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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 by New York Times best-selling author Jasmine Guillory.

The USA Today best seller

#5 LibraryReads Pick

“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 best-selling author of Hunger

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... 

One of...

  • Entertainment Weekly’s “12 Romances for V-Day”
  • Cosmopolitan’s “2018 Anticipated Reads”
  • Elle’s “2018 Must Reads”
  • Harpers Bazaar’s “New January Must Reads”
  • The Fug Girls’ “Best Books of the Year”
  • Elle UK’s “Books to Get You Through 2018”
  • Nylon’s “January Must Reads”
  • Hello Giggles’ “New Release Recs”
  • Electric Lit’s “Books by WoC to Read in 2018”
  • Bitch Media’s “2018 Must Reads”
  • BookBub’s “2018 Romance Must Reads”
  • Bookriot’s “Must Read 2018 January Releases”
  • RetailMeNot’s “2018 Must Reads”
©2018 Jasmine Guillory (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critiques

"Listeners will enjoy hearing this cute yet cheeky performance by Janina Edwards.... Edwards fully expresses all the sassiness, boldness, and romance of this story. Her interpretations of the characters' antics are paired with heartfelt moments and saucy scenes that are not overly explicit. This performance is sure to reach a wide audience of romance and chick lit fans." (AudioFile)  

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Audiobookhoe
  • 07/02/2018

Cute, but was hoping for more

I felt like it this was more like a 3-3.5 star for me, but I rounded it to the four, solely based on the conversation about white privilege.

The wedding date was a cute book. It had more of a chick lit feel, which I liked, but it was being helmed as the romance book black women have been waiting for, and I just don't know about all that...

Alexa and Drew(which he was absolutely forgettable) had a really awesome meet cute, but their lack of communication made the book topsy-turvy. I think because they were in their 30s, it felt immature at times. A lot could've been solved if they'd just HAD a conversation. They lived long distance, so they texted each other, but I would've loved if they talked more, or even skyped so they could get used to each other's voices and relish the moments seeing each other or hearing each other.

They had sex quite a bit, but it was so vague, a lot of it could've been used as devices for having a conversation. I typically like my romances steamy, so it annoyed me I couldn't see what they did to each other, lol.

Alexa was also a safe look for a Black girl to be. She described herself as Beyonce's color several times, and even though she was on the curvier side, she felt safe for me. I look when an author explores darker skin in romance, especially with romances with Black heroines being so fair skinned already, but I may have to wait a little longer considering the state of things.

Drew was kinda corny. I really didn't see that she saw in him. I can't think of a single line, or exchange where I routed for him to get Alexa. The only time I enjoyed his screentime was when they had the white privilege convo, and I only liked it because he LISTENED. White folk tend to talk over or get defensive with these conversations so it was the only real time I liked where the author went with him.

I think I overall enjoyed the book, and it was a good debut for this author but I hope to see something I enjoy more from her in the future.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mike
  • 06/02/2018

A Perfect Rom Com with Sexy Consent!

Any additional comments?

This book is a perfect example of the genre. The pacing is great, the sweet love story and romcom hijinx hit all the right spots. Best of all, the author does a fabulous job writing POC characters and providing a model for consent-driven sex that's as romantic, spontaneous, and frenzied as one could hope for.

It's a quick read because it's great fun from start to finish. Highly, highly recommend for anyone who enjoys romantic romps without the usual sexist tropes and racist undertones.

The narrator did a great job of matching the playful tone of the book. Janina Edwards' voice is warm and personable, so the immensely likable and bubbly protagonist, Alexa, really comes to life in the audio format.

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth von Kessler
  • 21/06/2018

Boring Insipid book

This book is a long boring trite story with lots and lots of boring sex. I was able to stop listening (become distracted) and pick up after several minutes and not miss a thing because it was so predictable. The story could have been written by any teenage girl with little imagination in 5 short pages. The rest was all very boring sex.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Ms.Caro
  • 09/06/2018

Cute idea but...

This book kept popping up everywhere and had such a high following that I was so excited when it released. Now, I had such high hopes, but this book disappointed me for several reasons.

First, the way that this was written, it should have been done as a duet. Since there was no chapters with alternating POV, it was a bit all over the place with the narrator doing her best to do both voices. If ever there was a book that needed to be done as a duet, it was this one.

Now, the biggest complaint that I had about this book was that the story line was cute, and had a lot of merit, but the characters were SOOOO insecure. I get that at the beginning of a relationship you question everything and aren’t as secure about everything, but as you get more comfortable with one another, you start to loosed up and become more confident. However, up until the very end, Alexa and Drew didn’t seem to like themselves very much, the insecurity was so much that I was so frustrated with the author for not allowing Alex or Drew to have any kind of self worth. They were so self-deprecating that it made me wonder why I even finished the book. I wish the book had shown how they grew as people or even as a couple, but their insecurities followed all the way through the end of the book, and it made me sad. Would I recommend this book? No, sadly not.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Excelsior
  • 31/05/2018

Feels like I'm babysitting

At first I thought this would be a cute story, then the characters became too whiny about relationship issues that were not issues. I would never date this guy. He's a less than professional MD taking out his frustrations on the nurses and patients. The more I read about these two the less I liked them.

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Maggie May
  • 23/05/2018

Tedious and predictable.

I do not recommend this book. It was our “light and fun” summer book club pick but I thought it was awful. Almost no plot. Really lame.

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Ashley
  • 03/05/2018

I wanted to like this, but just didn't.

The premise of the book sounded so interesting and I was excited to start it, but it seriously fell flat. No character development at all. Characters who ended up being very bland. I wanted to give up on it every time I listened because I just couldn't have cared less about what happened to these characters. I was also not a big fan of the narrator. Her voices did not vary much between characters and some of her inflections were just off. I think the beginning needed more work before the immediate meet-cute and then maybe you'd have more attachment to the characters. I'm still so disappointed because the idea and premise had such promise, but just never got there.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • K. A
  • 24/04/2018

Mindless entertainment

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It depends on what they are looking for. If they only have time to read one book, then no. But if they are looking for a mindless, easy read/listen, then sure. It was predictable at times as well as cliche but liked the book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jasmine Guillory? Why or why not?

Maybe.

What aspect of Janina Edwards’s performance would you have changed?

She wasn't my favorite narrator. Maybe try to do a better job of distinguishing between the various characters.

Do you think The Wedding Date needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. That doesn't mean I wouldn't listen to it.

Any additional comments?

I watch a lot of Hallmark TV movies so it was on that level. I laughed and smiled a few times. The main characters annoyed me a lot but I still wanted to finish the book even though I knew where it was heading. I really liked the ending (the chapter before the epilogue).

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Teri Dougherty
  • 10/02/2018

Terrible

This book was unimaginative and boring. The story could have been told in 30 minutes but instead it took 8 hours. The narrator was awful. A waste of a good Audible credit.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • b00kw0rm
  • 06/02/2018

Short but worth the credit

I loved how relatable the characters and their problems were—and that they had friends and jobs and concerns. Both were likable people who you could cheer for. Also, maybe I need to read more romance, but this is the first I’ve read that had a real portrayal of an interracial relationship. The narration was pleasant and unobtrusive. Highly recommend!

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