The Wedding Date

The Wedding Date

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...

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Author:Jasmine Guillory
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The Wedding Date Reviews

  • Roxane

    What a charming, warm, sexy gem of a novel. I couldn’t put The Wedding Date down. I love a good romance and this delivered from the first page to the last. Alexa Monroe is a great heroine—smart, funny, and full of the anxieties women know intimately. And when she meets the handsome doctor Drew Nichols in an elevator, it’s the beginning of an adventure in falling in like and then lust and then love. It was also nice to read a fun novel about an interracial relationship. One of the best books I’ve

    What a charming, warm, sexy gem of a novel. I couldn’t put The Wedding Date down. I love a good romance and this delivered from the first page to the last. Alexa Monroe is a great heroine—smart, funny, and full of the anxieties women know intimately. And when she meets the handsome doctor Drew Nichols in an elevator, it’s the beginning of an adventure in falling in like and then lust and then love. It was also nice to read a fun novel about an interracial relationship. One of the best books I’ve read in a while. Oh. One weird thing. The characters ate CONSTANTLY. Like it’s kind of hilarious how much they eat.

  • Christy

    by Jasmine Guillory is charming, sweet, and downright adorable! I had trouble believing this was a debut novel- it was so well written and a pleasure to read!

    Alexa and Drew meet in an unconventional way. They’re stuck together in an elevator. Being stuck together leads to them going to a wedding together. After that, this couple just can’t seem to get enough of each other. Drew is a pediatric surgeon from LA and Alexa lives close to San Fransisco as the mayor’s chief

    by Jasmine Guillory is charming, sweet, and downright adorable! I had trouble believing this was a debut novel- it was so well written and a pleasure to read!

    Alexa and Drew meet in an unconventional way. They’re stuck together in an elevator. Being stuck together leads to them going to a wedding together. After that, this couple just can’t seem to get enough of each other. Drew is a pediatric surgeon from LA and Alexa lives close to San Fransisco as the mayor’s chief of staff. Both have important jobs and busy lives, but they can’t seem to stop seeing one another. They figure out a way to make it work. Although nothing is defined with them, you can tell (even if they can’t) that they starting to fall. It’s just unclear how this will work between them…

    Alexa is a refreshing heroine. She is spunky, fun, independent, and career driven. I loved her personality. Drew was also a fun guy- he was sweet, charming, and smart. These two truly were a fantastic match! Even if they didn’t see how perfect they were for each other at first, as a reader, I could see it! Their love story was fast paced and light, and also felt realistic. I adored them both and their connection.

    I love a good, swoony romance, and

    really hit the spot for me! I found this book highly entertaining, flirty, fun, and sweet as can be. I recommend it and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author!

  • Joce (squibblesreads)

    SO GOOD, definitely one of my new favorite romances!

    - Interracial relationship (black female and white male protagonists)

    - Fake to real relationship trope (one of my faves!)

    - Explicit practice of safe sex

    - Alexa works for the mayor of Berkeley and she is trying to obtain funding for an arts program for underprivileged youth. Author has a background in law, as does Alexa, and it shows.

    - Drew has to

    many times in the book and I am here for it because it is a real issue if tw

    SO GOOD, definitely one of my new favorite romances!

    - Interracial relationship (black female and white male protagonists)

    - Fake to real relationship trope (one of my faves!)

    - Explicit practice of safe sex

    - Alexa works for the mayor of Berkeley and she is trying to obtain funding for an arts program for underprivileged youth. Author has a background in law, as does Alexa, and it shows.

    - Drew has to

    many times in the book and I am here for it because it is a real issue if two people are going to embark into a serious relationship.

    - STEAMY!!!

    - Acknowledgement of power constructs in Eurocentric beauty standards being "conventional" or the "norm" and how that can result in fuller-figured WOC living in Western countries feeling insecure or out of place with their own beauty.

