The Proposal

The Proposal

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"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 … ." -- Description provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780399587689
0399587683
Branch Call Number: FIC Guillory J
Characteristics: viii, 325 pages ; 21 cm

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Tiarraodonal
May 11, 2019

Left off on page 153

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Msrhellie
May 10, 2019

Okay, I read the Wedding Date and it was "so-so". In that book, all they did was eat and have sex, the plot was predictable, but somehow I decided to give her another shot, will leave my review after I finish "The Proposal".

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angelinalah
May 07, 2019

I do not understand why this book has such good reviews. The writing is painfully juvenile. I could not finish it.

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Linyarai
May 05, 2019

I read this for the "A Humorous Novel" part of my 2019 reading challenge. This book was a fantastic surprise, I loved the bits of humor, the steamy scenes, and her hilarious revelation at the end. I expected a fairly generic, romantic chick lit and this was a treat.

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AConsolver
Jan 10, 2019

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy contemporary romance, and especially if you are looking for more diversity within the romance genre.

When Nik's boyfriend unexpectedly proposes to her at a Dodger's game (live on the JumboTron) she is angry, mortified, and publicly shamed when she doesn't say "yes". Carlos and his sister sitting a few rows behind Nik decide to swoop in and save her from more on-camera humilation. To thank them, she buys them a drink. Nik has sworn off men after the proposal, but she can't help but appreciate how kind and good-looking Carlos is. What's the harm in meeting up for dinner? Carlos and Nik aren't looking for a serious relationship, but things can get blurry pretty quickly in a new relationship. Can they keep it casual? Or are they looking for more?

I really loved this book! Carlos was my favorite character in Guillory's other book The Wedding Date, so seeing him as the main character of this book was a lot of fun. I definitely liked Nik a lot, and their chemistry together was really great. They were both honest and sarcastic characters which was refreshing in a romance novel. I loved the foodie aspect of the story, and Carlos's love of food and cooking. My favorite part was that the side characters and especially Carlos's family members played a large role in this book. I loved the family dynamics with Carlos and his sister, cousin, etc.! I think once again Guillory shows a modern take on dating and relationships that feels fresh and romantic, but more realistic. Overall I really enjoyed this book, and it definitely has me excited to read Guillory's next novel!

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Lirael
Dec 26, 2018

Well-drawn characters, lively dialogue, a feminist lead, and a happy-ever-after ending. Another feel-good romance by the author of The Wedding Date. Sweet!

OPL_ErinD Dec 12, 2018

Fans of Jasmine Guillory's first book "The Wedding Date" should love this loosely based sequel that picks up with freelance writer Nik and doctor Carlos. Following a very public and disastrous public proposal by Nik's clueless man bun-wearing boyfriend, she and Carlos embark on what they both intend as a casual fling but may actually be something more. If you're looking for a cute, contemporary romance, this is it.

IndyPL_MarianneK Nov 26, 2018

An unlikely meet-cute ends with a satisfying HFN (happy for now). If you enjoyed The Wedding Date, you'll love Nik and Carlos, and their surrounding family and friends. Don't worry, I'm sure the'll return in The Wedding Party (out in 2019).

SPL_Melanie Nov 06, 2018

Please see the Summary section for a full review of this book

LPL_MeredithW Jul 18, 2018

A public proposal gone very wrong sparks a fun, smart, utterly charming tale of friends-to-friends-with-benefits-to-definitely-more-than-friends. I really enjoyed Guillory's previous novel, "The Wedding Date," and I think this one is even better! Jump on the holds-list now; you won't want to wait.

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SPL_Melanie Nov 06, 2018

At this dreary season in the year, brighten up a rainy day with some fresh, sparkling perspectives on romance!

All three of these contemporary novels explore what happens when a young, busy working woman finally meets someone special – although in each story, the potential of The Man is certainly not clear at first glance.

In The Proposal, Nikole meets Carlos after she turns down a very public proposal from her short term boyfriend, and they begin a sexy flirtation – but is that all it is? This novel has snappy dialogue, wit, and is quite high on the spicy scale. It’s the second novel by Guillory (her first is The Wedding Date) and in both books, the main character is a determined and successful woman who enjoys her relationships.

A Princess in Theory introduces a new series by Alyssa Cole, Reluctant Royals (book two, A Duke By Default is also in the library now). Naledi, an American grad student, gets a series of spam emails claiming she is the true soulmate of Prince Thabiso of the African country of Thesolo – deleted, of course. Shortly after, she meets and immediately clicks with her new neighbour Jamal. But is Jamal who he says he is? He doesn’t seem familiar with the basics of life, like cooking or taking the subway… This is a clever story featuring a heroine who is a successful, smart scientist. It sets up the next book in the series well, and provides lots of laughs, suspense, and a slightly elevated spicy rating.

Ayesha At Last is inspired by Pride & Prejudice and is set in Scarborough amongst the Muslim community. Its spicy rating is quite low, and the romantic tangle comes more from community expectations and the main characters’ mistaken assumptions about one another. Ayesha meets Khalid at their mosque when she is volunteered once again to take her flighty cousin Hafsa’s place on a committee, and thus is mistaken for Hafsa. But it’s this very cousin who Khalid’s mother is trying to set him up with, leading to confusion all around. Drama, a large cast, and a seasoning of humour result in an entertaining Canadian read.

If you are in the mood to warm up with a good romance, any of these might do. Or ask us for more suggestions, any time!

(published in the Stratford Beacon Herald Nov 9 2018)

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