The Wedding Party
The new exhilarating romance from The New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal!   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 Details

TitleThe Wedding Party
Author
ReleaseJul 16th, 2019
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreRomance, Fiction, Contemporary, Adult, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

The Wedding Party Review

  • Navessa
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks so much to Berkley for granting my ARC on NetGalley!Blog | FB | Twitter | IG | Pinterest | Tumblr | YouTube
  • andrea
    January 1, 1970
    I AM SO EXCITED
  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, Berkley Romance!I am so excited to jump into this one!!!
  • Simone
    January 1, 1970
    Last year, I found Jasmine Guillory. She's a romance author who loves writing contemporary stories of people of color falling in love. Her first book, The Wedding Date, was absolutely adorable. Her second book, The Proposal, was cute too, but it didn't live up to its hype for me. Her third novel, The Wedding Party, doesn't come out till later this year, but I've already read it and I'll tell you now that you're going to love it.The story follows Theo and Maddie, two acquaintances meeting by a mu Last year, I found Jasmine Guillory. She's a romance author who loves writing contemporary stories of people of color falling in love. Her first book, The Wedding Date, was absolutely adorable. Her second book, The Proposal, was cute too, but it didn't live up to its hype for me. Her third novel, The Wedding Party, doesn't come out till later this year, but I've already read it and I'll tell you now that you're going to love it.The story follows Theo and Maddie, two acquaintances meeting by a mutual friend, Alexa, who just happens to be getting married. Theo is a young political person (I don't know exactly what he does, but he works in the same mayor's office as Alexa). He loves the meticulous processes of things like making coffee from scratch. He also seems super smart, sweet, and really loves his younger brother, Ben. Maddie is a young stylist with big dreams and throughout the novel you see her go through the interview process of becoming a TV stylist.They finally meet in person at a party and while first impressions are a little snubbed, they somehow have an instant connection and end up going home with each other. Thus begins a casual relationship between the two of them with a rule that their encounters would end by Alexa and Drew's wedding. Since they'll be seeing each other often for wedding preparations, of course it'll be tough to keep this all a secret from Alexa and rein in some of that sexual tension during dress fittings and rehearsals.The book follows along the same universe as The Wedding Date and The Proposal. I mean, the premise of the book is Alexa and Drew's wedding. Theo and Maddie belong to Alexa's wedding party (now you see where the name of the book comes from?). The book begins in the middle of Drew and Alexa's relationship. However, this isn't another book about Drew and Alexa's love story.I thought the overlapping of stories was cute, but a little confusing at first. I found myself trying to remember this moment in The Wedding Date, but once I let go of that pursuit, I found the story to be super adorable.The best part about this story is that you don't have to read The Wedding Date to understand what's going on. Yes, the story is a continuation of Alexa and Drew's relationship, but it's not the focus point. The focus is on Theo and Maddie, who's relationship goes from casual to serious throughout the story.I think I loved how natural everything felt. Theo and Maddie agreed to a casual relationship with a lot of blush-filled sex scenes and reaffirming of the "rules of conduct." But like many romcom stories, they eventually fall in love. I liked that neither Maddie or Theo had to remind each other of their casual affair. There wasn't a point where someone stopped the entire relationship because they got insecure. They just kept going at this natural progression leading up to the end.I will admit the relationship isn't perfect and you will definitely see conflict in both their lives, but you know well before the book is over that they will turn out together.
