The Wedding Date

The Wedding Date

by Jasmine Guillory


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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

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Entertainment Weekly's "12 Romances for V-Day"
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"A swoony rom-com brimming with humor and charm."--Entertainment Weekly (The Must List)

"What a charming, warm, sexy gem of a novel....One of the best books I've read in a while."--Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Hunger

A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in this fun and flirty multicultural romance debut.

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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399587665
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 14,289
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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. The Wedding Date is her first novel.

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Alexa Monroe walked into the Fairmont hotel in San Francisco that Thursday night wearing her favorite red heels, jittery from coffee, and with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne in her purse. She took out her phone to text her sister, Olivia, upstairs in one of the guest rooms.

Getting on the elevator!!!

It was always good to give Olivia a little more advance warning than most people. It didn't matter that Olivia had just made partner at her New York law firm; some things didn't change.

Oh no, was just about to get in the shower.

Alexa got Olivia's text just as she stepped into the elevator. She laughed out loud as she pushed the number of her sister's floor, the laughter calming her nerves. Alexa couldn't wait to celebrate with her older sister, despite . . . no, maybe because their relationship was still tricky after all these years.

The elevator glided in the air, in that smooth, noiseless way elevators in expensive hotels do, while Alexa checked her purse for the third time to make sure she'd tossed the fancy crackers and Brie in there. They would need a pre-dinner snack to soak up all of that champagne, after all. She wished she'd found the time to make brownies the night before. Olivia loved her brownies.

She spied the cheese and crackers in the corner of her purse, tucked away from the heavy champagne bottle. Just then, the elevator stopped with a jerk. A second later, the lights went out.

"What's going on?" she said out loud to herself.

A few seconds later, a dim light came on, but the elevator stayed motionless. She looked up and around, and jumped to see a man with a suitcase in the opposite corner of the elevator.

"Were you here this whole time?" she asked.

"What am I, a genie?" He grinned back at her.

"I guess you don't really look like a genie." He was a tall white guy, with tanned skin, rumpled dark brown hair, and about a day's worth of scruff where a beard would be. She had a sudden urge to rub her hand on his cheek to see how prickly it was. How exactly had she missed seeing this man get on the elevator with her?

"Thank you, I think. But isn't that what a genie would say?" he asked. "You're not claustrophobic, are you?"

"Um, I don't think so. Why, were you going to bust us out of here with your genie powers if I said I was?"

He laughed.

"I guess you'll never know if I'm a genie now," he said.

"Well, there was that time I got an MRI," she said. "Being inside that tiny machine wasn't much fun. Maybe I am claustrophobic."

"Sorry, you already lost your chance to see my powers." He moved to the front of the elevator and picked up the emergency phone.

"Let's see if they can give us an ETA on getting out of here."

She tried not to stare at him in the dim lighting, but she couldn't miss the opportunity to check out his butt in his perfectly fitted jeans. It was as good as the rest of him. She tried to wipe the grin off her face in case he turned around.

Stuff like this never happened to her. Not the stuck-in-the-elevator thing-her life was full of minor crises like that. No, it was being stuck in an elevator with a hot guy that was the unusual part. She was always the one sitting on an airplane next to a chatty toddler, or a knitting grandma, or a bored college student; never a hot guy to be found.

After about a minute of him saying, "Okay . . . okay," in progressively tenser tones, he hung up the phone.

"Well . . ." He paused and smiled at her. "Wait, I don't even know your name, my new elevator friend."

"Alexa, and you, Genie?"

"Drew. Nice to meet you, Alexa."

"Drew, it's a pleasure, but . . ."

"Right, these circumstances are not ideal. So, the bad news is that there's a power outage in the whole hotel."

Her phone lit up just then with a text from Olivia.

My power went out. Where are you??

"Ahhh, yes, I was just alerted to that." Alexa held her phone up before she texted Olivia back.

Whole hotel, I'm stuck in the elevator.

"At least that means they were telling the truth," Drew said. "The good news, or so they tell me, is that they have generators, so the elevators should start moving shortly."

She slid down to the floor, placing her purse gently beside her. It would be a tragedy to break that champagne bottle.

"We might as well wait in comfort," she said. Her favorite red heels were relatively comfortable for the first five hours, but she'd been wearing them for nine plus.

He shrugged off his leather jacket, gifting her a glimpse of his stomach muscles as his gray T-shirt shifted. Mmmm. Hot, funny guy who occasionally flashed his abs. Was it her birthday?

