Debut author Jasmine Guillory comes to the blog today with a fun, flirty and wholly compelling contemporary romance tale where a lawyer (and Mayoral Chief of Staff) and a pediatrician navigate distance, difference and desires. Please read on for my review of
The Wedding Date
Absolutely adorable and surprisingly refreshing with two characters with demanding careers that they love, friends that are supportive and a meet-cute that possibly will convince women to carry cheese, crackers and an easy-open bottle in their purse when entering an elevator! With the first scene and the power out, Guillory managed to captivate my interest – just where would these two go after their flirty and fun interaction in a small space? But then, Drew decides to take a chance and invite Alexa to be his ‘plus one’ and ‘girlfriend of the moment’ to the wedding he’s got to attend over the weekend. A wedding that has his former girlfriend marrying his best friend from med school. And Alexa, at the hotel to visit her sister and celebrate her new partnership in a New York law firm before a deposition the next day isn’t quite sure about the whole thing – but since her friends tell her she overthinks everything and never takes chances – why not.
And the story is off! Drew and Alexa have this amazing chemistry, and while she learns that he’s got a ‘no girlfriend’ rule, and that most of his ‘relationships’ have lasted less than 2 months, she can’t help but find the façade fun and her attempts to ‘grab the gusto’ for the weekend is just what she needs. Add to that the fact that Drew finds her attractive, and she’s comfortable in his company: he’s fun and funny, his friends are welcoming (mostly) and she’s having a great time with her new dresses (chosen by best friend and stylist, Maddie), and what else could happen –it’s only a weekend.
But, a weekend is exactly what it isn’t: Drew (unknown to Alexa)pushes his flight back to LA back about 8 hours to spend a lazy Sunday with her: enjoying her company and being able to talk about everything under the sun: realizing this intelligent woman is also driven, caring and funny has him thinking about ‘more”. Of course, his ‘more’ is a few weeks, but he wants to get to explore what is there. Back and forth from LA to Berkley, plenty of questions (unasked) and steamy desire that comes with a side-helping of acceptance and comfort: these two are adorable together and perfect for one another. But Drew’s past history (and current fears) catch up with him and Alexa’s fear of hearing an answer she doesn’t want as the clock ticks down on their ‘relationship’ inserts levels of drama and separation that isn’t good for either of their attitudes. It’s going to take some serious discussion and a spotlight moment for Alexa and her ‘pet project’ in front of all that matter and the City Council brings the story to a perfect resolution.
I was pleasantly (and utterly) surprised to find this was a debut: the writing is smooth and descriptive, the characters are complete and tangible and the best part- this was a depiction of a relationship that HAPPENS to be interracial. Sure, Alexa discusses her ‘approach’ to being in a diverse crowd versus being the only person of color in the room, and she does open Drew’s eyes to the differences in approach and attitudes – but really – it’s not about that. The chemistry between them – their conversations and moments of sharing as they get to know each other are simply that – two people in a relationship. This is the true hidden joy of the novel for me – a relationship that doesn’t push, slam or otherwise beat readers over the head with the differences – they come up naturally and since they do this; the situation allows readers to say “oh I didn’t know that, or think of that’ rather than feel as if they are being lectured to or at. A solid story, full of heart, heat, ideas and laughs that is sure to please many.
Title: The Wedding Date
Author: Jasmine Guillory
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor elements, Interracial
Published by: Berkley
Published on: 30 January, 2018
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 28 minutes
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.