Party of Two (The Wedding Date, #5)
A chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns into a whirlwind affair that gets everyone talking.Dating is the last thing on Olivia Monroe's mind when she moves to LA to start her own law firm. But when she meets a gorgeous man at a hotel bar and they spend the entire night flirting, she discovers too late that he is none other than hotshot junior senator Max Powell. Olivia has zero interest in dating a politician, but when a cake arrives at her office with the cutest message, she can't resist--it is chocolate cake, after all.Olivia is surprised to find that Max is sweet, funny, and noble--not just some privileged white politician she assumed him to be. Because of Max's high-profile job, they start seeing each other secretly, which leads to clandestine dates and silly disguises. But when they finally go public, the intense media scrutiny means people are now digging up her rocky past and criticizing her job, even her suitability as a trophy girlfriend. Olivia knows what she has with Max is something special, but is it strong enough to survive the heat of the spotlight?

Party of Two (The Wedding Date, #5) Details

TitleParty of Two (The Wedding Date, #5)
Author
ReleaseJun 23rd, 2020
PublisherBerkley Books
ISBN-139780593100813
Rating
GenreRomance, Fiction, Contemporary, Adult, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction, Cultural, Race, Anti Racist

Party of Two (The Wedding Date, #5) Review

  • Roxane
    January 1, 1970
    Jasmine Guillory never disappoints. This is as charming and romantic a novel as her previous works. It was fun to see Olivia and Max fall in love and then have to figure out if a relationship between them could be possible. Also they ate CONSTANTLY. Like so much food. Cakes. Pies. Tacos. Pizza. Burgers. Charcuterie. Literally there is food in every scene. There is ten times more food than sex. I think half the fantasy here is eating without the realities of living in a body. Food is great. But n Jasmine Guillory never disappoints. This is as charming and romantic a novel as her previous works. It was fun to see Olivia and Max fall in love and then have to figure out if a relationship between them could be possible. Also they ate CONSTANTLY. Like so much food. Cakes. Pies. Tacos. Pizza. Burgers. Charcuterie. Literally there is food in every scene. There is ten times more food than sex. I think half the fantasy here is eating without the realities of living in a body. Food is great. But no heartburn, ever? Okay!
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  • Jasmine Guillory
    January 1, 1970
    Jasmine Book Five! I love this book a whole lot and I hope you will too!!!
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    This book is sweet, smart, entertaining, scandalous! ( the heroine is kickass lawyer and her name is Olivia, too but she doesn’t have any gladiator minions worshipping her and she’s not dating -thankfully- with first man Fitzgerald but privileged, wealthy senator and their chemistry is sizzling, hot as hell!) I may say this is one of the best books of the series and more realistic approach to the struggles having in a relationship when you’re dating with hotshot, rising star of political arena. This book is sweet, smart, entertaining, scandalous! ( the heroine is kickass lawyer and her name is Olivia, too but she doesn’t have any gladiator minions worshipping her and she’s not dating -thankfully- with first man Fitzgerald but privileged, wealthy senator and their chemistry is sizzling, hot as hell!) I may say this is one of the best books of the series and more realistic approach to the struggles having in a relationship when you’re dating with hotshot, rising star of political arena. Both characters are well-developed and the opposite attracts situation well reflected: Max, charming, brilliant, intelligent and also romantic senator is like a dream come true. But he is impulsive, spontaneous, hot-blooded. When he wants something, he wants to get it whatever it takes. (It reminded me of a Leo or Aries man, ascendant could be Cancer because there is domestic side and lots of love of food!) And when it comes to astro analysis of Olivia: she reminds me of Aquarius (Intelligent, visionary, independent, carrier oriented and her reputation is so important for her.) Her reluctance of taking risk and being poised, strategizing and planning everything help her to distance herself from the merciless blows of outer world but it also prevents her live her life fully.But the best thing about the book: (at the same time it was the worst thing because even though I don’t have sweet tooth, I craved, screamed for cake! Now I understood and adored Marie Antionette so well. This book’s motto must be: “LET THEM EAT CAKE”) there are too many pies and cakes spattered around each pages and I literally bit my Ipad so many times and my teeth bled! At 3 a.m. I woke my husband( okay, I lied we’re in quarantine and we are up all night, watching Netflix like other regular people!) and forced him to bake some cake but unfortunately we stocked so many unnecessary things (like veggies, fruits) and necessary things (booze, new tequila shot glasses) but we forgot buying flour! (Actually throughout 14 years of marriage we never bought flour and we confuse it with chalk dust) So my friends I advised you before reading this book: stock cakes and pies at your home to enjoy this book or you can turn into me a crazy redhead scream for additional sugar fix!Overall: Characters are lovely and we welcomed two characters for first book of the series (Alexa and Drew) Olivia is sister of Alexa. Even though at the last part of the story: I found Olivia way too much stubborn and insecure, I still got their differences and her past frustrations. At some parts her lack of romantic look and so much realistic approach to their relationship bothered me as Max acted like enchanted puppy dog who worshipped the way she walked. Pacing, angst, drama: It was well balanced and necessarily well told. Ending: Conclusion is a little formal for old school romantic like me. I am always great fan of big romantic over exaggerated gestures. Epilogue was much better but predictable.My stars: 3.5 (I cut some points that I mentioned at the top paragraphs) rounded up to 4 stars. It was still entertaining, lovable, moving, thought provoking, motivational book with great and important political, social messages. So far, my favorite of the series!So much thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this sweet (cake craver) ARC with me in exchange my honest review.
