Review: The Proposal - Jasmine Guillory

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My Rating: ★★★

Genre(s): Romance, Fiction, Chick Lit

Reading Challenge: 22 out of 35

Goodreads Synopsis —

When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn't come as a surprise--or happen in front of 45,000 people.

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...

My Thoughts —

Okay, so I’m going to come out and say it… This was decidedly not my cup of tea.

Let’s get through the good first: This book was fun, which is a crucial component to a good Chick Lit. I often read terribly heavy novels with serious subject matter or they’re sad or whatever. So every now and then, I love me a good lighthearted romance novel. This one filled the quota. I liked that the female characters were presented as being strong and capable, especially the gym owner Natalie who was a real bad-ass. And there was some cutesy, fun banter throughout the novel.

But to be honest, that’s really where the ‘good’ ended for me.

Frankly, this book felt a little… immature? It's an adult novel that focuses on the lives of adults. But I just did not get that impression. I have never heard anyone over 17 speaking to their friends or boyfriends/girlfriends the way these thirty-something characters did. And then there was the sex scene… If you’ve read The Proposal, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. THE cringe-y sex scene. Oh my lord. I nearly had to skip the scene altogether, the dialogue was just so immature and weird.

I didn’t like how the female lead, Nik, was presented. The author kept on about how strong and independent she was, but really, she was just being childish most of the time and was unwilling to show any vulnerability. I don’t really see that being a sign of strength. I believe that a strong character can show their “weak” side and that doesn’t make them helpless, it makes them human. And the male lead, Carlos, showed a lot of signs of that gross “I’m not like other guys” personality in my opinion, especially in the last half of the novel during the plot’s conflict. Yuck.

All in all, the story just seemed rushed and as though there wasn’t a lot of thought put into it. Maybe I’m just as not into romantic novels as I thought I was? Or maybe this was just a miss for me? I’m not sure. But it definitely wasn’t a win in my books.

Thanks for reading!

Felicia x