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  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good enemies-to-lovers story and a geeky/nerdy protagonist, and this one gave me both. Maddie and Theo may well be my favorite paring of Guillory's because they're just so charming together. And any book that closes with "Tomorrow, can we sit on the couch in our pajamas for the entire day?" She beamed at him. "Absolutely." is a book that just gets me, you know? This was a delight from start to finish.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Wit and Sin The moment Maddie Forest and Theo Stephens met sparks flew – and not in a good way. Yet though they rub each other the wrong way, they are both best friends with Alexa Monroe. So when she needs them, Maddie and Theo put aside their differences for the sake of their friend. Except one night something happens and the simmering sexual tension that’s been lying in wait beneath their barbs boils over and Maddie and Theo wind up in bed together. Once they give into passion, i Reviewed for Wit and Sin The moment Maddie Forest and Theo Stephens met sparks flew – and not in a good way. Yet though they rub each other the wrong way, they are both best friends with Alexa Monroe. So when she needs them, Maddie and Theo put aside their differences for the sake of their friend. Except one night something happens and the simmering sexual tension that’s been lying in wait beneath their barbs boils over and Maddie and Theo wind up in bed together. Once they give into passion, it’s harder for them to resist the pull between them – especially since being in Alexa’s wedding party throws them together. Neither of them wants Alexa to find out, get her hopes up, then be crushed when Theo and Maddie inevitably break up, so they agree to a secret affair. Only the longer they spend in each other’s company, the more the two of them find out that the person they love to hate might just be the one they’re meant to love… The Wedding Party is an enemies-to-lovers story at its finest. In Maddie and Theo’s romance Jasmine Guillory has delivered a story that’s sexy, sweet, funny, and just plain charming.Maddie is the kind of heroine you wish were real so you could be friends with her. She’s bright, kind, funny, and loyal. She’s also a talented stylist working on building her business and I loved the peeks we got into her career. On the surface, Maddie comes off as more relaxed which is part of the reason she and Theo – a man she at first believes to be condescending – don’t hit it off when they first meet. Theo is the mayor of Berkeley’s press secretary and on the surface he’s straight-laced and unflappable. But though he’s focused and dedicated to his job, there’s so much more to him. Yes, Theo is the kind of man who makes margaritas from scratch (down to the simple syrup), but I loved that about him. I adored watching Maddie and Theo peel back one another’s layers and see that they’re not so different after all. The two of them just click in bed and out. Their slide from lust to love is seamless and simply lovely to watch unfold. The Wedding Party is set in the same world as The Wedding Date and parts of Alexa and Drew’s story are woven through this book. But if you don’t mind some minor spoilers then Theo and Maddie’s story can be read as a standalone. The Wedding Party has all the things I enjoy about Ms. Guillory’s books: it’s fast-paced, fun, and the happily ever after leaves you smiling. Another aspect of this story that also appeared in The Wedding Date and The Proposal is that it features protagonists who are both focused on furthering their careers and each respects and supports the other’s work – I cannot express how much I love this. Every book I’ve read of Ms. Guillory’s I enjoy more than the last and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for readers.FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Julie Karaganis
    January 1, 1970
    Jasmine Guillory has hit another home run with her newest book, The Wedding Party. Maddie and Theo share a best friend in Alexa (from an earlier book The Wedding Date) and can’t stand each other. Of course, being a bridesmaid and a “brideman” means they can’t avoid each other and, as they get closer, they realize that their first impressions weren’t right. Guillory’s stories are perfect escapism reading. Her characters are smart, funny people who screw up, freak out, break up, and make out. Her Jasmine Guillory has hit another home run with her newest book, The Wedding Party. Maddie and Theo share a best friend in Alexa (from an earlier book The Wedding Date) and can’t stand each other. Of course, being a bridesmaid and a “brideman” means they can’t avoid each other and, as they get closer, they realize that their first impressions weren’t right. Guillory’s stories are perfect escapism reading. Her characters are smart, funny people who screw up, freak out, break up, and make out. Her book isn’t just appointment reading, I’m going to throw it a (Wedding) Party!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    The Wedding Party is book three in the Wedding Date series. These books are sort of a cross between contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and Chick Lit.This book is Maddie and Theo's book (3rd person POVs). Maddie is Alexa from the Wedding Date's best friend. And Theo works with Alexa.This book is very connected to The Wedding Date as Alexa is in this book a lot. Maddie is a stylist. Theo works for the mayor of Berkeley, Calfornia.It took me a while to really get into this story. Even though I The Wedding Party is book three in the Wedding Date series. These books are sort of a cross between contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and Chick Lit.This book is Maddie and Theo's book (3rd person POVs). Maddie is Alexa from the Wedding Date's best friend. And Theo works with Alexa.This book is very connected to The Wedding Date as Alexa is in this book a lot. Maddie is a stylist. Theo works