Review: The Wedding Date-Jasmine Guillory
The Wedding Date
Women's fiction, romance
Long Distance, Fake Relationship
A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.
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...
I started this book because I'm participating in #Unslumpathon and needed something to read. It's been sitting in my pile for a few weeks so I decided to give it a go. Romance is my favorite genre and it sounded like something I would be into.
This follows Alexa and Drew, two people who met in an elevator when it got stuck during a power outage. Somehow, despite not knowing each other, they end up getting along well to the point that Drew asks her to be his fake girlfriend at his friends and ex's wedding. From there, their "relationship" begins and a bumpy ride awaits them.
The fake relationship trope is one I don't usually read just because it's not my favorite. I'm more of a instant love, doomed from the start, star-crossed lovers kinda gal. But I read this one anyways, hoping for a comedic romance since it's been for-ever since I read one. While this had it's moments, it didn't really come off as comedic like I thought it would be. I'm not sure if that's just me or not but that was disappointing to me. It was actually pretty boring.
I skipped through paragraphs while reading because I was bored of this "fake girlfriend/boyfriend, not sure what" thing they had going on. It was fine for the first half but as it lead in the second half, I became bored and it felt like it was dragged on. I wanted them to figure their life out because nothing was happening between them but a roll in the bed.
They didn't really go into their emotions with each other much. It felt all very one night stand-ish until almost the last few pages of the book when finally something happened. It just took too long for me for these characters to get everything together and for someone to finally say something about how they feel.
Alexa is working on a community project and I liked that the romance wasn't the main part but that the author worked in other elements to their lives. Alexa came across strong and confident. She's dealt with racist comments in her life and she's got a tough exterior from it. And while I liked her, I didn't love her. I couldn't really get attached or invested. It almost felt like she was just a side character that hardly caught a readers attention despite being the MC.
Drew was just a regular old romanic interest. There really wasn't anything that stood out and made him memorable. Even after a few hours since I finished it I really can't remember much about him other than he bored me.
This story in general was a cute idea, it just was boring to me and the characters were so stale. I couldn't relate, get emotionally attached or interested in their romance. I've read this story a million times by other authors so I think it's just because the trope is overdone and nothing stands out anymore.