Guillory, Jasmine. The Proposal. New York: Berkley, 2018.
Paperback | $15.00 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0399587689 | 325 pages | Contemporary Romance
The Proposal is just as fabulous as The Wedding Date, perhaps even more so. It’s a delightfully funny book that had me laughing out loud, while also rooting for Carlos and Nikole to work toward their happy ending, even when things ended badly between them.
One of my few complaints about The Wedding Date was that Drew was a commitment phobic playboy without it really being explained, not that it would have mattered much to me. Thus, I was glad this book went in a different direction, with Carlos wanting something casual in the beginning, but being the one to declare his feelings first, and with Nik having issues with relationships that were much better explained, due to being burned once so severely it impacted how she viewed romance. But it was rewarding to watch her growth, especially since one of the best moments was seeing her punch her more recent ex in the face for humiliating her.
The book introduces us to a bunch of new colorful and fun characters, and I enjoyed seeing the role female friendship played, with Courtney and Dana both being alternately the biggest cheerleaders for Nik’s relationship and her biggest supporters when she believes it’s fallen apart. I also enjoyed meeting Natalie, especially as her journey from battered wife to proud, independent strong woman parallels Nik’s own.
This is definitely a must-read for those who love fun diverse romantic comedies.