The Wedding Date

by Jasmine Guillory

3.41 of 5 stars 22 ratings • 12 reviews • 47 shelved
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The Wedding Date

by Jasmine Guillory

3.41 of 5 stars 22 ratings • 12 reviews • 47 shelved
A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in this fun and flirty multicultural romance debut by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory—author of the Resse Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick The Proposal.

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“A swoony rom-com brimming with humor and charm.”—Entertainment Weekly (The Must List)

What a charming, warm, sexy gem of a novel....One of the best books I've read in a while.”—Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Hunger

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....

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  • ISBN10 0593098390
  • ISBN13 9780593098394
  • Publish Date 28 May 2019 (first published 30 January 2018)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Publisher Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Imprint Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.
  • Format Paperback (US Mass Market)
  • Pages 352
  • Language English

Reviews

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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

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bookperson 3 of 5 stars
Eh. Honestly I expected more since this book often compare to Roomies by Christina Lauren.
It was sweet, but both of main characters was so annoying to me. Maybe it's because before that I read romance with strong and fierce protagonists (even though they were flawed af) and I'm honestly tired of insecure MC. 2.5 rounded up to 3.

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The story about "Wedding Date" itself, took place in two to three chapters only, the rest is about the "date" only. How the characters decided to still keep in touch with each other after the wedding event that both of them have attended. A lot of racial issues has been raised as well. I only picked this book because of the "long-distance" relationship it promises but somehow along the story, it gets dragging and the "racist" part is annoying. I kind of want to defend Alexa because she doesn't deserve to be treated like cancer in society. She's also a human being and is entitled to have her own opinions and emotions. I guess the reason I dislike the "racist" part is because the truth hurts because we know that in reality, there are still people who think so highly of themselves and thought there's nothing wrong with judging others. It's just sickening. Although, good thing Drew grew some balls and decided to defend Alexa from his entitled selfish brat friends.

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A sigh worthy love story...and doughnuts too



First up...This or That? Honestly, I love both of these equally. They both capture parts of this story and give it a quirky and original feel. I will admit that the red cover made me feel like it was a historical romance and the pinky, purpley one a more modern feel. But, I really and truly like them both equally. What do you think?

Do you know what surprised me the most about The Wedding Date? Successful people have insecurities too. If you're anything like me, you can't help but envy successful people for the confidence and self-assurance they present. I'm sure in some cases it's an act and in others they just are that bloody confident. It was nice to know that below the facade they may be shaking in their shoes...or need a doughnut or two to get through.

So, we get to meet Alexa and Drew in a very cute setting. And, like Alexa admitted, it was the stuff of romance novels. Getting stuck in a lift with a hot guy...and cheese and crackers. Straight away these two connect and it seems like Alexa was dropped into Drew's world to make his life better. Who better to take to his ex's wedding than the curvy, beautiful woman who makes him laugh?

I really liked this sweet story and enjoyed watching both Alexa and Drew fall in love. Now, I'm going to be honest, I tend to reserve the word sweet to love stories that don't give you the nitty, gritty of the bump and grind. This does not mean we don't get a bit of the "oooh...ahhhh...mmmm", we just don't get the whole shebang. Mind you, we get plenty of sexy times, and there's no way you could miss their connection. It's more like a friend telling you it was good, just not how good.

I highly recommend this sweet love story that tackles a few issues. There were some frank discussions on how judgements can be made based on colour and sex. I thought these were worded well and gave a true and insightful look at the real picture. Both Alexa and Drew have high pressure jobs that are equally important. There's also the pressure of living in different cities and only managing catch-ups on the weekends.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out The Wedding Date was this authors debut novel. I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future.

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The story that unfolds was filled with sweet moments, delicious banter and mutual respect and friendship. Along the way, we learn about Alexa's job at the Mayor's office and Drew's job as a pediatric surgeon. I love that they are both hard-working, well rounded and confident. This doesn't mean they are without flaws and communication is definitely a weakness for both when it comes to personal feelings. On the job, they got this, but expressing things to each other...oh boy!

Lack of communications, assumptions and personal fears complicated the relationship, but I could not help rooting for them. I felt Alexa's pain but also wish she had opened up more and stopped assuming she knew everything. Drew is adorkable! His inner dialogue and fears had me laughing. He spoke just like I imagine a pediatric doctor would with patience and strong listening skills.  Secondary characters, work, and family added interest and propelled some couple's fears. Aside from wanting to shake them both, the drama wasn't overdone and allowed for personal growth and reflection.

Janina Edwards narrates The Wedding Date and I thought she gave voice to both characters capturing their emotions and passions. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

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There's been so much buzz around The Wedding Date for months now that I was certain it'd be a perfect read for me: diverse, set in California, adult fiction (which I've been craving more and more of these days). etc. I'm also 100% obsessed with all things wedding related since I'm in the midst of planning my own wedding, so I was thrilled to see the protagonists meet and bond over a ritzy San Francisco wedding. Unfortunately, The Wedding Date completely missed the mark for me, and has fallen to the bottom of my list of 2018 reads so far.

