The Pro­posal de­liv­ers fun ro­mance

Toronto Sun - - SHOWBIZ -

There are some women who dream of ex­trav­a­gant pro­pos­als full of heart­felt ro­mance.

Nikole Pater­son isn’t one of them. In her sopho­more novel, Jas­mine Guil­lory uses a botched grand ges­ture to pair a Los An­ge­les doc­tor and a free­lance writer in the most ran­dom of cir­cum­stances in The Pro­posal.

Nikole wasn’t ready to be en­gaged to her ac­tor-boyfriend. She and Fisher had only been dat­ing for six months when he dropped down on one knee at a base­ball game in front of thou­sands and thou­sands of peo­ple to pop the ques­tion.

She wasn’t sur­prised when he pitched a fit as she de­clined the ring. What she didn’t ex­pect was back­lash from count­less Dodger fans on pub­licly break­ing Fisher’s heart.

An­other sur­prise? Car­los and his sis­ter An­gela who res­cued her by pre­tend­ing to be long-lost friends as her face cov­ered the en­tire width of the jum­botron. Hav­ing been aban­doned by Fisher and his friends at the game, Car­los and An­gela both feel sorry for Nik and whisk her away to drown her sor­rows at the lo­cal bar.

When the dis­as­trous pro­posal goes vi­ral, Car­los is once again drawn to the girl who is be­ing bashed on the In­ter­net for no good rea­son. Be­ing an ex­tremely in­de­pen­dent woman, Nik tenses at his pro­tec­tive vibe, but soon learns to re­lax in his pres­ence. It doesn’t hurt that she has in­cred­i­ble chem­istry with him. Who wouldn’t? He’s a nice, great-look­ing doc­tor who cooks in his spare time.

Af­ter a night of great food and won­der­ful con­ver­sa­tion, their friend­ship trans­forms into more. Both agree that there are no strings at­tached, yet each se­cretly wants to see where things might take them.

The Pro­posal Jas­mine Guil­lory (Berkley)

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