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  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    [12/26/19] - COVEEERRRRRRRR.also amazing synopsis------------THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH JASMINE GUILLORY| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram [12/26/19] - COVEEERRRRRRRR.also amazing synopsis------------THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH JASMINE GUILLORY| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received!!! Thank you soooooo much, Berkley Books. I love you, I love you, I love you!!!((Squeeeeeeeee))It's Alexa's sister's turn!!! I am so excited to learn more about Olivia. ARC received!!! Thank you soooooo much, Berkley Books. I love you, I love you, I love you!!!((Squeeeeeeeee))It's Alexa's sister's turn!!! I am so excited to learn more about Olivia.
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  • Natalia Agredo
    January 1, 1970
    Hi Ms. Guillory - If you're reading this just know that I'll trade my actual soul for an ARC. I cannot CANNOT wait to read this book! I love the Wedding Date series so so so so so much.
  • b.andherbooks
    January 1, 1970
    A recently relocated lawyer meets cute with a generically handsome white guy at her hotel bar, gushing over there love of basic desserts. She regrets not having a one night stand with him, but soon discovers via the nightly news he's the famously hot new California junior Senator. After another run in at a local board meeting, Olivia and Max agree to start dating, agreeing to keep it on the down low. Olivia's reluctance to be thrust into the spotlight and Max's tendency to jump head first into a A recently relocated lawyer meets cute with a generically handsome white guy at her hotel bar, gushing over there love of basic desserts. She regrets not having a one night stand with him, but soon discovers via the nightly news he's the famously hot new California junior Senator. After another run in at a local board meeting, Olivia and Max agree to start dating, agreeing to keep it on the down low. Olivia's reluctance to be thrust into the spotlight and Max's tendency to jump head first into anything he believes in without though lead to struggles in their romance.I found this romance dull. Olivia and Max spend most of the book apart and in their heads, and the times they do spend on page together are repetitive and lack any spark of real chemistry. The description of the copious amounts of cake, donuts, and food the characters eat are more exciting than the couch cunnilingus scene. DO NOT tell me this is the first time you've read a couch cunnilingus scene.Also, I am tired of political romances refusing to name political parties. The only allusion to Max's party is that "his date should be wearing blue, not red" and Olivia looking up his stance on the "Black Lives Matter" movement. Max is a Democrat, take a stance.I'm sure this story will be wildly popular. The cover is cute and the marketing dollars will be pushing it in this 2020 election season.*official review for LJ will be posted after publication.*I received a free copy for review for LJ
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  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    Of course I requested an ARC of this (and was approved) before realizing it was #5 in a series I haven't read any of the books in. 😂 OF COURSE I DID. Does anyone know if I need to read #1-4 first, or if I could start with this one and go back for the rest later?