    - The food is legittttttt

    - Local Bay Area references 100% checked out, author is local. Love it.

  • Melanie

    I loved so much about

    ! Like, oh my word, what a damn treat! Seriously friends, I know this cover screams Valentine’s Day, but this is the perfect summer read! Jasmine Guillory’s beautiful debut novel stars two people who take an elevator ride that will change their lives.

    I loved so much about

    ! Like, oh my word, what a damn treat! Seriously friends, I know this cover screams Valentine’s Day, but this is the perfect summer read! Jasmine Guillory’s beautiful debut novel stars two people who take an elevator ride that will change their lives.

    - Pediatric Doctor from Los Angeles, white, and freaking out that he is in San Francisco to attend the wedding of his best friend to his ex, dateless. Oh, and Drew doesn’t do girlfriends.

    - Lawyer, and now Berkley’s mayor’s chief of staff, black, and just trying to get to her sister’s hotel to celebrate her graduation. But Alexa is too busy with her career to risk her heart.

    And while Drew and Alexa are stranded, and bonding over crackers and expensive cheese that Alexa had in her purse because she’s my damn idol, Drew realizes that Alexa might just make the perfect wedding date to the wedding he is dreading.

    You all know this is a romance book, so you all know where this is going. And, Lord, it’s adorable. But you also know what it is? Important. Alexa constantly checks Drew on his privilege. And for the most part, he understands and learns from it. From Drew letting Alexa know if she is going to be the only black person at an event, to Drew realizing the different opportunities and free passes he had growing up just based off his skin color. This book has so much good inside it.

    This book also puts a spotlight on how important it is for us to work with underprivileged youth, especially from low-income areas. Not only was Alexa smart, beautiful, and successful, she also went the extra mile for what she was passionate about and what she believed in. Systemic oppression is real, and I loved how the author found a way to shine a light on it in a steamy romance book.

    And even though I was completely living for this romance in every way possible, my only real “critique” of this book is that it has somewhat fade to black sex scenes that just kind of feel abrupt and disjointed. Like, the sexual angst, tension, and scenes are all there, but it just doesn’t feel as good getting a few sentences of what is happening and then *bam* they are back to doing whatever they were doing before, or whatever new activity after. This is honestly my only real complaint about this book. But this book is really sex positive, and I was here for that from start to finish!

    The only other kind of side-eye I have going on is because Drew didn’t realize how amazing Alexa was right away. And sometimes it seemed like his friend Carlos was the best wing man in the entire world and deserved just as much credit as Drew! Also, side-note,

    is about Carlos, Drew’s colleague and friend, and my heart is so damn happy.

    Also, food is brought up constantly in this. Like, I was highkey hungry every time I picked this book up! In my opinion, I think this book is really food positive, too, but there is also a constant discussion about Alexa’s body in this book. And even though I think it’s super well done and empowering, I can also see how it could be triggering for some. Also,

    sexual content, for racist comments that are always challenged, and talk of disease diagnosis for a child (I know this is specific, but it’s one of two triggers that I personally have).

    Overall, I loved this. And you know I’m always here for the fake dating trope done right! And Alexa was a treat to read about, and she deserves the entire world. Also, this is completely irrelevant and unprofessional, but Jasmine Guillory is honestly the cutest author in the damn world. Seeing her author picture at the end? Oh my word, what a confirmed angel! Also, I can’t wait to read the

    and everything else this author creates, because

    was such a blessing.

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  • Larry H

    4.5 stars.

    I'm definitely a big romantic sap, so I guess I'm surprised it's taken me this long to get hooked on the romance genre. I certainly believe in true love, in destiny, but I also look for bright spots in a world that is so angry, so upsetting, so perplexing, so it's no wonder these books have been appealing to me. Beyond that, however, the books I have read over the last year have been well-written, enjoyable, fun, sexy, and utterly compelling, so who could ask for anything more?

    I first

    4.5 stars.

