The Proposal

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…

This was the second book in the Wedding Date series. I really enjoyed the first book in this series so was really looking forward to continuing with the series. This book did not disappoint and I gave it a solid 4 stars.

Despite this book being part of a series, the characters were all new. I believe that each of the books revolves around a new cast of characters which confused me a bit but it means that these books work well as standalone novels.

The book started with a surprise, very unwanted proposal which gave me a strong feeling of second hand embarrassment. It was also so funny and a really lighthearted start to the book. Carlos and his sister swooped in to rescue Nik from the unwanted camera attention. It made me so happy that these strangers would came to help someone so clearly in distress. Carlos was introduced as a knight in shining armour…if that armour were a baseball cap.

I really enjoyed all of the characters in this book. Nik was pretty relatable as a person who had been heartbroken once before and that clouded their views on relationships. I think many people have known somebody like that. Fiercely independent and reluctant to let any serious romance in. Carlos was a nice guy who was attractive, smart, and an excellent cook. He was also not open to relationships so seemed like a perfect match for Nik. Something light and fun…as predicted, feelings happened and I was there cheering at my book. I absolutely loved this pairing. Each of these main characters benefitted highly from having friends who were smart and outspoken enough to call their friends out when they needed it.

I absolutely loved the little jokes about LA and how weird it was that Carlos had ‘a real job’ as a doctor. I found it fun as LA is one of those places that doesn’t seem real. I base this entirely on TV although I’m fairly certain that The Hills and The Real Housewives aren’t reliable sources of information.

Carlos’ interactions with his family were truly beautiful. I really enjoy books with strong and positive family relationships, whether biological or found family.

This book made me hungry. I googled so many recipes while reading this book. I really enjoyed the inclusion of so many tasty sounding foods. I love when books include tasty sounding food. The chapter with the cooking was hilarious and I may always laugh when I see sour cream.

This book was a light and fun romance but also included some very serious topics like racism, grieving, emotional abuse. This is the second book that I’ve read from this author and she’s so skilled at including real life issues within a light setting.

If you are looking for a good romance with spicy scenes and realistic characters, I highly recommend this book. I am so ready to read the third book in this series, I really enjoy Jasmine Guillory’s writing and am thoroughly enjoying this series!

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