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  • Jessica | Booked J
    January 1, 1970
    Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Tik Tok | You can find my review here. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the author or publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. The Wedding Date :The Wedding Date: ★★★★☆The Proposal: ★★★★★The Wedding Party: ★★★☆☆Royal Holiday: ★★★☆☆Party of Two: ★★★★☆While my favourite in Jasmine Guillory's delightfully swoon-worthy and steamy The Wedding Date series is still, without a doubt, The Proposal, Party of T Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Tik Tok | You can find my review here. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the author or publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. The Wedding Date :The Wedding Date: ★★★★☆The Proposal: ★★★★★The Wedding Party: ★★★☆☆Royal Holiday: ★★★☆☆Party of Two: ★★★★☆While my favourite in Jasmine Guillory's delightfully swoon-worthy and steamy The Wedding Date series is still, without a doubt, The Proposal, Party of Two was a definite improvement upon the previous two novels. It was so charming and fiery and utterly likable. The characters were just the right combination of flawed and easy to root for--Guillory's always at her best when her characters are well-developed, and this is no exception. In-fact, I daresay that this had some of the best character development of the series.(Since The Proposal, at least.)As always, I couldn't put this book down and found it left me in a particularly romantic mood upon finishing it. Party of Two had this inexplicable quality to it that felt dizzy and addictive. I couldn't stop nodding my head at specific points, or grinning stupidly at others, and felt myself swoon in all the right places. This was kind of everything I wanted and needed it to be. Party of Two is truly irresistible. And fun. AND SO WORTH THE READ. Party of Two was an absolutely sweet, mood-boosting, romance that hit all the right marks for me. It also gave me a serious sweet tooth. Ultimately, I found this novel to be a real standout in Guillory's backlist. Like me, readers will become completely engrossed in the love life of Olivia and Max. And, like me, they will be thoroughly smitten by the ride that is Party of Two.
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  • Cait Jacobs (Caitsbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    (Full RTC)Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own. The writing in this book is very well grounded, with great dialogue and a great blend of some humor, and plenty of depth and drama. This book takes place in L.A., following a character who has just moved back to California from NYC. While I could do without the NYC bashing (kidding!), I really enjoyed seeing L.A. from the perspective of someone new to th (Full RTC)Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own. The writing in this book is very well grounded, with great dialogue and a great blend of some humor, and plenty of depth and drama. This book takes place in L.A., following a character who has just moved back to California from NYC. While I could do without the NYC bashing (kidding!), I really enjoyed seeing L.A. from the perspective of someone new to the city, and not there for Hollywood. It shows a different side to a city I would love to visit one day.Normally, romance books revolve around the “will they/won’t they” dynamic, except we all know they will so it’s more of us just racing to get to that point. While there's a few seconds of that, the rest of this book is really about the characters deciding if the relationship is worth it, and fighting to keep their relationship strong despite the world. It was honestly, really refreshing to read a book dealing with the actual struggles of a relationship, and not just the struggles of trying to get in one. The plot also includes some political aspects, and some aspects you typically see in books dealing with fame, and I loved how they were included.These two characters might be one of my favorite Jasmine Guillory couples. They are such well developed characters on their own, and together they work together so beautifully. But let’s talk about them individually. Olivia is driven, dedicated, and private. She plans things in advance and is never one to make a quick decision. Max is equally driven and dedicated, but he’s fine with living a public life, and is just a hint impulsive. Okay, maybe a lot impulsive. Honestly, he reminds me of a golden retriever and I love him. We also have a good set of side characters, with a couple of familiar faces if you’ve read previous books. I can definitely see one of the side characters being the lead in Jasmine’s next book, but that’s all I’ll say about that.Do not miss this book. If you’re looking for a fun romance with all the drama and actual healthy relationships, please pick it up!