Title: The Proposal
Author: Jasmine Guillory
Series: The Wedding Date #2
Narrator: Janina Edwards
Length: ~9 hours (325 pages)
Publisher: Berkley; Penguin Audio
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Source: Library/Libby app
Recommended for Fans of: The Boyfriend Project
Content Warnings: death of a parent, pregnancy complications, abusive relationships
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 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…
This was a really cute romance, but ultimately it was just that. I didn’t realize this was second book in the series until after I already started it, but I don’t feel like I missed anything by reading it out of order. This is a series where each book functions as a standalone focusing on a different couple, but there are characters that crossover between books. The premise of this reminded me of The Boyfriend Project, with a disaster breakup going viral.
This book had strong character development. I loved Nikole’s close knit group of girlfriend’s and her work ethic. I loved Carlos’s relationship with his family. I thought the scene toward the end where Nikole interviewed Natalie about her gym was the most powerful scene in the book.
However, while I liked the characters and the romance was cute and steamy, I wish there was more to the plot outside of the romance. Carlos’s family’s health issues significantly affected the plot, but most of the plot was driven by the relationship development, and I prefer my romance books to have a bit more substance.
This book includes some heavy topics including loss of a parent, pregnancy complications, and abusive relationships. Overall, it was a fun and cute romance, but while it had several very emotional and entertaining scenes, they didn’t all come together just right for me.