Author: Jasmine Guillory
Book: The Wedding Date
A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.
On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…
After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other…
They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century–or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want…
My Thoughts on “The Wedding Date”
There’s no beating around the bush in this novel. You get to the point right at the beginning. Boy meets girl; boy asks girl to be his fake date; boy and girl fall in love. It stayed true to the “pretend dating to real romance” trope, and delivered on everything it was supposed to.
What I liked: Drew is considerate and charming. Alexa is smart, driven, kind and sexy as hell. I loved how she didn’t hesitate to check him on his privilege. I imagine that’s quite uncomfortable to do at the beginning of an interracial relationship.
What I didn’t like much (but also wasn’t a deal breaker for me): For two very grown and intelligent people, they were terrible at communicating basic needs. And I didn’t think the issues they were dealing with were really addressed. It seemed like declarations of love were made and all was just well again in the end.
Overall, the book features an imperfect yet headstrong black female protagonist (which I love) as well as an interracial relationship that doesn’t ignore the “elephant in the room”. Jasmine Guillory wrote well enough to keep the book moving at a fast, entertaining pace. If you enjoy simple rom-coms with little depth, then you might like this book.
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