The Wedding Date by Jasmine GuilloryThe Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date

byJasmine Guillory

Paperback | January 30, 2018

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"A swoony rom-com brimming with humor and charm."--Entertainment Weekly (The Must List)

"What a charming, warm, sexy gem of a novel....One of the best books I've read in a while."--Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Hunger

A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in this fun and flirty multicultural romance debut.


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...
Jasmine Guillory is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School. She is a Bay Area native who has towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks. The Wedding Date is her first novel.
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Title:The Wedding DateFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.23 × 5.46 × 3.85 inPublished:January 30, 2018Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399587667

ISBN - 13:9780399587665

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute romance novel! THE WEDDING DATE checks off all the boxes in what I want from a charming and warm romance book: A strong female lead who is comfortable in her natural curves A charming and sexy male lead who appreciates natural beauty A multiracial couple that discusses their differences Chemistry – lots of it Alexa and Drew meet in a stalled elevator at the Fairmount Hotel in San Francisco. They are immediately attracted to each other – the sparks don’t fly just yet… After some flirty banter he divulges he’s in town from Santa Monica for his ex’s wedding. Did I mention his ex is marrying his former best friend and he’s been asked to be a groomsman? So awkward… Drew needs a plus one to get him thru the weekend festivities and Alexa agrees to be his fake girlfriend. By the end of the weekend Alexa and Drew have had some very hot encounters and can’t keep their hands off each other. They spend the next two months jetting back and forth for weekend visits and the chemistry between the two of them is palpable. The plot is predictable but carried out so well and the ending comes full circle back to the Fairmount elevator all wrapped up in a delightfully sweet package. Guillory hits all the high notes with this one – it’s modern, fresh and sexy! The writing is fast paced and all consuming – I was utterly entertained and didn’t want it to end.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it was a good read. its good to read a book that as characters that want to make it work with the long distance. it was a easy read and i was finished within a few days.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Pick-me-up Romance I loved this book so much! The perfect, fun, light romance for a read that will make smile. 10/10 would recommend.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feel Good Rom-Com This novel was just what I needed this easter break. I've read and re-read it twice by now. It was hilarious, and surprisingly realistic about the hard parts of relationships. Definitely recommend picking this one up!
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute, fly by the seat of your pants romance This cute romance is an adorable, fly by the seat of your pants journey that perfectly balances a light-hearted, laughter-filled relationship with the demands of two high-powered professionals in intense job fields (politics and medicine). The dynamics of an inter-racial relationship were well-played without being heavy-handed, both Alexa and Drew come across very genuinely. I enjoyed the realistic portrayal of how different genders handle relationship discussions - we see Alexa seek out a few close friends about the budding romance, while Drew only talks to his one guy friend, and then only after he's had a few beers. Alexa's relationship with her sister is featured more than I was expecting, and I found the subplot about Alexa's plans for a teen arts rehabilitation program as well thought-out as the main romance storyline. A fun, light, fast read.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just what I needed! This was my first read from this author and I LOVED it! It was the ''feel-good'' kind of quick read. It was funny, touching and sexy.. just as I love it! I will definitely try more from this author!
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet Sweet, funny, and just really lovely. I was so impressed by this debut. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely Lives Up to All the Hype! The Wedding Date was so incredibly enjoyable & fun. On top of that, the heroine is a badass taking names, but still has those niggling self doubts that even the most confident women can. The Wedding Date shows it’s okay to be both. And the hero is flawed in such an incredibly realistic and lovely way. I laughed, chuckled, sighed, and screamed at the book. This book is perfect for romance readers looking for a fun, clever read, and to diversify their reading! It's also perfect for readers of "chick lit"-- you will laugh out loud and love the chemistry between the hero and heroine! Got a beach bag? Put this book in it. Got a backpack? Put this book in it. Got a briefcase? Put this book in it. Got a moderately sized purse? Put this book in it. Got a tiny purse? Get a bigger purse so you can put this book in it. #indigoemployee
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light and Enjoyable! If you are looking for something light and easy to read then I would recommend this book. The characters are relatable and it's a great story.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great and Enjoyable This book was nice easy read about romance. Both main characters were likeable Alexa I LOVED and Drew had his asshole moments at times. I enjoyed the chemistry that the main characters had but I wish the book went into more depth with the progress of their relationship.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny & Steamy! This was a cute, steamy, fun, and quick romantic read. Honestly, it was the perfect Valentine's Day read but it would be a fun read any time of the year. In the need of a book that reminds you of that perfect romantic comedy movie? This is the one to pick up. It really reads as if it was a romantic comedy that you'd be seeing on the big screen. I'd vote for this movie adaptation for sure! Both of the main characters are likeable and there is an observable chemistry between them which has the reader truly rooting for their success. I also like that the main characters are interracial. I know that we are seeing this more and more in novels which is awesome and I want that to continue. Another random fact that I liked about the characters was that they were both developed into their careers. Often in romance novels there can be an unequal balance where one of the characters (most of the time the woman, unfortunately) does not seem to have a career that they are invested in and then tend to depend on the love interest. Overall, it was a fun romantic read. It was the perfect combination of humour, romance, and some depth behind the characters. It exceeded all my expectations and I read it in less than a day as it was one that I didn't want to put down. ***Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review***
Date published: 2018-02-21

