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The Wedding Party This had the potential to be my favorite of the series because it was enemies to lovers but I didn't love it and I am SO SAD I didn't really feel a ton of chemistry between the characters and the overall writing felt really stilted? Blah This definitely wasn't a terrible book but I think I set my expectations too high Womp 45This is a book that’s been resting comfortably on my shelf for a couple months Make no mistakeI’m loving my rom com weekends but for some unknown reason I kept putting it off What’s wrong with me?🤦🏻‍♀️ seriously This was such a sweet and charming read I’m in a shame spiral for not reading it sooner Maddie’s best friend Alexa is about to get married and she’s over the moon happy for her best friend But Alexa also has a male friend Theo that will also be part of the wedding party Normally that would be fun for everyone Problem is Maddie and Theo don’t get alonglike not even one little bit But maybe if they just let their guard down for a moment Could there be sparks? If so can they keep their “relationship” under wraps This was such a fun topsy turvy rom com The perfect balance of everything this genre has to offer Romance frienemies and hopefully if they can survive each other maybe even a chance they will have their very own HEAA rom com weekend buddy read with SusanneThank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for an ARC to read and review Maddie Forest thinks Theo Stephens is an uptight hyper organized spreadsheet creating jerkTheo thinks Maddie is a shallow image obsessed brat with no real ambitionsAfter their mutual best friend Alexa becomes engaged she asks them both to be in her wedding party Chagrined that they will have to spend time together during the wedding planning and event they both agree with good grace to participate They vow to get through it no matter whatAs can sometimes happens however through their mutual distaste comes a spark that soon grows into a full blown FLAMEThey know they have to keep their relationship a secret They cannot give Alexa the satisfaction of knowing they actually like each other and so begins Maddie and Theo's secret affairAs you are probably aware this is the third installment in Jasmine Guillory's The Wedding Date series of companion novels I have read all of the books in this series and this one is actually my favorite thus farAlthough it has a similar structure to the previous novels I enjoyed Maddie and Theo and their hidden romance the most out of all the plots I felt I could personally relate to this story than the others and that helped to keep me invested One thing I did notice was this one seemed less steamy than the others so if that is what you are looking for you may be disappointed We really focused here a lot on both Maddie and Theo's careers and self growth I enjoyed following along with them as they navigated difficult situations in their lives and grew to depend on one another for support and insightI do enjoy this series a lot I'll admit it isn't perfect but it's addictive and keeps me coming back for I will definitely continue to pick them up as long as Ms Guillory chooses to write themThank you so much to the publisher Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of this to read and review 4 stars An enemies to lovers romance by Jasmine Guillory I’m here for it Maddie and Theo are Alexa’s from The Wedding Date two best friends and they don’t get along From the moment they first met they rubbed each other the wrong way They’re just so different Theo seems like the uptight pompous type of guy that Maddie can’t stand and Maddie is the type of girl Theo can’t take seriously Whatever he and Maddie would have never gotten along anyway She was the cool hot party type and he was the kind of guy everyone thought watched C SPAN in his spare time With the wedding uickly approaching the bridesmaid and bridesman I love this term end up spending time together And that includes a time in bed that’s hot and intense then either one of them could imagine 
They aren’t willing to admit they like each other but the sex is too good between them to stop So they have rules It will be a secret it will be over when the wedding is over and the obvious they won’t fall in love But the thing about rules? They’re made to be broken With time Maddie and Theo really get to know each other and they like what they see It’s like they are actually perfect for each other opposites attract and all that I enjoyed this book a lot though it was a little slow to the start for me Once it picked up I was completely invested I love these characters and I loved getting to see Alexa and Drew’s wedding plus some cameos from the characters from The Proposal If you’re looking for a steamy fun and enjoyable romance this is one I would recommend Many thanks to Berkely for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review Maddie and Theo have two things in common1 Alexa is their best friend2 They hate each other Before this I hadn’t read any Jasmine Guillory books But now I feel on a cellular level that I absolutely must ingest every word syllable and page that this woman puts into the world So what’s this book about? The Wedding Date follows Theo and Maddie who hate each other Theo thinks Maddie is a selfish btch and Maddie thinks Theo is a stuck up mansplaining asshole Unfortunately they are forced together when their mutual friend Alexa is getting married After a seemingly accidental one night stand Maddie and Theo slowly begin to come closer together Is it true love or just a fluke? ➵ Maddie Maddie is to be completely honest kind of a btch but in the best possible way She’s that girl you want to be friends with and also that girl you would avoid pissing off at all costs ➵ Theo Theo may seem intimidating but the you get to know him the you love him He’s kind smart funny and good looking