"So, are you a guest here, Drew? Where are you coming from?" she asked him so she wouldn't stare.

"Just flew in from L.A. And you?" He sat down next to her.

"Oh, I live here. Well, over in Berkeley, anyway. I'm just in the hotel visiting someone."

He glanced at her phone, her shoes, and back up at her.

"A pretty special someone, with those shoes on, and all of that smiling you were doing when you didn't even notice someone else got on the elevator with you."

"A very special someone," she said, and his grin got wider. "Wait, no, not that kind of special someone! My older sister! She's in town from New York for work."

Yep, this was how she usually acted around hot guys. Scared to make eye contact, stared at his abs, said something awkward.

"Ahhhh." He laughed. "Okay, yes, I did think it was that kind of special someone. Do you two have a hot night in the city planned?"

She crossed her legs and adjusted her black wrap dress so she didn't accidentally flash her underwear at this dude on top of everything else.

"Sort of. We're celebrating. She just made partner at her law firm!" Alexa smiled down at her purse full of treats before looking back up at him. Not even cheese could compete with this dude.

He narrowed his eyes at her. Light brown eyes, with a really dark rim around them. His eyes were so pretty that she looked away again. Thank God her brown skin meant her cheeks couldn't get too pink, otherwise he'd be able to see them glow in the dark.

"Okay, I'm happy for your sister, but what is in that bag? You keep looking at it like it holds the Holy Grail."

She laughed.

"Just champagne and a few snacks. The plan is to drink the champagne here and then go out to dinner . . . Well, that was the plan, but we'll see how long we're stuck in this elevator."

Drew scooted closer to her and looked in her purse. Alexa pushed it toward him, so he could see better in the dim light. She never let people poke around in her purse, but hey, this was a cute guy and a weird situation.

"Okay good, we have sustenance if we're stuck here for hours. Champagne is so convenient because no corkscrew is needed, and then we've got . . . Oh, look at that, cheese and crackers, the perfect stuck-in-an-elevator snack."

She leaned back against the wood-paneled wall.

"Have you been stuck in an elevator before with a variety of snacks and been able to determine which ones are best for this situation?" she asked.

"No, but come on, cheese and crackers are obviously the best possible option here. First of all, you had the foresight to bring a soft cheese, so we won't need a knife to cut it; we can just use the crackers to pull off bits and spread it with our fingers. And second, have you ever not enjoyed cheese and crackers? Ever not thought, 'Oh boy, these cheese and crackers are exactly what I need right now'?"

She considered for a moment.

"Stop, no, stop even thinking about it," he said. "You know the answer is no. Cheese and crackers are objectively the perfect snack."

She laughed and pried his fingers away from the box of crackers.

"Okay, fine, you're right. But you didn't manage to talk me into sharing Olivia's you-made-partner cheese and crackers with you, you know."

He stretched his legs out along the floor and took another glance into her purse.

"I was afraid of that. Well, I can only hope we'll be here so long that you'll take pity on me."

She slipped her shoes halfway off, just enough to relieve the pressure on her toes.

"No offense, Drew, but my goal is not to be stuck in this elevator with you all night." Although those abs . . . No, remember Olivia? Her sister? Right, Olivia, okay, yes, Olivia. Time to ask him another question so she'd stop staring. "Don't you have plans tonight? What are you doing here in San Francisco for the weekend anyway?"

He made a face.


She made a face back at him.

"Don't say it like it's a prison sentence."

He slumped against the wall.

"If prison sentences lasted for a weekend, this one would qualify. Okay, fine, a prison in a cushy hotel, but still."

She looked around at the dim, still elevator.

"Not so cushy right now. What's so terrible about this wedding?"

He threw his hands in the air.

"Let me count the ways." He held up one finger. "One: it's my ex-girlfriend's wedding."

Alexa winced. She'd been there. Exes' weddings were always a trial, even in the best circumstances.

Second finger. "Two: she's marrying one of my best friends from med school."

Alexa covered her eyes. Okay, he maybe had a point.

"Were they . . ."

"No, she wasn't cheating on me with him, but . . . let's just say I wasn't particularly pleased about how it all happened, shall we?"

"Ouch. Well, I understand why you-"

He held up a third finger. "THREE."

She sat up straight.

"There's another one? A third finger?"

