Book Review: 2018 Release: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Posted December 29, 2017 by RobbieLea in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: 2018 Release: The Wedding Date by Jasmine GuilloryThe Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Also by this author: The Wedding Date, The Proposal, The Wedding Party
Published by Berkley Books on January 30th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Women's Fiction, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: Netgalley eARC
ISBN: 0399587667

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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...

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I can’t remember if I’ve ever used this word in a review before, but every time I think back to reading author Jasmine Guillory’s debut novel The Wedding Date, “precious” is the first word that pops in my mind. This book reminds me of the way romance novels were before so many of them became edgy and dark and laden with gratuitous sex. Oh, don’t get me wrong . . . there is sex and it is hot, but we do get through several chapters before an instant attraction turns into something more.
When our couple Alexa Monroe and Drew Nichols get stuck in an elevator together, my first thought was “Oh no! Here it comes — the “sex in the elevator” formula. Not so with Alexa and Drew. Instead of stripping each other naked and having multiple orgasms, they actually have cheese and crackers and a conversation in which Drew reveals that he is dateless for his best friend’s wedding. Shamelessly playing on Alexa’s sympathy, Drew persuades her to save him from disaster by taking the place of his missing date. From that point, the author makes readers fall in love with these characters as they fall in love with each other.
Both Alexa and Drew are successful and career-minded and they live in different cities, but that doesn’t prevent them from embarking on a long distance relationship that is complicated and, at times, hilarious. The author adeptly creates two very likable characters who have flaws and insecurities as do we all. Alexa finds herself wondering what Drew could possibly see in her and Drew fears that his disastrous history with commitment will cause him to hurt a nice woman he really cares about. Of course, there will be bumps in the road, but I think readers will love the relationship they build with their quirky personalities and lively banter.
The Wedding Date is an engaging and well-written debut novel that will make you want to keep your eye on Jasmine Guillory. She takes a story that’s been done before and gives it a twist that will have you hooked from the cheese and crackers to the satisfying conclusion. If you are in the mood for a romance novel that is truly romantic, then treat yourself to a copy of this book when it publishes in January 2018. You won’t be disappointed!
Many thanks to Berkley Books for the opportunity to read and review The Wedding Date!

About Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School. She is a Bay Area native who has towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks.

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