The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date

Jasmine Guillory

A meet-cute of delightful proportions sets events in motion that bring two career-driven professionals together in this intelligent contemporary romance.

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"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

A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in this 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...


Advance Galley Reviews

I enjoyed this quick and heart-felt story about two people who fall in love but are too afraid to do anything about it. Thank you to the first to Read program for the opportunity to read an advanced copy:)

A quick read and romance novel to boot! I enjoyed this book and the characters. The story was interesting and informative. Thanks for the opportunity to read this book.

After reading The Wedding Date, I created my "Favorite Reads of 2018" shelf on Goodreads and promptly added this book to the list so that should tell you how well things went. Over the years, Fake Dating & I have had a rocky relationship. Plots revolving around Fake Dating are an easy way to get me intrigued, but they tend to fall short in actuality. Was that the case with The Wedding Date? Definitely not. The Wedding Date is easily my favorite take on Fake Dating ever. That's probably because Alexa and Drew's "Fake Dating" Scheme didn't last the entirety of the book. There was something so natural about the transition of their fake dating to their tip-toeing around defining their relationship after which involved weekend trips to see each other from across the state. In a way, it felt effortless and like I was actually watching the relationship of two people I knew unfold. Organic development was the main thing that drew me in about their relationship and made me root for them so much. While they were on their weekend of fake dating at the wedding, Drew tells Alexa to make sure to tell him if he does anything that bothers her. In that instance, it made Drew and Alexa's encounter so much more real. I don't know how to explain, but that was when I knew how great they were. Also, it was a nice diversion from other Fake Dating novels I've read in the past where one party will do something the other is uncomfortable with in order to convince everyone they're dating. And, of course, the whole "hey I met you in an elevator please be me fake date for a wedding this weekend" thing was adorable and had the whole fate/chance encounter trope which I'm a huge fan of. Alexa and Drew were such unique characters. Drew was a swoon-worthy Doctor working in Pediatrics in Los Angeles. Alexa was a black lawyer turned Chief of Staff working for Berkeley's Mayor. I loved that they were both career driven individuals. We actually got to see the work they were doing too. Sometimes that'll be brushed over, but that wasn't the case with The Wedding Date. Alexa had an awesome arts program she wanted to create for at-risk teens, and we got to see that a lot throughout the novel which was cool. Alexa and Drew had very different problems in their life but I loved how they each helped each other when things got rough (there's a really amazing scene which I'm referring to & it was so perfect). Alexa is Black and Drew is White. During the course of the book, there were instances when Drew says/does ignorant things and Alexa calls him out. Over the course of the book, Drew learns to be aware of his white privilege and how it impacts Alexa. One of the problems I tend to have with Romances is the lack of development for side characters. They can feel like cardboard cutouts who are there to conveniently help the main character in their times of need. That was not the case with The Wedding Date. I loved seeing Alexa and Drew interact with their friends separate from each other. Drew had a best friend, Carlos, who wasn't afraid to give him advice and it was great to see a close male friendship (Pssst Carlos is also the hero of Jasmine's next book, The Proposal, so keep an eye out for that one hitting shelves in September.) Then, there was Olivia, Alexa's sister, who was a lawyer in New York. Alexa wanted to make up for her past poor treatment of her sister and that was a decent part of the novel, and I loved the resolution and the bits we got to see of her. I PRAY we see more of the side characters featured in The Wedding Date again in the future... I absolutely adored the setting (cause I'm a biased Californian). The story started in San Francisco at the wedding and then goes back and forth between Los Angeles where Drew lived and Berkeley where Alexa lived. It was a lot of fun to see recognizable places. Plus, In-N-Out was eaten and mentioned several times over the course of the book. I would 100% recommend The Wedding Date to anyone look for a good romance to read. If you like Fake Dating, have a passion for In-N-Out, or are looking for a Romance set in California, then The Wedding Date is definitely for you.

I adored this book! It was a light, fun, quick read that is perfect for a cozy weekend at home.

Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. This book is the story of Drew and Alexa and what was to be their one time wedding date. This was an easy read fun romance. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

A fun, witty, sweet and thoroughly modern romance that manages to avoid most of the usual tropes. I did get a bit annoyed with Alexa and Drew's complete lack of communication, and the fight at the barbecue was cringe-worthy (as I'm sure it was meant to be), but overall the characters were well-developed and this was a good read.

If you're looking for a compulsively readable romance novel, this is the book for you. I'd intended to space my read out over several trips to the gym, but wound up finishing it in two sittings. As someone in an interracial marriage, I really loved and appreciated that The Wedding Date features an interracial relationship — Alexa is black, Drew is white — and actually touches upon some of the issues that come from having a partner whose skin tone starkly differs from yours. While Drew can be a bit of a jerk at times, Alexa is a great character, and I really enjoyed their romance! Bonus points for the sex scenes, which were well-written and descriptive without being overly graphic or containing laughable language.

This was a cute, easy read. I was intrigued by the synopsis and the first couple chapters were wonderful. Around the middle of the book, the story started to drag a bit for me. It seemed to be repeating the same storyline (eat, sex, misunderstanding, talk with friends about said misunderstanding) for quite a few chapters. I’m glad I continued on though, because the ending 3-4 chapters went back to the interesting plot I had enjoyed in the beginning. The ending was a bit cliched (but really, what romance ending isn’t?)

by Cynthia Simmons I really enjoyed this book; read it in one day. It was not the story I expected but it was a nice change of pace. The characters of Alexa and Drew were somewhat frustrating with their not revealing their true feelings to each other and making assumptions but it shows the dynamic of any relationship, whether interracial or of the same race. Definitely for those who love chick lit.

I really, really wanted to like this book, but sadly I just didn't. It turned out to be the kind of romance novels I usually avoid (i.e., the extremely cliché). (However, I did appreciate having an African American protagonist, especially in a romance novel! It's refreshing, and we need more of this diversity.) I wanted to give this story a chance, so I forced myself to get through it, hoping I'd end up liking it more as the story develops. Unfortunately, I just couldn't. The story dragged. The characters didn't feel real; at times, they seemed more like teenagers than (successful) adults. Consequently, Alexa's and Drew's characters were often frustrating. Reading about their cycle of sex, doubts (about Alexa's self-worth, about the nature of their relationship), heartaches, and make-up sex became exasperating. Their fight, the climax, lacked spark and tension since it was basically a reenactment of their previous smaller arguments or a vocalization of their thoughts and feelings, which I had already read repeatedly in the previous chapters. Additionally, I wish the story told more of Alexa's relationship with her sister since it did influence her government program. Similarly, I wish Alexa's character developed, especially as it pertains to her insecurities. Ultimately, this novel just wasn't for me, but I'm sure those who enjoy books like this would enjoy it tremendously.

This was really cute! I liked that the protagonist was a larger girl with some body issues, but that she was able to overcome that. Also appreciated that she was African American and that the author did deal with some race issues, but it wasn't overly done. I did think that Drew was continuously a complete ass to Carlos and wonder why Carlos even puts up with him anymore. But overall it was enjoyable, and I read it all in one day, always a good sign!

Cute book. Very quick read if you want something light and uncomplicated.

