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The author of The Wedding Date serves up a novel about what happens when a public proposal doesn't turn into a happy ending, thanks to a woman who knows exactly how to make one on her own... 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 The author of The Wedding Date serves up a novel about what happens when a public proposal doesn't turn into a happy ending, thanks to a woman who knows exactly how to make one on her own... 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...


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The author of The Wedding Date serves up a novel about what happens when a public proposal doesn't turn into a happy ending, thanks to a woman who knows exactly how to make one on her own... 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 The author of The Wedding Date serves up a novel about what happens when a public proposal doesn't turn into a happy ending, thanks to a woman who knows exactly how to make one on her own... 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...

30 review for The Proposal

  1. 4 out of 5

    Roxane

    I really enjoyed Jasmine Guillory's debut novel, The Wedding Date, so I was really excited to get my hands on The Proposal which is an even stronger, more charming novel. Nik is at a Dodgers game with her boyfriend of five months, when he proposes to her on the Jumbotron, but it's all bad. He spells her name wrong. She turns him down. The thousands of people watching are judging her, and then the handsome doctor, Carlos Ibarra and his sister Angela, swoop in to save the day, hustling Nik out of I really enjoyed Jasmine Guillory's debut novel, The Wedding Date, so I was really excited to get my hands on The Proposal which is an even stronger, more charming novel. Nik is at a Dodgers game with her boyfriend of five months, when he proposes to her on the Jumbotron, but it's all bad. He spells her name wrong. She turns him down. The thousands of people watching are judging her, and then the handsome doctor, Carlos Ibarra and his sister Angela, swoop in to save the day, hustling Nik out of the stadium and into a bar where her friends are waiting to help her lick her wounds. This is such a warm, engaging romance novel, where we see Nik and Carlos start as friends and then become more than friends, and try to figure out if they can love and allow themselves to be loved, while dealing with all manner of baggage. There is so much to relate to and throughout the novel, there is a sharp feminist edge. Loved this one, and you will too.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    From a seasoned romance reader’s perspective, it’s exciting to see the trend happening in the genre right now with the introduction of more diverse characters. Berkley Publishing Group seems to be at the forefront with books like The Kiss Quotient, Good Luck With That, The Wedding Date and Intercepted. Love happens all around us, encompassing people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, colors and social status—so, why should fiction be any different? The Proposal introduces readers to Nik, a b From a seasoned romance reader’s perspective, it’s exciting to see the trend happening in the genre right now with the introduction of more diverse characters. Berkley Publishing Group seems to be at the forefront with books like The Kiss Quotient, Good Luck With That, The Wedding Date and Intercepted. Love happens all around us, encompassing people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, colors and social status—so, why should fiction be any different? The Proposal introduces readers to Nik, a black woman jilted after turning down a jumbotron proposal from her casual boyfriend of only five months. Personally, I found the entire scenario involving “man bun” to be quite ludicrous, only serving to highlight the author’s weak character and storyline development. But hey, some readers will get a kick out of it, I’m sure. Lucky for Nic, her Latino knight in shining armor is sitting only a few rows away with his sister, watching the madness unfold. Putting his spontaneous ruse into action, Carlos leads Nik away from the cameras and prying eyes of Dodger stadium. What ensues is a light and predictable journey to love for the doctor and the entertainment writer. The one and only thing this storyline has going for it, in my opinion, is the racial diversity. To be frank, at times it comes across more like a Diversity for Dummies guide than anything else though. Instead of using a fun or clever way to mention the color of her characters when she introduces them, Jasmine Guillory resorts to blunt phrases like, “Carlos didn’t tell me you were black.” Let me tell you, seven such phrases in a five-page span, felt more like the author was trying to meet some type of diversity quota than anything else. There’s also the assumption the author makes that we’re all ignorant when it comes to tacos. Was that Jasmine Guillory's attempt at introducing her readers to Latino culture? She does know tacos exist outside of L.A., and that people of all colors enjoy them on the regular, right? If my husband had his way, it would be #tacotuesday in my house every night. I found her approach and style to be quite—for lack of a better word—basic. Which brings me to my next point, the writing. No offense to the author—kudos for writing two books and all that—her style just isn’t my cup of tea. Within the first few chapters, the lack of distinct voices between the characters became apparent, and was something I struggled to get past for the remainder of the novel. Most obvious being Carlos. I hope this doesn’t come off as sexist as I think it might—that’s not my intention—but there were too many phrases and mannerisms that felt unnatural being voiced from a man. Or, said another way, you could easily swap any one character’s words for another, regardless of sex. Without the dialogue tags, good luck figuring out who said what or who’s who. Add in the juvenile interactions (that make-out sesh in the car made me cringe), numerous clichés packaged as female empowerment, repetition disguised as concern, the overuse of exclamation points and the incredibly awkward love scenes, and I had no choice but to resort to skimming. If I had to recommend this book to anyone, it would be the newbies—those looking to dip their toe in a contemporary romance for the first time—or readers who know what they’re in for (if you’ve read The Wedding Date, which I have not, nor will I). My guess would be, readers who frequent this genre with any consistency have already read this story many times before; hopefully a much better version. *Thank you to Berkley for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    This was such a delight to read! I adored the diversity, the humor, and the portrayal of some really relevant, yet tough topics. These characters were all brand new to me, but I’m really excited to go back to The Wedding Date and see how we meet a certain someone initially there. Definitely recommended!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    ARC provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review. “Deciding to spend your life together shouldn’t be a surprise” I loved The Wedding Date earlier this year, and when I found out that this was going to star one of the side characters I knew I couldn’t resist putting in an ARC request. This was a joy to read, from the first page to the last. Both of Jasmine’s books have been so intelligently, beautifully, and masterfully crafted. The Proposal is an ownvoices novel that follows a woman wh ARC provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review. “Deciding to spend your life together shouldn’t be a surprise” I loved The Wedding Date earlier this year, and when I found out that this was going to star one of the side characters I knew I couldn’t resist putting in an ARC request. This was a joy to read, from the first page to the last. Both of Jasmine’s books have been so intelligently, beautifully, and masterfully crafted. The Proposal is an ownvoices novel that follows a woman who is completely blindsided by a marriage proposal at Dodger Stadium. Yet, before the camera crews come in to make a terrible situation even worse, she is saved by a stranger in the stands, and his sister. ➽ Nikole Paterson - Black, freelance journalist, and the woman who just got surprise proposed to after only five months of dating her partner. ➽ Carlos Ibarra - Latino, pediatrician, the stranger in the stands that we already were introduced to in The Wedding Date. And we get to see these two build a friendship, and maybe something more, after everything went down at Dodger Stadium. Neither one of them are at a point in their life where they are willing to start something new, but they have each other’s backs and prove that they are there for one another. Don’t get me wrong, I love Nik and Carlos with my whole heart, but Nik’s friends almost stole the show for me in this novel. Dana is an actress, black, and a lesbian, and has the freakin’ cutest f/f side romance ever. Like, please, I need a full-length novel right this second. And Courtney is a cupcake shop owner, Asian, and plus sized. And I think I had a smile from ear-to-ear every time she was on the page. Seriously, Nik, Dana, and Courtney are the definition of friendship goals and it was a joy to read. But probably my favorite thing in this book were the seamlessly woven important themes. There was also such a subtle, yet loud, message about how easy it is to not realize you are in an emotionally abusive relationship. And sometimes you don’t start to realize until you are completely secluded from your friends and family. Yet, it also shows that there always can be ways out, even if you have to wait a while, and that it is never too late once you realize when someone is being abusive. There was also such a beautiful discussion about how important it is to reclaim your safety after you have been violated or felt that it was threatened. Throughout this story, we see Nik take those steps, and it just meant a lot to me, personally. I also loved how she had friends helping along the way. The reason I did end up giving this four stars, and not five, was because I felt like Carlos acted a little questionably at the end. Trust me, it pains me to say, because I do love him so much. Yet, with the way he and Nik met, you would think that he would understand how she would react to a (quicker) repeat. I’m trying to be vague, but his actions just left me side-eyeing a little at the end, and just dampened my enjoyment overall. Yet, I still loved this book, and I think Jasmine Guillory is such an impressive author. I can’t wait to read any and everything she writes. The romance world just needs more books like The Proposal and The Wedding Date! I completely recommend this one! Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quote above was taken from an ARC and is subject to change upon publication. Content and trigger warnings for public humiliation, racist comments (always in a negative light and challenged), talk of past emotional abuse, brief assault (slap on the butt), talk of past loss of a loved one, brief mention of child abuse, brief mention of past miscarriage, and pregnancy complications. Buddy Read with Lilly, Stephanie, & Leigh! ❤ ❤ I also read this for Contemporary-a-thon!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Take me out to the ball game. Take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and propose to me??? Man bun... doesn’t know how to spell your name... proposes at a Dodgers game... 3 STRIKES YOUR OUT! The opening scene to this book was epic, something I’ve always thought every time I’ve watched one of those scoreboard proposals.... what happens if the girl says, “ KNOW“? Well this book shows you exactly what happens to Nik after the very public proposal.... and can I just say, if this were to happen Take me out to the ball game. Take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and propose to me??? Man bun... doesn’t know how to spell your name... proposes at a Dodgers game... 3 STRIKES YOUR OUT! The opening scene to this book was epic, something I’ve always thought every time I’ve watched one of those scoreboard proposals.... what happens if the girl says, “ KNOW“? Well this book shows you exactly what happens to Nik after the very public proposal.... and can I just say, if this were to happen to any of us I would certainly hope we’d all have a Carlos in the stands to come to our rescue! A sweet, fun, love story, about two people determined not to fall in love... so, after Carlos and his sister rescue Nik they head to a bar and meet up with Nik’s Besties.... I have to say the relationship between these three girls was really the highlight of the story, it was kind of “ Sex in the City“ on the West Coast... I loved how there for one another they were, how supportive, how non-judgemental, and I loved how bourbon and cupcakes cured everything.... Looove strong female friendships in books! The book perhaps was predictable, but it is a romance, there is generally only one satisfying outcome... for me what makes or breaks a romance is the characters and the chemistry.... this book was filled with wonderful characters including all the secondary characters.... both Nik and Carlos had wonderful friends, and Carlos had an amazing family.... also loved all the food talk, can’t get enough cupcakes, enchiladas, tacos, etc. etc. etc. where this book fell a little short for me was in the chemistry I didn’t always buy into the chemistry between Nik and Carlos... but what I did believe was, they had a very strong connection and friendship, and truth be told that is what will get this fictional couple through the years! My other little niggle was the Los Angeles stereotyping, I grew up in the LA area and we all ate carbs especially Pizza! Just saying😉 Recommend when you are in the mood for a fun Romance filled with fabulous characters!💕 *** A huge thank you to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    4 stars!!! I fell in love with Jasmine Guillory’s fresh and charming debut novel, The Wedding Date, so when I saw she had a new book coming out, I knew I had to read it. This author is not a one-hit wonder. I loved The Proposal just as much as at The Wedding Date. Carlos is an amazing man and I want to be besties with Nik and her girls! Nik is at a Dodger’s game with her casual boyfriend, Fisher. The very last thing she is expecting at this game is a proposal. I mean, who proposes to someone the 4 stars!!! I fell in love with Jasmine Guillory’s fresh and charming debut novel, The Wedding Date, so when I saw she had a new book coming out, I knew I had to read it. This author is not a one-hit wonder. I loved The Proposal just as much as at The Wedding Date. Carlos is an amazing man and I want to be besties with Nik and her girls! 

