Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

 Rating: ★★★ +.5 | 320 pages  | Berkley | Contemporary Romance | 01/30/2018

The Wedding Date is one of the hottest romance novels of the year (although...not in the smexy times way because this book fades to black real quick) and I was excited to see it chosen for Fountain Flirt, the local romance book club I just joined so I could finally prioritize reading it.

After a banter-filled meet cute in a faulty hotel elevator pediatric surgeon, Drew Nichols asks Alexa Monroe to be his pretend date at a wedding for his ex. Alexa and Drew's pretend wedding dates shenanigans quickly turn into weekend rendezvous, but with hundreds of miles between them and demanding careers their not sure an HEA is in their future.

This book was a slow start for me, it's got pretty low stakes. Like they-could-solve-all-their-problems with-one-conversation low stakes. I had a hard time getting into it and it wasn't until the external conflict was brought in towards the end does it pick up. As I mentioned earlier this book is fade to black in a way that gave me whiplash because they go right up to the moment and then skip over it, which isn’t something I’ve never read before.

This is an interracial romance and unlike the other IR I’ve read, it does briefly address cultural differences. In an interview with Bitch Media Guillory said they added those conversations later. and while it was a little weird to see some of those moments in a romance it also feels timely.

For or a witty modern love story make a date with the Wedding Date. Although let's face it, it's probably already on your TBR.

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