Everything you could ever want in a man Definitely a new edition to my fictional crush list The story was brilliant and masterfully written I loved the relationship between Maddie and Theo Watching them banter and flirt with each other added years to my life I also loved how hilarious this was There were so many genuinely funny moments that I found myself laughing at Overall this book was such a joy to read There is so much joy and sorrow fights and forgiveness hugs and kisses stored within these pages I guarantee you will not regret giving this a chance Bottom Line5 StarsAge Rating R Content Screening Spoilers Educational Value None Positive Messages Be yourself even if other people don’t like it Don’t fake it just to fit in Violence A main character is hit over the head and suffers a concussion Sex The main characters have a lot of sex throughout the entire book Details about both the male and female body are intimately discussed Langauge Fk sht btch dmn asshole DrinkingDrugs Consumption of Alcohol all of legal age TW NoneReps Women of Color People of ColorCover 45 Characters 55 Plot 45 Audio 45 Publisher Berkley Publication Date July 16th 2019Genre RomanceComedy| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram Jasmine Guillory’s third book The Wedding Party is in my opinion her best yet In her signature style this book is steamy sweet sassy and has depth to it that will help us all learn a bit about what it is like to be a minority in a majority industry I thought the enemies turned lovers storyline worked so well with the added element of their personal connection through their mutual friend AlexaThis is a perfect summer bookAbout the BookProfessional style consultant Maddie doesn’t need a man to feel fulfilled Especially not a man like Theo Theo is her best friend Alexa’s work bestie Several years ago when they first met Theo asked Maddie what she did for a living and it was clear from his reaction to her job that he found her shallow and beneath him Maddie has never told Alexa the specifics but suffice it to say Maddie isn’t interested in befriending TheoWhen Alexa begs Maddie to go with her to Theo’s birthday party Maddie begrudgingly agrees Little did she know that despite her hate for Theo and his uptight beliefs they would end up in bed together total oops But no matter how good it was Maddie and Theo remain enemies It was a mistake not to be repeatedAlexa’s engagement may through a wrench in the works though when she names them both as part of her bridal party Forced to work together they agree that some sleeping together on the side is only a way to alleviate the tension between them And only when Alexa isn’t looking—there’s no way she can find outRules must be followed Don’t tell Alexa This ends when Alexa gets married Only get together when they’ve already been with Alexa No dates Don’t fall in love But they may find some of these rules are harder to keep than they realizedReflectionMaddie and Theo are both complex well developed characters that I absolutely loved When I read this book I couldn’t help but think how wonderful it is that Jasmine Guillory consistently pushes the boundary of the genre This is part romance part contemporary fiction and a must read booksI learned a lot from Maddie and Theo’s characters As different as they are they both are people who feel they have to put on a certain demeanor to be taken seriously in their careers—a feat that is made difficult by the color of their skin While I think a lot of us can relate to feeling pressure to be a certain way Maddie and Theo brought to light an interesting and unfortunate societal truth that is important to discuss When you’re the minority group in the industry you work in you don’t have a chance for slip ups There is pressure to work harder dress the right way and be perfect than your majority counterparts I don’t want to get preachy nor does this book read that way at all This book is fun steamy and touching The chemistry between Theo and Maddie is HOT I also loved their relationship with Alexa and how they both put aside their differences to support her And the ending is SO fun I won’t spoil it but it left me with a huge smile on my faceThis book should be next on your summer reading listThank you Berkley for my copy Opinions are my own Maddie and Theo have two things in common1 Alexa is their best friend2 They hate each otherAfter 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 reuire 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 lookingBut as with any engagement with a nemesis there are unspoken rules that must be abided by First and foremost don’t fall in love I'm between 4 and 45 starsJasmine Guillory has really become one of my go to authors when I'm in the mood for a great rom com Her books are fun to read as well as well written and steamy and I find her characters so appealing that it feels like hanging out with friends especially because the characters in all three of her books are linked in some way Her newest book The Wedding Party follows that age old story of two people who can't stand each other yet one crazy night something changes Maddie and Theo have known each other for years through their mutual best friend AlexaThere's no denying that they find each other physically attractive but they're seriously turned off by their personalities Maddie thinks Theo is pedantic and condescending Theo thinks Maddie is superficial and a bit of a bitch They do everything they can to avoid one another or stick to mere pleasantries if they have to interactWhen an emotionally vulnerable Alexa takes Maddie to Theo's birthday party it's the last place she wants to be and Theo isn't thrilled to see Maddie there But why can't they take their eyes off each other? Why are they thinking of each other that way? It must be the alcohol When Maddie agrees to drive Theo home and somehow she challenges him to show her his dance moves one