for the mayor of Berkeley, Calfornia.It took me a while to really get into this story. Even though I enjoyed the two previous books in this series I was uncertain what I thought about the timeline of this third book. There is a lot of overlap and repeat of scenes. I honestly think that it might have been better for the author to pick a different couple so that the story could start after The Wedding Date and The Proposal timelines. Instead we get a lot of scenes and scenarios that we have already seen. And Alexa is such a huge focus of this story. This almost feels like her book vs Maddie and Theo's book.Near the beginning of this book we get to see Theo's birthday party (which we had already seen). Yes, we now got to see things from his POV. But to me it was very weird to have Alexa there (having a fight with Drew) when her story was already mostly completed in The Wedding Date.I did prefer when the story went ahead weeks or months. I enjoyed seeing more of Maddie and Theo's careers. And there were some interesting twists and turns. Overall, this was an enjoyable book. It was definitely nice seeing the characters from the previous books. But I definitely think that Alexa's story completely overshadowed this book. I like Alexa a lot. So it was great getting to see the continuation of her story. Just realize going in that that is one of the main focuses of this book.Thanks to netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    Maddie has been Alexa's best friend forever and will do anything for her. Theo has been Alexa's best friend since they started working together in the mayor's office. Maddie and Theo hate each other... or do they? Maddie and Theo agree to have a secret fling, if only to rid themselves of the attraction they have for each other. But, they agree it must be kept a secret from Alexa and that they end it as soon as Alexa's wedding is over. But things aren't ever that simple. I really enjoyed The Wedd Maddie has been Alexa's best friend forever and will do anything for her. Theo has been Alexa's best friend since they started working together in the mayor's office. Maddie and Theo hate each other... or do they? Maddie and Theo agree to have a secret fling, if only to rid themselves of the attraction they have for each other. But, they agree it must be kept a secret from Alexa and that they end it as soon as Alexa's wedding is over. But things aren't ever that simple. I really enjoyed The Wedding Party- it was light and fun and a great read. I enjoyed seeing Alexa and Drew from The Wedding Date as they move towards their wedding, although I wish there was more of Nik and Carlos from The Proposal. Guillory's writing improves with each book and I look forward to reading more from her.I received a copy of this title from the publisher.
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  • Sammira (blissfulreveries)
    January 1, 1970
    YAAAASSSSS WE HAVE ANOTHER BOOK!!!!! Can’t wait to see my bbys again even if they’re just side characters now😍😭😍😭
  • Brittani
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 rounded up, although it could kinda go either way, tbh. I liked Jasmine Guillory's two previous books, but I always found the dialogue to be a little unrealistic and in this one that feeling was just amped up by like, a thousand? This is one of my favorite tropes - hate/annoyance to love - but it did not work for me at all. If you liked her other books I would still recommend this one, but it's not one for me and I don't think I'll be reading any more Jasmine Guillory, unfortunately.I was pr 2.5 rounded up, although it could kinda go either way, tbh. I liked Jasmine Guillory's two previous books, but I always found the dialogue to be a little unrealistic and in this one that feeling was just amped up by like, a thousand? This is one of my favorite tropes - hate/annoyance to love - but it did not work for me at all. If you liked her other books I would still recommend this one, but it's not one for me and I don't think I'll be reading any more Jasmine Guillory, unfortunately.I was provided a free copy of this on Netgalley.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    Technically, The Wedding Party is the third in Jasmine Guillory's series, following The Wedding Date (#1) and The Proposal (#2). However, it can be read as a stand-alone. It's not as stand-alone-y as The Proposal since Alexa and Drew (MC in The Wedding Date) are common characters in The Wedding Party, but readers who haven't read #1 and #2 won't be lost if they start with #3. The Wedding Party covers, time-wise, the last several chapters of The Wedding Date and occurs concurrently with The Propo Technically, The Wedding Party is the third in Jasmine Guillory's series, following The Wedding Date (#1) and The Proposal (#2). However, it can be read as a stand-alone. It's not as stand-alone-y as The Proposal since Alexa and Drew (MC in The Wedding Date) are common characters in The Wedding Party, but readers who haven't read #1 and #2 won't be lost if they start with #3. The Wedding Party covers, time-wise, the last several chapters of The Wedding Date and occurs concurrently with The Proposal (although in two different locations, so they characters only rarely intersect). It's an enemies-to-lovers romance between Maddie (Alexa's BFF) and Theo (Alexa's work BFF). Maddie and Theo set out to keep their booty calls a secret since it's destined to blow up in everyone's faces, but how successful will they actually be? And how successful will they be at keeping it to "just sex"? While The Wedding Party doesn't have nearly as much sex (aka isn't as graphic) as #1 and #2, Maddie and Theo go at it like rabbits. Yet, there's also the emotional support that makes Guillory's stories so enrapturing for me; I can't help but root for these characters to successfully get together because they are compatible with one another for every single reason: physically, intimately, emotionally, intellectually. It's what we all want in a relationship!