"Oh yes." He waved his middle finger in the air. "As a matter of fact, this is the worst of the fingers. Three: I am a groomsman."

She swung around and faced him, mouth wide open.

"Are you kidding me? A groomsman? What? Why? How?"

"Yes, you are asking the important questions. The ones that Josh, Molly, and I all should have asked before this nightmare of a wedding weekend started. What and why indeed. What could have possibly inspired him to ask me to be a groomsman? Why would he do that? Why would she allow it? WHY would I say yes? How did this happen? All of those questions should have been asked, and yet, here we all are."

"Oh my God, Drew. That's almost enough for me to give you some cheese."

He patted her shoulder. Cheese? Hell, if he'd let his hand linger there for a few more seconds, she would have given him a lot more than cheese.

"Alexa, I'm touched. I truly am. And then"-he waved another finger in the air-"there's four."

"Oh good Lord, what could four possibly be? Are your divorced parents coming to the wedding with their spouses, too, or something?"

He laughed.

"No, but good guess. What a nightmare that would be. No, four is that I am not only a groomsman in the wedding of my ex-girlfriend and former best friend, but I am a dateless groomsman in the wedding of my ex-girlfriend and former best friend. My date bailed on me at the last minute, so I'm going to look pathetic, and I'll probably get drunk and hit on a bridesmaid-the whole thing is going to be a nightmare."

She brushed that off with a wave of her hand.

"Oh please, you'll be fine. Weddings are great places to meet people. It's better that you're without a date. As my friend Colleen always says, 'Don't bring a sandwich to a buffet.'"

He let out a bark of laughter.

"I'm definitely going to steal that saying. And while in most situations I would say that your friend Colleen is totally right, this is that five percent of situations where a sandwich would save me from all of the food poisoning in the buffet. I'm going to get so many pitying looks, you have no idea. And the worst part is that I RSVP'd with a plus-one, so there's going to be an empty seat at the head table. And lots of 'What happened to your girlfriend, Drew, couldn't make it?' And I'm going to have to smile and take it, but there's like a thirty percent possibility I'm going to have one too many glasses of bourbon and go rogue."

She touched his hand and tried not to linger there.

"Okay, yes, sometimes a sandwich is a necessary security blanket. I'm sorry that yours bailed on you."

He looked down into her purse again.

"Alexa, I'm going to need you to stop talking about sandwiches if you don't want me to steal that cheese."

She grabbed her purse and moved it to her other side.

"Now temptation is farther away. Isn't that better?"

He looked at her, at the purse, back at her. She smiled and kept her hand on the strap.

"So, Drew. What happened to your girlfriend?"

He narrowed his eyes at her, and she laughed again.

"Okay, first of all, Emma wasn't my girlfriend. We were just hanging out, that's all."

Alexa frowned at him. This guy had to be in his thirties like her. Hadn't people stopped "just hanging out" with people by their thirties?

"Don't look at me like that! I'm not a girlfriend kind of guy! And when I could tell that she might want something more serious, I ended it. I was nice about it! I don't do girlfriends. I haven't had a girlfriend since . . ." He sighed. "Molly. Anyway. Except I forgot that I needed a date for this damn wedding."

Alexa pointed to the fourth finger that he'd raised in the air.

"Wait," she said. "How, exactly, is that your date 'bailing' on you?"

He shook the finger at her.

"Don't do that! Don't blame this on me. It's not my fault. It's not her fault, either-she was going to come to the wedding with me anyway, but her dad's having surgery tomorrow, so she couldn't come." Those ab muscles moved in a lovely way when he sighed. "And, of course, I'm sorry about her dad. I don't blame her for that at all. I do, however, think this is just more evidence that I've been cursed when it comes to this wedding."

