The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, KPL Reference Staff
Rating: 4.25 stars
Alexa is on her way to her sister's hotel room when she gets stuck in an elevator with Drew. By the time they exit, Alexa has agreed to be Drew's date for his ex girlfriend's wedding. They had so much fun and so much chemistry during that wedding date that neither wants the weekend to end. It's too bad that they both lead such busy lives on the opposite ends of the state! What's a modern girl to do but suggest they try to maintain a low-key long distance relationship. When they both develop feelings for each other, things get complicated.
I am typically not an avid reader of the romance genre but I very much enjoyed this modern love story of two individuals trying to balance romance with demanding careers and completely different backgrounds. Guillory deftly navigates the realistic complications of a white man dating a woman of color without being over dramatic or dismissive. While the plot was predictable, it was comfortably so and the love scenes were steamy without being cringey. I could even talk to my Mom about the book without turning red and wanting to immediately change the conversation. If you are suffering from Hallmark Christmas movie withdrawal but want something with diversity and a bit racier then The Wedding Date is absolutely a book for you.