Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: July 16, 2019 by Berkley Romance
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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” kiss, 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.
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.
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The Wedding Party is such a great addition to Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date series, and is probably my fave of the three. This story takes place kind of in between The Wedding Date and The Proposal, so I definitely recommend reading those two before starting this one so you understand more of the backstory and what’s going on.
Overall this book was amazing, and I loved so many aspects of it. I loved seeing Maddie and Theo’s relationship grow, and I loved seeing more of Maddie and Alexa’s friendship. The two women always have each other’s back and are always there for each other. Not only was this a great romance, but this novel was hilarious as well. I laughed so many times while reading, and have so many quotes highlighted that I loved so much.
“And I’m not going to have you two ruing my one fucking wedding by walking around with little rain clouds above your heads and being too scared to talk to each other, so you’re staying in this fucking closet until you fucking make up, do you hear?”
I love that this novel wasn’t just focused on their relationship, but on their careers and their experiences as people of color. Both characters are very driven and focused on their careers and are constantly supporting each other’s career choices, and talking about the difficulties they’re experiencing. I also loved that Maddie and Theo’s experiences as people of color was discussed in the book. It was woven throughout the story, and really highlighted how their lives are affected.
“That makes one of us, at least. I never should have let that guy bait me in the first place, but I’m just so fucking sick of guys like that thinking I don’t know what I’m talking about…The problem is, people like me can’t get away with blowing their fuse at work. Ever. One false move, and it could all come tumbling down. I know I have to work twice as hard and be twice as good, but sometimes that just really gets to me.”
Maddie and Theo were great characters, and I’m so glad they finally got together! Hate to love is one of my favorite romance tropes, and made me even more excited for one of my most anticipated books of the year. One of my favorite parts of the book was how after sleeping together the first few times they’re like “well we know this is going to keep happening, so why are we going to try to stop it?”. They keep acting like what they’re doing is no big deal and they aren’t affected, but they’re actually starting to have feelings for each other. I also really like how different Maddie and Theo seem, and how on paper they look like they wouldn’t work as a couple, but once they get to know each other they’re more similar than they think.
Since this is the third book in the series, we get to see some of the characters from the previous two novels. Obviously we see a lot of Alexa and Drew since it’s their wedding that’s about to take place, but we also see Carlos and Nik a few times throughout the novel as well. I always love catching up with characters from previous books in the series, so seeing everyone here made me so happy.
Have you read this yet, or are you planning on picking it up soon?