    I'm definitely a big romantic sap, so I guess I'm surprised it's taken me this long to get hooked on the romance genre. I certainly believe in true love, in destiny, but I also look for bright spots in a world that is so angry, so upsetting, so perplexing, so it's no wonder these books have been appealing to me. Beyond that, however, the books I have read over the last year have been well-written, enjoyable, fun, sexy, and utterly compelling, so who could ask for anything more?

    I first heard of Jasmine Guillory's

    when I saw that Roxane Gay said it was one of the best books she's read in a while. Given that I like the way Gay writes, if she recommends something, I didn't think I should pass it up. And she didn't steer me wrong!

    Drew is a pediatrician from LA, forced not only to attend the wedding of an ex-girlfriend, but to serve as a groomsman as well. And to make matters worse, his "plus-one" canceled the night before. The thought of showing up without a date, dealing with the stares and the probing questions of everyone in the wedding party makes him sick. But he figures he'll just hook up with one of the drunk bridesmaids and the weekend will be over.

    But on his way up to his hotel room in San Francisco, the elevator gets stuck. He's not alone, however; his fellow passenger is Alexa Monroe—curvy, vivacious, chief of staff for the mayor of Berkeley. Alexa doesn't normally fall for random white guys in elevators, but something about Drew (other than his sexy good looks) makes her agree to be his date for the wedding by the time the elevator starts up again. She'll break out of her work-only funk, he'll have a beautiful woman on his arm pretending to be his girlfriend—it will be fun, right? And after the weekend, he'll head back to LA and that will be that.

    Of course, Alexa and Drew have more fun than they even imagined...and it lasts all weekend long. Drew has already told Alexa he "doesn't do girlfriends," so she's not expecting much after he returns home to LA. But they cannot stop thinking about each other. Both want nothing more than to be together, even as both of their jobs get crazy. They start trading visits, and can't keep their hands off each other, and they just enjoy the simple pleasures of being together.

    The more this continues, the deeper Alexa's feelings develop for Drew. But she doesn't expect him to feel the same way, although she's afraid to ask him how he feels, since she doesn't think she wants to know the truth. Drew realizes he's never felt this way about anyone before, but he knows once they get more involved, Alexa will hate him, just like all his other exes have. So why take the chance of ruining it?

    If by reading this plot summary you think you can guess how the rest of the book will unfold, you're probably right. But the book's predictability doesn't detract from its appeal at all—you can't stop reading because you want to know what will happen, you want to shake Drew and Alexa for not being honest and telling each other how they feel, and you worry some ridiculous artificial barricade will keep them from being happy.

    This is a lighthearted, sexy, fun romp of a book, but it doesn't shy away from tackling issues like race, privilege, and self-confidence as well. Guillory hooked me from the meet-cute in the first few pages all the way to the very end. I rooted for these characters, hoped they wouldn't do anything too stupid in an effort to protect themselves, and longed for a happy ending, all the while just tearing through the book.

    If you find enjoyment in stories like these, if you're a romantic like me, consider

    . I'll definitely be picking up Guillory's newest book (

    ) very soon.

    See all of my reviews at

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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Contemporary-A-Thon challenge #6: read a diverse contemporary -COMPLETE!

    This was mega cute. A little corny at times, but honestly what new adult romance isn’t a little corny at times? Would definitely recommend for someone looking for a fast and fun read set in the Bay Area!

  • Lola

    3.5 stars. While it’s true that the best day to read this contemporary romance is on Valentine’s Day, as the cover loves to imply, I wasn’t sure about it back in February.

    Then I changed my mind. Sometimes you really do need to trust a book’s cover when it tells you that you’re about to read an adorable and romantic story that will entertain you and warm your heart.

    THE WEDDING DATE did that to me. How could it have not? My experience reading it turned out to be exactly like watching a romantic co

    3.5 stars. While it’s true that the best day to read this contemporary romance is on Valentine’s Day, as the cover loves to imply, I wasn’t sure about it back in February.

