The Proposal

- Jasmine Guillory


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…



Nik Paterson looked around at the perfect Los Angeles day: clear blue sky, bright green baseball field, warm sun shining down on the thousands of people with her at Dodger Stadium. There was only one thought on her mind: when can I get out of here?


One thing I can say is that The Proposal has a pretty unique start; I don’t think I’ve ever seen a misguided public proposal be the catalyst for a successful romance with another man.

Thankfully, Carlos and Nik had much better chemistry than Alexa and Drew in The Wedding Date – I definitely believed they were attracted to each other, at least. And Guillory seemed to pull back on the spice a bit; there are a lot more allusions and less clumsy details, and that does work to her advantage, but I still found the dialogue to be very stilted. The conversations are almost too perfect, as they politely discuss work and family and painful memories with little to no effort.

The hardest part to overcome here is how delusional Carlos and Nik are about their relationship. They see each other multiple times a week, go on dates, help with errands and emergencies, get to know each other’s friends, have sleepovers, and are in almost constant contact. I’ve described a relationship, and a pretty clingy one at that, but they’re saying this is a casual, friends-with-benefits situation. The fact that they’re openly admitting how much they want to spend time together but are denying that there are any feelings involved is asking me to suspend too much disbelief.

The Proposal may have been marginally better than The Wedding Date, but not significantly. Adding on the fact that I don’t have any interest in the characters in the next book, I think I’ll pass on the rest of this series.



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