Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

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I'm so SOFT over this book, you guys. I love it. 


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...

MY RATING: ★★★★☆

“White men hated it when you reminded them of their privilege, she knew that all too well.”

I've been seeing this book around pretty consistently since it was first published. So much so, it feels like this book has been around longer than it has. Admittedly, part of my desire to read this was in that cover and the fact that it features a WOC as its leading lady. Then, I found out it features two of my favourite romantic tropes: (1) Two people get temporarily stuck in an elevator and talk around the unexpectedness of their situation and (2) FAKE DATE TO A WEDDING.

I'm. Shook. Jasmine Guillory's characters come together (ha) naturally and it's just a thoroughly enjoyable story. The humor is excellent. The love scenes are simple and steamy. When a romance succeeds in being both adorably sweet and painfully hot, you know it's legit. And The Wedding Date is legit.

Alexa is definitely one of my favourite characters, now. And the relationship that blossoms with Drew is so, so, SO fun and sweet and it's kind of everything that romance lovers need. I loved that this wasn't your standard cut romance that involves so many toxic traits to add ~drama~ to the plotline. Guillory uses the complexities and dramatics of real life, without drawing it out to a highly unfortunate level.

My favourite parts of The Wedding Date were the moments that seemed mundane in their initial appearance. Seeing Alexa and Drew balance their jobs, the distance, their relationship. It all develops so naturally. Love grows in time. Although the attraction is pretty upfront, everything else takes time. Seeing them connect as they did, and in real time, was a treat.

When you read The Wedding Date you swoon because, it's instantly a classic that feels real. If you're looking for a romcom with steamy and heartfelt scenes, this novel is can't-miss. The hype is real for this one. So, what are you waiting for?

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