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/ 5 starsParty of Two is the fifth book in The Wedding Date series. These books are sort of a cross between contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and Chick Lit.This book is about Olivia (Alexa from The Wedding Date's sister). The main question people will want to know is can this book be read as a standalone? IMO yes. This book is much less connected to the other books. Yes Alexa is very briefly in this book. But honestly only in one or two scenes. So yes there would be a very minor spoiler 4.5/ 5 starsParty of Two is the fifth book in The Wedding Date series. These books are sort of a cross between contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and Chick Lit.This book is about Olivia (Alexa from The Wedding Date's sister). The main question people will want to know is can this book be read as a standalone? IMO yes. This book is much less connected to the other books. Yes Alexa is very briefly in this book. But honestly only in one or two scenes. So yes there would be a very minor spoiler re: Alexa's relationship status. But to me very little from the previous books is spoiled here.This book has two narrators. Olivia and Max (both 3rd person POVs). Olivia is a lawyer and she has just moved to Los Angeles to open up her own firm. Max is in politics.The two narrators were both hard workers who worked a lot. But they had very different personalities. Alexa was thoughtful and she liked to plan things out. Max was more impulsive. But I really enjoyed them both and I loved their chemistry.This book was light and charming and fun. At times this book was quite sexy. But it had two likable main characters. And I couldn't stop smiling while reading this story.Overall I really enjoyed this book. Was it mildly predictable? Yes. But I found the story to be sweet and romantic. And it made me feel.Thanks to edelweiss and Berkley for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Hitha
    January 1, 1970
    Jasmine Guillory is a gift to romance and women's literature. Her books are equally steamy as they are significant. She's not afraid to tackle the many issues related to race, and she blends these storylines flawlessly as a love story unfolds.Party of Two is no exception, and it might be my favorite of them all. The book follows Olivia Monroe (sister of Alexa and new LA resident), the meet cute at a hotel bar with a handsome stranger who she discovers is the charismatic young senator of Californ Jasmine Guillory is a gift to romance and women's literature. Her books are equally steamy as they are significant. She's not afraid to tackle the many issues related to race, and she blends these storylines flawlessly as a love story unfolds.Party of Two is no exception, and it might be my favorite of them all. The book follows Olivia Monroe (sister of Alexa and new LA resident), the meet cute at a hotel bar with a handsome stranger who she discovers is the charismatic young senator of California, and how a relationship emerges from secretive dates to one making headlines and being followed by photographers.In true Guillory form, the book has the depth that I've come to expect from her, and some perfectly written love scenes and moments that just make me hungry. I couldn't help but whip up a boxed cake after reading this book, and you'll probably do the same. And you'll probably hug the book when you finish. It's that sweet.
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  • Kari Ann Sweeney
    January 1, 1970
    I always enjoy Jasmine Guillory’s books because I know I'll be treated to fun story with diverse, complicated characters paired with sweet, chemistry-laden romance. I inhaled this book in a day- PARTY OF TWO could possibly be my favorite book of hers so far. (But don't make me choose.) WHAT I LOVED: - A romance with adults who actually talk to each other. What a concept. - It wasn't a question of "would they won't they" but more of how they could balance their careers and embrace their vastly di I always enjoy Jasmine Guillory’s books because I know I'll be treated to fun story with diverse, complicated characters paired with sweet, chemistry-laden romance. I inhaled this book in a day- PARTY OF TWO could possibly be my favorite book of hers so far. (But don't make me choose.) WHAT I LOVED: - A romance with adults who actually talk to each other. What a concept. - It wasn't a question of "would they won't they" but more of how they could balance their careers and embrace their vastly different personalities to make their relationship work. -Max is a junior Senator and he is genuine and so sweet. It was refreshing to see a politician portrayed as a good guy. -Plus- he was so adorable wooing Olivia. Thoughtful and intentional. I loved that. -All the baked goods. Cakes, pies . . . plus burgers, fries. I love how food brought them together.
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  • Cortney
    January 1, 1970
    The Wedding Date world continues to expand and I am here for it. Olivia is Alexa’s sister and a lawyer who just moved back to LA to open her own law firm. She meets Max at their hotel bar and sparks fly. She soon learns that he is a high profile junior Senator and she has to decide if she can handle all that comes along with dating a politician.Party Of Two is a lighthearted and joyful love story that is a perfect addition to the series. I had a smile on my face the entire time while reading thi The Wedding Date world continues to expand and I am here for it. Olivia is Alexa’s sister and a lawyer who just moved back to LA to open her own law firm. She meets Max at their hotel bar and sparks fly. She soon learns that he is a high profile junior Senator and she has to decide if she can handle all that comes along with dating a politician.Party Of Two is a lighthearted and joyful love story that is a perfect addition to the series. I had a smile on my face the entire time while reading this. Max is such a sweet heart and it was joy to watch Olivia let down her guard and accept the fact that love conquers all.