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  • Gretchen Alice
    January 1, 1970
    I was delighted to snag an early copy of this (thanks Berkeley and NetGalley!) and, as per usual, Guillory knocks it out of the park. Maddie and Theo are the best friends of Alexa (from The Wedding Date) and they can't stand each other. So when sparks temporarily fly between the two, neither of them knows how to handle it...but they do want to see if the sparks can happen again. Honestly, this whole thing is like, "What if Pride & Prejudice but Liz and Darcy were carrying on a secret relatio I was delighted to snag an early copy of this (thanks Berkeley and NetGalley!) and, as per usual, Guillory knocks it out of the park. Maddie and Theo are the best friends of Alexa (from The Wedding Date) and they can't stand each other. So when sparks temporarily fly between the two, neither of them knows how to handle it...but they do want to see if the sparks can happen again. Honestly, this whole thing is like, "What if Pride & Prejudice but Liz and Darcy were carrying on a secret relationship the whole time and didn't want to risk ruining Jane and Bingley's wedding?" So, you know, definitely check this one out once it hits shelves in July.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Berkley and NetGalley for providing this eARC!I just love Jasmine's books so much. Also, Jasmine herself is seriously charming (follow her instas!). I got to see her last week at an event in Austin and came home to this ARC in my emails - what a lucky girl!This book follows Alexa's (from the Wedding Date) best friends, Maddie and Theo, who have never liked each other. Buuuuut, then they sleep together after Alexa's birthday party AND are repeatedly thrown together as part of Alexa's ti Thanks to Berkley and NetGalley for providing this eARC!I just love Jasmine's books so much. Also, Jasmine herself is seriously charming (follow her instas!). I got to see her last week at an event in Austin and came home to this ARC in my emails - what a lucky girl!This book follows Alexa's (from the Wedding Date) best friends, Maddie and Theo, who have never liked each other. Buuuuut, then they sleep together after Alexa's birthday party AND are repeatedly thrown together as part of Alexa's titular wedding party. They keep promising that they'll go back to being just frenemies after the wedding, but will they?!?!?As always with Jasmine's books, the characters are all really likable. I want to hang with them and eat pizza, and I do get really invested in their happiness! I also love that she makes work really important to her characters (like Maddie's personal styling business). It is one of the things that makes her books feel so real. All three of Jasmine's books stand with Helen Hoang's as some of the loveliest contemporary romances. Any fans of contemporary romances should grab all three, The Wedding Date, The Proposal, and this one, which will be particularly interesting to anyone who likes an enemies to lovers trope. These books' sweetness seriously helps me de-stress, and I'll always be grateful to Jasmine for them! Also, NETFLIX, SERIOUSLY, CALL HER!!!
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  • Jacqueline Francis
    January 1, 1970
    This was another win from Jasmine! What a sweet, heartfelt story with lots of laughter and love. I just love Jasmine's writing style. It's like listening to a great friend talk about her life. The characters are always stupendous and full of life, and this book was no different. Just enough steam and sexy time!I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jessica Howard
    January 1, 1970
    It was fun to revisit characters from The Wedding Date! I didn’t like it quite as well as that one — but The Wedding Party was still funny and sexy and sweet. Thanks to Netgalley for the advance copy.
  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I was excited to read The Wedding Party due to being in the Wedding vibe myself getting married in a few months. As I read this book, the book that immediately jumped into my head was Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. The Wedding Party has many similarities to this book but the concept was executed in a much different way and went This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I was excited to read The Wedding Party due to being in the Wedding vibe myself getting married in a few months. As I read this book, the book that immediately jumped into my head was Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. The Wedding Party has many similarities to this book but the concept was executed in a much different way and went into a completely different direction than expected and that is what I liked most about this book. We all have had secret crushes but when it is your best friend and in this case, your worst enemy, you are in a bit of a dilemma and sometimes the best case scenario is to stay out but we all obviously know in these books, that is not going to happen. An action packed book filled with drama and romance that is a real page turner and I could not put it down.We will consider adding this title to our Fiction/Romance collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Jillian Doherty
    January 1, 1970
    I just love this series! You fall in love with the characters as they fall in love with each other; through ups and downs and a lots of wonderfully written steamy fun ~ I cannot wait for the next one :DGalley borrowed from the publisher.
