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 adored The Wedding Date and highly recommend it for contemporary readers who like a sweet and heartwarming story of two passionate people who meet each other in the oddest circumstance and find love through it. Alexa was a woman of my heart; she’s confident in her work environment and does her job well, but her love life wasn’t really going anywhere. Drew is the kind of guy to date a girl and break it off with her just when things were going well. They have instant chemistry and find themselves drawn towards the other, despite living across the state of California.
The book starts with Alexa and Drew getting stuck in an elevator and laughing over cheese and wine. The dialogue started out a bit clunky at first and awkward, but I got used to it after a couple of chapters. It really sets the tone for a light and flirty atmosphere. Drew has the great idea of getting Alexa to be his wedding date (hence the title, aha) for one of his exe’s weddings. She readily agrees (because come on? Hot guy asking you for help?) and their relationship begins from there.
“Come to the wedding, be my sandwich, protect me from poisoning and disaster. It’ll be your good deed for the year. And it’s only May – look at you, getting your good deed for the year done before the year is even half over!”
The book is told through the alternating limited third person POV’s of Alexa and Drew. I really adored Alexa as a character. She’s hard-working, but has self-doubts when she compares herself to skinnier women or the all-American blond looks. (Which, I understand on such an emotional level.) But she finds that she just has to be with the right person to make those doubts go away. She’s the mayor’s chief of staff and wants to create an arts program for at-risk teens – a program close to her heart. Alexa’s thoughts can also be pretty darn hilarious and I just related to her so much.
“Wait, should she really be eating this doughnut if she was going to have to be in a cocktail dress in a few hours? Shouldn’t she be drinking vitamin water or green juice or something?
Eh. She took another bite and went back to her emails.”
Another experience that the author added was the microaggressions Alexa faced as a black woman. The experiences were faced head-on and it’s really refreshing to see characters who don’t shy away from the subject. I love that she’s not afraid to tell Drew her thoughts, such as the discrepancy between behavior of adults for black and white at-risk teens (which he never really considered before). There was a scene where she asked if she would be the only black person at a party and he’s just like, “Wow, I hadn’t thought about that.” But Drew does learn and really listens to Alexa. Yay for men respecting their significant others and balanced relationships!
It took me a while to soften up to Drew. He’s a pediatric surgeon who likes to date around but is completely afraid of commitment. This all goes to test with Alexa, who he has a deep connection with. His character’s just very carefree with relationships, and that kind of made the book drag on a bit (although their texting dialogue was so cute!). As Alexa finds herself falling in love with Drew, he thinks their relationship is too good and is trying to give reasons to keep it going despite the fact that it’s usually near the time he breaks up with a girl.
“From the moment he’d first touched her, it had felt like she’d belonged there by his side, smiling at him, joking with him, confiding in him, listening to him, being silent with him. Everything about this had felt real from the beginning, even when he barely knew her.”
The conflict near the end of the book was a bit formulaic, and since the whole book was sort of a build-up to it, I felt it was quite underwhelming. But despite it all, I do enjoy the fact that both characters were willing to see their faults. Despite their charming and witty dialogue, they can also have mature conversations that resolves issues. Oh, another thing is that I wanted more sexy times. There’s always a fade-to-black when things are getting spicy. 😛 But of course, that’s just me.
The Wedding Date is just the date I would like for a sunny afternoon on a comfy couch or bed. Alexa is extremely relatable as she finds herself drawn towards an adventure with the charming Drew. Their relationship was extremely sweet and wholesome, making for an excellent contemporary romance that readers are bound to enjoy.
Thank you Netgalley and Berkley for the review copy!
Check out this cute video from the author, Jasmine Guillory!