Monday, February 5, 2018

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Publication: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Source: Publisher

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...

Alexa, is a gorgeous independent woman who is the Mayor’s Chief of Staff in Berkeley California. She is focused and has a tendency to overthink things. And even though Alexa is really good at getting other people to open up and talk about themselves. She can be hesitant to be open herself. Mainly because she is afraid of putting herself out there and then getting hurt. 

Drew is a handsome fun loving, laid back Pediatric Doctor residing in Southern California. He also happens to be a commitment phobe. He is afraid of labeling his relationships. Of making the big commitment. He thinks he is going to screw things up inevitably. Which is one of the reasons why his past relationships have been short lived. 

Alexa and Drew  meet randomly one day when they get stuck in a hotel elevator together. They make an unique connection almost instantly. Drew knows he wants to see Alexa again, so he does what any guy who thinks quickly on his feet would do. He invites her to his ex-girlfriend's wedding of course. Surprisingly, she says yes. From there on out, they decide to keep seeing each other and see where this thing might lead...

I liked that this story featured an interracial couple (Alexa is black and Drew is white). And that they both worked high powered jobs. They had good chemistry...You could feel the attraction that they had for one another. Drew and Alexa both worked a lot, but they always supported each other as well as made time to go out together. Another plus. I would have loved it if the characters would have been a little bit more fleshed out. It would have been nice to have had more of a backstory for Drew and Alexa. I thought the story was entertaining. It wasn’t a story I was hooked on, but I enjoyed reading it. 

The Wedding Date is a light meet cute romance story with traces of humor throughout. A good choice for romance readers who enjoy HEA’s. 

P.S. Check out an Excerpt below!

RATING: 3 out of 5


THE WEDDING DATE by Jasmine Guillory

   Alexa danced with Lauren, letting the movement and the laughter shake away her annoying thoughts. When she felt a hand on her waist, she turned to see Drew behind her and laughed again, at how ridiculous the evening had been and how much fun she was suddenly having. He took ahold of one of her hands and swung her around to face him and laughed back down at her. Other members of the wedding party joined their group and danced with and around them, but song after song came on, and he never moved from her side.

“Water?” he said in her ear after they’d been on the dance floor for a long time.

“Yes, please.” She walked with him over to the bar.

She glanced up at the ornate clock over the bar, surprised at how late it had gotten. And how much she didn’t want this night to end. Damn it, it had been fun to be Drew’s fake girlfriend, but she knew that once the clock struck midnight, so to speak, the fairy tale would be all over.

He leaned against the bar, his jacket off, his bow tie untied, a little sweaty and disheveled from dancing. Good Lord, this guy was hot.

He rolled up his sleeves, exposing his tan forearms. She wanted to run her fingers up and down them and feel how warm and strong they were.

She needed to stop letting her imagination run away with her.

“Um,” she said. “It’s getting late, and if I want to make the last BART train back to the East Bay, I should probably leave pretty soon.”

Why had she said that? Why, when she was standing next to a hot guy, basically panting over him? If she was Maddie, hell, if she was Amy, she would have grabbed one of those hot forearms and wrapped it around her body, letting him know what she wanted without having to say anything. Sadly, she was Alexa, so she would flee instead.

He put his water bottle down and looked at her.


“Okay,” she said. Olivia and Maddie would get mad at her for not throwing herself at him, but they didn’t understand that she just didn’t know how. Plus, rejection from this guy was the last thing her self-esteem needed. Talk about the opposite of getting back on the horse; that would make her avoid horses, and stables, and all farm animals for another few years. So to speak.

He stepped closer to her and put his hand on her waist. Her hand landed on his arm, and, without even meaning to, she ran her fingers up and down. Oh God, touching him like this was as good as she’d thought it would be.

“Or”—he looked straight down into her eyes—“you could stay.”

A question was in his eyes, and a smile hovered over his lips. His thumb drew slow circles on her hip and then moved up her side to her ribs. His other hand moved up to her face and traced the outline of her lips with his fingers.

She shivered.

He waited.

“Or,” she said, “I could stay.”

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