The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads

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.

My Review

Two strangers, Alexa and Drew, get stuck in an elevator and somehow one of them convinces the other to be their fake girlfriend at a wedding that same weekend…

I thought okay. This could be fun and cute. There’ll be sass. And banter. There’ll be comical confusion… just a whole lot of wedding weekend high-jinx!

WOW WAS I WRONG!

This book was beyond dull.

It just dripped with simpering banality after simpering banality. There was no tension. No slow burn desire. No passion.

There was just two boring characters that were entirely unable to communicate other than to have repetitive sex every couple of pages. If you’re gonna read this book I recommend taking a shot every time it mentions nipples. At least you’ll be so blathered drunk by the end of the book you might think you enjoyed the experience. For those of us who remained painfully sober it was was instead a parade of tedious and utterly pointless melodrama thrown in to the storyline in a vain attempt to make it seem that these two wouldn’t end up together…

And for some reason the wedding date aspect of the plot was over with by about 20% and we then got a book that was all about Alexa and Drew being in a relationship but denying said relationship because *melodrama* rather than logic or coherent reasoning, and so it was just bleurghhhh!

Look I knew I was signing up for a happy ending. I wanted that. But I actually wanted a decent storyline and interesting characters to go with said happy ever after. I wanted to feel joy and happiness when these characters decided they were meant for each other… instead I felt relief because it meant the book was over!

This felt like a poorly constructed draft to me rather than an actual finished book. Such a shame because there were glimmers of hope in the book. I liked how they were a mixed-race couple and the dynamics that brought. It was really interesting to make Drew aware of his privilege in comparison to equally smart and equally qualified Alexa. More of that please and thank you! Romantic comedies are in desperate need of more diverse and inclusive storylines.

Overall I was super disappointed with this one.

8 thoughts on “The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory – Book Review

  1. Ooof, I’m sorry this book flopped for you, Emer 😕. I actually liked this book, but it was also the first book I picked up after a necessary two month reading hiatus, so a part of me was happy just to be reading again haha. I agree that the romance was definitely not slow-burn at all and the actual wedding party of the story was practically non-existent?? It wasn’t the best book by any means 😅

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  2. LMAO maybe I WILL take a shot for every time nipples are mentioned 🤣🤣🤣 Ahaha, I so love these reviews of yours ❤ I've had this one on my shelf for like… pretty much a year now and there's always something that stops me from picking it up? Maybe it's because I feel like I won't like it so my gut is saying *stay away!* I could also be very wrong though. Let's see when I actually give it a try! Great review 😀

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