The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory – Review

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory35259631
Berkley Books
Publication Date:
January 30, 2018
Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: ARC

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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 within 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…

My Review

I really enjoyed this book. It was just like Mary Poppins, “practically perfect in every way.” This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. As soon as I read the synopsis I was hooked. Huge bonus points that it’s a romance by a WOC with the heroine also being a WOC. Waiting until it released seemed like torture, so I was so excited when I won an ARC through BookishFirst.

It really captured me right from the start. The characters of Alexa and Drew are warm and inviting. Alexa feels like she could be your best friend. She is committed to her career and has ambition. Drew is the nice and caring doctor you also want to be best friends with. They meet in a funny and unexpected way; when the hotel elevator they’re both in breaks down. Drew is in town to be in his ex-best friend’s and ex-girlfriend’s wedding, and Alexa is there to meet with her sister and celebrate her sister making partner at her law firm. One thing leads to another, and Drew, desperate to not attend the wedding alone, begs Alexa to be his date. She agrees and ends up pretending to be his girlfriend so he can save face.

Neither seems ready to say good-bye, and they end up flying back and forth from Berkeley and Los Angeles (where Drew lives), to see each other on the weekends. Quickly this ‘fling’ starts to turn into something much much more. It takes them both a while to come to terms with the fact that they both want it to be more than just a fling. They want commitment, or at least exclusivity and a long-term relationship.

The dialogue was fun and witty, and Guillory had me eating out of the palm of her hand immediately. I also loved that it did not shy away from tough and timely topics like white privilege and racism. They brought a needed dose of reality to this fun and sweet read. It added a wonderful layer to the story that made the characters more true-to-life.

If I had to pick one thing I would change, I would have to say that it just wrapped up too quickly for me. That seems to be a trend with the books I’ve been reading lately. They all leave me wanting more! I just felt like I needed a bit more at the end in order to give it that nice crisp lovely bow that wraps everything up with no loose ends. I just really wanted more of Alexa and Drew.

In the end, I really did love this book, and highly recommend you pick it up ASAP!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

Jasmine Guillory is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School. She is a Bay Area native who has towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks.

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Roomies by Christina Lauren – Review

Roomies by Christina Lauren

Roomies by Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date:
December 5, 2017
Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: ARC

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Marriages of convenience are so… inconvenient.

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

My Review

I immediately wanted to do a reread of this book the minute I finished it! It was one of those books that made me think “now what do I do with my life” after I was done. The characters are captivating, partly due to the fact that neither is perfect. Holland was a character I easily related to. Scrambling through life, not quite sure what to do, a lot due in part to her fear of failure. She’s never been a risk taker, and doesn’t know (or doesn’t want to) stick up for herself.

In an impulsive move, Holland ends up proposing marriage to this guy, Calvin, a street musician she has a crush on, even though they’ve never spoken. The reason behind her proposing is so that he can stay in the country (he is here illegally) and be the lead guitarist in her uncle’s Broadway show (which happens to be his dream). I really liked how the story progressed, but I will say I was left a little bit wanting at the end. It just wrapped up a bit too quickly for my liking.

In romance novels, you’ll find every kind of guy under the sun. However, it does seem that the regular good guy doesn’t show up as much – and the regular good guy is my favorite. Calvin was just that. He’s truly a good, nice, genuine guy. Does he make mistakes and missteps? Yes. But his intentions and actions up to and after those mistakes speak to the fact that he is a man of good character.

Overall, it was a truly enjoyable read. Fun, heartwarming, and swoon-inducing. Not only are the characters relatable, the writing, particularly about Calvin’s music is vivid and captivating. I hope to read more books by this wonderful duo that is Christina Lauren very soon!

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 31+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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Match Made in Manhattan by Amanda Stauffer – Review


Match Made in Manhattan by Amanda Stauffer
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication Date:
January 23, 2018
Women’s Fiction
Format: Paperback
Source: ARC

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After two intense, dead-end relationships, serial monogamist Alison finds herself confused, lonely, and drastically out of touch with the world of modern dating. Refusing to wallow, she signs up for a popular dating app and resolves to remain open-minded and optimistic as she 

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My Dream Author Panel

One of my favorite things about being a reader is talking to other readers about a book we both love. What’s even better is talking to the author who wrote that book! I’ve been lucky enough to go to a couple of panels, and I loved getting to hear the authors speak about their books, their process, and their inspiration firsthand. So today, I wanted to share who I would choose to be on my dream author panel. Continue reading

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Review

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Genres: Fiction, Historical
Pages: 336
Format: eBook & Hardcover
Source: ARC
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Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career

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Blog Tour: The Foxe & The Hound by R.S. Grey – Review




The Foxe & The Hound by R.S. Grey
Author: R.S. Grey
Publication Date: June 1, 2017
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary
Format: eBook
Source: ARC

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When your life is a hot mess at twenty, it’s cute. At twenty-seven…well, not so much.

It’s just that my lofty dreams—making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily—have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I’ve decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I’ve settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry.

That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town’s new vet.

With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every 

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The Thing About Love by Julie James – Review

The Thing About Love Julie JamesThe Thing About Love by Julie James
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: April 18, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: ARC
3/5 Stars

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FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.

For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently Continue reading

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes – Review

The Girl You Left Behind Jojo MoyesThe Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: September 27, 2012
Genres: Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Pages: 369
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
4/5 Stars

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What happened to the girl you left behind?
In 1916, French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk Continue reading