thing leads to another andan amazing night and morning ensueBut once the afterglow dissipates Maddie realizes underneath the sexual skill and the hot body it's still condescending Theo and Maddie can't help but get an attitude even when he tries to say the right thing They acknowledge this was a mistake and Alexa must never know about it Until it happens again and it's even better and hotter than the first timeWhen Alexa asks both Maddie and Theo to be in her wedding party as bridesmaid and bridesman the two realize they're going to be thrown together constantly and suddenly that seems like a good thing since they can't stop thinking about each other They agree that they can continue to spend time together as long as they still keep it a secret from Alexa and they need to recognize that this is a time limited deal once the wedding is over they can go their separate ways and go back to hating each otherIt should come as no surprise that this situation turns out to be far complicated than they imagined How can you be so drawn to someone that makes you so angry half the time? Where is the line between love and hate? Does telling people about a relationship you've kept secret have the potential to change the dynamics?When an incident occurs that shakes both Maddie and Theo they need to examine their feelings and decide whether their relationship has a future or if they're just not right for each other But first they have to survive the weddingWe've seen this story so many times before but in Guillory's hands it still feels fresh and appealing and you find yourself rooting for Theo and Maddie I know I wanted to smack both of them at least a few times when they either misinterpreted something the other said or said the wrong thing I like the way Guillory kept the plot from getting too melodramatic or slapstick y so while elements of the story are certainly familiar she didn't resort to clichés to advance the actionThis may be the sexiest of all three of her books and I'd really love to see an adaptation of this on television or in the movies because it would be great to see what everyone looks like after forming pictures of them in my head You don't need to read Guillory's books in order although characters from the first two books do appear If you're a fan of hate you love you romances this will definitely be up your alley I for one can't wait for her next book now See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoriablogspotcomCheck out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at Jasmine Guillory won my heart with this delightful romance This is her third book and in my opinion the best one yet And I defy you to read this entire book and not crave pizza I am even half tempted to try roasted garlic on my next Pizza Theo and Maddie have never really liked each other but they tolerate one another because they are both BFFs with Alexa Then one night they accidentally uh oh kiss and then hoops they sleep together What follows is Theo and Maddie trying to find any excuse to be together and every reason not to fall in love Enemies to lovers is one of my absolute favorite tropes but I am not even sure I would classify this book as such The banter between Theo and Maddie was almost too sweet too tame to be called enemies to lovers This is irrelevant because I really loved both Theo and Maddie something about them together just worked for me I also really liked them as individuals and their friendship with Alexa And can I just say Alexa towards the end👏🏻 this was just a Sweet straightforward romance that really made me smile many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book I mean this was alright This is my second book from Jasmine Guillory and even though I liked this one than The Proposal I still had some issues with it I think this is way too mild for a book claiming to be a hate to love romance These two characters didn't really hate each other they just made fun of each other sometimes and there was not nearly enough banter They would just pretend they disliked each other and then have sex a bunch of times A pet peeve of mine in romance is when the characters get together right away and in this one they were having sex by page 30 The pacing in the beginning was strange too because the first few chapters are like six weeks later ten months later etc and there's a lot of weird time jumps So the two main characters hook up 30 pages in and then decide it'll never happen again and then of course it happens again twice in the span of the first 60 pages Then they decide that they will continue to hook up until the wedding is over their shared best friend is getting married I don't know why I just never really care for Jasmine Guillory's writing it's always so meh to me The romance scenes are either skipped entirely or glossed over so much and I never felt any real chemistry between the characters Not to mention they eat pizza in this book like 50000 times and I wish I was exaggerating but I'm not lol I just found myself feeling mostly bored by this story and never really caring about the romance which is a bad sign to me I liked these characters Maddie and Theo a lot than the main characters in The Proposal though and I found them a lot interesting probably because of their uniue jobs and the whole wedding party thing I just really love books that revolve around weddings for some reason??? I mean this book was okay but it's totally forgettable and probably the last time I'm gonna read a romance from this author Thanks to Berkley Romance for the ARC this goes on sale July 16th

  • Paperback
  • 337 pages
  • The Wedding Party
  • Jasmine Guillory
  • English
  • 10 January 2016
  • 9781984802194

About the Author: Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School She is a Bay Area native who has towering stacks of books in her living room a cake recipe for every occasion and upwards of 50 lipsticks