  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    I came into this figuring I would go at it as a completist - someone who can't say no to finishing a series. And for the first 75-ish pages of this book my eyes rolled so hard at the em-dashing of the sex scenes that I almost put it down. (Seriously: THIS IS A ROMANCE NOVEL. You don't cut from kissing to "a little while later." And I'm not kidding when I say there's an em-dash quality to the sex scenes: there are literally scenes where one of the characters will think, "And when he did that thin I came into this figuring I would go at it as a completist - someone who can't say no to finishing a series. And for the first 75-ish pages of this book my eyes rolled so hard at the em-dashing of the sex scenes that I almost put it down. (Seriously: THIS IS A ROMANCE NOVEL. You don't cut from kissing to "a little while later." And I'm not kidding when I say there's an em-dash quality to the sex scenes: there are literally scenes where one of the characters will think, "And when he did that thing -" and it cuts away.)BUT then something surprising happened. I actually started to like this book.What I didn't enjoy with The Wedding Date, and even more in The Proposal, was how NICE the characters were. It all felt like nice people being nice and having manufactured drama to keep them from the HEA - and because of it there was never any real spark and the characters were fairly flat. But Maddie and Theo are fun. They spar and they make me laugh. They make each OTHER laugh, and that's even harder to pull off well. I was a fan of these two. I still don't think that these books are ultimately successful - there's not enough actual sex to be a romance novel, but there's not enough shading to the characters to be "contemporary fiction," but this is the first of the three that I will feel comfortable endorsing.
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  • Susie Dumond
    January 1, 1970
    Theo and Maddie refuse to get along because they have nothing in common. Well, except their mutual best friend who has asked them both to be in her wedding party. And after one drunken night, they realize they also have amazing sexual chemistry. But besides that, nothing. Right? But something keeps drawing them together, and maybe they can explore it. As long as their best friend doesn't find out.Jasmine Guillory is the queen of modern romcoms. I love love love the universe of characters she has Theo and Maddie refuse to get along because they have nothing in common. Well, except their mutual best friend who has asked them both to be in her wedding party. And after one drunken night, they realize they also have amazing sexual chemistry. But besides that, nothing. Right? But something keeps drawing them together, and maybe they can explore it. As long as their best friend doesn't find out.Jasmine Guillory is the queen of modern romcoms. I love love love the universe of characters she has created and will keep reading every book about them I can get my hands on. I really enjoyed the tie-ins to The Wedding Date and The Proposal, but you can definitely still enjoy this book if you haven't read them. The ending was perfection, and as always, all of the food references made me super hungry. Overall, an enjoyable book with characters you really wish you could be friends with. I can't wait to read Royal Holiday about Maddie's mom!!!Thanks to Berkley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Berkely for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewAt first, they said they weren't giving it to me but now I have it! Thanks so much, Berkely(for playing with my emotions. Jk. Jk)!| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Buy this book
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  • Eden Church | The Required Reading List
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a treat and SO SO delightful! I’ve already preordered my finished copy. I’m so hesitant to say this because I LOVED THE WEDDING DATE so much but this is my favourite Jasmine Guillory yet! The banter, the emotion, the vulnerability, the friendships!! UGH so good! I read it in one sitting and completely neglected all my responsibilities until I finished it. I think it’ll be even better by a pool or a beach when the book finally comes out in July. Oh, and if part of what you love abou This was such a treat and SO SO delightful! I’ve already preordered my finished copy. I’m so hesitant to say this because I LOVED THE WEDDING DATE so much but this is my favourite Jasmine Guillory yet! The banter, the emotion, the vulnerability, the friendships!! UGH so good! I read it in one sitting and completely neglected all my responsibilities until I finished it. I think it’ll be even better by a pool or a beach when the book finally comes out in July. Oh, and if part of what you love about Guillory’s writing is her divine descriptions of food, you WONT be disappointed! *Thank you to Netgalley and to Penguin Random House and Berkley Romance for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    Jasmine Guillory is becoming my favorite contemporary romance author and this book did not disappoint! I fell in love with Theo & Maddie when I first met them in "The Wedding Date" and I was so happy to finally see their story play out!Theo & Maddie are complete opposites in just about everyway. At their first meeting they are rude to one another (not because they are mean people but because they don't know who to act around one another) and that sets the tone for the how they interact i Jasmine Guillory is becoming my favorite contemporary romance author and this book did not disappoint! I fell in love with Theo & Maddie when I first met them in "The Wedding Date" and I was so happy to finally see their story play out!Theo & Maddie are complete opposites in just about everyway. At their first meeting they are rude to one another (not because they are mean people but because they don't know who to act around one another) and that sets the tone for the how they interact in the future. After a night of celebrating and drinking they end up in bed together and are shocked to find that they are compatible in several different ways; determined to hide their new relationship from Alexa and her nosy questions they embark on something that is hidden. The longer they hide their relationship, and the more their feelings grow for each other, the harder it is to keep one step ahead of Alexa but more importantly the less they begin to like themselves. Loved, loved, loved this book and I am so excited that Guillory had Alexa, Drew, Carlos & Nic in it!!Thanks to Berkley & NetGalley for the ARC!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance e-ARC from Netgalley I loved this book! The storyline brings together the previous 2 books perfectly. I didn't want it to end. Jasmine Guillory, whatever you have in store for your next romance novel, I am there!
