This is one of those books I heard so many wonderful things about and was excited to get my hands on it. Unfortunately, my excitement soon fizzled.
Nikole and Carlos were nice enough… as friends, maybe even friends with benefits. But, I felt no romantic chemistry and the ‘relationship’ felt forced to me.
Dragged through the wringer emotionally and mentally in her last serious relationship (with a doctor), Nik put her feelings away and dated guys she couldn’t be serious about.
Which led her to sometime-wannabe-actor Fisher and the proposal.
The baseball game was one of the few times I felt bad for Nik because… Fisher? No, just no. But whether or not you’re into the guy, what woman goes to a sporting event with her man and HIS friends? That’s an accident looking for a place to happen… and it found one.
Loved the save by Carlos and Angela and was glad Nik got right into the flow. And meeting Nik’s besties, Courtney and Dana, afterward at the lounge was fun too.
After that, it was a struggle for me to stay invested in this couple and their story.
When Carlos accompanied Nik home because, you know… creepy Fisher, her angry internal thoughts AT HIM gave me a few of my own… and I put the book down and read something else.
I love and applaud confident, self-assured heroines, but the ones who feel compelled to voice how strong and independent they are or resent the man for… being a man? Not so much. Your actions and behavior should show who you are. If you have to tell me—constantly—you’re trying too hard. And her passive/aggressive I don’t need a relationship/oh my god, this man is hot back and forth worked my nerves.
Carlos was likable but carrying a full set of matching baggage that was exhausting to even watch. His commitment and loyalty to his family was admirable… and suffocating. He didn’t want to be the dependable son, brother, and cousin, he wanted to be his father—and it was detrimental to his psyche. Thank goodness for the sanity and clarity of Angela.
But I’m still left with two people who say they’re not looking for a relationship exhibiting relationship-like behavior… and are upset about it. By the time the admissions and confessions appeared, I just wanted it to be over. I’m sure these scenes were meant to be heartfelt but I felt no burning passion, no I need you in my life for the rest of my life. They could have been discussing oil changes in my mind.
The Proposal is well-written. The snark and one-liners are spot on. The back story of Natalie was a heartbreaker and emotional. She showed the growth I wished I’d seen in Nikole. Favorite scene, hands down, was the reappearance of Fisher. YESSS! That was awesome.
Obviously, I’m in the minority with my review, but it happens. I’m sure fans of contemporary romance will be reading The Proposal long after I’ve forgotten about it, but many thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity!
by Jasmine Guillory
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance/Multicultural
11.99 PreOrder (Releases October 30, 2018)
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…