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The Wedding Date
2018
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  Publishers Weekly Review

In Guillory's flat debut, a stalled elevator sparks a fake date that leads to muddled emotions. After Drew Nichols, a sexy pediatrician from Los Angeles, and Alexa Monroe, the Berkeley mayor's chief of staff, are stuck in an elevator together, he inexplicably asks her to be his date at his ex-girlfriend's wedding. The charade develops into a long-distance relationship stifled by doubts and overthinking as the two protagonists attempt to reconcile their emotions and questions about each other's feelings. There are some awkward, sweet, and sexy moments between the newly acquainted characters, but the story wanes as Alexa and Drew attempt a real relationship; complications aren't developed, and the constant overthinking diminishes the strengths of the characters. Mundane details and stilted dialogue add little complexity to the plot or characters, slowing the narrative pace. The protagonists have some amusing quirks and habits that reveal their flaws, but overuse destroys their charm. The lack of exposition and rushed narrative make it difficult to fully identify with the characters or stay engaged with the story, in spite of some sensual episodes. Agent: Holly Root, Root Literary. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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THE USA TODAY BESTSELLER<br> #5 LibraryReads Pick<br> <br> One of...<br> Entertainment Weekly's "12 Romances for V-Day"<br> Cosmopolitan's "2018 Anticipated Reads"<br> Elle's "2018 Must Reads"<br> Harpers Bazaar's "New January Must Reads"<br> The Fug Girls' "Best Books of the Year"<br> Elle UK's "Books to Get You Through 2018"<br> Nylon's "January Must Reads"<br> Hello Giggles' "New Release Recs"<br> Electric Lit's "Books by WoC to Read in 2018"<br> Bitch Media's "2018 Must Reads"<br> BookBub's "2018 Romance Must Reads"<br> Bookriot's "Must Read 2018 January Releases"<br> RetailMeNot's "2018 Must Reads"<br> <br> "A swoony rom-com brimming with humor and charm."--Entertainment Weekly (The Must List)<br> <br> "What a charming, warm, sexy gem of a novel....One of the best books I've read in a while."--Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Hunger <br> <br> A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in this fun and flirty multicultural romance debut. <br> <br> Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist.<br> <br> On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend...<br> <br> After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other...<br> <br> 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...
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