Book Review: Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

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party of two by jasmine guillory book coverAfter not loving the last two books in Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date series, I was hesitant to read the latest entry, Party of Two. After seeing some reviewers whose opinions I trust noting that Party of Two was a return to form for the series, I reluctantly decided to pick it up, and I’m glad that I did. Party of Two turned out to be a gooey slow burn romantic comedy with a heart of gold and predictable happily ever after.

A chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns into a whirlwind affair that gets everyone talking. 

Dating is the last thing on Olivia Monroe’s mind when she moves to LA to start her own law firm. But when she meets a gorgeous man at a hotel bar and they spend the entire night flirting, she discovers too late that he is none other than hotshot junior senator Max Powell. Olivia has zero interest in dating a politician, but when a cake arrives at her office with the cutest message, she can’t resist—it is chocolate cake, after all.

Olivia is surprised to find that Max is sweet, funny, and noble—not just some privileged white politician she assumed him to be. Because of Max’s high-profile job, they start seeing each other secretly, which leads to clandestine dates and silly disguises. But when they finally go public, the intense media scrutiny means people are now digging up her rocky past and criticizing her job, even her suitability as a trophy girlfriend. Olivia knows what she has with Max is something special, but is it strong enough to survive the heat of the spotlight?

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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…

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Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory is an author that I thought would be a go-to for me after I read her first two books (The Wedding Date and The Proposal). Her third book was a bit of a miss for me, but I figured that would be a one off. Sadly, I find that Royal Holiday is also a miss – making me question if the rest of this authors books will also flop and if I should continue reading them as they are released.

Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality.

Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour—until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling.

Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day. . .or are they?

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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.

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Review: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

Recently, I saw on Instagram that Reese Witherspoon does a book club where she recommends one book a month to read. After looking back at some of her previous picks (One Day in December, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and Little Fires Everywhere are among them), I decided to start following her suggestions. The Proposal is the January 2019 pick, and I couldn’t be happier to start my book club experience with a self described romantic comedy book. While The Proposal is nothing groundbreaking, it is a fun and light read with a strong female lead.

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…

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