Book Review: 'The Wedding Date' by Jasmine Guillory

Because who doesn't like a little unexpected romance now and again?


What would you do if you needed a date for a wedding and suddenly found yourself trapped in the elevator with a stranger?

More than likely I would not say anything no matter how attractive my elevator mate was, but in The Wedding Date Drew Nichols throws all caution to the wind and goes for it. 

I can't remember exactly when I first heard about The Wedding Date — but ever since I did I've been dying to read it. The other day I went to an author luncheon for a different book when I met a publicist who brought The Wedding Date up. I raved about how I couldn't wait to snag a copy of it and she so graciously connected me with the publicist for it, who got me an advanced reader's copy.

I literally devoured this book in less than eight hours, because it was just that good. I'm always excited to support debut authors, especially those of color. I typically don't read adult romance novels — I tend to stick to YA — but something about this book's synopsis caught my eye. 

In this debut, contemporary romance novel from Jasmine Guillory, "a groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance."

According to the synopsis, Alexa Monroe would never agree to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck in an elevator with, but there's something about Drew Nichols that she can't resist. And on the eve of the wedding festivities (which happen to be those of Drew's ex), Alexa agrees to be his plus one. But not like an actual date, his fake date. 

This whole development is what made this book so hilarious. From the moment they laid eyes on each other they were both smitten and you can literally feel it in the language they used. Too bad they were both too stubborn to admit it. Instead, they put up a front and attended the wedding as a fake couple, and from there the tension began to rise. 

Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible at the wedding, but unfortauntely Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon and Alexa back home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other…

The two high-powered professionals soon learned the tough lessons of (1) letting go of how you think things should be in relationships (2) what you think you want and (3) why it's important to just need to say how you feel! 

It's been a long time since I read a book about a couple and really rooted for them. Alexa and Drew will definitely make you cheer and a few times I found myself squirming wanting to yell at the pages "why don't you two just say that you love each other?!"

The book's sex scenes are steamy, but leave much to be desired. It's much more sensual that way and I really appreciated that. I also loved all of the food references. Spoiler: there's plenty of donuts and tacos to go around. Plus cheese and crackers! The romantic kind though. 

Both characters were admirable, passionate and hardworking, so it's no surprise that they so easily clicked together as a couple. I was particularly a fan of Alexa. This is not a novel all about getting it on, instead, it dives into how passionate the characters are about their jobs and projects. I loved that Alexa was someone who put 100% of herself into the things that she loved and had more going for her instead of just sitting around pining for a man. 

Now while Drew and Alexa were clearly perfect for each other, it’s not an easy romance. And their get together kind of dragged on with challenges. Though, I loved how their biggest hurdles had nothing to do with race. If you didn't notice it by looking at the cover, Alexa is black and Drew is white. And Guillory does a great job in weaving conversations about race and politics without getting preachy. 

Point blank: The Wedding Date is super lighthearted and sweet and met all of my expectations. If you like corny jokes, fake dates, diversity and all things swoony romance, then The Wedding Date is for you.