Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

weddingdateTitle: The Wedding Date
Author: Jasmine Guillory
Published: January 30, 2018
Pages: 320
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Rom Com
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: C-/D+

summary from Goodreads:
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…

I’m always down with supporting black romance writers. Black romance authors don’t get their shine or recognition like their white counterparts. I read a lot of black romance, the majority of it self-published, so I’m always super excited when I see hype around a “traditionally published” debut black romance author. I immediately fist-pump like it’s my win as will.

The description of The Wedding Date immediately drew me in (along with the cover. So cute!) I don’t mind reading a Romantic Comedy in book format. I just don’t want to see it as a movie. I’m weird that way. And getting stuck in an elevator and being a fake girlfriend for a hot guy who’s a groomsman at his ex’s wedding? All the yeses that ever yesed!

Quick plot summary – Alexa and Drew get stuck on an elevator. Drew needs a date to his ex’s wedding. He asks Alexa. She says yes. There’s mutual attraction. They hook up after the wedding. The hook up turns into a long-distance “thing.” Both are too stupid and immature to tell the other person how they feel. Hurt feelings happen because of said stupidity and lack of communication. These two are professionals and in their 30s but have the maturity of 16 year olds.

The first part of The Wedding Date started off really strong for me. Drew was charming. Alexa was falling for the charm. I felt the mutual attraction between the two characters. Race wasn’t a big issue for them but it became an issue to Drew’s friends. He needs better friends. (Alexa is black. Drew is white.) With this book being described as a romantic comedy, I was expecting to laugh or at least giggle a little. That did not happen. Sorry, the jokes about cheese and crackers were not funny. Were they supposed to be? Once the post-wedding hook up happens and Alexa and Drew decide to continue their “thing” past the wedding weekend, that’s when both of these characters got dumb real quick.

I was expecting more from Alexa. She got insecure super quick; comparing herself to Drew’s previous girlfriends (who were all white and super skinny). Like girl, seriously? With all that ass and titties and you’re worried about stick-thin Barbies?? Puh-leeze. It’s obvious Alexa needs more black girlfriends in her life. Drew is a dick for taking Alexa to places where his ex-girlfriends were gonna be without giving Alexa a heads-up. Who does that? That is a bonehead move!

It seemed like everything they did centered around food. We were privy to almost every meal and snack that Drew and Alexa consumed but when they went on an actual date or excursion, that was glossed over. Whut?!?!?! The date is how they, and the reader, get to know them and get invested in the relationship! They have a lot of sex, which is mostly fade to black. That’s fine by me. I wasn’t invested in their sexual attraction after they had sex post-wedding because their stupidity started coming through.

I really wanted to like The Wedding Date but the main characters made it impossible for me to want to see them together in the end! They were so immature! They did not communicate. Oh! And Alexa taking A L L the blame for the fight they had towards the end? I don’t think so. Drew had his part in it as well. I’d say his part was a good 80%, Mr. I’m Friends With All My Exes. Mr.s I Can’t Call You My Girlfriend Because I’m An Immature Turd. On the real, Alexa would have been better off with Drew’s friend, Carlos. Maybe that will happen in the sequel, The Rebound. One can only hope.

I will add that what annoyed me the most was Alexa being this educated, professional black woman feeling inadequate when she was surrounded by white women. I did not like that at all. She lost her Black Girl Magic real quick and I did not appreciate that. It’s 2018. We’re not doing this.  I expected more from a black female author.


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