The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory: Nikole is a talented writer and she loves her freelance work. She’s spunky, feisty, independent, and loves food. She’s very much focused on her career at this point. Carlos is a dedicated doctor who loves to cook and take care of his mom, sister, and other family members. Just like Nik, he thinks he doesn’t really have the time for a relationship.
Nik is horrified when her boyfriend surprises her with a JumboTron proposal at a Dodgers game. Nothing about their relationship was serious, nor was Nik in the market for a relationship that would lead to marriage. The well-timed rescue by Carlos and his sister was exactly what she needed. That timely rescue leads to a friendship neither expected, but was a welcome surprise with the ensuing social media storm and barrage of emails, calls, and memes.
“You have to promise to never tell anyone about this, though. I have a reputation to uphold.”
She nodded and turned so her lips were almost touching his ear.
“Cross my heart; it’s our secret. Just one question: do you think you maybe want to call triple A to get us out of here?”
They pretty quickly learn that they share a mutual love of food, especially when Carlos cooks. Both felt the attraction that first day, but they develop a friendship before adding the benefits to their relationship. Carlos was just meant to be a fling after the disaster with her ex, but he makes her laugh, he respects her, and their relationship is easy. So easy that they start spending significant time together and the once clear lines become blurred.
“I promise we can hang out and eat pancakes and drink rose and I won’t propose to you on a JumboTron.”
She clinked her coffee mug against his. Oh thank God. They wanted the exact same thing. This was perfect.
“That sounds pretty ideal.”
The Proposal is delightful with humor, heat, and banter. Jasmine Guillory created a well-developed story of what happens after the public proposal goes wrong in the age of social media. Ms. Guillory provided an entertaining and diverse cast of characters, with Drew and Alexa from The Wedding Date as secondary characters. Fans of Penelope Ward and Jessica Lemmon will love The Proposal.
Publication: October 30th 2018 | Berkley Books |
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…
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