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  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsWhat a wonderful, fun, and flirty romance. Jasmine Guillory expertly crafts charismatic and compatible characters whose chemistry leaps off the page. Even though you don't get much detail in the budding relationship, you get plenty of highlights, more than enough for you to cheer for this hopeful couple. This story is so easy to fall into and its a perfect summer read you won't want to put down.I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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  • Lindsey Mae
    January 1, 1970
    Party of Two is the fifth entry in Jasmine Guillory's Wedding Date series. I snapped up the opportunity to read this novel because I had heard such good things about her previous books on social media. Olivia is a lawyer that has recently moved to LA for work, she meets gorgeous Max Powell in a hotel bar and the chemistry is almost immediate. After that night she finds herself a bit disappointed that nothing more happened, but when she gets a second chance will she take it?This was my first book Party of Two is the fifth entry in Jasmine Guillory's Wedding Date series. I snapped up the opportunity to read this novel because I had heard such good things about her previous books on social media. Olivia is a lawyer that has recently moved to LA for work, she meets gorgeous Max Powell in a hotel bar and the chemistry is almost immediate. After that night she finds herself a bit disappointed that nothing more happened, but when she gets a second chance will she take it?This was my first book by Jasmine and I found her to be a very talented writer and her characters were well formed. It was clear to me from the start why she had gotten so popular with the people I follow on social media. She has a way with words that was engaging and thoughtful that appeals to a broad audience base.That being said I was not a fan of this story mostly because there was not a lot of page time for Olivia and Max. Due to his work they spent much of the novel apart and there wasn't enough chemistry there to sustain me when they were apart. I think this type of pining and internal conflict works for many other people, it's just not my cup of tea. Also, in the current political climate I was not interested in a senator as a romantic lead, and I didn't like that he seemed kind of wishy-washy in his job. Also as a veteran romance reader it felt needlessly watered down, I think in order to grab that broader audience who don't normally read traditional romance.I think this novel will be successful despite my concerns since Guillory's writing is so competent and it fits well into the popular crop of new rom-coms. I just didn't feel like this hit enough of the beats I enjoy for me to give it more than 2.5 stars. I think fans of her previous novels will continue to enjoy the series and readers looking for a fairly tame entrance to the world of romance will feel safe in her hands. ARC Received in return for an honest review.
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  • Chelé
    January 1, 1970
    I had something that felt like the energy you get from the first day of school when I started Party of Two. I'd heard so many great things about Jasmine's books so my expectations were high and she came through tremendously! First, I finished this in one sitting which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about how this story made me feel! I have to admit I spent a good amount of time smiling like a damn fool at the interactions between Olivia and Matt. Olivia, the sharp, beautiful l I had something that felt like the energy you get from the first day of school when I started Party of Two. I'd heard so many great things about Jasmine's books so my expectations were high and she came through tremendously! First, I finished this in one sitting which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about how this story made me feel! I have to admit I spent a good amount of time smiling like a damn fool at the interactions between Olivia and Matt. Olivia, the sharp, beautiful lawyer who just moved back to California and has a strong sweet tooth for cakes and pies and Matt, the self assured, go getter Senator that's charming and incredibly kind. I appreciated the way Gillory didn't shy away from the complexities of the issues that interracial couples face, she handled it realistically and with grace. Matt and Olivia are 110% a couple you'll want to root for, the love they have for each other is beautiful and pure, they do have some bumps along the way and face some issues that they need to handle both individually and as a couple. There were certain things Matt did that upset me and Olivia's seemingly unwillingness to yield or should I say compromise got on my nerves a bit but as a whole I found Party of Two to be an amazing story, a story I would definitely recommend and I can't wait to read Jasmine again!
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for NetGalley:You guys! THIS ONE IS (so far) MY FAVORITE IN THE SERIES. I LOVED IT SO MUCH. As soon as this one comes out you should definitely read it. The protagonists are interesting and believably flawed, and end up together in such a nice way. Sometimes, when you read romance, the grovel isn't good enough, but this one was! SQUEE!!! The larger end problem fell completely within the characters explained flaws - it didn't come out of nowhere, and it wasn't so horrible you can't belie Reviewed for NetGalley:You guys! THIS ONE IS (so far) MY FAVORITE IN THE SERIES. I LOVED IT SO MUCH. As soon as this one comes out you should definitely read it. The protagonists are interesting and believably flawed, and end up together in such a nice way. Sometimes, when you read romance, the grovel isn't good enough, but this one was! SQUEE!!! The larger end problem fell completely within the characters explained flaws - it didn't come out of nowhere, and it wasn't so horrible you can't believe that it would happen, but it was also something that the characters can overcome. PLUS, the ending was super cute. So A+++++ from me!!!
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  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    Ugly shoes, sparkly bowling balls, fries, and oh my god, THE CAKE (and that PIE too, sigh)! I was absolutely enchanted by Max and Olivia from the moment they met and talked about desserts. I mean, who doesn’t love a story about a smart, strong, beautiful, and resilient woman and the man who is actually worthy of her (because...MAX)? The romance, love, friendships, and messages in this book are spot on! I just really, really loved it!