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gaele More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was great read and I enjoyed it immensely
MBreviews 8 days ago
Quirky and cute! This book tells the cute story of two characters, Drew and Alexa, who meet in an elevator in the midst of a power outage the day before Drew's ex's wedding. On a whim Alexa agrees to attend the wedding with Drew as his fake date, thinking that nothing will come of it. Before she knows it, however, the two are enjoying one another's company far more than expected and can't help but agree to spend more time together in the future. What follows is a sweet, sometimes steamy, honest look at the challenges of falling in love while living long-distance and navigating an interracial relationship. What I loved about this book was that it offered both Drew and Alexa's perspectives in turn, putting a face on the confusion, joy, and fear of new love. It was a quick read and wasn't always very plot-driven, but it was sweet and for that I am glad.
BooksnKisses 4 months ago
Alexa Monroe never would have thought that visiting her sister to celebrate would lead to being stuck in an elevator with an amazingly hot and funny man. A man that asks her to be his savior for the weekend by attending a wedding with him. Alexa takes a chance and steps out of her comfort zone and says yes. Drew Nichols does not want to be here for the weekend. But he is the best man at the wedding and it would look really bad if he didn’t show up. Fate is on his side but getting him stuck in an elevator with one of the most beautiful women he has ever seen. Then a plan forms into his brain, he will ask this amazing women! And surprisingly she says Yes!!! I am grateful that Berkley Publishing sent this super sweet book to review. I am not sure I would have picked this book up otherwise, it was not on my 2018 list to read. But I am very grateful because I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to more books from Ms. Guillory. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
meredithjj 4 months ago
It has a cliche beginning: Boy and girl meet in an elevator when it gets stuck. Next thing you know, they're pretending to date for reasons (in this case, so he doesn't attend his ex-girlfriend and best friend's wedding--and of course, there's more to that story--alone). I'm pretty sure I've seen multiple TV movies using at least one aspect of that set-up. However, rather than be bogged down by a common concept, The Wedding Date shines once it moves forward from that. I found myself rooting for Alexa and Drew to get their act together ASAP and liked the people in their lives. While it would have been nice to flesh out some of their friends a bit more and I was surprised at how willing they were to fly to see each other so soon after meeting, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading The Proposal when it comes out.
Emilio Alaniz 5 months ago
Overall I found the book interesting and engaging. It has been a hit on booktube, and found it recently at a book sale supporting my local library. I enjoyed the romance between Alexa and Drew, it was sweet and felt plausible. Coming into this novel I knew that it would be the first of its kind for me for this is not a genre of books that I usually enjoy but was pleased overall with the book itself. I gave the book 3.5 stars.
18856734 5 months ago
This was a cute, albeit somewhat predictable, romance story of Alexa and Drew. They meet in a broken elevator, and Drew spontaneously asks her to be his fake date for a wedding he needs to go to, only for them to find they want to get to know each other better. The struggles of long distance relationships, as well as the struggles of biracial relationships, are some of the topics discussed in this book. It was a quick read, and there are parts that were really cute. I adored Drew's friend, Carlos, and would love to see a follow up book where he meets someone. I was surprised that we never saw more members of the wedding party/wedding guests later in the book, as they were still somewhat regular in Drew's life (according to things that happen at the wedding).
Anonymous 7 months ago
It was a good, quick read. The first half was a little slow, but it picked up toward the end and I couldn’t put it down.
Julie Ringenbach 7 months ago
I really really like this book !!!! I was first attracted by the cover, which is GORGEOUS !!! Alexa meeting Drew in a escalator was very cute, I really like their chemistry through the first chapter. The story seem very light and cute, I could easily read this book during summer on the beach. Drew seems to hide some secrets and I think that it will eventually create issues. Overall, the first 3 chapters were really well-written, and i would really love to read the rest of this book. To discover how the relationship will evolve and how the wedding will be. In conclusion, I think that this sneak peak got me even more thrilled and left me desperate for more !!! I would totally see myself buy this book !!!
Anonymous 7 months ago
I love interracial romances. This was just the right amount of romance and comedy.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Probably my first romance novel, and I loved the whole thing: the pitch-perfect representation of how much excitement (and not much sleep) early relationships can be, the emotional struggles of finding yourself too in love with someone to know how to handle it, and friends lovingly helping your dumb ass through it all. Truly a lovely read that made me cry a bunch.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I loved this book
Bookish Owlette 11 months ago
This book started out great. I loved every bit of it, the first five or so chapters. After that, it kind of became normal.  It was funny, entertaining and had an obvious moral message in it. However, it wasn't as engaging to me as it might've been to others. I still will encourage you to read it because it was something I did enjoy. Which is why I gave it a three star rating, it just wasn't gripping enough for more.