Nik is at a Dodger’s game with her casual boyfriend, Fisher. The very last thing she is expecting at this game is a proposal. I mean, who proposes to someone they’ve been dating for 5 months? And someone they’re not even serious about? Nik is befuddled and of course says no. Fisher storms out and it puts Nik in a position. Thankfully, Carlos and his sister, Angela help Nik out and get her out of there. Carlos likes Nik right away. There is something about her that draws him to her. Neither one of them are looking for a relationship, but they form this friendship, and that friendship turns into sex. As long as it’s just friends with benefits things will be fine. Nik can’t do a relationship now, and Carlos has too many family things on his plate. But when someone catches the feelings- things get a little tricky. If you’ve read The Wedding Date, you know Carlos is best friends with Drew. It was nice to get their little cameo in this book. I hope this series of stand-alones continues. I would love to get a book for either one of Jasmine’s friends. I loved both Dana and Courtney! 

 Carlos was by far my favorite character in this book. He was such a stand-up guy. He wasn’t independent by a strong and independent woman. I love how devoted he was to his family, how he truly cares for people, and he cooks. Don’t we all want a man to cook for us? I just adored him! Nik was great, too. She has a big heart and is a great friend/woman. If you are a fan of friends to lovers books, The Proposal is one you need to check out. It’s sweet, heartwarming, steamy, and made me laugh out loud several times. I enjoyed this one lots!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    This book's saving grace was its superb representation: a black main character, latino love interest, black lesbian side character, and fat Korean side character. Otherwise, I wished I could love this book, but it just wasn't at all what I was hoping it to be. I'm mainly frustrated with this book because it wasn't pitched at ALL as a sequel or companion to Jasmine's first book, but literally half the book involves the two characters from her debut. I was really disappointed that I got 50% of the This book's saving grace was its superb representation: a black main character, latino love interest, black lesbian side character, and fat Korean side character. Otherwise, I wished I could love this book, but it just wasn't at all what I was hoping it to be. I'm mainly frustrated with this book because it wasn't pitched at ALL as a sequel or companion to Jasmine's first book, but literally half the book involves the two characters from her debut. I was really disappointed that I got 50% of the way into this before realizing that. It really should be marketed better as a companion novel, because I feel like I lost out on half of the storyline. My other major issue with this book is that the writing is just so basic. From clichés to a remarkable lack of originality in descriptions, I was just left wanting more with every page. The dialogue is corny a lot of the time, and the inner monologue alongside it felt very immature and stunted. Not just as a reader, but from an editorial standpoint, I think the writing needed tweaking (ie. the characters CONSTANTLY laugh at what the other says to the point where it's every other line; the speaker tags should be more varied.) Also, most of the sex scenes in this book are skipped over, and the two that exist are so short and bland. I was expecting a lot more from a book marketed as romance. I really wanted to read Jasmine's first book, but after those characters appeared in this book, it would be too weird to go back in time and see them when they're not together. If you liked Jasmine's first book then you'll probably enjoy this, but I'm just super let down that it was a sequel I didn't know about, and I wasn't a fan of the writing style.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    3.5 fun stars to The Proposal! ⚾ ⚾ ⚾.5 Nikole is dating an actor, and they are on a date like any other with his buddies tagging along, except this time they are a Dodgers game. In front of a stadium filled with cheering fans, he proposes after only five months together. And Nikole wants and needs to say no. In front of everyone. Thank goodness for Carlos Ibarra who whisks her away from the cameras and supports her when she takes a few hits on social media . Carlos becomes Nik’s “just for fun” reb 3.5 fun stars to The Proposal! ⚾️ ⚾️ ⚾️.5 Nikole is dating an actor, and they are on a date like any other with his buddies tagging along, except this time they are a Dodgers game. In front of a stadium filled with cheering fans, he proposes after only five months together. And Nikole wants and needs to say no. In front of everyone. Thank goodness for Carlos Ibarra who whisks her away from the cameras and supports her when she takes a few hits on social media . Carlos becomes Nik’s “just for fun” rebound relationship, but will they ever become more? The Proposal is not one of my typical reads, but I read it at just the right time. I needed a feel-good, engaging, fun read, and this was most definitely it. Jasmine Guillory has an easy writing style, and I enjoyed Nikole’s story. One of the best parts is the cast of characters are diverse. We need more diverse (in every sense!) reads! Now I need to read The Wedding Date to see where these characters make cameos! Thanks to Berkley for the complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com

  9. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    4.5 stars. Freelance writer Nikole Paterson is spending a beautiful weekend day at a Dodgers game with Fisher, the guy she has been dating for the past few months, and a bunch of his friends. "She didn't have anything against baseball, exactly. It was just that she'd rather be spending this beautiful spring day at home with her laptop and a glass of bourbon on the rocks than outside at a baseball stadium with a warm beer. But when the hot dude you were sleeping with wanted to go to a Dodgers game 4.5 stars. Freelance writer Nikole Paterson is spending a beautiful weekend day at a Dodgers game with Fisher, the guy she has been dating for the past few months, and a bunch of his friends. "She didn't have anything against baseball, exactly. It was just that she'd rather be spending this beautiful spring day at home with her laptop and a glass of bourbon on the rocks than outside at a baseball stadium with a warm beer. But when the hot dude you were sleeping with wanted to go to a Dodgers game for his birthday, you sucked it up and went along with him and his bros." The game takes an unexpected turn when Fisher surprises her with a marriage proposal on the Jumbotron, in front of the entire stadium. It isn't fake surprise with which Nik reacts to this proposal—it's utter disbelief. (Plus he spelled her first name wrong.) She and Fisher haven't even said they love each other (and she doesn't love him), much less discuss marriage. But there Fisher is, on one knee in the middle of the stadium, holding a princess ring. She has no choice but to turn him down, disappointing the entire crowd, not to mention raising the ire of Fisher and his bros. Of course, she wants to crawl into a hole and hide, but there she is, still in her seat as the game goes on. When the camera