable. 

Final Thought: I went into The Proposal with an open mind, and I just don't know if Guillory's writing style is for me. I don't really have any interest in reading her first novel now, but I think it's great that she's been having a lot of success and has been able to publish 2 novels. This book will probably work better for some people, but it just wasn't super great for me. I have seen a lot of people say it might be better for someone first starting with the contemporary romance genre, but that is where I am and it didn't really work for me either. I think this is just a book that you have to check out and decide for yourself.
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