The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory | Book Review

the wedding date

Pages: 320
Publication: Berkley
Release date: January 30, 2018
How I got the copy: Penguin Random House Canada
Rating: 3/5

The Wedding Date has been a highly buzzed book since the beginning of this year and all I knew about the book was that it's a contemporary romance and seemed like such a cute read by just looking at the cover. Once I started the book, it was a nice surprise that the main character is a POC. It could be I'm just daft (thanks Lauren for adding daft into my vocab LOL) but I didn't realize it and now looking at the cover it seems obvious.

The Wedding Date follows Alexa agreeing to go to a wedding with a stranger but he's handsome and sexy so, it's not that weird, right? His name is Drew and they go to his EX GIRLFRIEND & EX BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING the following day pretending to be dating. Drew obviously has some issues with both his friends being together but doesn't hold grudges and understands his mistakes. Alexa is not the spontaneous type but finds Drew hard to resist and the book goes from there.

Both characters have their own personal issue with commitment and relationships but find the other hard to resist and they both seem to enjoy spending time with the other. Alexa and Drew start a long distance friend with benefits relationship and irritatingly from both sides go through the battle of "does he/she like me?" for more than half the book. At least to me, it seems pretty obvious they both like each other to some sort of extent that goes beyond sex. The obvious factor being they're flying to see each other every weekend... You tell me if that's not obvious! IDK, to me, it is. It might be that I've been in a long term relationship and find the unknowing (when it's obvious) a bit childish but what do I know.

I found the writing style easy to read but the book did become a bit repetitive from its conflict. It ended up taking me ages to get through this not very long book and I'm not sure if it was on my part or that the story just wasn't that interesting. It's still a cute read, not that much happens (except for sex, a lot of sex happens), and I found the end of the book rushed. To say the least, it's not a new favourite.

I should add I enjoy reading books where not too much happens and mostly focuses on characters but with The Wedding Date's repetitiveness and with nothing really happening it did push me to enjoy it less.

If you're looking for an easy, light-hearted steamy romance about first (real) loves (that's frustrating at times), The Wedding Date could be an option but it wouldn't be high on my romance recommended list.

Irrelevant side note: it was so weird reading a book with the main character named the same as me! I'm not used to it, growing up the name Alexa wasn't common but now it's kind of everywhere. It's weird and I'm not used to it.

*A copy of this book was provided by Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review*