crew starts to descend upon her, a guy watching the action from a few rows up takes pity on her, and he and his sister extricate Nik from the imminent media feeding frenzy, and spirit her out of the stadium to the relative safety of her best friends. It turns out Carlos is a pediatrician—and a damned sexy one on top of that, not that Nik noticed. (Well, that much.) But Carlos also spends a lot of his life protecting and caring for his widowed mother, his sister, and the other women in his family, so the rescue role comes easy for him. However, Nikole's beauty isn't lost on him, but he knows better than to let on that he's even remotely attracted to her. "If she had to pick a strange man to rescue her, at least it was one who was outraged by the right things." In the days and weeks following the proposal fiasco, Nik finds herself leaning on Carlos more and more, and she can't get him out of her head. Her friends keep encouraging her to have a rebound romance with the sexy doctor, but she isn't sure she needs the complications. For his part, Carlos can't stop thinking of Nik either, and isn't sure exactly what she wants from him—but he knows what he'd like from her. When the sparks between them finally ignite, they agree that all either of them wants is something casual. They enjoy each other's company, great food, and pretty hot sex. Beyond that, they have an easy, comforting companionship, and each provides the other with the support and encouragement they need. It's the perfect situation—nothing serious, just fun and lots of terrific sex. You can probably guess how the rest of the book will unfold, and you'd probably be mostly right. But even predicting what will happen (and I wasn't 100 percent right, as I expected a little more melodrama) didn't take away from the appeal of The Proposal . As she did with her first book, The Wedding Date (see my review), Jasmine Guillory hooked me from the very first page. Her characters may have some flaws, but they're just so charming, so much fun, the kind of people I'd probably hate in real life but inexplicably love reading about. This year has brought many pleasant literary surprises, and chief among them is how much I've come to like so-called "chick lit," or women's fiction. These books have been the perfect foil after too many emotionally laden or intellectually exhausting books, and they've helped bring balance after I start looking at everyone suspiciously because I've read too many thrillers and crime novels at once. I find the term "chick lit" a bit denigrating, as if the authors writing in this genre don't deserve the same respect as writers of more general fiction. The fact is, much like the young adult genre, there are some terrific, talented writers out there worthy of notice and renown. This year, I've become a huge fan of writers like Guillory, Christina Lauren, and Taylor Jenkins Reid. I've said on more than one occasion (more like 100 occasions) that I'm a gigantic sap. I'm so glad there are books like The Proposal which are fun reads that also appeal to the sappy part of me. Now I have to wait until July 2019 for Guillory's next book! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    'The Proposal' was soooo much fun to read! As soon as I began reading thew first few pages, I was enjoying the hell out of it. As per the title, it starts off with a proposal. A disastrous proposal at that. The type where it has not been thought through or even spoken about. Why do people even do this?! And they're alleged grown ups as well. Luckily, our black main character, Nik (which her casual boyfriend spells as Nic when he proposed. Stupid.) is rescued by Carlos, who is Latino and who becomes 'The Proposal' was soooo much fun to read! As soon as I began reading thew first few pages, I was enjoying the hell out of it. As per the title, it starts off with a proposal. A disastrous proposal at that. The type where it has not been thought through or even spoken about. Why do people even do this?! And they're alleged grown ups as well. Luckily, our black main character, Nik (which her casual boyfriend spells as Nic when he proposed. Stupid.) is rescued by Carlos, who is Latino and who becomes her love interest and his sister. The story then unfolds from there. We follow Nik and Carlos on their own individual journey's as they establish a pretty solid friendship. Aside from our two main characters who I loved, I adored the side characters were pretty phenomenal. (I need a book on them please!). Nik and her friends are actual friendship goals. Their banter, understanding and support of another was so heartwarming. Similarly, I loved Carlos' family. They were such a close-knit family, it was really nice to read and follow them on their journey's as well. Towards the end, however, the story got sort of ridiculous and was rushed, imo. I don't know why author's always feel the need to add in some sort of mishap in a relationship to keep us on our toes. It doesn't. It just pisses us off. Depending on what the actual mishap is and how it is handled, of course. But this one was just... anticlimactic. Otherwise, it made me downright happy and giddy. The diversity was awesome and I'll definitely will be picking up more of Jasmine Guillory's upcoming releases. Thank you to Berkley for a copy of this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received this book for free from the publisher (Berkley Books) in exchange for an honest review. Please note that I have not read The Wedding Date, so all the characters in this book were brand new to me. I also cannot speak to how this book compares with that book. It took me forever to read this book because I just started law school, but this was such a fun romance! First off, I loved the diversity! The main character is black. One of her friends is a plus sized Korean American. The other i I received this book for free from the publisher (Berkley Books) in exchange for an honest review. Please note that I have not read The Wedding Date, so all the characters in this book were brand new to me. I also cannot speak to how this book compares with that book. It took me forever to read this book because I just started law school, but this was such a fun romance! First off, I loved the diversity! The main character is black. One of her friends is a plus sized Korean American. The other is a black lesbian. The love interest is Latino. It was just so refreshing to see and read about, especially since the book takes place in Los Angeles which is so diverse. The premise of being proposed to at a baseball game (if only it wasn’t a Dodgers game- Go Giants!) and saying no was so creative and fun. I could picture this being turned into a great rom-com movie. I also loved the overall vibe of the book. It felt very LA. Like when I was reading it, I could totally tell that it was LA and I felt like I was there with the characters. The romance was really good as well. Nik and Carlos made a great couple. I loved their interactions, especially the ones with Carlos’s family. His family is the best. The ending for me fell a little flat which is why I gave this 4 stars. It ended quickly and I wished that it would have been fleshed out more. Overall, this was an enjoyable diverse romance! For more book reviews, be sure to check out my blog: https://oddandbookish.wordpress.com/