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  • FMABookReviews
    January 1, 1970
    You know how when you are on a roller coaster and you’re just coasting along while eyeing that hill, and know there will be a thrill at the other end of it? While reading this book, I found myself wishing for that hill. This was a slow read, with the focus on the volunteer experiences, cake and pie discussions, and quite a bit of inner monologue.Also, I did not like Olivia in this book. All of Guillory’s female characters have been such strong women, but Olivia’s inner monologue and actions didn You know how when you are on a roller coaster and you’re just coasting along while eyeing that hill, and know there will be a thrill at the other end of it? While reading this book, I found myself wishing for that hill. This was a slow read, with the focus on the volunteer experiences, cake and pie discussions, and quite a bit of inner monologue.Also, I did not like Olivia in this book. All of Guillory’s female characters have been such strong women, but Olivia’s inner monologue and actions didn’t portray a strong woman. Yes, she was a lawyer with her own firm, but her thoughts and some of her decisions were that of an insecure person, someone who is not worthy of nice things or attention.❝but what if he sends cakes like this to every woman he had the slightest interest in?❞Why do women in romance books question if a man does XYZ with/to/for other women, besides them? Are we women as a whole really that insecure and believe we don’t deserve XYZ, and/or are we this untrusting of the men we meet?I have loved all the previous books in this series, so I’m gutted that this one didn’t work for me.I was provided a review copy by the publisher. This did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet love story about opening your heart to the possibility of love and adapting to one another. I liked that politics weren’t the central plot and a lot of the dialogue around bills and community events were to showcase the main characters’ values. There were some fun callbacks to The Wedding Date by having them meet in the same hotel and including an elevator scene. It juxtaposed the two sisters and their approach to love. I appreciate that the MCs were in their late 30s and I think this le A sweet love story about opening your heart to the possibility of love and adapting to one another. I liked that politics weren’t the central plot and a lot of the dialogue around bills and community events were to showcase the main characters’ values. There were some fun callbacks to The Wedding Date by having them meet in the same hotel and including an elevator scene. It juxtaposed the two sisters and their approach to love. I appreciate that the MCs were in their late 30s and I think this lent to less nonsense if that makes sense? They each knew what they wanted so the melodrama was leveled out and nothing dragged on. I was able to whip through the book and enjoy it. I so appreciate the side characters for their steadfast friendship and support— Olivia and Max are so lucky because their friends really helped them get their ducks in order. I thought the conversations about race and gender in the workplace were so necessary. The implications of Olivia and Max’s interracial relationship were addressed adequately. Max would get called in and he’d just take it and I love when partners are receptive like YES— get it together and move forward!! I will say, one nitpicky complaint I have is the amount of pizza and cakes that were consumed LMAO. I mean, normally I’d love it, but they ate a whole damn cake EVERY time!! And three-layer chocolate on chocolate like come on, that’s got to make you sick/lethargic 😂Thank you Edelweiss and Berkeley for the digital review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Party of Two is the 5th book in the Wedding Date series. I have to say that I have now read each one, and this is a very awesome addition (I still looooove Royal Holiday the best...but when they are all great, it is hard to decide....).I was wondering when Olivia (Alexa’s from Book #1 older sister) would get her moment to shine. I love Olivia. She is smart, sassy, real, intelligent, independent, down to earth, and just a girl that you would want as your own friend. I also liked Max and I loved t Party of Two is the 5th book in the Wedding Date series. I have to say that I have now read each one, and this is a very awesome addition (I still looooove Royal Holiday the best...but when they are all great, it is hard to decide....).I was wondering when Olivia (Alexa’s from Book #1 older sister) would get her moment to shine. I love Olivia. She is smart, sassy, real, intelligent, independent, down to earth, and just a girl that you would want as your own friend. I also liked Max and I loved that his profession of choice was junior Senator. But what I liked most was both together. Their chemistry, their connection, and the fact that they compliment each other so well makes this book and plot a great and enjoyable read. I also liked that Alexa and Drew got to make a cameo. I miss them!!!! I also loved the ending. Perfect! I can’t wait until the next book! Bravo!Thank you EW and Berkley for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.
