Thoughts on "The Proposal" by Jasmine Guillory
Updated: Aug 16
"I stepped out of my comfort zone with this book, because I don't normally read romance. I try to steer away from anything that would give me a false sense of hope as I already consider myself to be a hopeless romantic that doesn't need anymore ammo to fuel my delusions of love, but this book was different."
“The Proposal” tells the story of freelance writer Nik who meets handsome doctor Carlos after she turns down her boyfriend's surprise proposal at a Dodgers game.
Review (No Spoilers)
Lately, I've been in a funk. Every book I started I lost interest in halfway through. So when I went book shopping a couple of months ago, I went looking for a light read to bring me out of my slump. Lucky for me, I happened upon "The Proposal" by Jasmine Guillory. This book is a light hearted, feel good read. I stepped out of my comfort zone with this book, because I don't normally read romance. I try to steer away from anything that would give me a false sense of hope as I already consider myself to be a hopeless romantic who doesn't need anymore ammo to fuel my delusions of love, but this book was different.
Let me just start by saying that if you're expecting something big to happen in this book you will be let down. The truth is nothing really happens. I'm able to write a spoiler free review because honestly there's not much to spoil. Nikole Patterson and Carlos Ibarra enter a no strings attached relationship, but as they get to know more about each other surprise surprise they fall in love. That's pretty much it. There are side characters with their own interesting stories like Carlos's pregnant cousin and Nik's two best friends but essentially the story revolves around Carlos and Nik told from their point of views alternating each chapter or so. I know this sounds like a negative review, but it's not! I appreciated how this book took a more realistic approach to romance than other romances I've read. I felt the book was more about learning how to trust yourself again after an unsuccessful relationship and letting new love kinda do its thing. Which is a message I think everyone should hear.
"Once I learned to trust myself, my instincts, and my emotions, trusting other people was a lot easier."
Honestly, there's not much to say about this book besides the fact that it's just a really enjoyable book. I think I smiled the whole time I was reading it. It still has those cheesy rom-com moments that make you want to turn the page, but not too cheesy to the point where even hardcore romance readers would disapprove. Long story short...go read it!
One Last Thought
I know this review was really short, and I know that's surprising since I'm obviously someone who always has a lot to say, but that's pretty much all there is to this book. Jasmine Guillory might be my go to author for light reads, but I'll have to read a few more to be sure. Sometimes when I feel stuck I try to focus on doing the things that I love. Reading is one of those things, and it feels good to be back at it. More reviews coming soon!