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was was a lot of fun! The writing left some things to be desired, but the Los Angeles setting and the characters (Carlos 😍🤤) made up for that and I'm not mad about it. I definitely enjoyed this one A LOT more than the Wedding Date and I recommend checking this one out when it publishes next month! I received an advance copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    Sweet, sizzling, and modern—The Proposal is a sure-fire hit in the women’s fiction and romance worlds this year! It starts with a meet-cute, as many good love stories do. Only, is it still a meet-cute if our protagonist meets her beau by being horrifyingly and publicly embarrassed by her current love interest??? More like a meet-nightmare! From the opening chapter, you will want to know more about Nik and what happens to her after the nightmare of all nightmare dates! About the Book Writer and fem Sweet, sizzling, and modern—The Proposal is a sure-fire hit in the women’s fiction and romance worlds this year! It starts with a meet-cute, as many good love stories do. Only, is it still a meet-cute if our protagonist meets her beau by being horrifyingly and publicly embarrassed by her current love interest??? More like a meet-nightmare! From the opening chapter, you will want to know more about Nik and what happens to her after the nightmare of all nightmare dates! About the Book Writer and feminist Nik Paterson is at a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend Fisher and some of his friends. Nik knows Fisher is not the one (he has a man bun and doesn’t eat carbs for goodness sake), but the physical chemistry is fantastic and she isn’t in danger of getting emotionally attached. So no one is more surprised than Nik when she looks up from her phone to find herself broadcast on the jumbo screen in the stadium and Fisher down on one knee proposing. He can’t be serious, Nik thinks to herself. But he is. And when Nik tries to subtly tell him it won’t happen, he storms off with his friends. Finding herself in the middle of the public eye, with tens of thousands of fans staring and a camera crew in her face, Nik doesn’t know how to escape. Until sexy doctor Carlos from a few rows back rushes in to rescue her. What unfolds is a public humiliation that Nik is unprepared for, and an unlikely ally. Over some fun, casual non-dates and some steamy nights, Nik and Carlos are on the same page about keeping this at a friend-level only. But what happens when one of them starts to catch real feelings? Reflection This book is 100% pure fun and delight to read! I am on my branching out tour, and romance is a genre I steer clear of normally. I always think of it as being ridiculous-sappy or erotica, with little room in between. But this book proved this skeptic WRONG! The Proposal is the romantic comedy of the 2018 book world, and I absolutely loved it! It was packed with humor, sizzling chemistry, and enough “awwwww” moments to keep this reader hooked until the last page! Nik is a truly fantastic character. I loved how she is tough but a bit vulnerable, and fiercely loyal. Nik is not a people pleaser—she is very frank and honest. But years of bad dating experiences may have built some walls around her, and she isn’t as open as she should be to love. Nik is also fiercely loyal. One aspect of this book that I adored was the friendship between Nik, Courtney, and Dana. Their friendship made me so happy, and I loved the way Guillory wrote their interactions. Courtney and Dana are the type of friends who will key the car of a guy who wronged you, read text messages you are too afraid to open, and push you towards something that will make you happy. And then we have Carlos, who has such a sweet relationship with his family. All of the vulnerable moments he has with Nik just melted my heart. What a guy! I think many readers will find themselves shouting out while reading this saying “can’t you two see you are in love???” But that would have made for a much shorter book, so we are lucky they are so out of touch with their own hearts. A truly loveable story that has made many must-read lists in the women’s world this fall. And I must say those are well-deserved! Thank you to the team at Berkley for my copy to review. I read this with some book besties!!! We had an absolutely blast!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest This book took me a long time to read - not because it was bad, but because it was so sweet and fluffy that I couldn't really stomach finishing it all in a single session. THE PROPOSAL would nearly be saccharine if not for the fact that it tackles some pretty relevant issues for women and features a very large and diverse cast of relatable characters with relatable problems. Reading it kind of made me feel like I was experiencing a book wri Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest This book took me a long time to read - not because it was bad, but because it was so sweet and fluffy that I couldn't really stomach finishing it all in a single session. THE PROPOSAL would nearly be saccharine if not for the fact that it tackles some pretty relevant issues for women and features a very large and diverse cast of relatable characters with relatable problems. Reading it kind of made me feel like I was experiencing a book written by an extremely woke Meg Cabot; it's got that same bubbly vibe, but one that exists outside of the pumpkin spice latte basic AF white girl sphere. Our heroine, Nikole, is dating a fratty douchebag actor named Fisher. He doesn't take her very seriously, and you just know he's the type of guy who would drop a "not all men" into conversation. The relationship is in its infancy and not particularly good, so Nikole is as shocked as anyone when he suddenly proposes to her on the JumboTron at the baseball game he dragged her to after just a few months of dating. Obviously, she turns him down. Obviously, this country being what it is, the crowd turns on her - a woman of color, turning down an attractive white man - and just when things are about to get ugly, Carlos Ibarra and his sister, Angela, decide to save her from the crowd. Carlos, the hero, is a Latinx pediatrician (swoon) with a huge family and a fondness for cooking. He's gentlemanly but not chauvanistic; living in a family filled with strong women has taught him how to be respectful without overstepping his bounds, and he's smart enough to listen to what the women around him want and try to do that to show he cares. He's immediately attracted to Nikole, and is super supportive of her when her rejection of him goes viral and basically becomes a meme. This support blossoms into friendship when they realize that they actually have a lot in common, and eventually that friendship turns into something sexual when they can't deny their mutual attraction. I liked this book a lot. Carlos's family was awesome - his sister, his cousin, his mom, his aunt: they were all great. I liked that he was also vulnerable; his sorrow over his father's death, his struggle to be masculine and a provider, and his phobia over going to the doctor all made him seem much more approachable and relatable than most romance heroes are allowed to be. Nikole was great too, and I loved her friends and how they all supported each other. The women's self defense gym was also a nice touch, as were the dialogues about empowered physicality and safe spaces. The only thing I really didn't like about this book was the Big Misunderstanding that happens in the last act. This is pretty typical of most romance novels as a way to amp up the tension, and I kind of wondered if something like this was coming since their relationship was smooth sailing for most of the book. Seeing it coming didn't make me like it any more, though. I can't stand this trope. I was also angry because it made me mad at Nikole for treating Carlos that way, even though it was basically a gender-flip of the "I don't do relationships" men in romance novels who are so frightened by their own burgeoning romantic feelings that they feel like they have to lash out against the love interest. Overall, though, THE PROPOSAL was really great. I love that there are romance novels coming out featuring diverse characters who don't read like cliches. Bar that last act, everyone in here was super likable and relatable and the romance is very modern and respectful. I'd read more by Ms. Guillory. Thanks to Netgalley/the publisher for the review copy! 3 to 3.5 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sh3lly (grumpybookgrrrl.com)