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1 Alexa Monroe walked into the Fairmont hotel in San Francisco that Thursday night wearing her favorite red heels, jittery from coffee, and with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne in her purse. She took out her phone to text her sister, Olivia, upstairs in one of the guest rooms. Getting on the elevator!!! It was always good to give Olivia a little more advance warning than most people. It didn't matter that Olivia had just made partner at her New York law firm; some things didn't change. Oh no, was just about to get in the shower. Alexa got Olivia's text just as she stepped into the elevator. She laughed out loud as she pushed the number of her sister's floor, the laughter calming her nerves. Alexa couldn't wait to celebrate with her older sister, despite . . . no, maybe because their relationship was still tricky after all these years. The elevator glided in the air, in that smooth, noiseless way elevators in expensive hotels do, while Alexa checked her purse for the third time to make sure she'd tossed the fancy crackers and Brie in there. They would need a pre-dinner snack to soak up all of that champagne, after all. She wished she'd found the time to make brownies the night before. Olivia loved her brownies. She spied the cheese and crackers in the corner of her purse, tucked away from the heavy champagne bottle. Just then, the elevator stopped with a jerk. A second later, the lights went out. "What's going on?" she said out loud to herself. A few seconds later, a dim light came on, but the elevator stayed motionless. She looked up and around, and jumped to see a man with a suitcase in the opposite corner of the elevator. "Were you here this whole time?" she asked. "What am I, a genie?" He grinned back at her. "I guess you don't really look like a genie." He was a tall white guy, with tanned skin, rumpled dark brown hair, and about a day's worth of scruff where a beard would be. She had a sudden urge to rub her hand on his cheek to see how prickly it was. How exactly had she missed seeing this man get on the elevator with her? "Thank you, I think. But isn't that what a genie would say?" he asked. "You're not claustrophobic, are you?" "Um, I don't think so. Why, were you going to bust us out of here with your genie powers if I said I was?" He laughed. "I guess you'll never know if I'm a genie now," he said. "Well, there was that time I got an MRI," she said. "Being inside that tiny machine wasn't much fun. Maybe I am claustrophobic." "Sorry, you already lost your chance to see my powers." He moved to the front of the elevator and picked up the emergency phone. "Let's see if they can give us an ETA on getting out of here." She tried not to stare at him in the dim lighting, but she couldn't miss the opportunity to check out his butt in his perfectly fitted jeans. It was as good as the rest of him. She tried to wipe the grin off her face in case he turned around. Stuff like this never happened to her. Not the stuck-in-the-elevator thing-her life was full of minor crises like that. No, it was being stuck in an elevator with a hot guy that was the unusual part. She was always the one sitting on an airplane next to a chatty toddler, or a knitting grandma, or a bored college student; never a hot guy to be found. After about a minute of him saying, "Okay . . . okay," in progressively tenser tones, he hung up the phone. "Well . . ." He paused and smiled at her. "Wait, I don't even know your name, my new elevator friend." "Alexa, and you, Genie?" "Drew. Nice to meet you, Alexa." "Drew, it's a pleasure, but . . ." "Right, these circumstances are not ideal. So, the bad news is that there's a power outage in the whole hotel." Her phone lit up just then with a text from Olivia. My power went out. Where are you?? "Ahhh, yes, I was just alerted to that." Alexa held her phone up before she texted Olivia back. Whole hotel, I'm stuck in the elevator. "At least that means they were telling the truth," Drew said. "The good news, or so they tell me, is that they have generators, so the elevators should start moving shortly." She slid down to the floor, placing her purse gently beside her. It would be a tragedy to break that champagne bottle. "We might as well wait in comfort," she said. Her favorite red heels were relatively comfortable for the first five hours, but she'd been wearing them for nine plus. He shrugged off his leather jacket, gifting her a glimpse of his stomach muscles as his gray T-shirt shifted. Mmmm. Hot, funny guy who occasionally flashed his abs. Was it her birthday? "So, are you a guest here, Drew? Where are you coming from?" she asked him so she wouldn't stare. "Just flew in from L.A. And you?" He sat down next to her. "Oh, I live here. Well, over in Berkeley, anyway. I'm just in the hotel visiting someone." He glanced at her phone, her shoes, and back up at her. "A pretty special someone, with those shoes on, and all of that smiling you were doing when you didn't even notice someone else got on the elevator with you." "A very special someone," she said, and his grin got wider. "Wait, no, not that kind of special someone! My older sister! She's in town from New York for work." Yep, this was how she usually acted around hot guys. Scared to make eye contact, stared at his abs, said something awkward. "Ahhhh." He laughed. "Okay, yes, I did think it was that kind of special someone. Do you two have a hot night in the city planned?" She crossed her legs and adjusted her black wrap dress so she didn't accidentally flash her underwear at this dude on top of everything else. "Sort of. We're celebrating. She just made partner at her law firm!" Alexa smiled down at her purse full of treats before looking back up at him. Not even cheese could compete with this dude. He narrowed his eyes at her. Light brown eyes, with a really dark rim around them. His eyes were so pretty that she looked away again. Thank God her brown skin meant her cheeks couldn't get too pink, otherwise he'd be able to see them glow in the dark. "Okay, I'm happy for your sister, but what is in that bag? You keep looking at it like it holds the Holy Grail." She laughed. "Just champagne and a few snacks. The plan is to drink the champagne here and then go out to dinner . . . Well, that was the plan, but we'll see how long we're stuck in this elevator." Drew scooted closer to her and looked in her purse. Alexa pushed it toward him, so he could see better in the dim light. She never let people poke around in her purse, but hey, this was a cute guy and a weird situation. "Okay good, we have sustenance if we're stuck here for hours. Champagne is so convenient because no corkscrew is needed, and then we've got . . . Oh, look at that, cheese and crackers, the perfect stuck-in-an-elevator snack." She leaned back against the wood-paneled wall. "Have you been stuck in an elevator before with a variety of snacks and been able to determine which ones are best for this situation?" she asked. "No, but come on, cheese and crackers are obviously the best possible option here. First of all, you had the foresight to bring a soft cheese, so we won't need a knife to cut it; we can just use the crackers to pull off bits and spread it with our fingers. And second, have you ever not enjoyed cheese and crackers? Ever not thought, 'Oh boy, these cheese and crackers are exactly what I need right now'?" She considered for a moment. "Stop, no, stop even thinking about it," he said. "You know the answer is no. Cheese and crackers are objectively the perfect snack." She laughed and pried his fingers away from the box of crackers. "Okay, fine, you're right. But you didn't manage to talk me into sharing Olivia's you-made-partner cheese and crackers with you, you know." He stretched his legs out along the floor and took another glance into her purse. "I was afraid of that. Well, I can only hope we'll be here so long that you'll take pity on me." She slipped her shoes halfway off, just enough to relieve the pressure on her toes. "No offense, Drew, but my goal is not to be stuck in this elevator with you all night." Although those abs . . . No, remember Olivia? Her sister? Right, Olivia, okay, yes, Olivia. Time to ask him another question so she'd stop staring. "Don't you have plans tonight? What are you doing here in San Francisco for the weekend anyway?" He made a face. "Wedding." She made a face back at him. "Don't say it like it's a prison sentence." He slumped against the wall. "If prison sentences lasted for a weekend, this one would qualify. Okay, fine, a prison in a cushy hotel, but still." She looked around at the dim, still elevator. "Not so cushy right now. What's so terrible about this wedding?" He threw his hands in the air. "Let me count the ways." He held up one finger. "One: it's my ex-girlfriend's wedding." Alexa winced. She'd been there. Exes' weddings were always a trial, even in the best circumstances. Second finger. "Two: she's marrying one of my best friends from med school." Alexa covered her eyes. Okay, he maybe had a point. "Were they . . ." "No, she wasn't cheating on me with him, but . . . let's just say I wasn't particularly pleased about how it all happened, shall we?" "Ouch. Well, I understand why you-" He held up a third finger. "THREE." She sat up straight. "There's another one? A third finger?" "Oh yes." He waved his middle finger in the air. "As a matter of fact, this is the worst of the fingers. Three: I am a groomsman." She swung around and faced him, mouth wide open. "Are you kidding me? A groomsman? What? Why? How?" "Yes, you are asking the important questions. The ones that Josh, Molly, and I all should have asked before this nightmare of a wedding weekend started. What and why indeed. What could have possibly inspired him to ask me to be a groomsman? Why would he do that? Why would she allow it? WHY would I say yes? How did this happen? All of those questions should have been asked, and yet, here we all are." "Oh my God, Drew. That's almost enough for me to give you some cheese." He patted her shoulder. Cheese? Hell, if he'd let his hand linger there for a few more seconds, she would have given him a lot more than cheese. "Alexa, I'm touched. I truly am. And then"-he waved another finger in the air-"there's four." "Oh good Lord, what could four possibly be? Are your divorced parents coming to the wedding with their spouses, too, or something?" He laughed. "No, but good guess. What a nightmare that would be. No, four is that I am not only a groomsman in the wedding of my ex-girlfriend and former best friend, but I am a dateless groomsman in the wedding of my ex-girlfriend and former best friend. My date bailed on me at the last minute, so I'm going to look pathetic, and I'll probably get drunk and hit on a bridesmaid-the whole thing is going to be a nightmare." She brushed that off with a wave of her hand. "Oh please, you'll be fine. Weddings are great places to meet people. It's better that you're without a date. As my friend Colleen always says, 'Don't bring a sandwich to a buffet.'" He let out a bark of laughter. "I'm definitely going to steal that saying. And while in most situations I would say that your friend Colleen is totally right, this is that five percent of situations where a sandwich would save me from all of the food poisoning in the buffet. I'm going to get so many pitying looks, you have no idea. And the worst part is that I RSVP'd with a plus-one, so there's going to be an empty seat at the head table. And lots of 'What happened to your girlfriend, Drew, couldn't make it?' And I'm going to have to smile and take it, but there's like a thirty percent possibility I'm going to have one too many glasses of bourbon and go rogue." She touched his hand and tried not to linger there. "Okay, yes, sometimes a sandwich is a necessary security blanket. I'm sorry that yours bailed on you." He looked down into her purse again. "Alexa, I'm going to need you to stop talking about sandwiches if you don't want me to steal that cheese." She grabbed her purse and moved it to her other side. "Now temptation is farther away. Isn't that better?" He looked at her, at the purse, back at her. She smiled and kept her hand on the strap. "So, Drew. What happened to your girlfriend?" He narrowed his eyes at her, and she laughed again. "Okay, first of all, Emma wasn't my girlfriend. We were just hanging out, that's all." Alexa frowned at him. This guy had to be in his thirties like her. Hadn't people stopped "just hanging out" with people by their thirties? "Don't look at me like that! I'm not a girlfriend kind of guy! And when I could tell that she might want something more serious, I ended it. I was nice about it! I don't do girlfriends. I haven't had a girlfriend since . . ." He sighed. "Molly. Anyway. Except I forgot that I needed a date for this damn wedding." Alexa pointed to the fourth finger that he'd raised in the air. "Wait," she said. "How, exactly, is that your date 'bailing' on you?" He shook the finger at her. "Don't do that! Don't blame this on me. It's not my fault. It's not her fault, either-she was going to come to the wedding with me anyway, but her dad's having surgery tomorrow, so she couldn't come." Those ab muscles moved in a lovely way when he sighed. "And, of course, I'm sorry about her dad. I don't blame her for that at all. I do, however, think this is just more evidence that I've been cursed when it comes to this wedding."

