Book Review – The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

I’ve honestly been meaning to write this review since I hopped back into blogging in June, and I’m really glad I decided to wait until I could read The Wedding Date first [review here!]. Because I loved this book a lot, and having the context of the first book makes it even better. But this one I particularly loved, and I’m honestly hoping that they get better as the series goes. I love that. It makes me want to keep reading and reading and reading. Forever and ever, to infinity and beyond. Oh, was that not already implied based on the fact that I run a book review blog. 😉

Anyway, let’s get to it.

In The Proposal, Nikole Paterson is hoping she just has to get through this Dodgers game with her actor, man bun sporting boyfriend before they can go back to their little fling… without his friends or his interests getting involved. But it’s his birthday, so here she is. But then… he proposes. On the scoreboard in front of the whole baseball game. Without discussing it with her first! And there she is, required to say no in front of a stadium full of people.

Carlos Ibarra was also at the game with his sister, two rows above Nikole, witnessing the whole incident. Once Man Bun and his friends leave, the camera crews descend on Nik, and Carlos decides to save her, whisking her away out of the stadium. And then, when Man Bun starts bashing her on the internet and the video of the failed proposal goes viral, Carlos is there for her then too. But writer Nik knows that Dr. Carlos is a hot commodity, that he would never want a real relationship, not with her. So she embarks on a rebound fling with the hot doctor, knowing there’s an end date for the whole affair.

Feelings weren’t supposed to develop. They weren’t supposed to like each other as much as they do. How are they going to end their rebound now?


3 Things I Loved

  1. Nik. I related to Nik a lot in this book. She’s a freelance writer, so she works from home when she has time, and I used to work from home in my last job too, so I felt her a lot. And even just writing. Y’all know that I’m a writer too, and yeah, I was just feeling Nik a lot.
  2. Carlos. I mean, obviously. So now that I’m considering the books in order, I like Carlos even more than I did when I read The Proposal as a standalone. He was there for his friend even when Drew was a dick, and he was there for Nik when things blew up, and he’s just. He’s wonderful. More strong, smart, courteous, marshmallowy men in romance please.
  3. Angie. Carlos’ sister is also wonderful. I love strong family connections in books. It really shows a good author, because they can culminate side relationships without risking the main relationship. And Angie is a prime example of that. She’s a great side character, and a great support for Carlos throughout the story.

Dislikes/Problematic Content

It has honestly been a while since I’ve read this book, but I can’t think of anything to put in this section. It was unapologetically diverse, which I loved. I was just so happy when I was reading it. That’s what I remember.


A reminder of the rating scale:

  • Red = DNF, I hated everything
  • Orange = Ugh, no thank you
  • Yellow = I mean, I’ve read worse, but there were problems
  • Green = This was good! 
  • Blue = Oh my gosh, I loved this book!
  • Purple = This is the unicorn of books and I will be rereading it until the binding falls apart and EVERYONE should be reading it!

Well! I’m going to have to follow suit with the first book in the series on this one! The Proposal gets a BLUE rating! I really love this series, so so much, and I can’t wait to read the next one!

Happy reading!

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