Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Hi, readers!

Sorry for the lack of a post yesterday and then today’s delayed post. I’ve been working at a super cool literary conference, CCIRA, and my days got away from me. So please enjoy my review of The Wedding Date and I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule next week! Happy Friday, everyone!

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Verdict: Buy Borrow Bypass

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…

My Thoughts:

I don’t usually read contemporary romances, but this one was so fun! Alexa and Drew’s meet-cute was just sweet enough to make it charming and realistic. I also appreciate that the premise for this book wasn’t too over the top. I think a hefty dose of realism is they key for contemporary romances. And while the plot felt a tad predictable at times, that’s pretty common for romance novels, as part of their charm is always knowing what’s coming next. Alexa and Drew’s conventions felt real, as did their fights and interactions with other people. I think Jasmine Guillory did a fantastic job of crafting a romance novel that felt just fanciful enough, while still feeling like this could happen to you.

I loved Alexa with a passion! Guillory wrote her so well it felt like I was reading about a dear friend. Both Alexa and Drew were witty, smart, and charming. It was great to see them support one another in their careers and actively listen to each other. In my opinion, these are some basic relationship principles that are often overlooked in romance novels. There is often a tendency to focus too much on the romance aspects of the main relationship, as opposed to building a foundation that will allow the central couple to flourish once the novel is finished.

I would also like to take a moment and talk about representation in this book. Not only is this book written by a black woman, but the main couple is mixed race, and Alexa frequently talks about her experiences as a black woman versus Drew’s experiences as a white man. I really respect that Guillory took the time to bring up these important conversations in the book, such as whether Alexa will be the only black person in the room, what happens when men are being racist and sexist, and the importance of men believing women when they talk about their experiences. This seems like such a small thing to bring up, but I’m so pleased that this happened. I think that more books should incorporate these moments that reinforce just how prevalent these issues are. Just because Alexa is the main character in a romance novel doesn’t mean that she’ll never experience racism.

Wrap Up:

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It’s a fast read, making it a perfect book to pick up over the weekend. I would recommend this book to just about anyone, especially if you’re looking for a great vacation read. This is Guillory’s debut novel but I’m very excited to see what else she’ll write!

This book is…

fun

charming

witty

cozy

heartwarming

Publisher: Berkley Books

Genre: romance

Page Count: 304

ISBN: 0399587667

Available here from Book Depository.

Have you read The Wedding Date? What contemporary romance would you recommend?

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