Blogtober Book Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

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Summary:
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. She’s definitely not the spontaneous type. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.
Drew has never found it hard to meet women—or to know just when to leave them. But now, on the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, he’s minus a plus-one…until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend.
From the best man’s toast to the bouquet toss, Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible. But before they know it, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkley, where she’s they mayor’s chief of staff—and neither of them can 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…
The Wedding DateReview:
The Wedding Date was a fun and fast-paced romance novel. I read this all in one night. It’s how I spent the first few hours of my birthday. I started it right after midnight because it’s on my TBR for the Disney Readathon. I flew through it.
I adored the chemistry between Drew and Alexa. Fake dating is a trope I didn’t know I loved until recently. I had so much fun with the fake dating at the wedding and things just escalated from there. I loved that the sex scenes weren’t overly descriptive, so this would be a good one for readers that like romance but not smut.
I didn’t like how self-conscious and how hard Alexa was on herself. She’s constantly pointing out the things that she thinks are wrong with her. Despite the fact that she’s a successful and beautiful woman, she’s so hard on herself and I didn’t love that. I also didn’t love Drew’s reactions to some things. He often tells his best friend to ‘fuck off’ and he overreacts to a lot of things. He seems almost to have some anger issues which is never really addressed.
Overall, The Wedding Date was a good time. I found myself smiling and laughing and just all around enjoying it. I haven’t been reading too much adult romance and this book made me want to pick up any and all of my Nora Roberts books. If you’re looking for a quick and fun romance, this is the one for you.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

GoodReads Summary:
A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.
The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?
Red, White & Royal BlueReview:
I received and eARC of Red, White and Royal Blue via NetGalley I exchange for my honest review. After seeing everyone and their siblings absolutely raving about this book, I knew I needed to read it asap. I’m glad that I did because this book was funny and enjoyable from beginning to end.
I totally loved Alex. He was funny and someone I’d totally be friends with in real life. I loved the relationship he had with the White House Trio. The three were a well-oiled machine and I love sibling relationships and friendships like this one. Alex’s mom and dad were also characters I liked. A female president? Yes please. She was a mother and the most powerful woman in the world and I liked that we got to see a little bit of her trying to balance that.
Henry and Alex were the best hate to love relationship I’ve seen in a long time. They were hilarious and several times I almost woke up my sleeping child because I was laughing so hard while reading. They were both sassy but also heart meltingly sweet and I freaking loved it.
There was so much to this story that I don’t know how to put my words into thoughts. So I’m going to keep this short. Overall, I adored the story. It made me laugh. It held me in suspense. It worried and delighted me. I loved all the different relationships (including the security people) that were present and added just that little bit more. I can’t wait to see what Casey McQuiston comes out with next.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Contemporary January Recommendations – Romance Edition

Hi, lovelies! In my announcement post for Contemporary January (read here) I mentioned that I would be coming with recommendations all month long! Some of these are favorites of mine and some of them are just books I liked for a quick fun read. This is going to be the first of four recommendation posts and I’m starting with romance because it’s an easy one for me because there are so many choices!

Check out Alana’s recommendations here!

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Adult Romance

The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts & The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts
These are my two favorite series by Nora Roberts, though I’ve never read anything by her that I didn’t like, so really you could pick up any of her books and be happy. But these are my two favorites.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Anything that Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes is a good choice. Her romance novels are fun and quick to read and I’m never disappointed.

The Agreneau’s by Lynsay Sands
It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t include at least one sort of vampire romance on this list. Sands writes the Argeneau series and I love the twist she puts on the traditional vampire trope.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Who hasn’t heard of this book at this point? It’s excited and full of drama and diversity. I’ve heard great things about Reid’s other books too, but haven’t picked one up yet.

The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn
For those that love historical romances this series is set in the early 1800s and full of drama, romance, and a bit of smut.

Rose Gardner Mysteries by Denise Grover Swank
I love this series. Rose grows so much in the series and I just enjoyed every page of this series. Plus, she can see the future.

Young Adult Romance

The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks
Would this even be a romance recommendations list without Nicholas Sparks?

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
How can you not love Simon? This book was so great.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Teenage romance with a bit of a mystery thrown in. I loved it. The movie was okay too.

One Small Thing by Erin Watt
The main character is dealing with the loss of her sister and somehow manages to find comfort in the one that caused her sisters death. It was compelling and sweet at the same time.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
I love this book. The characters. The mystery. The interesting family dynamic. Read it. Love it. That is all.

Meant to Be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow
With a bit of a taboo romance, I could not put this book down until I got to the last pages. I was rewarded with so much more than I expected from it.

These are just a few of the ones I’ve read the most recently and really enjoyed. So I hope you will enjoy them too! Have you read any of these? What books are on your romance recommendation list!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContemporaryJanuary and tag me & Alana if you’re joining in! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and/or GoodReads to keep up to date with any announcements and see what I’m reading!

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