Spring Fling

Do all these fragrant budding flowers and dewy leaves put you in the mood for love? Read Jasmine Guillory's debut novel, The Wedding Date.

I don't usually go for the mushy stuff, but sometimes it's fun to get down with other people's drama (and delight).

The Wedding Date Book Jacket

I just finished Jasmine Guillory's debut novel, The Wedding Date, and loved it! I'm fairly genre-agnostic, but even as a librarian, I don't pretend to understand the intricacies of Romance sub-genre's. What makes this book stand out amongst the other "Contemporary Romances" I've encountered is that it's set in the Bay Area, and features diverse characters with real backstories, careers and tastes.

About the book: In The Wedding Date, Alexa Monroe is career-focused, as mayor's chief of staff, with little time for romance. Drew Nichols a Pediatrician from L.A., with commitment issues and a list of ex-girlfriends longer than the Bay Bridge. After a chance encounter in an elevator, Alexa agrees to be Drew's fake girlfriend at a wedding. Alexa thought nothing would come of this date, but things quickly get serious, and seriously complicated. This book is honest, fun and a bit steamy, but not to hot for your commute. A perfect read for a sunny afternoon or on your long Bart ride home.

I loved the shout outs to Oakland, Berkeley and SF, and the sprinkling of real-world dating troubles like characters experiencing microaggressions… it's a thing. It feels good to see yourself and your home represented in fun, flirty and real ways.

This book was a super-quick read that was both light, thoughtful and so refreshing. If Urban Fiction is a bit too heavy for your current mood and traditional period romance is too far afield, give Ms. Guillory a try.

Look out for her other books: The Proposal and the upcoming The Wedding Party, out in July 2019.

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