    ARC generously provided by Berkley Jove imprint. (Edit:Apparently the release date has changed from September 4, 2018 to October 30, 2018. Interesting.) Even though this book features a couple characters from The Wedding Date, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. This is not a sequel; it is a self-contained romance story between an independent, confident journalist, and an independent, confident doctor. Diversity is extremely well represented. What I liked about this: The heroine drinks alcohol ARC generously provided by Berkley Jove imprint. (Edit:Apparently the release date has changed from September 4, 2018 to October 30, 2018. Interesting.) Even though this book features a couple characters from The Wedding Date, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. This is not a sequel; it is a self-contained romance story between an independent, confident journalist, and an independent, confident doctor. Diversity is extremely well represented. What I liked about this: The heroine drinks alcohol and eats pizza and cupcakes. She doesn't berate herself for indulging, which you see a lot in "chick-lit" romance. This is a light, charming romance with little drama. If you enjoy contemporary romances with few complications and a hero that is not an alpha, you should enjoy this. I would say it's PG-13. The sex scenes are fade to black or more hinted at than detailed. Naked breasts are about as far as the details get from what I recall. I'm not a huge contemporary romance fan, but I think this author's books are solid. I am especially impressed with how she handles her heroines and diversity.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    I had loved Carlos in The Wedding Date and was thrilled to see that he was getting his own story, so when I got The invite to read this one, I couldn’t wait to get to it. I love love loved Nik. She’s sarcastic and witty and smart af. Her friends Dana and Courtney were fun and I adored the scenes with the three of them together. Of course I was familiar with Carlos and he didn’t disappoint. He’s supportive and a complete marshmallow. I was so happy to see Alexa and Drew and I’m 1000% here for mor I had loved Carlos in The Wedding Date and was thrilled to see that he was getting his own story, so when I got The invite to read this one, I couldn’t wait to get to it. I love love loved Nik. She’s sarcastic and witty and smart af. Her friends Dana and Courtney were fun and I adored the scenes with the three of them together. Of course I was familiar with Carlos and he didn’t disappoint. He’s supportive and a complete marshmallow. I was so happy to see Alexa and Drew and I’m 1000% here for more scenes of all four of them. Plot wise, it was, in a word, comfortable, and I mean that in a good way. Nik and Carlos build a relationship out of friendship first and it works. It’s absolutely adorable and when the inevitable conflict happens, I was crushed. Thankfully, it didn’t last long and I loved the grand gesture. Overall, I loved this story more than the first one. It’s filled with women supporting women, has a cast of diverse characters, and loads of body positivity. My only complaint is that I wanted more at the end. **Huge thanks to Berkley Books for providing the arc free of charge**