TeeA 11 months ago
Lovely lovely lovely!!! I have read only the first few chapters but I have fallen so in love with the characters that I cannot wait to read the rest of the book. I usually love reading romance novels, especially the ones in which the main characters find themselves in a situation where they have to fake a relationship, and then it ends up turning into the real thing. Hence my attraction to this novel. I love the plot and the way it is unfolding; I love the funny banter between the characters; I love the fact that the dialogue is realistic; I love the personalities of Drew and Alexa; I love their best friends. What more could one ask for in a book? Kudos to the author. I look forward to reading more of her books.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Overall the book was a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m so glad I stumbled upon The Wedding Date, because this was such a cute read! Within just a few pages, I was laughing out loud, and sending out the message that this book is a Must Read! As I continued, I wasn’t disappointed! From the “meet cute” beginning throughout the entire book, I was hooked. I couldn’t wait to see the end, but I didn’t want to see the book itself end! Oftentimes I’m disappointed with books that have been “overhyped,” but I’m thrilled to say that was not the case. If you are a fan of romance, I urge you to check this one out! I’m looking forward to checking out other work by this author. From her style and storylines from The Wedding Date, I have a feeling she will soon be an auto-buy for me!
BookFreakOut More than 1 year ago
This cute romance is an adorable, fly by the seat of your pants journey that perfectly balances a light-hearted, laughter-filled relationship with the demands of two high-powered professionals in intense job fields (politics and medicine). The dynamics of an inter-racial relationship were well-played without being heavy-handed, both Alexa and Drew come across very genuinely. I enjoyed the realistic portrayal of how different genders handle relationship discussions - we see Alexa seek out a few close friends about the budding romance, while Drew only talks to his one guy friend, and then only after he's had a few beers. Alexa's relationship with her sister is featured more than I was expecting, and I found the subplot about Alexa's plans for a teen arts rehabilitation program as well thought-out as the main romance storyline. A fun, light, fast read.
xokristim More than 1 year ago
Getting stuck in an elevator with a hot guy totally sounds like a cheesy romantic comedy. Or so I thought, for some reason the author really made this work without being overly dramatic. I love that the story was told in both Drew and Alexa’s points of view within each of the chapters. I felt this way we, as readers know what was going on in each of their minds at the same point in time. I found the story a bit predictable towards the end, but didn’t mind because it was the way I wanted it to go. I immediately fell in love with Alexa, and was pulled in immediately. She was funny, flirty, cute and quirky all at the same time. Her mid tended to go into overdrive so quickly that I felt connected with her. I didn’t enjoy Drew at the get go, it took a while for me to actually start liking him, but I feel like that made the story more interesting. There were a few short steamy scenes, which I wasn’t really expecting, but didn’t make me too uncomfortable. They were pretty quick and to the point. Overall I would highly recommend this book to any lover of contemporary books who wants a quick and easy read that they can just enjoy.
spellbindingstories More than 1 year ago
The plot of a stranger asking someone to be their fake girlfriend and attend a wedding is an ancient trope, adored and adapted by many writers of varying genres. For this reason, my initial impression while reading The Wedding Date was that it resembled a story you might read on a fanfiction website. Its a concept that has been done by so many people, making it feel like you might have already read the book before even if you haven't. However, as the story continued, and the main plot moved from the wedding shenanigans to the relationship development, the narrative shifted from fanfiction-like to genuine. The chemistry between the two characters was absolutely adorable and it felt realistic, though their lack of proper communication was very frustrating for me personally. There were certain moments where I wanted to fling my book across the room in annoyance. However, the cuteness always brought me back on board when I continued reading. However, despite the chemistry between the two leads, I felt like a different aspect of the story grabbed my attention the most. Alexa's program for helping the youth of the Berkeley area immediately grabbed my attention and touched my heart. Furthermore, the connection between the project and Alexa's sister Olivia only furthered my admiration for this aspect of the story. I loved it so much, in fact, that I almost wish it had been the focus of the story, with Alexa and Drew's relationship serving as a side-plot. It makes me excited to see what type of stories the author will publish in the future. Overall, I would rate the entire book 3.5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off I loved the cover to The Wedding Date. I thought it was cute and the red made it really pop. The book was a light and fluffy read which went by really fast. I really liked the pacing and the writing style was enjoyable. I really liked the characters Alexa and Drew, they were very different but they clicked really well and there interactions were pretty fun. Some of the things I didn't like was that sometimes I felt like the story jumped and sometimes it would take me a second to regroup. I felt like the author couldn't write a sex scene because it always seemed awkward, it would start and then the next sentence it was over and it made you wonder what happened in-between and not really in a good way, it felt clunky to me. And while I enjoyed the interactions between Alexa and Drew after a while they felt kind of repetitive. This was a good book to pass the time but I wouldn't say go out of your way to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice light romance.
