The Wedding Date (The Wedding Date #1) by Jasmine Guillory

If you’re going to get stuck in an elevator, purse snacks will keep you safe.

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Genre: Romance

Themes: Interracial Couple, Fake to Real Relationship

Description:

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… “

There is a lot of hype surrounding this series, so I was really excited to read it. There were a few good things that carried this book and made me want to actually finish this series.

Let’s talk about the good parts first, shall we?

Representation

There was a pretty good amount of representation in this book. Mainly, the MCs being an interracial couple was what intrigued me the most. As a black woman dating a white man, it’s not often I’m able to see that portrayed in books.

Diving deeper into that, here are the things about Alexa and Drew’s relationship that I did like:

Their relationship was a point on contention in many areas. Drew, as a white male, had clearly never dated outside of his race (or above a size 2) before. Because of this, there was a bit of tension due to Alexa being a full-figured black woman. The wedding guests and Drew’s “friends” weren’t the kind, accepting people he thought they were. I thought this was important, because it’s very realistic. Being in an interracial relationship is not easy, and especially when it’s a first, you tend to find out who people truly are.

It’s important to note this “uglier” side of interracial dating because although it’s 2019, people still seem to be surprised when interracial couples tell stories of the appalling behavior we have to endure. The guarded looks, the disgusted lip curls, the tisk tisk‘s that happen under the breaths of old bitties that seemingly look at us and flash back to the day when their schools and public places were integrated.

Their relationship wasn’t the crux of her success. Unfortunately, a lot of the time a BW dating a WM is seen as a status booster or a sign of success. In a lot of stories, it takes a BW’s marriage to a well-to-do white man in order for her to be taken seriously in her trade. Here, that was not the case. Both Alexa and Drew were successful in their own rights and neither of them had to make concessions in their careers for the other.

Although I liked the novel and thought it was just fine, there were a few issues that annoyed me and I thought needed to be either fleshed out a bit more or completely erased.

The back-and-forth sexcapades were exhausting. I felt like a good portion of the book was spent in bedrooms rather than focusing on the couple being a couple. There’s only so many times we can read the same “steamy” sex scene over and over again.

The non-committal nature of both MCs was irritating. Apparently, Drew’s best friend Carlos is the only adult here. Alexa and Drew behave like petulant children, scared to admit their true feelings even thought the rest of the universe can see that they love each other. Too much of the book was spent on the back and forth instead of building more depth into the nuances of their relationship.

This was a debut novel, so for that being the case, I think there is promise for the remainder of the series and I look forward to finishing it!

Artwork by @ emmyjane_arts

Have you read The Wedding Date? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

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