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Book review: ‘The Wedding Date’

April 17, 2020 by Abigail Bostwick

In a novel of comedic romance, Jasmine Guillory’s “The Wedding Date” is a charming tale with thoughtful relationships, laughs and entertaining dialogue. 

Chief of staff to the Berkeley mayor, Alexa Monroe is always prepared. Alexa is well-organized, a planner and ready for any situation. But she finds she can’t resist something about a guy she gets stuck inside an elevator with during a power outage. So when he asks her to be his plus-one right then and there, she agrees. 

Drew Nichols is a southern California pediatric surgeon. He’s on his way to be a groomsman for one of his best friends. Who happens to be marrying his ex. Without much time for dating in his career, Drew is solo. Drew and Alexa spark a flirty conversation, and by the time the elevator is moving again, they’ve come to an unusual agreement. 

Alexa will play his new pretend girlfriend so he can get through the event without too much fanfare. The fake date goes better than planned, however, and the two have more fun that they had imagined possible. 

Both high-powered professionals, Alexa and Drew pride themselves in their ability to stay neutral and handle any situation without letting too much emotion get in the way. Unable to forget the other, however, they opt to try the near-impossible — a long distance relationship with two complicated and demanding careers. 

“The Wedding Date” is light, sweet and funny, but more substantial than watching a rom-com on TV. The main characters are dedicated to their lives and jobs, and don’t sacrifice themselves for the romance. Instead, they find a way to compliment each others’ lives instead of complicate them. It’s a realistic balance in a modern day world where partners are well-matched and willing to work on issues and lives. 

“‘Oh, please, you’ll be fine. Weddings are a great place to meet people. It’s better that you’re without a date. As my friend Colleen always says, ‘Don’t bring a sandwich to a buffet.’”

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