Mini Reviews: The Wedding Date and The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

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…

Genre: Contemporary romance
Rating: 4⭐️

This was a light, sweet romance that I would recommend for readers who enjoy this genre. The plot was different than other romance I’ve read lately – a meet cute to casual hookup to love. Alexa and Drew meet in an elevator while at a hotel in San Francisco and Drew convinces Alex to be his date to his friend’s wedding that weekend. Attraction and sexual tension follows as they continue to see each other over the next few weeks.

I appreciated the fact that Alexa and Drew were both in their 30s and very successful in their careers. They were both confident in their own ways and knew what they wanted, which was refreshing to read. Drew and Alexa are also an interracial couple – Drew is white and Alexa is black. I really appreciated that Guillory added multiple conversations between them that address race and privilege and it gave the story an added depth.

This is a personal preference, but since I used to live in San Francisco I loved all the references to places and restaurants! It’s always a lot of fun seeing the characters go to places you enjoy so that was an added bonus.

While this was a quick, enjoyable read I don’t think it will be one of my favorite romances. The dialogue fell a little flat for me sometimes. Sure, there was some good banter but some of the dialogue felt a little unrealistic and forced. Also know this book is pretty heavy on the sex scenes because Drew & Alexa’s relationship is mostly causal until they start to fall for each other. If you don’t like that in a book you may not enjoy this as much!

The ending was sweet and I loved that Alexa didn’t have to make any concessions for Drew and their relationship as I often see in romances. Overall this was sweet and enjoyable if you are looking for a light-hearted romance!

The author of The Wedding Date serves up a novel about what happens when a public proposal doesn’t turn into a happy ending, thanks to a woman who knows exactly how to make one on her own…

When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn’t come as a surprise–or happen in front of 45,000 people.

When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part–they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans…

At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik’s rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He’s even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik’s social media blows up–in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can’t be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes…

Genre: Contemporary romance
Rating: 3⭐️

I enjoyed this and read it quickly, but I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as The Wedding Date. If I read it first, I probably would have rated it higher but it felt too similar to Drew & Alexa’s story to me.

I love romance series when we get to see cameos from our previous characters so so I was looking forward to picking up The Proposal. The story takes place in LA with Carlos, Drew’s best friend. We meet Carlos in The Wedding Date so I was excited to see him find love. Nik is a freelance writer in LA and recently out of a lackluster relationship after a botched proposal when she meets Carlos. Both admit they aren’t ready for a relationship and agree to keep things casual. While I enjoyed their dynamic, it felt so similar to Drew & Alexa’s story. Carlos was a previous serial dater (admittedly for different reasons than Drew) and didn’t want anything serious. They both have a casual –> serious romance with a big dramatic fight at the end just like Alexa and Drew.

It’s difficult because I really did enjoy it, but I couldn’t get past the fact that I felt like I was reading the same book again. Carlos and Nik were unique in a lot of ways and we get to see more of Carlos’ family dynamic, which I enjoyed. I’ll probably take a break from this series for a while so it feels fresh when I come back to it!

Have you read The Wedding Date or The Proposal? What were your thoughts? Tell me in the comments!

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