Author: Jasmine Guillory
Publisher: Berkley Books
Released: October 30th, 2018
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Characters: Nikole, Carlos, Dana, Courtney Park, Angela, …
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…
I have a lot to say about this book. Let’s get to the positive part of it first. What I liked about this book is the starting or the first chapter. It started off with a bang and man, I thought I was going to adore this book with a strong black woman as the main character but … NOPE. Everything just went downhill after the first chapter.
Note: This review does consist of (a little bit) spoilers.
In my humble opinion, I think both the main characters are just full of themselves. Nik seems to have struggles of men undermining her ability and her career, thus she tries to be the strong woman and prove to the society that women could be independent. There were some parts like how serious she is about her career as a journalist and also when she joins the self defense classes sort of highlight Nik as a strong woman. Other than that, she has proven again and again of her immaturity throughout the book. Carlos may appear as charming and humorous. But, he sometimes tend to become a bit creepy to me and too obsessed at the idea that he must protect the women he loves, as if all women need him and they are, weak (?).
The representation of POC is almost non-existent, except for Carlos who’s a Latino through the food. Other than that, other POCs seem like they just exist in the book because “We need diversity in the book!” The story line and the plot is just poorly executed. This is what happened in the whole book:
It started off with a bang, insta-love, then a lot of sex and good food, some issues about family and feminism (poor attempt), a fight happened, then we reached to the happy ending. THE END.
But I do appreciate the friendship between Nik and her best friends, Courtney and Dana. I think that is really sweet and their friendship is definitely a support system that everyone needs.
The writing style, I thought really helped me to read the book fast, because it is simplistic. However, at certain point, it became too simplistic and cringey for me, as if a teenager was writing the book. WELPPP
This is how I reacted to the way the sex scenes and some weird touching (literally, they touch each other a lot) moments between Nik and Carlos:
There were few important issues that were addressed in this book, but they were not being stressed enough. For instance, abusive relationship and bisexual representation; they were addressed in like, about 10 pages. It was a touch and go kind of thing, which is a shame, really.
Overall, would I recommend it? No. However, everything said here is just my opinion. It’s how I viewed the book and maybe it’s just not for me. But if you like a cute and light read, you may consider to pick this one up or you may refer to the more positive reviews on goodreads. Also, I’d like to thanks Times Reads for sending this book to me in exchange for an honest review.