The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
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.
Oh this was fun.
Even it wasn’t believable at all, and there were a lot of issues with communication throughout the story. Granted, most romance novels (at least the ones I’ve read) seem to have basic communication as the massive source of tension and problems, so it wasn’t unique but at at the same time I kept shouting at Alexa and Drew to just talk already.
However, despite the lack of communication and some fairly clunky writing (excusable for a debut novel, but the editor should be ashamed tbh), this was still really damn cute and held my attention all the way through.
I liked that Alexa was a high profile chief of staff for the mayor, even if it seemed like she was less of a true Number Two and more another junior member on the team, based on how infrequently she seemed to be in touch with her boss, the mayor, and how little she knew of his motivations and interests. And how I don’t think the mayor had an actual name the entire time? Also, how does the chief of communications have more in tune with the mayor than his actual chief of staff? What?
Anywho, it was enjoyable, and I really, really liked seeing two people in their 30s fall in love, particularly after they had spent their 20s focusing on career and getting to where they wanted to go.
Enjoyable, but unbelievable, since long distance relationships are hard, particularly when you’re just starting out and you both have intense jobs (speaking from experience). And it’s harder when the distance is just long enough that you *can* see each other every weekend but that the distance adds a strain, even if you do have lots of frequent flyer miles.
Anywho, I was kinda rooting for Alexa and Carlos to fall for each other since they seemed to have a lot more chemistry and more in common than Alexa and Drew, but I did like that the unlikely couple eventually got over their individual issues and learned to talk to each other. And yay for representation and body positivity! I loved seeing a Black woman fall in love, and I was super glad that the author talked to the challenges of an interracial relationship and the microaggressions Alexa faced that Drew was completely oblivious to, because it felt more like real life and less of a magical fairy tale where 500 years of American racism wasn’t magically vanished away.
Now I need to read book three, since I read The Proposal months before reading this one.