    Then I changed my mind. Sometimes you really do need to trust a book’s cover when it tells you that you’re about to read an adorable and romantic story that will entertain you and warm your heart.

    THE WEDDING DATE did that to me. How could it have not? My experience reading it turned out to be exactly like watching a romantic comedy movie. That’s because this author doesn’t overdo it, meaning that you won’t find entire pages filled with the characters trying to figure out their own emotions, pondering, pondering, pondering.

    Thank goodness. I often do not read contemporary romance because of this reason. Although I think descriptive emotions can help create a connection between the reader and the protagonists, if it’s not done well, it can make for a tiring and repetitive read.

    I don’t know anyone whose love story started with getting stuck on an elevator with a hot guy, so I can’t tell you that it’s a plausible situation, but I *can* tell you that once you get past the awkward encounter and fake relationship, you’ll enjoy the story more.

    For the first hundred pages, the dialog feels very forced. It didn’t make me cringe, fortunately, but I couldn’t picture anyone in real life saying those things without the other person pointing out how corny, cliché, cheesy they’re being.

    After the wedding, however, the characters can start to act normally, without pretending to be each other’s boyfriend and girlfriend in front of the bride, groom and the rest of the guests. That’s when we’re able to see Alexa and Drew’s real personalities and attitudes toward one another come out.

    I also appreciated the fact that the author didn’t just focus on Alexa and Drew’s relationship, actually diving deep into Alexa’s community project, making me care enough about it to wish I’d been there to encourage her on it myself. And though the times Alexa brought up race with Drew were a little uncomfortable, I’m glad she did. It would have been unrealistic if she hadn’t.

    I’m tempted to give this one a four-star-rating, since the more I read, the more I warmed up to this couple, but I can’t forget how disconnected I felt in the beginning. But to end this on a bright note, I know I will be rereading this in the future and will enjoy it even more the second time around.

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  • Thamy

    2.5, it's not that terrible a 2-star.

    Alexa and Drew meet while stuck inside an elevator and they start talking. Drew is really handsome but his ex-girlfriend not only is to marry his best friend but also he was called to be the best man. To make things worse, he's dateless. As an impulse, Drew ends up inviting Alexa to play his girlfriend for the weekend.

    This book all happened in the first quarter. I wasn't that excited but it could have been a good book if it had kept the essence. Instead, it t

    2.5, it's not that terrible a 2-star.

    Alexa and Drew meet while stuck inside an elevator and they start talking. Drew is really handsome but his ex-girlfriend not only is to marry his best friend but also he was called to be the best man. To make things worse, he's dateless. As an impulse, Drew ends up inviting Alexa to play his girlfriend for the weekend.

    This book all happened in the first quarter. I wasn't that excited but it could have been a good book if it had kept the essence. Instead, it turned into a book on a long-distance and immature relationship because the two of them were just too stupid to commit or at least state their feelings. I'm not saying these things don't happen, I'm just saying it's boring.

    With that title and that cover and that summary, the book could at least have been funny. Wrong. It was an endless succession of picking up at the airport, eating, having sex, thinking about things and never ever suspecting the other thought the same, going to the bathroom, going back home. We have two scenes with a party and the author felt the need to introduce characters in both of them that wouldn't appear again. What I mean is Alexa goes around making friends the whole book and never sees them again. It does happen but why waste our time talking about them, then?

    This sounds like a book out of some NaNoWriMo-type of event. That's completely fine. But editing was much too lenient, and the summary just tells us what the author thought she was going to write about.

    I'm sorry for just pointing out flaws, I'm a real complainer. They're still flaws.

    I do have one very good point, a black main character who is a badass at her job, deals with prejudice in a believable manner but doesn't let it be the main plot. I give it to the author for how she has used the theme. We do see she's a good writer. I do blame editing more than anything else. Perhaps, had this been advertised less like an upbeat rom-com and more like another romance I wouldn't have been so disappointed. I'm sure there's are readers for this, who won't mind the flaws, but that wasn't me.

