Review: The Wedding Party (Jasmine Guillory)

The Wedding Party
Series: The Wedding Date, #3
Author: Jasmine Guillory
Publication Date: July 16, 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½


Maddie and Theo have two things in common:

1. Alexa is their best friend
2. They hate each other

After an “oops, we made a mistake” night together, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won’t fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn’t looking, agreeing they would end it once the wedding is over. When it’s suddenly pushed up and they only have a few months left of secret rendezvouses, they find themselves regretting that the end is near. Two people this different can’t possibly have a connection other than the purely physical, right?

But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don’t fall in love.

The Wedding Party was one of those books that was a joy to read. It was so much fun. I loved how Maddie and Theo had this previous dislike for each other that resulted in some heated chemistry between them. Their little pact to keep things simple and away from Alexa was entertaining. I loved all the ups and downs that created. I also loved how their personalities fit together and how their relationship evolved. Even their little bit of drama was enjoyable to read.

There were a couple of things I found a little odd about this contemporary romance. It didn’t feel like a true enemies to lovers romance. I think that’s because their time as enemies was in another book. In this one, they were immediately attracted and started hooking up. It also had several kind of “fade to black” sexual encounters. That’s not something that bothers me, but it felt weird in this book because it’s about two people whose relationship is based on hooking up when their best friend isn’t around. It just struck me as odd. I’m also not really complaining about these two things because they didn’t ruin the story. I more thought they were interesting choices for the author.

The Wedding Date was a great summer read. It was a lighthearted romance that would be perfect for the pool or the beach, or just simply read at home.

17 thoughts on “Review: The Wedding Party (Jasmine Guillory)”

    1. Well, I would probably read The Wedding Date to have the background. I don’t think you have to read The Proposal…I didn’t.
      Thanks! 🙂

      1. I was curious about the same thing. I didn’t know if they built off of each other. I read The Wedding Date, but not The Proposal.

  1. YES! This is encouraging. The last book was just ok for me, but it sounds like Guillory recaptured some of the magic from her first book with these characters. YEAH!!! Can’t wait to read it.

    1. I didn’t even bother reading the second after reviews. I liked this one as much as the first one. I hope you do, too!

  2. This sounds cute, though a little disappointing you have to read other books to get the full “Hate-to-Love” aspect of it. I think I started the first book by this author once, but couldn’t connect with the writing at the time so I never finished it. Great review!

    1. I don’t even want to admit the number of books I have and haven’t read yet, so I completely understand.

    1. I actually didn’t read book 2. I didn’t even notice anything that would make me feel like I was messing it. I heard 2 wasn’t all that great. Might be worth skipping it and reading this one instead. 😉

  3. Wonderful review, Deanna. This does sound like a good read though it seems better enjoyed if one has read the previous book to see where the relationship was coming from.

    1. Thank you! I actually didn’t read book 2. I don’t think you have to. I have heard mixed thoughts on it.

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