Title: The Wedding Date
Author: Jasmine Guillory
Pub Date: 2018
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
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…
When it comes to romance novels, I’m a big fan of two tropes: hate-to-love relationship and fake dates/relationship. When I’m in a mood for some romance, those are kind of books and movies I’m looking for. The Wedding Date matched perfectly my love for fake dates in stories. Alexa and Drew meet when they are stuck in hotel elevator. She thinks his cute and doesn’t have a problem with sharing a bit of crackers and cheese she had with her. He thinks she’s cute and fun, and on a whim decided to ask her to be his plus one on the wedding he dreads to attend. She agrees and this begins a sexy relationship, filled with uncertainties and a lot of issues that would be avoided if only they were honest and spoke truly what they feel.
I vibed with Alexa really well, she loves coffee and donuts, she cares about her job, she’s funny and has moments when she’s insecure about her body. She’s just lovely and I was cheering for her to get the guy she wanted, I was almost screaming at the book yelling at her when her insecurities took over and she though she doesn’t matter for Drew. The book is written from Alexa’s and Drew’s point of view, so it was painful to read how much Drew cares about Alexa and than read how Alexa doesn’t want to seem to eager or too invested.
I appreciate how in subtle ways the author showed us how interracial relationship may have different issues than same race couples. How it requires learning about other people experience, how Drew never thought if there will be people who look like him an a party. How Drew need to learn how to deal with people dropping sexism and racism comments about Alexa. I like that we got a chance to see how important for Alexa it was that Drew believed her experience.
The author has an amazing gift to describe the powerful feelings between Alexa and Drew, all the sexy scenes are at the right balance of hot and not porn. The Wedding Date is sexy, fun and warm. It was a pleasure to read it, and I cannot wait to read other books by the author.