The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory, is beyond charming–it’s a wonderful love story that will please the most romantic of hearts.
This contemporary romance follows Drew and Alexa through one of my favorite tropes: the impromptu, fake relationship, to fool friends and family, that turns into more. If you’ve seen the movie of the same name, then you know how satisfying these storylines can be. This one doesn’t involve a sexy, male prostitute, but it features the crackling chemistry between the protagonists, and will leave you giddy with warmth.
The Wedding Date opens with Alexa and Drew trapped in an elevator. After some cute dialogue, it doesn’t take long for the reader to feel their connection, and to get a feel for them as individuals. Alexa is straight-laced, a career woman, and a little insecure and unsure of herself when dealing with guys. Drew is self-confident, more extroverted, used to being in control in relationships, but he finds himself caught off guard when he meets a curvy, little nerdy, woman in the elevator. He follows the crazy impulse to invite her to be his much needed date for a wedding that’s sure to be awkward. What follows is the kind of romance that envelopes you in a cloud of cuteness, sweetness, humor, and light emotionality that’ll have you lost to the world.
I enjoyed The Wedding Date mainly because of two reasons: the characters and the pace of the storyline. The writing, prose, didn’t leave much of an impression, but the nicely diverse and balanced cast, as well as the surprisingly irresistible plot caused me to gulp this down in less than a day. (That’s quick for me!) I loved Alexa because of her passion, her relatable insecurities, her warmth, and her appetite. (Seriously, they eat a lot in this book.) And I loved Drew because of how he treated Alexa. Also, because he’s a hot pediatrician, and a relatable, romantic hero who had moments of redeemable foolishness that ultimately made him more likable than I expected.
I loved the storyline because of the intimate moments between Alexa and Drew. This is the kind of romance that features small, heated touches, meaningful glances, playful moments and banter, and just the protagonists chilling with each other and getting to know each other. The sexy moments are fade-to-black, so it’s really just about how compatible they are mentally and how right they feel together, just being together. In between those moments, we get to see them both thrive in their careers and juggle important decisions. It’s a real-life kind of romance that still makes you swoon.
Ultimately, I was surprised by how delightful The Wedding Date was for me. It was simply such a fun read, and I’m excited to read more from this author. Check this out when you’re in the mood for a cozy romance that has heart.
Book InfoThe Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
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