At its core, The Wedding Date has a cute and predictable premise: two strangers have a meet cute, decide to pose as a couple at a wedding, and then fall in love for real. It's definitely been the plot of many a movie in some way, shape or form and I was expecting a light, fun tale (bonus points once I found out the couple was comprised of a doctor and ex lawyer/successful political business women- total power couple!) It was also set in my beloved Bay Area, so there were 100 reasons why this book should have worked for me. However, it fundamentally missed the mark because I found I just did not connect with ANY of the characters. It lacked depth and the dialogue (especially at the beginning) felt almost like I was reading fan fiction. While I was expecting something light and fluffy, this read was almost too much so, and was weighed down by the classic, terrible trope of miscommunication- 90% of the issues in the book could have been avoided if the characters had just TALKED to each other. It's frustrating enough to read scenarios like that in YA when you can at least excuse the characters for being so dense because they are in high school. However, there's really no excuse for characters who are grown adults.

Alexa and Drew's relationship also felt like it didn't have a lot of growth. While I was happy to see that the book extended past the wedding weekend (so I wasn't expected to believe ~true love~ could happen in 48 hours), when they were together every weekend for the next month or so, all they did was eat food, be intimate, and not tell each other important things. I know they were in the honeymoon phase of a new relationship and all that, but it was so predictable and boring after a while. I honestly was so much more interested in Drew and Alexa as individuals and enjoyed the portions of the novel that focused on their careers significantly more than I did any passages about their relationship (or pining for each other, usually after a big drama that could have completely been avoided with like a two minute conversation).

While the book didn't work for me overall, there were some highlights- it was made very clear that Alexa had more of a normal/curvy body type, it showed a positive relationship with food (donuts especially) and it didn't shy away from discussing race or uncomfortable situations, and of course featured an interracial relationship. I felt like the bones of a good story were there, but the dialogue, repetitious plot happenings, and overall cheesiness outweighed the positives for me in this story, big time.

Overall: The Wedding Date is my biggest 2018 release letdown so far. I had to push myself to finish it and I became frustrated quickly with the lack of communication trope that became the foundation for the plot. Some good basic elements to this story, but the execution fell very, very short for me.This review was originally posted on Girl in the Pages

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Rowena 2 of 5 stars
I need to sleep on this one because right now? I’m waffling on my rating. I went into this book expecting a fabulous romance and I was disappointed for sure. The hero and the heroine both spent their fair share of this book pissing me off and yet I read this book twice in the last week so that I can cement my feelings for everything. In the end, this book gets 2.5 stars from me.

Full review to come soon.

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Leigha 4 of 5 stars
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Two professionals fake a relationship for a wedding in this cute, if formulaic, romance.

Drew and Alexa are two attractive and successful professionals stuck in an elevator. When Drew asks Alexa to attend a wedding as his faux girlfriend, their lives change forever. These two characters are engaging and funny, particularly when they are flirting with each other. However, Alexa is by far the more engaging of the two. She deals with interesting personal and professional issues on top of the romance, creating an authentic and captivating character.

While this book is cute, it's also formulaic and angst-filled. Alexa and Drew's drama felt contrived at times. It would have been far more interesting to see these two characters deal with the drama of long distance dating than how to define their relationship.

tl;dr A cute romance with a captivating female protagonist and angst-filled drama.

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Wait, I need to wipe my happy tears!



When I first saw this book, I thought it would be a good fit for me, because I love fauxmance romances, and I was right! This book was delightfully sweet and charming, and I enjoyed it very much.

Who?
Alex, a former lawyer, now chief of staff to the mayor of Berkeley, who has been so busy building her career, she had no time for romance.

Drew, a pediatric doctor, who prefers to casually date and keep himself emotionally detached.

What?
While in Berkeley for his ex-girlfriend's wedding, Drew finds himself trapped in an elevator with Alexa. There, he asks her to pose as his fake date in order to avoid the pitiful glances of the other attendees. The date may have been fake, but the sparks were all too real. Their wedding weekend turns into the more, but will it turn into more?

Why?
Alexa and Drew were both fantastic characters. They seemed to have it all on the surface, but underneath the perfect veneer, they had a few flaws. I found I could relate to both Drew and Alexa because of these flaws. Aside from the flaws, they had a lot of great traits.

Alexa was an independent woman. She had career goals and did what she needed to in order to achieve those goals. She was also fun and vivacious, determined and passionate. I hated when she felt insecure, because she really had a lot to offer. I was glad Drew was sometimes able to remind her of those amazing qualities from time to time. She also had an awesome bestie, Maddie, who encouraged Alexa to go outside her comfort zone, as well as being her cheerleader.

There was something about Drew that pulled me in immediately. He was easy going and kept it light and easy, but as the story went on, I felt like he slowly began giving more and more of himself to us. I really liked his friendship with Carlos. I love a good bromance, and those two definitely had one. Carlos was such a solid friend, and often served as the voice of reason, when Drew was allowing his fear to govern his decisions.

I also really enjoyed the story in general. The heart of this story wasn't the fake date, but rather, what happened after. It was about Alexa and Drew and their blossoming relationship, and I thought Guillory did a great job letting it unfold. I am so glad she went with a duel point of view, because flipping between Drew and Alexa really added to this story. I couldn't imagine not being in one of their heads. It just would not have had the same effect.

Guillory filled the book with Alexa and Drew's work life and separate social lives, but what I looked forward to were their weekends together. They were hot, steamy, and swoony. The feelings that were growing between them were more than obvious and I just couldn't wait for Alexa and Drew to acknowledge them.

And let's talk about that ending!!! Oh, here come the happy tears again. I swear, it was perfect.

Overall
Fun, flirty and filled with too many smile inducing moments! I had so much fun being a part of Drew and Alexa's fauxmance to romance.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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