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...
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Berkley
Four stars: A fun, flirty romance with memorable characters.
Alexa decides that if she is going to be trapped in an elevator, at least she is lucky enough to be caught with a drop dead gorgeous man, who also has a charming personality. Alexa and Drew quickly bond in the elevator over cheese and crackers. When the elevator power is restored, both find themselves reluctant to leave. Then Drew surprises himself and Alexa by proposing she be his wedding date. Alexa even more shockingly agrees. The weekend ends up being so much more than either of them anticipated. Despite their busy schedules, Drew and Alexa find themselves flying back and forth every weekend to see each other. Neither can deny the chemistry and the sparks, but how long can they keep up a long distance relationship?
What I Liked:
- The Wedding Date is a fun, flirty romance for when you want a romance without unnecessary drama. I loved the realistic and likable characters, the chemistry and watching the relationship unfold. This is a terrific pick me up romance.
- I adored both Alexa and Drew. Talk about opposites attract. I especially loved Alexa, she is a curvy, African American woman, who is smart, hard working and a bit insecure when it comes to her curves. However, that doesn’t mean she lives on rabbit food. It was so refreshing to see Alexa embrace the foods she loved, especially donuts and coffee. Drew is a handsome, Caucasian male, who doesn’t like spicy food or black coffee. He is a pediatrician, devoted to his patients. He is a sweetheart, but he can never commit to a long term relationship. I loved seeing these two try and balance work, real life and their relationship.
- Big props to the author for giving us a female protagonist who isn’t a gorgeous, stick thin blonde. I loved that Alexa was voluptuous, and that Drew was drawn to her curves.
- I liked Alexa’s confidence when attending events with Drew. She found herself as the only African American woman at the gathering, but she never let it get to her, she took it in stride. I was especially pleased when Alexa encountered all the beautiful, skinny blondes. I was expecting some cattiness, but the women were lovely. It was so refreshing!
- Carlos was an amazing character. He was Drew’s best friend and confident. I loved him. I especially enjoyed the scene between Carlos and Alexa bonding over spicy tacos and comparing notes on Drew.
- I loved that both Alexa and Drew were successful and dedicated to their careers. In fact, their jobs play a big part in the story. It was endearing seeing Drew care for his patients, especially little Jack. I also enjoyed watching Alexa fight to create a program for troubled teens.
- The ending was lovely. I closed the book with a big, happy smile.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I loved Drew, there was a time or two that he needed a good kick in the rear for his stupidity. Thank goodness Carlos was there to set him straight.
- Speaking of Carlos, I loved him, and I was disappointed that he didn’t play a larger role in the story. Perhaps the author will consider writing a book from his point of view.
- I was bothered that at the end as the book moves one year into the future, that there wasn’t closure on Jack. I longed to know how Jack was doing.
The Wedding Date isn’t your typical romance. I adored the down to earth, realistic characters with real jobs and distinct personalities. I also enjoyed the romance that starts with harmless flirting, and quickly moves into heat and passion. This is a romance with memorable characters and it is without the heavy drama. Grab this one for when you need something light and flirty.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.