The Wedding Date

The Wedding Date

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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. From the best man's toast to the bouquet toss, Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible. But before they know it, 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.."--
Publisher: New York, Berkley,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399587665
Characteristics: viii, 310 pages ; 21 cm.

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A fun but not toooo frothy chick-lit romance. A great escape!


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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 13, 2018

This book has possibly the most straightforward, least twisty plot of any romantic comedy I've ever read -- and yet it's still one of the most enjoyable books I've read all year, which is a testament to how good Jasmine Guillory is at other, non-plotty things. Listen, this is just flat-out fun -- a meet cute in an elevator leads to the heroine going to a wedding with the hero as his fake girlfriend; sexy times ensue; they catch feelings; all ends, eventually, happily. And it's DELIGHTFUL. The fact that the heroine is black and the hero is white adds an extra layer of interest to this, and leads to some really interesting conversations between them as he struggles to understand her lived experience and some of the ways he needs to check his privilege, but beyond all of that good stuff, the fact remains that if you want to read something romantic and charming that will leave you with a smile on your face, you need look no further.

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TardisLibrarian
Dec 11, 2018

I really enjoyed this book it is not my usual genre but it read like the one of the best romantic comedy movies I have ever seen. I really could not book the down and found it to be one of the more realistic and emotionally connected relationships depicted.

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AConsolver
Sep 06, 2018

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy a more realistic take on a romance novel.

When Alexa and Drew get stuck in a hotel elevator together, he talks her into attending his ex's wedding with him that weekend. What starts out as a no-strings-attached, pretend dating weekend, quickly turns into something more. Starting a long distance fling, dealing with busy career lives, issues of race, and communication cause trouble for the two of them. Will they be able to make it work? Or was their relationship better left to the pretend weekend?

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I loved Drew and Alexa's meet cute in the elevator and I loved their banter. I found this book to be a much more realistic portrayal of romance than many romance books. Because of that it felt a bit less exciting, there wasn't a ton of anticipation... but I did really enjoy seeing their journey as the book went on. I liked that this book features diversity in it's characters as well. I liked that race and privilege were discussed some in this book. It wasn't a huge focus, but I really appreciated that it wasn't ignored. I also liked that body image was mentioned from time to time and that wasn't an issue in their romantic relationship. I really didn't like Drew very much... haha, but I did like his bromance with his friend Carlos. (Guillory's next book is about Carlos and I can't wait to read it!) Probably my favorite bit of the book was when it mentions that feeling of homecoming that you get after a hard day, knowing someone is there for you. It's so so realistic, and very under used in romantic fiction. I highly recommend if you're looking for a realistic romance novel.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 01, 2018

Super fun romantic escapism!

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KatG1983
May 14, 2018

This book is pure fluff and zero substance. If you're looking for something to pass an idle summer Sunday that requires almost no thought or brain power - this is the book for you. The characters are likable enough, though incredibly infuriating ... it's definitely written in the hopes of being made into a movie. There's plenty of sex scenes, but are quite PG13; the word 'nipple' is as racy as it gets.

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dani_lacey
Apr 18, 2018

Reading this book is like boarding a plane and taking off as planned only to fly in a holding pattern for six straight hours. Worse, when the plane finally does land, it's only 10 feet away from where it took off.

In short, it's a frustrating read.

It's starts off pretty good: the meeting in the elevator and the fake wedding date are fun to read. Again, the dialogue by this point is already a bit silly, but it's easy to ignore with a good plot. (There is an extended flirty banter scene about cheese and crackers. Lunchables ain't sexy; quit trying to make them so.)

After the wedding, though, it all just stalls. The main couple spend boring weekends with each other, eating boring meals and having boring sex. (Honestly, there are so many vaguely described sex scenes in this book, it became tedious. I just started skipping them after a while.)

Our main couple are also kinda dumb, reminding me more of middle schoolers than the thirty-something professionals they're supposed to be. They nearly blow their whole relationship up because they don't know how to have an adult conversation.

If you've read a lot of romance, there isn't much new here. Save your time and maybe skip this one.

JessicaGma Apr 10, 2018

A fun interrracial romance which is funny and pretty realistic. Is it the best book you'll read this year? Probably not. Is it an entertaining read? Yes. I think I still like the Hating Game a bit better, but it's just as great.

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acibicki
Mar 14, 2018

Meh. Good/easy beach read, but everything felt very predictable. It was a quick and feel-good read though!

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midori_hon
Mar 03, 2018

2-1/3 stars. this was like a bag of plain air-popped popcorn, somewhat exciting in the beginning when it's hot but ultimately leaving you wishing for more flavor and substance. (note to self, go to movies soon and eat buttered popcorn)

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hannah_m_huie
Mar 02, 2018

I haven't posted a review on here yet, but I will for this one. I was really disappointed with this book. I just felt like I was reading a poorly written fanfiction.

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dani_lacey
Apr 18, 2018

Sexual Content: Book contains sex scenes between two adults. The sex between the two leads is pretty vanilla and is vaguely written. Readers of other romances won't find anything too distressing.

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WildcatCare
Feb 26, 2018

Sexual Content: There are a lot of distasteful sex scenes.

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WildcatCare
Feb 26, 2018

Coarse Language: This book has very offensive and vulgar profanity laced throughout.

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JCLDebbieF Oct 25, 2018

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Apr 18, 2018

dani_lacey thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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