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    This was pretty disappointing. I completely agree with Whitney's review The only thing I really loved about this book was the diverse cast of characters. The female main character is a POC, there's a latino male love interest, and a korean side character, but that is all this book really has going for it. The writing is terrible, it reads like a bad fanfiction. There are so many cliches in this story and both of the characters were annoying me. Even their inner thoughts were immature and read mor This was pretty disappointing. I completely agree with Whitney's review The only thing I really loved about this book was the diverse cast of characters. The female main character is a POC, there's a latino male love interest, and a korean side character, but that is all this book really has going for it. The writing is terrible, it reads like a bad fanfiction. There are so many cliches in this story and both of the characters were annoying me. Even their inner thoughts were immature and read more like thirteen-year-olds than adults. I also don't like when romances are written in third person, it makes me feel so disconnected from what's happening. I feel like all the characters in this book are so dramatic and over-the-top and there were just too many cringe-y moments for me to enjoy this. I really wanted to like this, but this romance was so cheesy and forgettable. I need something more when I need a romance.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory is a sweet, charming, and fun romantic novel. This was my first read by this author and definitely won't be my last! This was a very cute plot.... Nik had her boyfriend propose to her at a baseball game in front of everyone... and let's not forget to add that she turns him down in front of the entire world. Talk about embarrassment!!! This adds the perfect scene for an entertaining romance with a hint of sassy spice :). What I enjoyed about this book was the diver The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory is a sweet, charming, and fun romantic novel. This was my first read by this author and definitely won't be my last! This was a very cute plot.... Nik had her boyfriend propose to her at a baseball game in front of everyone... and let's not forget to add that she turns him down in front of the entire world. Talk about embarrassment!!! This adds the perfect scene for an entertaining romance with a hint of sassy spice :). What I enjoyed about this book was the diversity in characters. I hate seeing novels with the typical cookie cutter couples. But, at times I did feel it was a bit over the top with diversity? If that makes sense? I think the author could have pulled it back a little bit. All the characters were fun.. I especially loved Courtney. I thought she was hilarious. This is a romance novel that isn't over the top.. or too graphic. So for my newly fans of romance this would be perfect for you! Only minor issue I had was it was a tad bit predictable. This was a fun and super easy read. Thank you so much to Netgalley and Berkley publishing for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest thoughts. 3.5 stars! Expected publication date: 10/30/18 Published to GR: 9/9/18

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Proposal features two likable lead characters that meet under incredibly awkward but memorable circumstances. This new-found acquaintanceship leads to more opportunities to connect until a no-strings-attached romance blooms. Each have past and present circumstances that make this type of non-relationship ideal, and although the ending may be predictable, this romance trope is a winner for a reason: the journey to the last page is typically filled with plenty of sexy fun. The Proposal hits the The Proposal features two likable lead characters that meet under incredibly awkward but memorable circumstances. This new-found acquaintanceship leads to more opportunities to connect until a no-strings-attached romance blooms. Each have past and present circumstances that make this type of non-relationship ideal, and although the ending may be predictable, this romance trope is a winner for a reason: the journey to the last page is typically filled with plenty of sexy fun. The Proposal hits the mark with its characters. Jasmine Guillory uses her characters to showcase elements of feminism, diversity, inclusion, and the concept that love doesn't always have to feel like a trap. In my opinion, the writing is dialogue heavy and very easy to read (which may be a positive or negative based on reader preference), and there are appreciated nods to the importance of family and physical health. There's also lots of cupcakes and laughter-inducing rosé wine, but I liked that this book was not just about these two characters and their romance. We also get to meet family and besties and are privy to some great bonding moments. This was my first reading experience with this author and I liked it overall. The theme of female empowerment runs strong and Guillory writes a believably respectful hero that compliments our heroine well. Overall, a smile-worthy storyline that many readers will likely enjoy. Access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of The Proposal was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Jasmine Guillory Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Multicultural Interest, Romance Pub Date: October 30, 2018

  20. 4 out of 5

    Holly B

    3.5 I still haven't read  The Wedding Date  (the author's previous novel), but I've had it on my radar for awhile. I was looking for an escape read that wouldn't require any heavy thinking and I wanted to hang my detective hat up for a bit. This turned out to be just right! The premise of a public proposal gone wrong at a Dodgers game was the perfect setting for this cute love story.  It sets up a scenario for Carlos who was in the stands observing the whole humiliating scene, to come to Nikole's 3.5 I still haven't read  The Wedding Date  (the author's previous novel), but I've had it on my radar for awhile. I was looking for an escape read that wouldn't require any heavy thinking and I wanted to hang my detective hat up for a bit. This turned out to be just right! The premise of a public proposal gone wrong at a Dodgers game was the perfect setting for this cute love story.  It sets up a scenario for Carlos who was in the stands observing the whole humiliating scene, to come to Nikole's rescue.  Can you imagine turning down a proposal in such a public way? Carlos and Nik start hanging out and can't deny their chemistry. While neither one is looking for a serious relationship, they can't seem to stay away from each other.  They seemed so perfect for each other. The characters were diverse and had that neighbor next door feeling. I enjoyed the whole cast. They seemed so normal (especially since I read so many psychological thrillers).  Everyone was celebrating friends, family, and good meals. A feel-good romantic comedy for a fun light and cheerful read!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    2 stars This book started out strong and halfway through completely fizzled out for me. I really enjoyed this author's debut book The Wedding Date, and at first I thought this one was similar, but by the end it wasn't even in the same ballpark (pun intended). I love that Berkley is publishing more work by authors of color and books with characters who are persons of color, so I was glad to see this book. I hope Berkley continues to publish books like these because they are needed. The story in 2 stars This book started out strong and halfway through completely fizzled out for me. I really enjoyed this author's debut book The Wedding Date, and at first I thought this one was similar, but by the end it wasn't even in the same ballpark (pun intended). I love that Berkley is publishing more work by authors of color and books with characters who are persons of color, so I was glad to see this book. I hope Berkley continues to publish books like these because they are needed. The story in this one just wasn't more me, I wish things had been more fleshed out. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    This might not have been the perfect romance read I was looking for but there were a couple of things I did enjoy. First of all, I always appreciate when a book has a diverse cast of characters. I also really liked the premise of the book which involves a woman at a Dodgers game with her boyfriend and he surprises her with a wedding proposal with everyone in the stadium watching on the Jumbotron. It was very easy to relate to her feeling of horror as I would have hated it if my husband had propo This might not have been the perfect romance read I was looking for but there were a couple of things I did enjoy. First of all, I always appreciate when a book has a diverse cast of characters. I also really liked the premise of the book which involves a woman at a Dodgers game with her boyfriend and he surprises her with a wedding proposal with everyone in the stadium watching on the Jumbotron. It was very easy to relate to her feeling of horror as I would have hated it if my husband had proposed to me in such a public way. The rest of the story is a typical romance which I would have enjoyed much more if I felt more invested in the main characters. To me, in the romance genre in order to love a book you really have to root for the characters and feel their chemistry together. I just felt indifferent towards the characters. I'm not really sure why that is the case but it is what it is. I'm sure others will love this book though, especially since it features characters, including Carlos, who were featured in the author's previous book, The Wedding Date. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Corina☞BookTwinsReviews

