The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

Thursday, November 1, 2018


by Jasmine Guillory
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Publication Date: October 30th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷

Writing this review for The Proposal honestly hurts a little bit. The Wedding Date was such a charming debut novel that I couldn't help but have high expectations for Jasmine Guillory's sophomore novel. Unfortunately, my expectations for this book were not met. The Proposal lacked the addicting quality that I have come to expect from Jasmine Guillory and for the most part, fell flat.

If you have read The Wedding Date, then you are already familiar with Carlos, Drew's best friend. I adored Carlos in that book and was hyped to read his story. At the start of this book, my love for the guy was still strong and I hoped that it would only get stronger as the story progressed, but that did not quite happen. In fact, his behavior and actions began to seem ridiculous and whiny, which made him an irritating character, in my opinion. By the end of the book, I was left with a feeling of discontent with how Guillory chose to write Carlos in The Proposal. I want to say that I had a better experience with Nikole, the heroine, but that was not the case. She was smart and witty, sure, but she also felt one-dimensional. Her feelings never truly reached me, which made it hard for me to be in synch with her. I never grew to care for her like I did Alexa in The Wedding Date.

As a result of my not particularly enjoying either of the main characters, I felt indifferent towards the romance. It lacked any sort of spark or chemistry for me. Carlos and Nikole were rather bland together. I was honestly surprised when the declarations of love were made, especially by Carlos, because they had barely even spent time getting to know each other. I simply wasn't convinced by these two as a couple. I did enjoy Nikole's friends and her relationship with them. I always think reading about strong and supportive female friendships is just empowering and Nikole's friends were a wonderful bunch.

From The Wedding Date, it was obvious to me that Jasmine Guillory is talented, but The Proposal felt like a book that she forced herself to push through. While it didn't exactly hold my attention, I will still wholeheartedly recommend The Wedding Date and will eagerly look forward to whatever the author decides to publish next.

Did you enjoy The Wedding Date? Are you looking forward to reading The Proposal?
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