The Wedding Date is coming JANUARY 30th!! Read my thoughts!
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…
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In case you live under a rock—or have never read any of my reviews—fake relationships are the apple to my pie. There is absolutely nothing I love more than a fun and romantic fake relationship story with lovable characters, a bunch of it’s-getting-hot-in-here moments and even more falling-off-my-chair-from-all-the-swooning moments. You could say my expectations for books containing a fake relationship are beyond sky-high. Well… guess what?! The Wedding Date just surpassed all of those expectations and became one of my favorite books containing a fake couple AND one of my all-time favorite books.
Alexa and Drew met in an elevator. As life would have it, the elevator got stuck while Alexa was on her way to her sister’s hotel room and while Drew was on his way to his hotel room. From the get-go the connection between them was undeniable. They talked, bantered, laughed and had a great time while stuck in that elevator. Too soon it was time for them to go back to their respective rooms but Drew couldn’t just let her go so he asked her to go to his ex’s wedding. Alexa couldn’t say no and suddenly they were pretending to be boyfriend and girlfriend for the weekend. But how can you walk away from an amazing weekend like the one they had and go back to normality? You can’t!! And so their relationship… or whatever… started.
I AM SO IN LOVE WITH ALEXA. I love her. I want to be like her. I want her skin. I want her intelligence. I want her social skills. I want her boyfriend. I really do have a girl crush like they say in that one song I can’t stop listening to. She is amazing, there is no other way to describe her. From the beginning she put a humongous grin on my face because I could relate to a lot of things she said. She broke my heart when I read her thoughts about not being skinny/blonde/tall enough for Drew to like her and then she pieced my heart back together when all of those thoughts flew out the window and she was her beautiful, confident, polite self even in a room full of people she didn’t know and she never pretended to be anyone else. Alexa is one of those character you just can’t help but love because they are so true to themselves.
I am also so in love with Drew. Except from those couple of moments where I wanted to grab him by the shoulders and shake him until he came to his senses. He—like I’ve said a million and one times before in my fake relationships reviews—is everything I could ask for in a male character. He is confident without being cocky, fun, intelligent (he’s a doctor!), hardworking and sends donuts instead of flowers (it can’t get better than that!). Drew has some issues when it comes to relationships getting serious. He dates from a month or two and then tells his girlfriend at the time that they should just stay friends. That may or may not be the reason I wanted to shake him until he came to his senses but you’ll have to pick up this book if you want to know the truth.
I rarely mention if a book is too graphic or not but I know some of y’all are not really into the very graphic sex scenes so I’m going to talk a bit about that. You know how in some movies they do that fade to black thing when things are getting hot? The same happens in this book. Kind of. It implies something happened and you know exactly what happened without all the details which I absolutely loved. It’s still cheeks-blushing-tomato-red steamy though!
I can’t believe this is Jasmine Guillory’s first book. That woman is talented with a capital T. I’m looking forward to her upcoming books and I know she will have an amazing career as an author. Definitely keep an eye out for her!
In a nutshell The Wedding Date is a beautiful book about a long distance relationship, a fake relationship, real love, a white guy with commitment issues, donuts, beautiful San Francisco and shiny Los Angeles, a curvy black woman, an elevator and coffee in the mornings. If that doesn’t make you want to immediately pick up this book then I don’t know what will… just kidding. It would mean I didn’t do a great job but I’m crossing my fingers you at least add it to your TBR list after reading this review! That would be a win!
Massive thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for sending me an advance copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
6 / 5 flowers
I had a hard time rating this book. Pretty much since I started reading it I knew I was going to give it a six out of five but then I looked at the Goodreads ratings and I was like what the actual heck. HOW and WHY does it have mostly four star ratings when it was out-of-this-world amazing for me? So then I started doubting myself and I wanted to give it a five because maybe I was exaggerating and the rest of the world knew better but I couldn’t. For a moment there I was ashamed for giving it such a high rating when pretty much everyone only liked it but that’s the way the world works. To each their own. This book really is worth a six out of five for me. It is one of those books that will stay with me forever and I will probably re-read it like once every year. That’s how much I loved this story. So if you were wondering why the heck I gave it a six, there’s your answer. And if you ever feel the same way I did, just remember to stay true to yourself and who cares if you are the only human in the world to love something anyway?