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Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

on April 12, 2018

The Wedding Date 
Jasmine Guillory
Headline Eternal
2018, 322p
Purchased personal copy

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew Nichols is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is not something Alexa Monroe would normally do. But Drew’s proposal proves hard to resist.

After their wedding date turns into a whole weekend of fun in San Francisco, Drew and Alexa return to their all-consuming careers – his in LA and hers in Berkeley. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about each other…

It could be the long-distance dating disaster of the century – or Drew and Alexa could be just a flight away from what each of them truly wants.

So recently I was looking for the sort of book that I describe as a ‘feels’ book. A romance book that rips your heart out at least twice, leaves you so invested in that HEA and when you finally get it, it’s like the best thing ever. Something that you would re-read compulsively for the next few months. It feels like a little while since I’ve had that sort of read so I’ve been keeping an eye out, looking for things that might fit. I’d heard a little about this book, seen it around recently and someone mentioned it to me as possibly being similar to what I was after. When I discovered it was only $4 on iBooks I thought that I should definitely give it a shot.

It starts out promisingly enough. Alexa Monroe is heading to a hotel in San Francisco to meet her sister. She gets stuck in the elevator with Drew Nichols, who is in town for the wedding of his ex-girlfriend….to one of his friends. Drew was supposed to have a date for the wedding but she had to bail and he doesn’t really want to show up alone. There’s a bit of fun banter for the time they’re stuck together and then on a whim, he asks Alexa to come with him. Be his plus one. And recklessly, she agrees.

They have a great time at the wedding, culminating in acting on the physical attraction between them before Drew has to fly back to where he lives. Drew is a no-strings kinda guy. He’s not in the market for a girlfriend. So he’s surprised to find himself texting Alexa, asking her to come visit him on the weekends. Soon they’re swapping visits back and forth, sharing details about their lives, all the while with Drew insisting to himself that it’s not a relationship.

And this is where it began to fall apart for me. Drew is a doctor (some sort of paediatric surgeon I think) and it takes a long time to become a doctor so I’m guessing he’s somewhere in his early thirties. Alexa has a law degree and works for the Mayor. These are two mature, responsible adults (one would assume, given their professions) who spend an awful lot of this book acting like teenagers trying not to let the other know that they have a crush on them. It’s very cyclic….we go around and around as some minor thing leads Drew to huff that it was ‘about time he ended it anyway, the expiry is about up’ despite the fact that he’s super crazy about Alexa and they have heaps of fun together, they have great sex, they love spending time together, they’re the first person that the other wants to share things with. Drew even flies down to see her for less than 12 hours after he gets some bad news through his work. But he spends so much of his time in his head pretending it doesn’t mean anything and it’s time to end it. To be honest it was kind of pathetic. When he’s not going over that in his head, he’s accusing his best friend of hitting on Alexa. Charming.

Drew is white on rice and Alexa is a black woman so there was a bit of an interesting race dynamic in that Alexa has insecurities about her looks – her hair, her curvier figure, especially after meeting several of Drew’s ex-girlfriends who are all blonde, super skinny and white. I never really had to think about whether or not I’d be the only person at an event of my physical appearance, like Alexa does, asking Drew if she’ll be the only black person at the wedding. I don’t think it’s ever explicitly mentioned but Drew gives the appearance of coming from at least a very comfortable background. Alexa has a program that she wants to pitch to the Mayor for underprivileged youth in her local area which she’s very passionate about. When she explains it to Drew, the position he comes from on it appears to be one of privilege, a kind of lack of understanding about why she would want to implement this and the possible results. He is willing to be educated though but it does seem as though his first automatic response is to consider it a waste of time or like rewarding teens for bad behaviour. Sometimes both of them seem automatically disappointed in the other’s response to something before they can actually discuss things. There’s a lot of jumping to conclusions, irritated flouncing and overreactions to seemingly innocent things. Nerves get struck a lot. But then it seems to be over and they’re back to smiling and laughing constantly.

This was just okay unfortunately. Drew and Alexa didn’t really have much of an interesting dynamic for me and I prefer deeper, angstier stories. The conflict in this felt really repetitive and quite immature, like these people just keep having the same silly arguments throughout the entire story. I didn’t really feel the amazing chemistry they claimed to have and I wasn’t really invested in their future. It was quick which was good. But ultimately disappointing after the hype.

5/10

Book #67 of 2018

 

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2 responses to “Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

  1. Kazen says:

    I am so happy to find someone who feels the same way as I do about this book! Promising, then off into the land of Big Misunderstandings, gah. The lower angst level is my thing but the way the second half turned out… wasn’t. I was surprised after all the hype it got!

    • Oh YES, the Land of Big Misunderstandings! This book definitely spent far too much time visiting it and characters getting het up over silly responses to text messages of all things. Who even asks those things in a text? I was surprised too, I thought I would absolutely love this. It was super disappointing for me.

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