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  • Lindsey Mae
    January 1, 1970
    Party of Two is the fifth entry in Jasmine Guillory's Wedding Date series. I snapped up the opportunity to read this novel because I had heard such good things about her previous books on social media. Olivia is a lawyer that has recently moved to LA for work, she meets gorgeous Max Powell in a hotel bar and the chemistry is almost immediate. After that night she finds herself a bit disappointed that nothing more happened, but when she gets a second chance will she take it?This was my first book Party of Two is the fifth entry in Jasmine Guillory's Wedding Date series. I snapped up the opportunity to read this novel because I had heard such good things about her previous books on social media. Olivia is a lawyer that has recently moved to LA for work, she meets gorgeous Max Powell in a hotel bar and the chemistry is almost immediate. After that night she finds herself a bit disappointed that nothing more happened, but when she gets a second chance will she take it?This was my first book by Jasmine and I found her to be a very talented writer and her characters were well formed. It was clear to me from the start why she had gotten so popular with the people I follow on social media. She has a way with words that was engaging and thoughtful that appeals to a broad audience base.That being said I was not a fan of this story mostly because there was not a lot of page time for Olivia and Max. Due to his work they spent much of the novel apart and there wasn't enough chemistry there to sustain me when they were apart. I think this type of pining and internal conflict works for many other people, it's just not my cup of tea. Also, in the current political climate I was not interested in a senator as a romantic lead, and I didn't like that he seemed kind of wishy-washy in his job. Also as a veteran romance reader it felt needlessly watered down, I think in order to grab that broader audience who don't normally read traditional romance.I think this novel will be successful despite my concerns since Guillory's writing is so competent and it fits well into the popular crop of new rom-coms. I just didn't feel like this hit enough of the beats I enjoy for me to give it more than 2.5 stars. I think fans of her previous novels will continue to enjoy the series and readers looking for a fairly tame entrance to the world of romance will feel safe in her hands. ARC Received in return for an honest review.
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  • Elizabeth Plunkett
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to see that Jasmine Guillroy had a new book, Party of Two, coming out. Party of Two has all of her usual hallmarks: a main character I love and can relate to, great supporting characters, sharp writing and an amazing love story. Olivia Monroe moved to LA from NYC to start a law firm with her best friend, she meets Max in a hotel bar and thinks nothing of it until she sees him on the news and realizes he is a senator. He couldn’t stop thinking about her either and takes a chance I was so excited to see that Jasmine Guillroy had a new book, Party of Two, coming out. Party of Two has all of her usual hallmarks: a main character I love and can relate to, great supporting characters, sharp writing and an amazing love story. Olivia Monroe moved to LA from NYC to start a law firm with her best friend, she meets Max in a hotel bar and thinks nothing of it until she sees him on the news and realizes he is a senator. He couldn’t stop thinking about her either and takes a chance in a creative way when he meets her at a fundraising dinner. I loved getting to see Alexa and Drew from The Wedding Date. It was like catching up with old friends. Guillory blends the challenges of setting up a business with long distance dating and created the kind of person we should all want to be when we grow up in Olivia! I love that she shows Olivia volunteering, working and pushing back when she needs to!