    3.5 stars This is my first book by Jasmine Guillory. I heard only great things about her first novel The Wedding Date and was delighted when I was able to pick up her latest book The Proposal. The Proposal was a quick and easy read. It was the perfect read for a day at the beach or sitting bundled up on the couch on a rainy day. The novel was sweet and fluffy, a cute little romance with a fun supporting cast. The heroine’s group of girlfriends were hilarious and reminded me of the girls of Sex in t 3.5 stars This is my first book by Jasmine Guillory. I heard only great things about her first novel The Wedding Date and was delighted when I was able to pick up her latest book The Proposal. The Proposal was a quick and easy read. It was the perfect read for a day at the beach or sitting bundled up on the couch on a rainy day. The novel was sweet and fluffy, a cute little romance with a fun supporting cast. The heroine’s group of girlfriends were hilarious and reminded me of the girls of Sex in the City. Just a bunch of women having fun and supporting each other unconditionally. Both main characters, Nik and Carlos were easily likable, and genuinely good people. There wasn’t really anything wrong with either character I just didn’t connect with them on a deeper level. I needed a little more spice, fire and excitement throughout the book and between the couple. The chemistry between Nik and Carlos was one that took time to catch fire. It felt more like a friends to lovers kind of romance, which worked don’t take me wrong, it just wasn’t wowing. Both characters needed just a little more pep for me to be more deeply invested in their relationship. The story on its own felt very authentic. Especially the dialogues felt real, as if they were taken from real life conversations. Also, both characters struggled with real life issues, doubts and pouts of insecurity. Kudos to the author to give this book such an authentic feel. I believe that the author will go far. Her writing was fleshed out, the dialogues were plenty and she kept the plot flowing. I would recommend this book to anyone that is in search of a sweet and easy beach read. ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ If you want to chat with me about books, find me on Instagram For more of my reviews: My Blog: Book Twins Reviews Facebook Blog Page Twitter Subscribe to Blog

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This was such an adorable read, I really liked the idea of a woman who isn’t desperately waiting for her boyfriend to propose and Nik most definitely was not prepared to have to turn down her boyfriends proposal in front of the whole world. I can’t think of anything more awkward and embarrassing but it set the stage for a super entertaining and charming read that I breezed through. One of the strongest aspects to this was how incredibly diverse it was which is always so nice to see! It’s set in L This was such an adorable read, I really liked the idea of a woman who isn’t desperately waiting for her boyfriend to propose and Nik most definitely was not prepared to have to turn down her boyfriends proposal in front of the whole world. I can’t think of anything more awkward and embarrassing but it set the stage for a super entertaining and charming read that I breezed through. One of the strongest aspects to this was how incredibly diverse it was which is always so nice to see! It’s set in L. A. which is such a culturally diverse city so it makes so much sense to have such great representation, gotta give the author some props for that. The characters were all fun, relatable types from Nik and Carlos to her friends Dana and Courtney and his family, I really enjoyed all of them. This was a super sweet romance with a hint of the spicy stuff, nothing super graphic or over the top. It reminded me of sitting down with a bowl of popcorn and watching one of my favorite rom coms, it had that same charm and appeal and was just an all around good time. The Proposal in three words: Cute, Sweet and Charming.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    4.5 When Oh, So Bad Turns Into Oh, So Great Stars * * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free We have all been there...That situation where we wish the ground would open up and suck you in...only so that you would not be the center of attention and have everyone looking at you. There can be any number of reasons for that type of feeling...a small gathering of friends and something is said that causes an uproar...or your business power point is going along great and then that weird slide pops up making no sense... O 4.5 When Oh, So Bad Turns Into Oh, So Great Stars * * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free We have all been there...That situation where we wish the ground would open up and suck you in...only so that you would not be the center of attention and have everyone looking at you. There can be any number of reasons for that type of feeling...a small gathering of friends and something is said that causes an uproar...or your business power point is going along great and then that weird slide pops up making no sense... Or You could be Nikole Paterson, award winning independent journalist, sitting at a Dodger game with her actor boyfriend of five months wishing this game were over so she could be home relaxing on her own. Instead she was pushed to celebrate his birthday with his "Bros" at the game. Nikole has been contemplating as to why she is even with him...and then she remembers she does like the sex...but that is about all. She is deep in her thoughts and scanning her phone when the boyfriend tugs on her arm yelling to look up. At first Nikole can't figure out what the deal is...then she sees someone is proposing to a Nicole on the JumboTron and immediately wonders why anyone would do that...Only to then see the boyfriend down on one knee Proposing to Her!!! IS HE NUTS??? Nikole tries to get him to be normal and settle down. She does not want to embarrass him in front of his friends and the world. Her mind is racing because he never even talked to her about these types of feelings and if he had, she would have shut it down. This is not going well and he will not listen to her polite comments... instead he starts to get upset and then storms off, leaving her there. Nikole cannot believe this is happening and as she sits there pretending she is fine... Carlos Ibarra and his sister have watched the entire thing from two rows above. They saw how she tried to be gracious and kind and not have it get out of control. They saw how the guy was an asshat and left her. Now Carlos is concerned. He is watching as Nikole is attempting to look ok and not frazzled. But when a camera crew starts to approach, Carlos tells his sister they are going to help her. They go to block the crew and pretend to be friends, whisking her away. As they get to the parking lot, Nikole turns to thank both of them and says she will get a ride from Uber or Lyft and not to worry about her. Carlos refuses and insists on driving her to the bar where her girlfriends are waiting. Once at the bar, Nikole insists they come in for a drink on her as a thank you. Nikole is thankful her friends are there. She has a solid set who are the world to her. Each of them know her well and they are like sisters. Nikole starts to re tell the story...how the guy even spelled her name wrong...on that everyone howled. Carols watched Nikole and thought what an amazing person she was. To have dealt with such an idiot and still be able to laugh with her pals. He liked the way the lights hit her curls and the sparkle of her eyes. He thought she was lovely but at the same time saw flicks of pain. Carlos knew it was time for them to leave when the conversation became a little personal and Nikole would need to just have her crew by her side. Saying goodbye, Carlos and Nikole felt as if they had made a little connection. When the ladies went to pay their bar and food bill, Nikole discovered Carlos had taken care of it. This gave her the excuse to send an email to thank him. And that was the beginning of something Oh So Great. This was a terrific read. It covered so much. It had a multi cultural relationship which was there but then not at all there...It nods to differences yet also just told the universal story of two people working through whether they could love, period. Nikole had issues about love... scared to death of it. Carlos thought he was in the same place but as time progressed, he got hit in the face with his feelings. I love when a guy can be so smitten. What also worked was that they became friends first, then venturing into more. And Boy Oh Boy...These two knew how to tear it up....Just Sayin' Yum Yum This was delightful and proved something terrible can happen... but because of that horrible thing...something wonderful can come out of it. I cannot wait to see what Jasmine Guillory comes up with next. The Wedding Date https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... The Proposal https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~ Just as Nikole Paterson was trying to figure out how much longer she was stuck at this Dodger game with her sort of boyfriend... He gets the Genius Idea of dropping on one knee and proposing while their faces were plastered all over the Jumbo-tron! Yup, he turned out to be one of those clueless guys... I mean, he Never acted during the 5 months of their dating he was even that into her... After Nik tries to let him down gently...he leaves her there in the stands alone... Carlos Ibarra sees this woman a few rows in front of him. When a camera crew starts to approach, Carlos and his sister decide to whisk her away. What starts as a good deed soon becomes something else...and both of them have to thank... The Proposal- September 4, 2018 A gifted copy was provided by Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    ❤4 stars ❤ This was an adorable, lighthearted, fun and sweet read.I adored Nik and Carlos. I could easily connect with them.The beginning was great and I was immediately hooked to the story. This is an easy and fast paced read and if you have read The Wedding Date you are going to love this one!     

