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Review: ‘The Wedding Date’ by Jasmine Guillory

Review: 'The Wedding Date' by Jasmine Guillory

Review: ‘The Wedding Date’ by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date

by Jasmine Guillory
Series: The Wedding Date #1
Published by Berkley Books on January 30, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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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...

The Wedding Date is the first book I read by the lovely Jasmine Guillory, and it will not be my last. I enjoyed reading this Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance book and look forward to diving into the next book.

Jasmine Guillory brings two characters together, Drew and Alexa, in a very awkward situation where they both get stuck in an elevator. Drew needs a date for the wedding he’s part of and doesn’t want to end up going alone. He ends up asking Alexa who he met in the elevator. They end up having to pretend they are in a relationship since Drew said Alexa is his girlfriend. After the wedding though Drew and Alexa ends up seeing each other quite a bit. There is a lot of flying back and forth to Berkley to Los Angeles and vice versa. This is when it gets tricky, and readers find out more about Drew and Alexa. Alexa is a successful, beautiful African American woman working as the Chief of Staff for the Mayor. She never thought that a handsome doctor like Drew would ask her out. Then there is Drew with his difficulty of keeping a relationship due to him not wanting to have one. He’s always breaking up with the women he dates after so long due to his reasons.

I enjoyed reading this romantic comedy/contemporary romance book and loved how Jasmine wrote about the difficulties and triumphs between Alexa and Drew.  Poor Alexa is not sure most of the time in the book on what she and Drew are, and she tends to lack confidence in herself when it comes to being with Drew. Drew was completely confused in the book on how he felt, even though there were moments of jealousy. I wish these two would’ve had the talk before they started hooking up, but they didn’t. The long-distance relationship makes it difficult for them to be together, which Jasmine brought up situations that could break them away from each other.

There were times that Alexa drove me crazy on her confidence in herself. She didn’t see Drew going out with her, even though he always let her know he loved how she looked and didn’t want her to change one bit. Drew drove me crazy too on how he put off the status between him and Alexa. Although, the drama was crazy at times the banter and humor between the two were what kept me intrigued into reading their book. The first moment they met in the elevator at the hotel, they were adorable together.

I loved how the author had Alexa and Drew come together and overcome all the challenges that they were faced with as far as a long-distance relationship and other items. I look forward to reading the next book, which involves Carlos.

Now I’m onto other review books at this time until I receive Carlos book, The Proposal from my local library.

Story Rating: 4 stars
Steaminess Rating: 3.5 stars
Standalone or part of series: Part of series, but can be read as a standalone.
Do I recommend this book? Yes.
Will I read other books from the author? Yes.
Tropes/Elements: Fake/Pretend Relationship at first; Interracial Relationship
Hero: Pediatric Doctor; Has issues with keeping a relationship
Heroine: Chief of Staff for the Mayor; Lawyer; Low Confidence/Self-of-Esteem

About Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School. She is a Bay Area native who has towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks.


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