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  • Rosanna
    January 1, 1970
    This book was as rich and satisfying as the cakes described in the story!! I absolutely love Ms. Guillorys stories and writing style. It is breathtaking to read about women who aren't perfect, come from diverse backgrounds and like to eat!!This story about a new girl in town meeting a guy in a bar, who just happens to be a senator, may be a bit predictable, but it is told so well. I would love to be friends with Olivia and chat with her about her job in her new law firm, as well as the fun dates This book was as rich and satisfying as the cakes described in the story!! I absolutely love Ms. Guillorys stories and writing style. It is breathtaking to read about women who aren't perfect, come from diverse backgrounds and like to eat!!This story about a new girl in town meeting a guy in a bar, who just happens to be a senator, may be a bit predictable, but it is told so well. I would love to be friends with Olivia and chat with her about her job in her new law firm, as well as the fun dates she goes on. As long as Jasmine Guillory keeps writing these books, I will keep reading them.Thank you to Edelweiss+ and to Berkley Publishing for an advanced copy in exchange for my unbiased opinion.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Berkley and NetGalley for the eARC of this title.I love Jasmine Guillory, and I think this book, the story of Olivia Monroe (Alexa from The Wedding Date's sister) and her romance with the Junior Senator from California, Max, fits right in with her other sweet, swoony books. All the Jasmine hallmarks are here - FOOD, a super-competent heroine, satisfying character growth, and California. If you've liked her other books, I think you'll like this one too. Truly the eARC gods have smiled u Thanks to Berkley and NetGalley for the eARC of this title.I love Jasmine Guillory, and I think this book, the story of Olivia Monroe (Alexa from The Wedding Date's sister) and her romance with the Junior Senator from California, Max, fits right in with her other sweet, swoony books. All the Jasmine hallmarks are here - FOOD, a super-competent heroine, satisfying character growth, and California. If you've liked her other books, I think you'll like this one too. Truly the eARC gods have smiled upon me the past few weeks (or the publishing house staffs), and I've gotten just the escapist books I need. Remember when people could GO to RESTAURANTS or ON VACATION??? Read this-it'll make you feel a little more normal.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Olivia Monroe just moved to LA to start up her own law firm with her best friend when she meets a charming, dessert-connoisseur of a man at a hotel bar-- she doesn't realize until later that the guy she hit it off with is Max Powell, California Senator. When they start dating, they meld together effortlessly, although she wasn't planning on anything serious. Is being with Max worth the added pressures that come with being a senator's girlfriend? Guillory is the queen of modern romance, always di Olivia Monroe just moved to LA to start up her own law firm with her best friend when she meets a charming, dessert-connoisseur of a man at a hotel bar-- she doesn't realize until later that the guy she hit it off with is Max Powell, California Senator. When they start dating, they meld together effortlessly, although she wasn't planning on anything serious. Is being with Max worth the added pressures that come with being a senator's girlfriend? Guillory is the queen of modern romance, always diving right in to the heart and desire of her characters, a master in the fine art of swoon-worthy love stories.
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  • Miranda
    January 1, 1970
    I am in love with Jasmine Guillory's books, and she never lets me down. I love the multiracial cast of characters, and how they're interwoven throughout each book in the series. They eat delicious food and drinks (sometimes debate about said food & drinks), flirt very skillfully with each other, and have awesome sex. In traditional rom-com fashion, there is always some misunderstanding that pushes the two leads away from each other, and their respective best buddies talk sense into them, leading I am in love with Jasmine Guillory's books, and she never lets me down. I love the multiracial cast of characters, and how they're interwoven throughout each book in the series. They eat delicious food and drinks (sometimes debate about said food & drinks), flirt very skillfully with each other, and have awesome sex. In traditional rom-com fashion, there is always some misunderstanding that pushes the two leads away from each other, and their respective best buddies talk sense into them, leading to a satisfying happily ever after.This fifth offering in the series is no different, but has a much closer focus on desserts and social justice than its predecessors. YUMMY!
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  • Jessica Howard
    January 1, 1970
    I always enjoy Jasmine Guillory’s books, and this one is probably my favorite so far. I love romances with adults who actually talk to each other. And I liked that Olivia and Max’s connection wasn’t the issue — they just had to work through their very different styles (Olivia is a planner and slow-thinker, whereas Max is a freewheeling, knee-jerk reactor.) Even my husband commented on how I had a smile on my face while I read this! It’s a perfect sweet story, and I loved escaping into this happy I always enjoy Jasmine Guillory’s books, and this one is probably my favorite so far. I love romances with adults who actually talk to each other. And I liked that Olivia and Max’s connection wasn’t the issue — they just had to work through their very different styles (Olivia is a planner and slow-thinker, whereas Max is a freewheeling, knee-jerk reactor.) Even my husband commented on how I had a smile on my face while I read this! It’s a perfect sweet story, and I loved escaping into this happy world for a bit.
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  • KtotheC
    January 1, 1970
    This was enjoyable but not mind-blowing. Her slowly falling for him was well done and his jumping in headfirst was a good opposite tempo for that. I didn't particularly like the way it wrapped up - surely all of the things they promise are much easier said than done? This could have been slightly better if they dug into some of the issues slightly more but I get that that isn't what most people want from a romance. Also, please may I go to Hawaii now?Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a c This was enjoyable but not mind-blowing. Her slowly falling for him was well done and his jumping in headfirst was a good opposite tempo for that. I didn't particularly like the way it wrapped up - surely all of the things they promise are much easier said than done? This could have been slightly better if they dug into some of the issues slightly more but I get that that isn't what most people want from a romance. Also, please may I go to Hawaii now?Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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