“The Wedding Date” by Jasmine Guillory (2018)

⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Now, I’ve mentioned before that I’m not too keen on romances, and well… this book is one of the prime examples why I’m not. I received this book through PageHabit (a subscription that no longer exists), so I got to read the authors notes throughout the book. However, the notes still didn’t enhance the novel. The only reason I gave this book 3-stars instead of less than that was because of my previous stance on romances. I didn’t feel comfortable lessening my review simply because I shouldn’t have read it in the first place.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance, but I don’t love cliche romances. This novel was just that. Not to be blunt, but it was completely predictable and I probably should’ve stopped after the first few pages, but I just had to keep going. I flew through it because it read like a young adult novel, and yet I still left the book feeling as though I could’ve written it myself.

With such raving reviews from Reese Witherspoon, it was kind of disappointing that it wasn’t all it was cracked out to be. For god’s sake, the summary itself was a cliche, and I don’t want to reprimand the author because I’m sure Jasmine Guillory is a very nice person, I just didn’t like this particular novel.

The book starts out with a girl meeting a guy in an elevator and he invites her to a wedding. Without much hesitation and a little push from her sister, she decides to go and play along with the guys antics. Overall, it felt like I was reading a crummy Netflix rom-com, and while I’ve often found that I’ve come to be very cynical with rom-coms, I’ve also found that I’m not usually alone with my opinions. The entire novel is based around the the usual romance cliches such as eating out, having sex, going to the party, an argument, etc. It all just felt rushed.


Summary from Amazon

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.

 

Despite my review, if you still want to pick up a copy head on over to ThriftBooks for 15% off your order.

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