I read The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory when I was in transit. I was flying from Koh Samui in Thailand to Singapore, waiting five hours at Singapore airport, and then flying eight and a bit hours back to Australia. I was also in the midst of a painful rib injury so it wasn’t the best time for me. But The Wedding Date was just the entertaining read I needed to get me through this travel hell. It made time go faster and took my mind off my discomfort. But this book passed by in a bit of a blur. Excuse me if the following review is on the vague side.
Let’s see what I remember… The Wedding Date starts with a meet cute when a power outage strands two people together in a hotel elevator in San Francisco. Alexa Monroe is at the hotel to visit her sister, while Drew is staying there for the wedding of an ex-girlfriend to his friend. He’s even the best man at this wedding. The problem is that he’s lacking a date.
Drew asks Alexa if she can pretend to be his girlfriend for the weekend. Because he’s cute, charming and she hasn’t had a date (even a fake one) in ages, Alexa agrees. Her sister also accuses her of being a well-behaved prude so Alexa is keen to be spontaneous for once in her life. Alexa also happens to have a stylist for a friend who helps her pick out two great dresses for the rehearsal dinner and wedding.
So far, so fun! The wedding weekend happens. The two have fun and then there’s the realisation that maybe this could turn into something more. But there’s a lot of obstacles in their path. Alexa has a busy career working for the mayor’s office in Berkeley, while Drew is a pediatric surgeon (of course he is and it makes him more lovable) working in LA. So they don’t even live in the same city. Also, Drew is a commitment-phobe who treats ladies wonderfully for a while and then nicely breaks up with them. Alexa is looking for something more, even though she’s trying to have fun with the whole long-distance dating thing they have going on.
I’ll leave it there. This was a fun, sexy book. I liked the fact that Alexa was a strong African-American woman but this was not mentioned in the book’s blurb – which it shouldn’t need to be. It was wonderful reading a fun book like this from her point-of-view. Drew is white. As an interracial couple they run into other people who are annoying – such as a douchey guest at the wedding. Alexa also has to school Drew on things that he doesn’t understand as he’s a white, privileged male.
I liked that both Alexa and Drew are hardworking and they meet up around their work schedules. Even when they are together, Drew might have to dash off to the hospital or Alexa might be working on a project. Sometimes in books where a female character works too hard, she ends up having to sacrifice her career, or change it drastically, to get the guy and get her happy ending. But these two actually respect each other’s careers.
The Wedding Date had lots of good points, but I don’t think there was enough conflict in the plot. All that the two main characters needed to do was to have a conversation. Sigh…
This book got me through a rough flight and I enjoyed it immensely. I’ll definitely read books by Jasmine Guillory in the future. BUT it didn’t rock my world. I’ll probably pass this book on to a friend who wants a fun read.
Verdict: Read this if you want a fun, light-hearted romantic read.