Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Posted April 19th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews / 0 Comments

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The Wedding Date

Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Author: Jasmine Guillory
Narrator: Janina Edwards
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Release date: January 30th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Length: 8 hours and 28 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
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Star rating:
Heat rating: three-half-flames

A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in this 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 paediatric 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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The Faerie Queen’s review

I’m going to say something absolutely ridiculous, and I am fully aware of how ridiculous this is. You’re all going to roll your eyes and lose respect for me or something…

But I was a little bored listening to this. Emily thinks I would have liked it more if I’d read it, but I don’t know. It’s just… as AMAZING as some of the things in this book were (see below), I felt no compulsion to finish this other than because it was an easy thing to finish. I wasn’t caught up in the romance, in the feelings. I felt nothing in all the positive and empowering sex, and that is always a sad state of affairs for me.

And here’s the thing that’s going to make you groan…

Everything was so grown up and mature and realistic. Which I know other people will like, but it just meant that there was no pounding hearts and swooning going on for me. Just…meh… It was all such a lovely idea, with great characters, but meh. And I feel like this has exposed a great failure in me, or shown that I’m not quite grown up enough myself.

But anyway, let’s go over all the great things about this book that deserve to be celebrated, yeah?

  1. The heroine is a black woman, written by a black woman! Given what’s happening in the romance space right now, it’s good to see #ownvoices books featuring people of colour.
  2. Tying into the race thing, a lot of the things that people of colour have to face is brought up in this, e.g. black women being seen as an ‘exotic adventure’ outside the norm, asking people of colour where they’re actually from, etc. I can imagine it being extremely validating to see this in a book for people who’ve experienced it, while also being a subtle education for people that might have done these things in the past. (What’s funny is that even I could relate because people are always asking where I’m from. I have a script that I whip out whenever I meet new people.)
  3. The heroine has a successful career in the public sector, working for the mayor, and is championing a project that could help young offenders. This job is very important to her, and it’s not something she wants to give up, especially for a man.
  4. There’s a lot of body positivity in this. Talks of curves and food (donuts!!!) without any mention of dieting or losing weight. I mean, yes, at times Alexa compares herself to the tall, skinny white women she seems to encounter at gatherings with Nick, but it’s less about feeling ashamed and more about feeling out of place amongst all the white women that Nick has previously dated. She’s not his usual “type”, and she’s very conscious of it.
  5. As in so many romance novels, things do escalate because the couple doesn’t communicate enough, but instead of being an extreme case of the no-can-talk, their lapses in communication were within the realms of normality. If anything, this made it difficult for me because it felt too much like a real relationship, and I already have one of those!
  6. Did I already say donuts? Because donuts.

So yeah, many good things in their own right, but I was kinda relieved when it was over.

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I would recommend this book to…

Anyone tired of melodrama and who wants a realistic romance featuring two mature (though still flawed) adults

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About Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School. She is a Bay Area native who has towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks.

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