The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Party is the most middling of all of Jasmine Guillory’s books. This is the third book of hers that I’ve read – I came into it expecting to enjoy it as much as I enjoyed her first two novels, however I found it to be a very average love story. Was it a bad book? No. However, it was pretty forgettable and doesn’t stand out in a very crowded genre.

Maddie and Theo have two things in common:

1. Alexa is their best friend

2. They hate each other

After an “Oops, we made a mistake” kiss, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won’t fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn’t looking.

But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don’t fall in love.

The story is nothing new – it’s a story of two enemies turned lovers who are hiding their relationship from their mutual friends. Is it original? No. Unfortunately, the author also didn’t really put her spin on this well used plotline. The entire time I was waiting, I waited for the plot to become more develop into a more unique story or to add an unexpected twist, but it never happened, it was predictable through and through. The book was missing some of her stylistic signatures from her first two books, and really could have been written by any number of romance authors. Fortunately, the pacing was good, and the chemistry between the two main characters was above average.

The saving grace of this book were its main characters. Maddie is a realistic, career driven woman – she has massive career goals and refuses to let a bit of romance get between her and her dreams. Theo is a workaholic with a bit of a problem talking to women. He comes off as abrasive and harsh, but deep down is a bighearted softy. They begin the book by hating each other, which sets up the potential for growth beautifully. As their relationship blossoms, they both grow as people, and their chemistry grows in an organic way. The fact that their chemistry evolved with their relationship (it began as pure heat and hatred and grew to be something more loving and caring) was remarkable. This book also contains fun updates on characters from the previous book. All of them are intertwined: this book is set around the wedding of Alexa (from The Wedding Date) and Carlos and Nikole from The Proposal both pop up in this book in a large cameo.

I sincerely hope that Jasmine Guillory’s next book is more in line quality-wise with her first two books. This is still a good beach read, but don’t expect to remember much about it more than a few hours after reading it. Be sure to check out Jasmine Guillory’s first two books: The Wedding Date and The Proposal if you haven’t already. 3/5

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