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Wedding Date“A swoony rom-com brimming with humor and charm.”—Entertainment Weekly   “Guillory’s debut is as enchanting as her characters — bright, bold, warm and wonderful. Even better, there’s a proposal to rival any commercial that Madison Avenue can deliver.”—WashingtonPost.com   "This novel reads like a truly contemporary contemporary romance in that the hero and heroine grapple with issues anyone dating today will relate to."—NPR.com   "Kudos to Guillory, whose lively dialogue is matched by her multifaceted characters."—Essence Magazine   “The novel is a light-hearted and quick read with fully drawn characters.”—Associated Press   "A romance novel that will make you believe in happily ever afters."—Nylon.com “What a charming, warm, sexy gem of a novel. I couldn’t put The Wedding Date down. I love a good romance and this delivered from the first page to the last...One of the best books I’ve read in a while.”—Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Hunger“This much-needed dose of escapism charts an unexpected bond between two strangers brought together by a fateful elevator encounter.”—Harper's Bazaar“This romance novel promises to be the perfect beach read: rich, charming characters and a love story with substance. We recommend getting this one ASAP.”—Apartment Therapy“Three cheers for an interracial relationship.”—HelloGiggles"Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date is able to pull you in and keep you reading all the way to the end.”—Culturess“Will charm rom-com fans.”—Kirkus Reviews “The Wedding Date brims with personality. It's funny, deeply honest, and above all, truly swoony—the kind of all-consuming romance where you hold your breath with delight as two wonderful people start to find each other, like the best possible version of real life. We can't wait to read more from Jasmine Guillory.”—Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, bestselling authors of The Royal We“It has been a long time since a romance novel written by a Black woman that centers a Black heroine took my collective breath away, stopped me in our tracks, and helped me remember that Black women can fall in love outside of the pages of novels...The Wedding Date ends that unnecessary drought.”—Bitch Media