  27. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    3.5

  28. 5 out of 5

    Reading.Between.Wines

    ⭐⭐⭐ / 5 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, ⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5 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.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    So here's the thing, I loved how this book started off. My face was a mask of horror and laughter at the beginning. I loved Carlos and Nik. The biggest thing for me was the pacing which is why I didn't give this more than four stars. I think things moved way too fast. Maybe if we had everything unfold over three months I could see it, but this was in essence all done and dusted I think in about four weeks. Also I wanted an epilogue like how we got with "The Wedding Date." The ending was a little So here's the thing, I loved how this book started off. My face was a mask of horror and laughter at the beginning. I loved Carlos and Nik. The biggest thing for me was the pacing which is why I didn't give this more than four stars. I think things moved way too fast. Maybe if we had everything unfold over three months I could see it, but this was in essence all done and dusted I think in about four weeks. Also I wanted an epilogue like how we got with "The Wedding Date." The ending was a little too abrupt for me. Guillory hits all of the romance boxes though, loved all of the secondary characters, and she manages to make you want to move to LA. We get appearances from Drew and Alexa (yes!) and the third book better showcase their wedding. Or I want a novella showcasing their wedding! Seriously! "The Proposal" has Nikole Paterson (Nik) at a Dodgers game with her boyfriend of five months Fisher. We get insight into how Nik sees Fisher (just someone to pass the time with) and is horrified when she realizes that he put up a proposal to her on the Jumbotron (spelling her name wrong) and is one knee in front of her asking her to marry him. Did I mention this is in front of hundreds of strangers and Fisher's friends? Yeah. Poor Nik. At that point I was firmly on her side. When Nik rightfully says no (seriously I would have dumped beer on his man-bun) Fisher calls her names and she is left alone with hundreds of people staring at her. She's also getting tweets, text messages, and emails, and just like that, Nik goes viral. When Carlos and his sister Angela who are also at the game realize that Nik is about to get ambushed by a television crew, they pretend to be long last friends and haul her out of there. And just like that, wet get our meet-cute. Also don't get mad at me, this is the book's synopsis. From there though I really liked what Guillory does. We have Nik who is stunned and horrified calling her ride or die friends to meet at their favorite bar. She invites Carlos and Angela to thank them and though Nik isn't looking for someone new, her two besties encourage her to have a rebound with Carlos. Carlos who is attracted to Nik has enough sense to start hitting on her after what she has been through, but likes texting her. Soon enough they are talking all the time and then we get some sparks! I liked the character of Nik. She's African American and I liked that a few times Carlos steps in it (she lets it go) with him not thinking she really knows about LA and good Mexican food. I think he's deceived she's bougie due to her dating a white guy with a man bun (we all make mistakes). I think her being a freelance writer was interesting, but I really wanted to hear more about how she is able to pitch stories and get paid. Based on some of the black female writers I follow on Twitter, being freelance sounds hard as hell and you often deal with people stealing you stories/articles and not properly crediting you. I also thought at times, it was weird how very little Nik's parents are involved in her life. We also know Nik has two parents, but they don't even call her to discuss her viral moment. I would have had my aunt calling me in two seconds because my cousins can't help but run their mouths. I also liked Nik's vulnerability about her writing due to her boyfriend from before being a jerk about it and constantly putting her down about it. I think Guillory taps into something about being an African American woman and not confident in yourself because you are constantly being told by society how you are not good enough. When we get to her and Carlos's first love scene and she is overwhelmed by how he is worshiping her body in essence made my toes tingle. Nik has messed up beliefs about relationships and love, so she is happy to just be friends who has sex with Carlos. Carlos is a whole lot of complicated. He seemed like a know it all in the first book. In this one, he is a little uncertain and is doing his best to be there for his mother, sister, cousin, and aunt after the unexpected death of his father. Carlos feels like his family must be number one at all times, so he is not looking to date. He ends up becoming friends with Nik and starts seeking her out to just talk to and cook for when he's had a bad day. I liked how Nik gets Carlos to open up about his dad and pushes for him to throw his family a bone and go to the doctor to get a check-up. The cooking scenes were sweet to me and I loved how much pleasure he got out of giving Nik food and her appreciation of it made him want to do it more and more. I also loved Nik meeting Drew and Alexa and both women going later, how could those two nit-wits not tell us the other women was African American. I know that some people who are not black won't get it, but that's always a question I am probing for when I ask friends who is going to be at this party, event, etc. I am still shaking my head at being the only black person at my friend's wedding two years ago. Somehow the photographer still managed to not get me in a single picture. Side-eye. The secondary characters are great, and I loved seeing Drew and Alexa again. The writing was really good and I have to say that I liked how Guillory works in how women are harassed on social media into why Nik decides to go out and take a women's self defense course with her two friends, Dara and Courtney. The flow was good, but the pacing was off for me while reading this. As I said above, the book takes place I think over a four week period. I wish that Guillory had broken it into a 2-3 month period. It would have made more sense. The setting of the book is LA and Guillory has given us a LA that sounds genuinely fun to live in (cupcake shops, favorite bars, and taquerias oh my!). The ending as I said above was a bit abrupt. This is a romance book though, so there is going to be a happy ending.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Read this in a night, it was cute. Full review later (I'm getting behind again!!!)

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