Thank you to Berkley Romance for the gifted copy of While We Were Dating
Jasmine Guillory is a power house in the romance genre, for a good reason. When I got the opportunity to read her latest book, While We Were Dating, early, I jumped on it. Y’all. This might just be my new favorite Jasmine Guillory book.
Two people realize that it’s no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory.
Ben Stephens has never bothered with serious relationships. He has plenty of casual dates to keep him busy, family drama he’s trying to ignore and his advertising job to focus on. When Ben lands a huge ad campaign featuring movie star Anna Gardiner, however, it’s hard to keep it purely professional. Anna is not just gorgeous and sexy, she’s also down to earth and considerate, and he can’t help flirting a little…
Anna Gardiner is on a mission: to make herself a household name, and this ad campaign will be a great distraction while she waits to hear if she’s booked her next movie. However, she didn’t expect Ben Stephens to be her biggest distraction. She knows mixing business with pleasure never works out, but why not indulge in a harmless flirtation?
But their lighthearted banter takes a turn for the serious when Ben helps Anna in a family emergency, and they reveal truths about themselves to each other, truths they’ve barely shared with those closest to them.
When the opportunity comes to turn their real-life fling into something more for the Hollywood spotlight, will Ben be content to play the background role in Anna’s life and leave when the cameras stop rolling? Or could he be the leading man she needs to craft their own Hollywood ending?
My favorite part of this book by far was the honesty and openness about mental health. Ben was in therapy and spent the book actively reflecting on his therapist’s advice and guidance – and actively applied it to his life. I really enjoyed his journey of figuring out how to better his mental health and how he could more healthily handle the relationships in his life. Likewise, Anna was dealing with the mental health repercussions of her fame and the stress that went along with it (and the stress from having aging parents).
Ben and Anna are definitely my favorite of all of The Wedding Date series couples – they had phenomenal chemistry right off the bat and were just plain fun together. From their impromptu road trip to their steamy hookups to their dates where they fooled the paparazzi – these two were just a blast to read about. I really loved how they were so open and honest with each other – about their mental health, about their life struggles, and more.
While We Were Dating is my new favorite book by Jasmine Guillory for sure – between the amazing couple, the honest discussion about mental health and therapy, and the little cameos from characters from earlier books, there was a whole lot to love about this book. If you haven’t already you should definitely check out the previous books in this series (especially The Proposal and Party of Two, my faves). 5/5