The Proposal

The Proposal

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...

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Title:The Proposal
Author:Jasmine Guillory
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The Proposal Reviews

  • 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.

  • Christy

    I fell in love with Jasmine Guillory’s fresh and charming debut novel,

    , 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

    just as much as at

    . 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

    I fell in love with Jasmine Guillory’s fresh and charming debut novel,

    , 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

    just as much as at

    . 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

    , 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,

    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!

  • Melanie

    I loved

    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.

    is an ownvoices novel that follows a woman wh

    I loved

    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.

    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.

    - Black, freelance journalist, and the woman who just got surprise proposed to after only five months of dating her partner.

    - Latino, pediatrician, the stranger in the stands that we already were introduced to in

    .

    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

    and

    ! I completely recommend this one!

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  • 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

    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.

  • 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!

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    ⚾ ⚾ ⚾.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

    ⚾️ ⚾️ ⚾️.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:

  • Berit☀️✨

    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

    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 ***

  • 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.

  • 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.

    seems to be at the forefront with books like

    ,

    ,

    and

    . Love happens all around us, encompassing people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, colors and social status—so, why should fiction be any different?

    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.

    seems to be at the forefront with books like

    ,

    ,

    and

    . Love happens all around us, encompassing people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, colors and social status—so, why should fiction be any different?

    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

    guide than anything else though. Instead of using a fun or clever way to mention the color of her characters when she introduces them,

    resorts to blunt phrases like, “

    ” 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

    '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—

    .

    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

    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 (

    ), 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

    , which I have not, nor will I). My guess would be, readers who frequent this genre with any consistency have already read this story

    times before; hopefully a much better version.

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