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Book Review: The Proposal

Plot:

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..

Review:

From the very first word in this novel I was absolutely hooked. For once in a while I found a chic-lit novel that I am hooked with! The main characters Carlos and Nik have interesting point of views that are coincidently similar to each other if only they spoke more about how they felt. They shortly became friends after he saves her from cameras after the disastrous proposal incident. This novel may seem predictable and it was annoying at times how they kept trying to say what it was, when it was really clear from how they went on that it was a relationship. A lot of descriptions of their together-time too!

I would also like to point out the elements of diversity and feminism within this as it was not overly mentioned and it wasn’t at minimal either and I enjoyed the balance of both as this made the novel stand out. I think what this novel is trying to get across as well is that love is not a trap. Some people are afraid of relationships, commitments even though they are relationship people. I loved seeing how close they grew together over time. I found this to be a very enjoyable read, I loved the entertaining parts where Carlos really enjoyed Rosé wine after giving off to his sister a lot about it. There was not too much focus on the love element, but more of a relaxing environment where there was a balance of life to it. I haven’t had a read of a chic lit that has had the right amount of balance between everything as most novels I have read in this genre has a focus on a key aspect whereas this one didn’t. Plus, it was set in LA and we got to see a glimpse of this summery life-style life. Maybe it was the sun reading that got me so in the zone with this novel but I just enjoyed it a lot.

A favourite quote I really enjoyed in this read: “Letting yourself have feelings for people is scary, I know it is, but you can’t go through life with most people at arms length”

Promising author and I can’t wait to see what else she has to offer as she’s a great writer. Highly recommend this for nice summer reads this season.

5/5 Stars

C

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