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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
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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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?"
"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."
"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?"
"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."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
It was great read and I enjoyed it immensely
Wonderful romance between two hot and smart people. I loved it from start to finish!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
F word used too kuch
I love it when I feel that I know the characters. It was so honest and real. I want Alexa and Drew to last.
Really enjoyed this book and appreciated the intertwining of racial tensions into the romance.
Loved this book, the characters and the storyline. Can't wait to read her next novel.
Quick fun read!
I smiled the entire time while reading the book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 !!!
I love interracial romances. This was just the right amount of romance and comedy.
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.
I loved this book
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.