A Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory | Review

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: January 30th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: racism, cancer mentions 

Pages: 320

Publisher: Berkley

Goodreads blurb:

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… 


R E V I E W

A Wedding Date is probably one of the sweetest books I’ve read to date. It didn’t take a single path I thought it would, which was honestly surprising and left for such an enjoying experience. The story did leave me feeling like I wanted something a little more like there was some depth missing in certain parts, but I honestly don’t have too much to fault this particular book on. Which, makes it incredibly hard to review. It was a feel-good romance novel that makes you smile, squeal and wish maybe you weren’t a cynical bitch and would let someone into your life. No? Just me? That’s fine.

This story begins with the characters meeting straight away. All the messy ‘when will they meet again?’ stuff is taken away by Drew inviting Alexa to be his date to his ex’s wedding. Alexa does something she normally wouldn’t do and agrees to be his date. She had just been stuck in an elevator with the guy for probably thirty minutes, she didn’t even know if he was a serial killer! That gets me. Also probably why I’m still single. There is the rehearsal dinner the next night and the wedding the following day. These two days send the pair into a spiral of lust and really kicks the story off. Plane tickets, sweat and food fill this book as the pair travel back and forth from visiting one another each weekend. It was actually pretty enjoyable, I did feel it lacked a bit in the pair getting to know each other but I guess I shouldn’t expect so much, honestly.

Anyway, time to jump straight into the likes and dislikes. No more babbling, I swear to God I am the queen of waffling.

L I K E S

CHARACTERS WITH CAREERS

I think I’ve made this clear in my reviews, but in contemporary (especially romance) I love when characters have careers. I know it isn’t always the case with everyone, trust me I know well my family has struggled most of my life, but since it is something I want to do with my life I really love it. I seriously just love seeing people passionate about their careers in books. Alexa and Drew are both incredibly passionate as well. Alexa is the chief assistant at the mayor’s office and creating something she is passionate about and Drew is a children’s doctor. I just love it so much.

GREAT FRIENDS!!!

A big thing I find in stories with romance being the main focus is that the male is the only one with friends, or neither character has friends. In A Wedding Dat, both Alexa and Drew have their own friends. They have their own lives and they are accepting of it. One of Alex’s best friends is a guy which I loved seeing because my best friend is actually a guy. Also, the male best friend had no romantic feelings toward Alexa. Hell yeah. Drew also had his group of friends.

I just love friendships in books. Good and stable people who support you and give you good advice. So, major claps for the author.

DIVERSITY

I think by now everyone has gotten the message that diversity in books is important. Really, it is. It doesn’t matter if you’re white and straight like me it’s important. In A Wedding Date, Alexa is a WOC. Which is an own voices representation since Jasmine Guillory is a WOC. I just can’t imagine how important these stories are to the people they represent.

D I S L I K E S

UNNEEDED DRAMA + JEALOUSLY

I’m not a fan of unneeded drama or jealousy. I’m not sure why and a lot of the time it is included in romance novels. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t overwhelming in A Wedding Date and at times I could understand why. But, I just really hate the typical romance novel break up towards the end. It really has me pulling my hair out of the roots of my head.

DARE I SAY TOO MUCH SEX?

Okay, hear me out, folks. I don’t have a problem with sex in a book but sometimes I feel like it takes away from the reader getting to know the characters. I felt that the dynamic between Alexa and Drew was really all about sex at times. It was a bit disjointing, especially when they fall for each other so quickly. I wouldn’t have minded if this book was 50 pages longer with just Drew and Alexa doing mundane things together and establishing the chemistry that wasn’t simply sexual.

Overall, A Wedding Date was an awesome romance. It has quickly bumped its way into my top favourites and I am so excited to read more of Jasmine Guillory’s work. Such a fabulous debut.


Happy reading everyone!

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