Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date
by Jasmine Guillory
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: Jan. 30, 2018
Genre: romance
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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 really excited to read The Wedding Date. I loved the idea that these two get stuck in an elevator together and in a time of need, Drew asks Alexa (his elevator buddy) to be his plus one at his ex girlfriends wedding that weekend. What starts off as a carefree night of pretend soon turns into a friendship and then into a relationship. The story sounds like something you would watch on the Lifetime channel and I was prepared to swoon my heart out. However, the story barely scratched the surface for me.

While I wasn’t expecting a whole lot in this story, other than an adorable romance, I was expecting there to be some sort of depth. I mean, you have two highly successful adults who have their lives and careers in two different cities. They have this crazy story of how they first met and became a sorta couple. Not to mention that they are a bi-racial couple which could pose problems down the road. There was just so many roads the author could have gone with this story. However, all we got were stolen weekends of sex. One would fly to the other on a Friday night and they’d bang like rabbits, maybe have an encounter with a third-party, and then fly back to their own corners of California until the following weekend. I just never felt much of a connection to them, their romance, or their friendships. If you took out the sex and them ordering out food… the book would probably be a fraction of the size. While I don’t mind sex in my books (I’ve been known to read erotica), I was hoping for more of an actual story. Something that would make me swoon, make me root for them, make me sad or upset when one of them was being stupid. Instead, I just felt ho-hum about it all.

One thing I did enjoy about the story was when you’d get to see them at their jobs. Mainly, when they weren’t on their weekend sex-fest. I liked getting to watch Alexa try to figure out how to get her program for the city kids approved, or watching Drew check up on his patients. Those were the moments that made me start to see the characters take shape instead of being a name on a piece of paper. They are both really passionate about their jobs and I loved what they did. I wish we had seen more of that and maybe less of them in bed, ordering in food.

The Wedding Date has so much potential to be an adorable read. Heck, it would make a great Lifetime movie. However, I wish there was more substance. All I took away from this story was that they don’t cook and instead only ever eat out or order in food, and they have sex… a lot. I guess I was just hoping for more. If you’re looking for a light, breezy romance than this would definitely foot the bill. However, the repetitiveness and lack of actual depth and story line left me wanting more.

 

Favorite part…

The ending. Not for the reason you’re thinking! I liked the way the author wrapped everything up and the way the ending scene took place. It was FINALLY the swoon moment I’d been waiting the entire book for. I can’t say more than that since it would ruin the surprise, but it was adorable and my favorite part from the whole story.

 

 

8 Thoughts on “Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

  1. Yes it sounded nice but well it’s too bad that it wasn’t a bit more for you

  2. Aww boo this one had caught my attention but I think I’d be just as disappointed.

  3. Bang like rabbits…lol I don’t mind sex in a book but there has to be a good story to go along with it.

  4. I am a little disappointed to hear this book is missing depth. I still plan to read it when it comes out but now I kind of know what to expect. Great review!

  5. damn… that really disappoints me , would have liked to see more tension and relationship building, I don’t mind sex in books but for me there is such thing as too much if it’s not an erotica

  6. “However, all we got were stolen weekends of sex.” – Ugh. I hate when books seem to focus only on sex when it comes to a relationship. It’s nice that you got an insight into their jobs at least.

  7. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one more. I’ve seen a lot of both positive and negative reviews for it. I want to read it but don’t think I’ll be making it a priority. Thanks for your honest review.

    • I was really excited to get my hands on a copy. I mean, it wasn’t horrible, but I just wanted more. I felt like there were so many ways the author could have done this story, and it just felt like any other story out there.

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