ReadingCornerforAll More than 1 year ago
What happens when you're stuck in a elevator? Inevitable conversation. Alexa is on her way to celebrate her younger sister's promotion at work when the elevator she is on stops....with another mysterious rider. Soon enough, the two bond over cheese and crackers and settle into a talk about their weekend plans and Drew tells Alexa all about the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the wedding he's attending that weekend. When the elevator starts working again, Drew asks Alexa to be his date for the wedding...and she agrees! After an enjoyable weekend, they decide to try and pursue a relationship, but are they fated for something more...or will fate play another hand? Thoroughly enjoyed this light hearted book. It has the quintessential Rom-Com feel that leaves a smile on your face throughout reading. Alexa is a very strong, well rounded character that is the Beatrice to Drew's Benedict. Perfect for a light hearted afternoon!
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: The Wedding Date Author: Jasmine Guillory Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review: "The Wedding Date" by Jasmine Guillory My Thoughts... This was one quite interesting story that will keep you turning the pages to see what was coming next. It was definitely a story where Dr. Drew Nichols did get on my nerves with his stubbornness a few times in the way he handled things with Alexa Monroe. Yes, there were many ups and down but aren't there in many relationships...especially with they are a bi-racial couple. However, all in all the story did come out come out giving the reader a well written story that was entertaining and funny. I did feel that this story was somewhat predictable but still a good read. One thing for sure these characters loved to eat. To check out what all that is about you will have to pick up 'The Wedding Date' and see for yourself how well this author brings out this story of a interracial relationship where 'love wan't part of the deal.'
Bookish_Kat More than 1 year ago
This was such a cute book! I loved it! Alexa and Drew meet in a hotel elevator when it breaks down and they're stuck in there together. It's quickly obvious that they have good chemistry and seem to get along. Drew is in town for the wedding of an ex and a good friend. He is dreading going to this wedding alone after his date backed out on him. Drew asks Alexa to be his date to the wedding and pretend to be his girlfriend. After spending the weekend together for wedding actives it becomes clear that the two of them have a spark, but with Drew refusing to do long-term, serious relationships do the two of them even stand a chance? Drew and Alexa were so cute together. Even though the booked addressed some more serious issues at times, it still felt like a light, fun read! I received a free electronic copy to read and review through Penguin's First to Read Program.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
This was on my TBR since the cover came out, but it really jumped to the top when so many people (even those that I KNOW don't like contemporary romance) enjoyed it. So I requested that my library buy the e-audio version and I put myself on hold for it. And low and behold I'm going to say the biggest cliche I know: I'M SO GLAD I DID. Drew and Alexa have the best meet cute in a broken down elevator. And amazingly, things escalate from there. He takes her to a wedding as his fake date and soon learns that he cannot let her go. And Alexa learns that she doesn't want him to. Y'all, this CANNOT be a debut author. Like I don't believe it. The writing style was nothing short of amazing. I found myself wanting to listen to it all the time! I easily got lost in Guillory's words and I wanted to stay theere. I easily devoured this in about 3 days. (Would have been shorter if I had the physical copy lol) By the time I finished I had already bought a physical copy for myself and I was super excited to read it again I also really love the characters. Alexa is without a doubt, the level of dope, petty, professional that I aspire to be. I felt everything she said and did in the whole novel! (Even when I felt she was being stubborn and didn't want to listen on purpose.) And then there was Drew. He was clueless sometimes, but I loved him more than I can explain. And Guillory made some of their interactions so real, I could swear that these were real people that she was just writing down notes on! And last but not least, Carlos. I have to say I liked Drew, but I liked Carlos more. He was the level headed one who kept them both sane and thinking straight. I really hope that the Carlos in her next book description is about this Carlos. Then my life will be complete. Because I NEED Carlos to get his HEA. Then there was the romance. There are some definite spicy times in this one and I was here for ALL of them lol I loved that she mentioned the most important part about it (wrap it up folks) and was still able to still make the scene sexy. And if any of you are wondering, its not super telling, its really clean and sexy and I loved it. Add on to all that that it was diverse and extremely accurate, I loved everything about it! After reading this, I can't wait to see more from Guillory. In one book she has become my reason for a book hangover, my favorite rnew author, AND the author of my favorite book of 2018 so far. I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for us!