The Wedding Date
This was my second Jasmine Guillory novel and I have to say I enjoyed The Royal Holiday more, I’m just such a sucker for anything Christmas and I did have a few problems with her debut. Guillory is guaranteed to provide fun, lighthearted reads, but I like my romances with a little more depth.
- Jasmine Guillory knows how to write a novel that just sucks you in – regardless of how I felt about the book in the end, I was hooked from the beginning.
- The meet-cute between the two MCs was perfect – Alexa and Drew get stuck in an elevator together, he needs a plus-one to his ex’s wedding, and she agrees to play along. This, to me, is a perfect setup for a great romance movie and the first half of the book played out like one in my head.
- The fake dating trope is one that I’ve seen more in film than I have read in books, but I always really enjoy it. It’s predictable, but always cute IMO.
- It was a fun, light, fast-paced read, but it didn’t have a lot of depth – The romance novels that stick out for me are the ones that have depth, complexity, and really memorable fantastic characters.
- I liked that it was set in the San Francisco / Berkeley area – I fell in love with San Francisco when I visited, and I think it’s the perfect backdrop for a cute romance.
- The food and the local Bay Area references ❤ La Taqueria made it into this book and I am OBSESSED with this place, such good food I went twice while I was in San Francisco.
- I think that Alexa and Drew’s relationship wasn’t very developed and they both seemed extremely immature at times.
- I don’t usually enjoy dual POVs – this novel flipped from Alexa to Drew’s POV and it left no space for mystery. I always knew what each of them felt or were thinking, which I did not enjoy in this case.
- One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to reading is having the major conflict in a book come from miscommunication – these characters were in their 30s and behaved as if they were in high school. Most of their conflict stemmed from not being able to communicate effectively with one another, which I think is bogus because Drew is a surgeon and Alexa is the Chief of Staff to the Mayor… both jobs require you to be eloquent and have great communication skills, no? So, I don’t know why that didn’t translate into their relationship.
- Another thing that didn’t sit well with me was the way their conflict was “resolved” – It almost always ended with them having sex and no real communication happening… hated it.
All in all, I will continue to read more of Guillory because I do think she has grown as a writer and as a storyteller since her debut. Just because I didn’t love this one doesn’t mean I won’t love the other books in this series.