I received this book for free from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Published by Berkley on January 30th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: the Publisher via NetGalley
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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...
I was so excited for this one. After all, everyone loves a good contemporary romance and the synopsis was fun and who doesn’t love the fake date to true love trope? I know I do. So I couldn’t wait for this one and was super excited to be approved for the eARC. I waited all the way until December to start it and the beginning was actually super cute. I was hooked from the elevator moments all the way through the wedding. But then something changed and I just didn’t love it anymore. It was cute overall and the moments Alexa and Drew spent together were good but when they were apart, I couldn’t really stand them anymore. And the lack of true communication really frustrated me. Still, this was a cute romance and one I’d recommend, with a few reservations.
I actually really liked both of the characters and I liked when they were together and alone before they started seeing each other. I liked that they both had careers that they loved and were successful and happy in their careers. But the parts when they were separated drove me crazy. There was so much unnecessary back and forth about their feelings and not telling the other person how they really felt and then finally talking and having a stupid fight because of some misunderstanding drove me crazy. It might be a completely realistic approach to adult dating relationships but the fact that they never have any discussion about their relationship or what they’re doing but instead just decide to travel and see each other every single weekend since they meet was just confusing to me. How could you not talk about that? It’s just hard for me to love a book when almost every single problem the couple faces could have been avoided if they’d just communicated like adults. Even if a relationship starts out without any promise of a future or is just some hookup thing, does it not stand to reason that after flying to see each other for three weekends in a row, that maybe both characters have feelings for each other and maybe someone could ask what the status of their maybe relationship might be?!?! It was super frustrating. But I did love when they were together and how much they supported each other in both their successes and their struggles. And also, they eat A LOT. Like all the time. Which is realistic because people eat all the time but kind of weird to read about. I think the word donuts must be in there about 100 times. (Also, apparently Drew has a nut allergy but has no problem eating at bakeries and all kinds of donuts? Which, based on having a kid with a peanut allergy, does not seem realistic at all.) I don’t know why that made such an impression on me but you rarely read a book where they discuss every single meal they’re eating.
Anyway, this is definitely a book you should keep your eyes open for if you’re a fan of cute, light, swoony romances. I think a lot of people will love this one. Especially since this one has an interracial couple and two people in high powered positions where they’re both supported and their jobs never become an issue between them. It was definitely a refreshing read in the world of romance but I still wish they had talked more and avoided some of their stupid fights. I really wish I had loved everything about this book more because there is so much potential in a relationship like this and the synopsis. But overall, while it was cute, I thought it was only ok.