The Wedding Date | The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory | Reviews

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory is one of those books that had a cover that immediately caught my attention. I am such a fan of illustrated classic looking covers. It reminds me a little of the cover for The Hating Game and also The Kiss Quotient. Clearly, we are in a golden age of contemporary romance and I AM SO ALL OVER THIS. So, after really wanting to read this book I finally committed and put a hold on it at the library. As it turns out, while my library is AMAZING at YA, it kind of isn’t as great with adult romance. I made the hold in February and didn’t actually get to pick my hold up until June. MONTHS later. Apparently my library needs to get on ordering additional copies of romance books by authors of color stat.

At least The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory was worth the wait. The book opens up with main characters Drew and Alexa getting stuck in a hotel elevator. They eat cheese and champagne. One thing leads to another and Alexa ends up agreeing to go as Drew’s date to his ex’s and best friend’s wedding. The two end up hooking up and they have this super fierce chemistry. Unfortunately, Drew lives in LA and Alexa lives in Berkley. There’s all these barriers between them. However, where there is a will, there’s a way.

So, Drew and Alexa are both fascinating characters. Drew is a pediatric surgeon, if I am remembering correctly. I am writing this review in September when I read the book back in June. Anyways, Drew has some issues with commitment. Alexa though, she could be the one. Alexa also has some trust issues too. I loved that Alexa kind of calls Drew out on microaggressions. I like that she is this successful, wonderful Black woman who wants to give back to teenagers. Alexa is chief of staff for the Berkley mayor and she is so high powered and cool. She is immensely likable and just a superb main character. Drew’s okay too, I guess. But really, Alexa is the one who drove the story for me.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory is WELL worth your reading time. It’s a good romance to pick up if you’ve been avoiding romance because the aisle looks like a bunch of mayo and wonder bread. The main characters are compelling. The chemistry is there. This book really just made me so happy and I cannot recommend it enough.

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After experiencing this massive joy at reading The Wedding Date, I knew that given the opportunity, I would one hundred per cent read The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory. You see, The Proposal takes on one of the minor characters from The Wedding Date. So, I like when books revisit certain characters and give them their own stories. Guillory’s follow up does this in quite spectacular fashion.

The Proposal follows a woman named Nikole who is a freelance writer and Carlos who is Drew’s friend, but also a pediatrician and director of a teen clinic. Anyways, Nikole goes to a Dodger’s game with her boyfriend whom she’s thinking about ending things with. She knows it has been a couple of months but isn’t anything too serious. Only, that boyfriend, he proposes up on the jumbotron. Nikole says no. It goes viral.

Carlos, sitting pretty close by, comes to Nikole’s rescue along with his sister, Angie. They pretend to be long lost friends and whisk Nikole away from the cameras. So, Nikole’s relationship ends in spectacular fashion. She then ends up becoming friends with Carlos and then hook up buddies. Will it develop into something more?

I really think that Guillory has a true knack for chemistry. The chemistry between Nik and Carlos is off the charts. At first, the two kind of resist it. Nik is just getting out of a relationship and there’s the whole proposal drama. Carlos is not one to settle down (kind of like Drew). Over time though, their hookups become something more. The two have to get over this whole relationship fear and reluctance otherwise, they may lose a really good thing. I LOVED it.

Overall, if you’re looking for a book that is sweet with characters who are true to life and diverse, get your hands on The Proposal. I think Guillory is fast becoming a MUST read author for me. Now I know that when I want a guaranteed good romance book, I just have the next Guillory book to look forward to. And also you 100% do not need to read The Wedding Date to be able to enjoy this book — the previous characters show up in like one or two scenes. However, it will enhance your reading.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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Comments

  1. Hi April, this looks like a goodie. I hope you’ll have time to bring this over to Books You Loved: September so everyone can see it. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  2. I keep seeing The Wedding Date, or rather people reading it, and every time, I think of How I Met Your Mother’s episode about The Wedding Bride; it’s a connection I can’t get out of my brain despite the fact they have nothing in common. Random I know.

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