REVIEW: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

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“I vow to take thee as my date, to pretend to have and to hold, from rehearsal dinner to reception end, till Sunday do us part.”

Back of the book blurb:

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...

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Berkley Books
Pages: 311
ISBN: 9780399587665

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My rating: 

            I actually learned about this novel due to a random booktube video. It’s rare that I watch booktube, but I stumbled upon a romance-related video and that’s where I learned of The Wedding Date and I am so glad that I did. Jasmine Guillory’s debut novel was sweet, sexy, and incredible.

“Had that really happened? Had that cute stranger just asked her to be his date for a wedding? And had she really said yes?”

            Okay, but haven’t we all dreamt of this meet-cute? Getting stuck in an elevator with a beautiful stranger? Alexa gets a little more when she bargained for, though, when that stranger, Drew, asks her to accompany him to his ex-girlfriend’s wedding. Oh, and, he accidentally told them that Alexa was his girlfriend. So, to recap, for the entire weekend, Alexa and Drew—who literally just met—must fake their relationship at Drew’s ex-girlfriend’s wedding.

“She should probably play it cool, right? Not show how much she couldn’t wait to be alone with him, how delighted she was that he’d told her he missed her; not admit how much she missed him, too, and that she desperately wanted to be naked in a bed—or out of a bed—with him.”

            Fake relationships are my favorite fucking trope. I just love watching these two characters try to deny their feelings. They always start off so strong. They’re like, “Oh, it’s fine. Yeah, they’re beautiful. And funny. And perfect. But I’m fine, hahaha. It’ll be okay. Oh, and the sex is phenomenal. But, this is just fake. So fake. The fakest. NOTHING IS REAL.” And then all of a sudden, BAM! They’re love’s bitch. IT’S SO CUTE. The Wedding Date uses this trope and makes it so sweet and perfect.

“Alexa was glad she hadn’t tried to have the Talk with Drew before coming to the party. She would have made some humiliating speech about how she felt about him and how she wanted a relationship with him, and he would have looked at her with pity in his eyes.”

            I really, really love Alexa Monroe. She is incredibly intelligent, innovative, passionate, and beautiful. Her voice was so inspiring. I loved how she interacted with people—with new people, she stayed on the surface, but when she cared about you she was all in.

“’I know what you were going to say,’ Carlos said. ‘It’s a trail having a white dude as a best friend, but I’ve been working on him.’”

            The Wedding Date deals with a lot of racial issues that are so important. Some of these issues include white privilege and being in a biracial relationship. I really enjoyed how Jasmine was upfront with these issues and didn’t try to dilute them in any way.

            Along with this, Carlos was definitely a favorite character of mine. He was so funny and saw right through Drew and his bullshit view on relationships. Can we please get a sequel with Carlos’s love story?! Please, please, please!!!

            The Wedding Date was a romantic and fun read. I look forward to many more novels by the wonderful Jasmine Guillory.

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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