Published by Berkley Books on October 30, 2018
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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 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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After reading and loving Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date last year, I was thrilled to get my hands on an ARC of her follow-up, The Proposal. And it did not disappoint! It had all of the things I loved about TWD, with a fun new premise and endearing new characters.
The Proposal begins with our main character, Nik, being proposed to unexpectedly in front of 45,000 people on the Jumbotron at Dodgers Stadium– a nightmare for most people, but especially so when Nik has only dated this guy for five months and is most certainly not in love with him. Enter our hero, Carlos (who you might remember from The Wedding Date!), who manages to rescue Nik from the camera crews surrounding her after her public proposal rejection. The story goes from there, and surprise surprise, thus begins an adorable romance.
I was so excited to read more about Carlos, and this book did not disappoint! We got to see his devotion to his family, his love of food and talent for cooking, his new job, and of course, him falling in love. I really enjoyed being inside Carlos’s head; he’s just one of those rare, genuinely good humans.
I also loved Nik! I appreciated the way she knew what she wanted out of life and didn’t take any sh*t from men. Plus, her friend group was so much fun to read about. Jasmine Guillory really excels at writing female friendship– from Nik, Dana, and Courtney’s evenings at their neighborhood bar to their group chat, all of their interactions felt exactly like the everyday interactions I have with my best friends.
As with The Wedding Date, there is some excellent discussion of identity in The Proposal! We have a black heroine (which is #ownvoices rep) and a Mexican-American hero. I loved the scene between Nik and Alexa, the heroine from The Wedding Date, where the two women share a laugh about the fact that neither of their partners told them the other woman was black before they met for the first time.
Guillory not only can write a great romance, but she also excels at writing the details that make the story feel all the more real: from Courtney’s cupcake shop, to the gym where Nik and her friends take a self-defense class together, to all the delicious descriptions of food (seriously, this is such a foodie book), all of these elements made the story feel vibrant and alive.
Overall, whether you’ve already read and loved The Wedding Date or you’re just looking for a good romance, I highly recommend picking up The Proposal next time you need a fun, compulsively readable romance between two people of color!
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