Happy pub day to Jasmine Guillory!
I’ve been staring at this beautiful ARC, gracing my bookshelf for months and waiting for the opportune moment. I’ve said it once before, but I believe there are certain books for every stage of your life/mental well-being. Well, recently I’ve been extremely stressed out, mentally and physically exhausted, and kind of struggling to connect to several books because I just don’t have the mental capacity to deal with them. Basically, I needed something that would be light, airy, and just pure entertainment.
The Proposal was exactly what the doctor ordered.
The story follows Nikole Paterson and Carlos Ibarra (the best friend from The Wedding Date – I haven’t read this yet, but Taylor did and absolutely loved it!) in the aftermath of the most cringe worth proposal of all time: Fisher, Nik’s man bun donning, actor boyfriend of 5 months (yes, 5 months) decided to propose to her at a Dodgers game on the jumbotron…and didn’t even spell her name correctly. Obviously, the crowd was unaware of this fact and thought she was the worst person for refusing to take his hand in marriage. Enter Carlos and his sister Angie, the knights in shining armor, swooping in the rescue her from the camera crew. Nik and Carlos naturally hit it off, and since neither are interested in pursuing a relationship they decide to “keep it casual.” Then, if my incessant love of Rom Coms has taught me anything… being “friends with benefits” is never that easy.
I found myself laughing out loud on the plane, grinning from ear to ear, and basically not being able to control my facial expressions because I was just so wrapped up in the story. Between the diversity of the characters, the strong and independent ladies in the book (Who run the world? GIRLS), and the refreshingly “normal” romance (no instalove, just a relationship that buds from genuine friendship), Guillory created a romantic comedy fit for the perfect a Girls Night In.
Also, there’s no way I can drink rosé the same way again… *gasps, clutches pearls*
I will say that the story was fairly predictable, but honestly that’s what I was hoping for. I didn’t want the extreme twists and turns, and I honestly enjoyed escaping the paranoia that comes with my love of mystery and suspense. Now, I’m hoping that Natalie gets her own story (seriously, she deserves it), that Fisher ends up sad and alone (#sorrynotsorry), and that Jasmine Guillory continues to write more novels. At least one of these is true: her next release is slated for July 2019! Fingers crossed for the rest, y’all!
If you’re looking for a fun romantic comedy with a fantastic cast of diverse characters, or even just needing a palate cleanser from all the heavier books that have been weighing you down, pour yourself that glass of rosé (*wink*) and grab this book – it’s exactly what you need. Thank you so much to Berkley for my review copy. It’s my pleasure to share my honest thoughts and opinions with our readers!