Title: The Proposal
Series: The Wedding Date #2
Author: Jasmine Guillory
Release Date: Oct 30, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: 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…
I have very mixed feeling with this one. There were a lot of things I really liked and some things that I really didn’t. I’m going to start with the things that I very much enjoyed. First I loved the way Nikole and Carlos meet. It was comical and a great opening scene! From there I can say that I really enjoyed their conversations. I loved that Carlos loved to cook and all of the foods they experienced! I also appreciated that he constantly encouraged Nikole. And there was one super funny scene involving sour cream. I also enjoyed the relationship Nik had with her friends and their encouragement.
Now for what I didn’t like. I know you are all aware of the feminist belief that women should not ever have to rely on a man. Well, this isn’t me. And it’s not the specificness of a woman relying on a man. I just think we all need other people and that’s okay. I’m used to seeing this in books, but Nikole’s character stressed this repeatedly and put herself down whenever she was in a position that she had to rely on a man. Please don’t misunderstand me. I could totally appreciate the desire to want to be able to take care of herself and to be as self-sufficient as possible. And again, I would have been fine if she just mentioned it, but instead it was a major theme.
An example: one time towards the beginning of the book Carlos helped her when she was feeling scared after some threats. This is what she says to her friends, “If he’d been super nice and thoughtful and concerned about me, it would have made me throw up.” Well, I want the super nice and thoughtful. So, it was just hard for me to relate to her a lot of the time.
I also struggled with the differences in the way Carlos behaved towards Nikole versus the way he behaved towards the females in his family. There was an explanation for it, but it just didn’t seem plausible to me. There were also some other minor issues I had but I won’t lay them all out.
Anyways, I still give Guillory props because even though I had differing opinions about Nikole, I still couldn’t put the book down. I still very much enjoyed Nik and Carlos together. 3.5 Stars!