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Publisher's Summary

"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

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

©2018 Jasmine Guillory (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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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Loved it!

It was the perfect lighthearted romance story of the perfect length. Not too short or long.

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Excellent story and narration

I loved it! I listened to this book twice. The author is a great story teller with descriptive language. What a beautiful love story.

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Couldn’t get into this.

This is the first bad review I’ve given but I just couldn’t get into the story.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Modern Day Romantic

If you are in the mood for a boy meets girl love story this is your book. It will catch your interest from the very beginning when you meet Alexa and Drew. A lot of the story is predictable, but I loved it nonetheless.

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Fun and flirty

Although it seems like another typical romantic read, it’s filled with fun and a relatable storyline. Definitely kept me entertained on my road trips!

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Make a Part 2

If you could sum up The Wedding Date in three words, what would they be?

Fun Flirty Hardheaded

What other book might you compare The Wedding Date to and why?

n/a

Which character – as performed by Janina Edwards – was your favorite?

Alexia the most and all of Drew exes.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Love funny freshness new way to find love.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoy the book and it was very good it was sad funny and serious sex appeals

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No story line!

This book started out ok and quickly turned to nothing but soft porn with no character development and no plot. I tried but I couldn’t even finish it. I spent most of my commute rolling my eyes.