The Proposal

“I’ve spent so long being afraid of love, because the last time I was in love, the man I loved only loved one part of me, but not all of me, and I thought love meant having to sacrifice a part of yourself.”

Most girls dream about the day that their prince charming will pop the question (I definitely did..), it will be everything they have ever imagined… and more. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for Nik Patterson.

Nik has been dating Fisher for five months, she isn’t sure where it’s going and she isn’t sure whether or not she wants to continue with whatever it is that they are doing—all of these things are going through her mind as she sits at a Dodgers baseball game with Fisher and his buddies. Before she knows it, Fisher is pointing to a message on the jumbotron, “Nicole, will you marry me?” and he is down on one knee proposing to her. Forget the fact that Nik actually spells her name Nikole and forget the fact that they are currently in Dodgers stadium as thousands of fans are watching to see what she will say; Nik doesn’t care. They have only been together for FIVE months and have never even said ‘I love you.’

So what’s a girl to do?? She, of course, says no. Fisher and his buddies storm out of the stadium, leaving Nik to fend for herself among thousands of angry fans who just saw a girl turn down a marriage proposal. Just when the media crews show up to torment Nik even more, Carlos and his sister Angela step in to save Nik by pretending to be long-lost friends of hers. The three of them quickly exit the stadium, escaping any confrontations.

What ensues, after Carols and Angela save the day, is a whirlwind romance between Nik and Carlos that leaves a smile on your face for (basically) the entirety of the novel. I genuinely loved the way that Jasmine Guillory wrote The Proposal. The way that Guillory describes the first interactions between Nik and Carlos reminded me vividly of the butterflies that you get in your stomach when you first start dating someone new. Everything feels like a firework. And, there were countless times that I felt those butterflies as Nik and Carlos’ relationship grew.

I found this book to be a light and clever read, causing me to laugh out loud on multiple occasions. I didn’t find that it was too far-fetched (as some romance novels can be). What happened with them could very well happen to just about anyone. It was just what I needed to read!

Also, The Proposal had me thinking of my own proposal and just how important being in a healthy, loving relationship truly is. Eventually, when I do more of “introduce the blogger”, I will fill you in on that story. It’s a good one!

The entire time that I was reading this book I wanted to drop everything, open up my own cupcake shop and just create beautiful cupcakes, every day, for the rest of my life. Once I finished, I decided I would attempt to make my own Spicy Chocolate Cupcake. I will link you to the recipe on my blog, here.

Thanks for stopping by! If you’ve read this novel, let me know what you think! I’m always up for a good book discussion.

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