The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
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Genre: Romance, Contemporary
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 each 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…From JasmineGuillory.com
So, I finally got around to reading this lil’ cutie. You might be thinking, “Katie, how long has this been on your TBR shelf.” And the answer is embarrassing, so I’m just gonna say a while. I’ll give you a hint though, I received it during the initial quarantine last year when I was buying books and plants up the wazoo.
This book was very cute. I love the color, and I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but dang, this is a nice cover. It is absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day, and I almost wish I had waited to read it until next month!
This book had everything I love: a smart, sassy, and independent heroine, and a sexy love interest, who just happens to be a pediatric surgeon?!?! I’m sorry, my ovaries called. They exploded.
We first meet Drew and Alexa when they get stuck in an elevator together. I know, I know… why doesn’t anything exciting ever happen in my life? I wondered that, too. The two flirt and Drew asks a preeeettty big favor of Alexa: he needs a date to a wedding that weekend. Just the wedding of his ex. No biggie. Alexa agrees, goes to the wedding, performs her role perfectly, and the two start a fun lil’ long distance fling, flying to see each other on the weekends.
The issue is somebody catches feelings, and doesn’t want to talk about their feelings because they think they know the other person. But obviously, they fall in love. And it’s lovely.
I also appreciated how the book covered some really relevant topics, including the juvenile justice system, racism and prejudice, and the heaviness and grief that come with working in health care (and this was pre-pandemic).
If you remember my review of One Day in December, you’ll remember that I was a sucker for that ending. I feel the same way about The Wedding Date’s ending. I think I’m really just a sucker for a good Happily Ever After and big gestures, honestly. I think that’s fair though, If I’m reading a romance book, I want some steamy sex scenes (this had a few!), a kickass woman, and an ending that makes me feel single AF and cry.
This was my first new read of 2021, and I’m really happy that I could begin the year with such a good romance!
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