The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

This was the second book I’ve read by Jasmine Guillory – her other book, The Proposal, was featured as one of Reese Witherspoon’s book club picks, as well as a Book of the Month subscription pick. Luckily, all of her books can be read as stand alone books, as they just share a few secondary characters with each other. I have to say, this book was very different than The Proposal – it’s much more traditionally romantic. While this isn’t the most original rom com book, it’s certainly a fun ride.

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…

 

As I said before, this wasn’t the most original romantic comedy ever. It has a great (and very, very cute) meet cute that kicks the romance off with a bang, but otherwise it hits the typical rom-com beats. It has the classic fake-relationship-evolving-to-real-relationship trope, but it was well executed and enjoyable to read (plus it’s one of my favorite tropes). The book itself is predictable but it had some great conflict and tension to balance out the romantic scenes, which was what really set this book above the pack of similar books. The writing was pretty average in terms of quality – the vocabulary was pretty limited, the style was basic, and a few times there was some awkward phrasing.

This book falls into the trap that so many romance novels do – it doesn’t make full use of it’s side characters (and lacks subplots). Honestly, the level of neglect the two leads give their friendships was kind of off-putting. Just days after reading this book, I couldn’t name a single one of the characters other than the two leads, Alexa and Drew. Alexa and Drew weren’t the most deep characters (but that tends to be the case in this genre) – but what they lacked in depth they made up for in chemistry.  Right off the bat, their chemistry was organic and sizzling, and it only grew with time – though one thing I didn’t love, was that sometimes their relationship felt like it was a competition. I also appreciated that the book spent time focused on Alexa’s career and her major project throughout the book.

The rest of Jasmine’s books are set in the same universe as this one – so you’ll get to see some familiar faces as you keep reading the series. I think this could be the start of a very fun series if the rest of the books are anything like this one. This was a good debut, and well worth the read – perfect for a beach read or an escape from a long week. If you enjoyed this book and are looking for more, be sure to check out her next book, The Proposal4/5

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5 Comments

  1. Ooh this sounds like a light-hearted and fun book providing you don’t take it too seriously – and don’t want memorable characters, aha! Great review!

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