The Wedding Date

The Wedding Date

by Jasmine Guillory


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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 by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory.

#5 LibraryReads Pick

“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

Author of Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick, The Proposal

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...

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Entertainment Weekly’s “12 Romances for V-Day” • Cosmopolitan’s “2018 Anticipated Reads” • Elle’s “2018 Must Reads” • Harpers Bazaar’s “New January Must Reads” • The Fug Girls’ “Best Books of the Year” • Elle UK’s “Books to Get You Through 2018” • Nylon’s “January Must Reads” • Hello Giggles’ “New Release Recs” • Electric Lit’s “Books by WoC to Read in 2018” • Bitch Media’s “2018 Must Reads” • BookBub’s “2018 Romance Must Reads” • Bookriot’s “Must Read 2018 January Releases” • RetailMeNot’s “2018 Must Reads”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399587665
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,099
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Jasmine Guillory is a lawyer, a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School, and a Bay Area native who lives in Oakland, California. She has been published in The Toast and The Hairpin, has towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake for every occasion, and upwards of fifty lipsticks. She is The New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Date and The Proposal. Visit her online at and

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Reader's Guide
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Questions for Discussion

1. Would you be able to choose your career over a possible long-term relationship, much like Alexa did?

2. Was there a time when you were incredibly passionate about a project, whether at work or at home, and felt stymied about getting it through? What were you able to do to finish it?

3. Theo is Alexa’s work husband—he’s there for her, encourages her, and is all-around her closest confidante at work. How impor-tant is it to have a work bestie? Do you have one?

4. When was there a time you knew a relationship wasn’t going to work out, much like Drew’s situation? You weren’t in love with the other person, and you knew it was best to end the relationship. How difficult was it? Talk about your experience.

5. There are several instances of racism throughout the novel, both subtle and obvious. Have you observed racist behavior in your life, and if so, how were you affected by it? Did it cause you to act? Why or why not?

6. Drew doesn’t see himself as a “player,” even though many of his ex-girlfriends do. Do you think he is one, or does he just have a different understanding of what defines a “player”?

7. Communication is important in relationships. With all the dif-ferent ways of communicating that technology now offers, have you ever had a text or email exchange that was misinterpreted and that led to conflict?

8. Alexa has a lot of guilt about her past with her sister. Do you think she’s right or wrong to feel guilty about her past behavior? Have you done something that you still feel guilty about, even if the other people affected have forgiven you and moved on?

9. Alexa and Drew bond over a mutual love of food. How impor-tant a role does food play in your own relationships?

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The Wedding Date 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
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
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful romance between two hot and smart people. I loved it from start to finish!
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Anonymous 8 days ago
I laughed, smiled, and cried. Love these two and hope there is more of their story to come!!!
Anonymous 9 months ago
I’ve cried so many times reading this book I love romantic books 5 stars
inbedwithabook 10 months ago
This book was a light & quick read, perfect for by the pool (which is where I was) but I wish it just had a little bit more to it. The whole book was literally the back cover. I could have saved myself a few days and just took the back cover as the in-depth synopsis. The beginning starts off with potential, a meet-cute in a stuck elevator, but after that it starts heading downhill. You have Alexa, who spends too much time worried about everything (what to say, what to do, what about her job, etc.) and you have Drew. Poor Drew is not the best at romance. He's your typical hot doctor who doesn't do relationships. I would definitely try this author again, I believe everyone deserves at least two shots, but this particular read just didn't do it for me.
kmg7777 10 months ago
I wanted to love Jasmine Guillory's The Wedding Date because the premise is fun and the author is unique in making it a multicultural romance. But...Drew can be an oblivious jerk and Alexa, despite being very successful and having supportive friends seems to have major insecurities about her appearance - which I feel like she could totally own. They meet in an elevator of a hotel when the power goes out, and Drew asks Alexa to be his date and fake "girlfriend" for a wedding he's in town to attend. Naturally, a romance ensues and the book proceeds through endless cycles of waxing poetic about food, having sex, and then questioning the status of their relationship. Since this is a romance book, you can guess that ultimately there's a happy ending, but it seems like there is little personal or relationship growth in the book to make the whole story truly fulfilling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for a good romance novel. I love that it was written from both perspectives. I'm so excited for the next book!
smweston More than 1 year ago
4.5 out of 5 stars. This book was amazing! I finished it in one day. I became so invested in Alexa and Drew and whether they would end up together even though I knew they would. Yes, this book is predictable, but that doesn't make it any less fun to read. I'm apparently a fan of the whole getting stuck in an elevator together and fake relationship turned real tropes. Other really enjoyable points: the interracial relationship between Alexa and Drew; Alexa's insecurities about not being conventionally attractive, but also not letting that stop her confidence; the donuts; the alternating points of view; meet cute by getting stuck in an elevator; the steamy sex scenes; and both of the main characters having supportive friends.
CJONES More than 1 year ago
2.5 The Wedding Date has all the makings of a great modern love story. Boy meets girl in an elevator. Elevator breaks down. Boy and girl are trapped in elevator. Chemistry ensues. Boy invites girl to be his fake girlfriend at the wedding he is in town to attend. The first few chapters were fantastic. Great chemistry and banter. Both characters are intelligent, career-oriented individuals. The fact that they are an interracial couple adds another layer of complexity. But once the story shifted to focusing on a long distance romance the book sort of fell flat for me. There was a lot of focus on eating (doughnuts, pastries, taco's, enchilada's, etc) and fade to black sex scenes. That seemed to be all their relationship consisted of. Rinse and repeat. Every so often there would be a miscommunication that lead to unnecessary fighting. Ultimately I was left bored and found myself skimming the last 100 pages.
Missfee More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!!! It's easy to read and the story is addictive. I finished reading the book over the course of two days which means that I was literally glued to it. I'm usually not too fond of romantic books but this one really impressed me, so much so that I bought another copy to give as a Xmas gift to one of my friends. I'm now a fan of Ms. Guillory and have purchased her latest book, "The Proposal", which I can't wait to start reading!
MamaHendo More than 1 year ago
In an elevator on her way up to her sister's hotel room Alexa finds herself trapped with a handsome stranger. The two hit it off over snacks from Alexa's purse while passing the time. Drew, who is in town for his ex-girlfriend/former best friend's wedding, decides on a whim to ask Alexa to be his plus one. To save face with the future bride and groom Drew tells everyone that Alexa is his new girlfriend forcing the two to pretend to be a couple. After their charade at the wedding is a complete success the newly formed chemistry between Alexa & Drew becomes too difficult to ignore. Drew decides to extend his stay in San Francisco and the two begin a long-distance relationship. Alexa and Drew both have highly demanding careers and things becoming complicated. Although, slightly predictable "The Wedding Date" is a lovely, lighthearted debut book by Guillory. If you are looking for a fun, flirty read to take on vacation this is the perfect book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
F word used too kuch
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it when I feel that I know the characters. It was so honest and real. I want Alexa and Drew to last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book and appreciated the intertwining of racial tensions into the romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, the characters and the storyline. Can't wait to read her next novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick fun read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I smiled the entire time while reading the book.
MBreviews More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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).