Review: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

Fans of Jasmine Guillory’s debut The Wedding Date will not want to miss out on the chance to snap up her sophomore novel, The Proposal.

The Proposal CoverWhen 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… Goodreads

I received an eARC of The Proposal from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’m not a baseball person, but neither is Nikole. Her story gets off to a start with a bang, but Nik doesn’t let her ex-boyfriend get in the way of her plans for the rest of her life.

The relationship between Carlos and Nik is incredibly well built over the course of this novel as their worlds weave together. I loved the romance.

I loved the friendships in The Proposal, and how both of them had inner lives of their own. Nik didn’t let the relationship with Carlos get in the way of helping her friends, instead inviting him to join her when they needed her. Carlos used his family as an excuse to avoid getting close to Nik, but I loved how close he was with his mom, sister and cousins.

This is one of the only books I’ve ever read that actually gets journalism right – from the dual recorders to the note about her friend dating the subject of her piece to the daily habits and struggles with rejections.

I would love to see her friends get romance novels of their own and to get back into their orbit. You can fall in love with them as much as I do on Amazon or Indiebound.


Title: The Proposal

Author: Jasmine Guillory

Publisher: Berkley Books

Length: 336 Pages

Release Date: October 30, 2018

Rating: ★★★★★ / Five stars

Genre: Romance

Representation: ownvoices black woman main character, latinx man love interest

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