    Honest review based on an ARC provided by Edelweiss and by BookishFirst. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.

  • Catherine

    My rating makes me really sad because I had very high hopes for this novel.

    I was debating whether or not to make it a bit higher, but if I'm being honest, I did not like this as a whole.

    Basically, this book is about 30-something year old Alexa and Drew who meet on a stuck hotel elevator, get to talking, and agree that Alexa will attend Drew’s ex’s wedding as his plus one that weekend. That sounded to me like a recipe for the perfect guilty pleasure romantic comedy—I would 101% get sucked into th

    My rating makes me really sad because I had very high hopes for this novel.

    I was debating whether or not to make it a bit higher, but if I'm being honest, I did not like this as a whole.

    Basically, this book is about 30-something year old Alexa and Drew who meet on a stuck hotel elevator, get to talking, and agree that Alexa will attend Drew’s ex’s wedding as his plus one that weekend. That sounded to me like a recipe for the perfect guilty pleasure romantic comedy—I would 101% get sucked into this plot if it were a movie (like I did with the book). Unfortunately, it was a no from me.

    Before I get into the problematic bits, I just want to acknowledge the really good parts of this book, because they existed too:

    I didn’t know this going into it, but I was really happy about the representation; I think that’s important! Why have I not read a book about an interracial couple before?!!!!

    They were minor characters, but they were the only gay couple in the book. Again, I felt the representation was great.

    I usually don’t like that, but this was executed well in my opinion. When Alexa’s POV switched to Drew’s, and vice versa, the story would continue where the other person’s left off and it flowed perfectly.

    The scenes with him were my saving grace, honestly. Drew was an awful person to him for absolutely no reason though! If I learned one thing from this book, it’s that if your ‘friend’ yells obscenities at you (multiple times) and kicks you out of their house just because you try to get them to admit they like a girl, they’re a complete nutcase and you need to not be like Carlos and run as far away from them as possible,

    This review should just be a petition to get Carlos his own book, he deserved way better.

    Yup, that made it to my ‘good things about this book’ list. Not even going to explain why.

    So, if I have a long list of good things then why did I give it such a low rating?

    You need to understand that I went into this thinking that it would be cute. I mean, look at that cover; it’s adorable. What I got out of this was not cute, it was annoying. The first quarter centered on their meeting in the elevator and the actual

    Beyond that, all that happened was long-distance, fly-back-and-forth-every-other-weekend, what-even-is-our-title, neither-of-us-wants-to-bring-it-up-even-though-we-both-know-we-like-each-other, nonsense. I wanted to read about mature adults... but what I actually read was the romantic biographies of every high school girl and boy I’ve ever met-and even they sometimes aren't

    immature. This book exists because both of these people made things SO COMPLICATED.

    The book should have been called Groundhog Day because every time they met, it would be the same routine: one of them flies out to the other, they pick up tacos or In N Out or pizza on their way home, they have sex a million times (I swear these people don’t even KNOW each other because that’s all they are doing, they barely speak), both of them think ‘I’m scared to ask what we are’, they fly back home and wonder what they are for the whole week but don’t bring it up, and they do this over again the following weekend. Don’t even get me started about what happened when it did finally get brought up.

    I’ve never been this worked up by a book. I feel personally victimized by how it did a complete 180 from what I thought it was going to be.

    Here are some quotes that made me cringe so much that I had to dog ear the pages to remember them:

    I just… I can’t. Reward him????? For an exclamation point???? Yikes.

    She’s known you for a month, relax. Also, you refuse to tell her what you two are, let alone admit it to your best friend, but you still want her to sit at home moping without you?… stop.

    It's literally all you've been doing, so for once, can you not? Please, for my sanity. Cause God knows it’s gone after this.

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