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I think this is my new favorite of Jasmine Guillory's books! I love how realistic her characters are, but what I love even more is how nice they are. I love a good flawed protagonist as much as anyone, but I also love spending a day with genuinely nice, kind fictional characters.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Jasmine Guillory really hit her stride with her third novel, The Wedding Party. It's cute, funny, believable and really fun to read.
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    SO CUTE
  • Shoshana G
    January 1, 1970
    I did not like this one as much as Guillory's other two. That is not to say that I disliked it! I enjoyed it, and thought the characters were fun and loved the ending. I just found the beginning a little muddled. The enemies-to-lovers trope is a hard one because you have to transition in a way that makes you believe both parts were true, and I just found the scene where they first get together a little wooden - it didn't connect for me. That said, I find Guillory to be a fun writer and contempor I did not like this one as much as Guillory's other two. That is not to say that I disliked it! I enjoyed it, and thought the characters were fun and loved the ending. I just found the beginning a little muddled. The enemies-to-lovers trope is a hard one because you have to transition in a way that makes you believe both parts were true, and I just found the scene where they first get together a little wooden - it didn't connect for me. That said, I find Guillory to be a fun writer and contemporary romance is probably the hardest genre for me that I actively read because I don't suspend disbelief in contemporaries well, so this is really probably more of a 3.5.I read an e-ARC from NetGalley.
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  • Cecelia
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the story, but there were some continuity/timeline issues. And, they ate WAY too much pizza, like a ridiculous amount of pizza. Plus, I felt like Alexa played too much of a leading role. And, Alexa and Olivia we're very whitewashed.
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Maddie is Alexa's best friend. Theo is Alexa's best friend. Maddie and Theo do not get along. She thinks he's a stuffed shirt who wouldn't know how to have a good time if it slapped him across the face. He thinks she's a fashion-obsessed ninny who only cares about clothes. But now they're both helping Alexa plan her wedding and it's hard to deny the attraction between them. In the interest of keeping it simple, they agree to indulge in their little fling, but only until the wedding - and as long Maddie is Alexa's best friend. Theo is Alexa's best friend. Maddie and Theo do not get along. She thinks he's a stuffed shirt who wouldn't know how to have a good time if it slapped him across the face. He thinks she's a fashion-obsessed ninny who only cares about clothes. But now they're both helping Alexa plan her wedding and it's hard to deny the attraction between them. In the interest of keeping it simple, they agree to indulge in their little fling, but only until the wedding - and as long as Alexa doesn't find out.Jasmine Guillory has crafted yet another delightful novel. Beloved characters from her previous two books (Alexa and Drew from The Wedding Date; Carlos and Nik from The Proposal) make appearances, but new readers don't need to have read them to enjoy this one (though it does add to the enjoyment if you have!). Guillory focuses not only on the relationship between Maddie and Theo but also on their jobs and aspirations and how they support each other. She also touches on some of the issues the people of color face in their professional lives in an open and honest way.Having devoured the previous two books as soon as I got them, I knew that this would be another book that I couldn't put down until it was done. This book was absolutely lovely and I can't wait to see where Ms. Guillory goes next.Full disclosure: ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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