Good morning! Recently, I’ve been into lighter books, reaching for a contemporary over a thriller for the majority of the month. I had two that really stood out that I wanted to review together. Contemporary romances are hit or miss for me, and nothing seems to compare to The Hating Game for me. But, these two are excellent contenders for follow ups to that book, or just great reads if you’re feeling slumpy. Both involve an excellent trope: the fake romance.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
I read this in the beginning of the month and flew through it. After hearing nothing but buzz for this one for almost a year, I had to get in on it. This is the story of Alexa and Drew, who meet in an elevator, and end up hitting it off. She goes with him to his ex’s wedding, pretending to be his new girlfriend. You can imagine what happens from there.
The writing/dialogue in this was a little cheesy, I will admit. But I loved the characters, so I could mostly overlook that. I liked that they had full lives outside from each other, and that the “fake romance, real feelings” questions weren’t left to fester too long. Sometimes the internal struggle goes on for so long that by the time they get together, I barely care about it anymore. This one had the perfect balance, which I loved.
Overall, I gave this 4 stars. It’s a great book if you’re in the mood for something light, a great book for the summer, and just an all-around feel good book.
Roomies by Christina Lauren
This was my first book by the writer duo Christina Lauren, and I didn’t know what to expect going in. They seem to have gained more “mainstream” popularity lately, and I’d heard a ton of good things about this one.
Holland is an MFA graduate, a book-lover, and a wannabe writer living in NYC. She works in a theater where her uncle has basically written a musical with Hamilton-esque fans, and is infatuated with a guitarist who plays in the subway. He saves her when she is thrown onto the tracks one day, and ends up with an offer to play in her uncle’s show. The problem? He is in the US on an expired student visa, and should have been back in Ireland four years ago. Naturally, they get married. Things unfold from there in a hilarious and adorable way.
I loved their relationship, even if it did take a lot of up and back internal debating that I mentioned not liking earlier. But, aside from that, definitely a high 4-star read.
If you’re not usually a romance reader but are looking to get into some, these are definitely a good entrance into it. I’m still finding out what I like myself.
Have you read either of these? What did you think?