The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
The other day I was lamenting the lack of good chick flicks being produced these days. I’m such a sucker for a good rom com, and it seems to be an essentially extinct genre. I’m not talking a movie that funny and there might be some romance in it. I’m talking some Nora Ephron, Julia Roberts kind of shit. It’s my favourite.
And then I got a review copy of this book in the mail. I might not be able to get Hollywood to produce the kind of movies I personally love the most, but there are a plethora of good books in that genre.
And The Wedding Date? Just what the doctor ordered.
The story begins with our main characters Alexa and Drew getting stuck in an elevator together. Alexa is there to meet up with her sister, and Drew is in town for a wedding. They hit it off while they’re stuck and make a plan.
The thing is, Drew is in town for his best friend’s wedding… Who is marrying Drew’s ex girlfriend. And he doesn’t have a date. He asks Alexa to go with him… and pretend to be his girlfriend. Their one night together turns into two, and even that isn’t enough for them. The trick is, Alexa lives in Berkley and Drew lives in Los Angeles. That, and Drew told Alexa he doesn’t do relationships.
They start visiting each other on weekends but how long can that last? It’s more than just attraction… What are they going to do?
The Wedding Date is the perfect mix of light, sexy, and fun you want in a romance. My heart was warmed, by emotions were invested, and though I didn’t know exactly how things were going to play out, I knew there would be a happy ending.
The best part? The characters. The story is told in alternating perspectives, so we get to see what both Drew and Alexa are thinking. They both have their fears and insecurities, but their feelings for one another are real. They’re both ambitious, career-oriented people, but even work can’t take their minds off one another!
Not only are Drew and Alexa great leads, but they also have quirky best friends that add even more flavour to the story. There is also a more serious element to the story as Drew and Alexa navigate race and privilege together–Alexa is black and Drew is white. Alexa has perspectives that Drew has never been able to see before, but as Alexa shares these with him, he is always willing to listen.
I flew through this book and absolutely loved it! Highly, highly recommend if you like a good rom com!
(Also, just so you know, this is the kind of romance that has some sexy times in it)
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Beth O’Brien is a library assistant and book blogger. Born and raised in Atlantic Canada, she lives in picturesque Nova Scotia with her cat Edith. You can often find her rocking double denim with her nose in a book and a craft beer in her hand. Follow her on Twitter @fuelldbyfiction.