Summary: Sometimes the most surprising moments can change your life.  Dreading a weekend of wedding festivities where the bride is his ex and the groom one of his best friends, Drew is cursing his luck.  He doesn’t even have a date!!!  Getting stuck in the hotel elevator is the last thing he needs right now…. or is it? Alexa is bringing champagne and snacks to her sister’s hotel room to celebrate Olivia’s promotion. Hard working and driven, she doesn’t have time for dating and things.  When the elevator taking her to Olivia looses power, she meets a guy that makes her stand up and pay attention.  As the two get to know each other over cheese and crackers Alexa finds herself agreeing to a really crazy idea.  She is going to go to the wedding with Drew, posing as his girlfriend.  She knows he doesn’t do relationships- they talked about it.  So what’s wrong with a fun weekend with a hot guy? At the end of the weekend the two can’t seem to let go.  Text messages and weekend trips to see one another keep them together…. but together how?  Alexa doesn’t know and she’s afraid to ask.  Drew seems like the best guy in the world, but she knows he doesn’t do relationships…. so what are they doing?   A misunderstanding becomes the blowup that could break them.  Can Drew find a way to get over his hang ups and keep Alexa- and does he even want to? My thoughts: I loved this book.  It dealt with some racial issues- Alexa being African American and Drew… well, not…. but it didn’t linger on this issue and I felt like it was handled respectfully.  I loved these characters and their support characters.  Maddie and Carlos were especially great and I wouldn’t mind a new book centering on either of them.  The story was engaging and well written, if a bit cliché at times.  As with every good romance there were several times where I wanted to shake either character.  For me, this shows that I can invest myself in this book and that’s a good thing.  It was a charming, fast paced read with great characters and interesting plot.  I give it a four.   On the adult content scale, there was language and sexual content- not mild but not too terribly explicit.  I would give it a five.   I received an eARK from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.  My thanks.

This was a very quick read--your typical light chick-lit novel but better written. The characters are well written and developed without being over done. Guillory doesn't include more background than necessary for this lighthearted story. It does feel like it's intended to be a vehicle for a television series or film and is very dialogue heavy in parts.

I just finished this book after a day and half after receiving it. It was a good read. My only complaint would be that you can tell the male was written by a woman, which is fine, but doesn't feel like how you would expect a male to act. Other than that I really enjoyed the book and how the story developed.

Great book. Just the right amount of hot.

This was such a fun, sexy, romantic book! There were a few moments where it felt a bit stereotypical, but overall I really enjoyed this book. i was happy that this book engaged a bit with race and body image, since the main female love interest is African American and has a bigger body. I think it's important for novels, especally romance novels, to cover more of these topics. The one thing about this book that seemed pretty unrealistic was the constant flying back and forth between Berkely and LA. Granted, there are many flights, but it's not realistic that two strangers would plan to travel that often to see each other. That being said, I mostly didn't care about this and instead enjoyed this fun novel!

Oh dear, where to start. This book was not to my liking at all. I couldn't bring myself to care about the characters and only made it about half way thru the book until I just couldn't spend anymore time trying to like this book. The dynamics of an inter-racial AND a long distance relationship. I don't think so.

This was amazing! I read it basically in one sitting. I loved this debut by Jasmine Guillory. Alexa and Drew are a great couple with a realistic modern-day relationship and I loved their story. Jasmine is a great writer and brought fully realized characters to the page with all of their mess and the complexities of their relationship and their lives. Alexa was so real that at several points I was like, yesss girl. Looking forward to reading more from Jasmine Guillory!

Loved the book! Takes dating to another level before marriage.It's not nothing you jump into.You got to get skeletons out your closet first.

Alexa Monroe lives in Berkley where she works as the mayor's chief of staff. Drew Nichols is a pediatric surgeon in LA in town for a wedding, in which he finds himself dateless at the last minute. When a power outage strands them in an elevator their instant connection leads to Alexa agreeing to be his date to the wedding, atypical of her usual nature. The perfect weekend quickly evolves into an attempt to manage a long distance relationship hampered by work and insecurities. They both must decide what they want from each other and either break it off or make it work. I hate giving this novel such a low rating because I typically avoid the Romance genre which doesn't make me the typical reviewer for this category. The hype surrounding this one plus the wonderful cover drew me in. I realized almost immediately that this novel was not for me but struggled through it anyway hoping it would eventually wow me in some way. This novel touches on almost every romantic cliché/trope out there with nothing unique or compelling to set it apart. I promised myself I would not go into a rant but basically this novel can be summed up with the pattern of Food, Coffee, Sex, Drama, Make-Up, and Repeat. I realize that are many people who love romance novels for exactly the reasons I don't, so if that's your cup of tea then this is the perfect novel to add to your TBR list.

 


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