By: 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…
I think I mentioned in my review of Party of Two I thought the romance was too much like her first book, and I was concerned about the other books in the series. After reading The Proposal, I’m no longer concerned. There are, of course, similarities, the women are all strong, the men are supportive, and they’re both professionals that love their jobs. Those are all things that I’m okay with reading over and over. (It would be nice to see someone more working class, but I understand there’s a theme with this series)
After the horrific experience of being proposed to on a jumbo Tron, Nik is just looking for a rebound. For whatever reason, Carlos only wanted something that wasn’t serious too. I was truly surprised by that considering how important family was to him. There was an explanation, which I understood, but what got him to that point didn’t seem plausible. Carlos forced Drew, in The Wedding Date, to face his emotions, it was hypocritical of him to do that after what you learn in The Proposal.
Lots of food is eaten. There are heartfelt discussions on deep topics. You see their relationship develop, but because of suppressed emotions, they don’t make things easy on themselves.
It was a good book. I enjoyed it much better than Party for Two and I didn’t dislike Party for Two. I’ll definitely finish out the series.