The Wedding Date
Okay, I rarely read romance novels but I'm about to recommend this with all my heart. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory grabs you and won't let you go.
Two strangers meet when their elevator gets stuck. Instant attraction. He's in town for his ex's wedding; he asks her to be his date / fake girlfriend. She agrees. So sets up the plot for a romance you see coming from miles away, but that doesn't make it clichéd or lazy storytelling; it makes the anticipation all the more fantastic, and the twists and turns rewarding and delightful.
Alexa (a short black woman who works for the mayor of Oakland) and Drew (a tall white guy who's a pediatric surgeon in L.A.) seem to be polar opposites; but they work. As Elyse at "Smart Bitches Trashy Books" (yes, a real site) wrote, "This book is fairly light on conflict. To be honest a good portion of it was the progress of Drew and Alexa dating and slowly falling in love, but it was sweet and funny and felt like a very real depiction of two professionals in their thirties staring a relationship."
In an interview with bitch media, Guillory explains "A lot of people write with an ideal reader in mind. My ideal reader is one of my friends, who’s a woman of color, so I knew she’d get a lot of small things that I did. I’m glad my editor wanted me to go deeper on some of the conversations that Alexa and Drew have [about race]. It’s also interesting because I wrote the book in 2015, which feels like a kinder and gentler world, but I did the edits last year, so I pushed more on race than I would have in 2015 because the world has gotten worse in many ways over past the two years."
Go read and enjoy yourself.
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