Author: Jasmine Guillory
Overview from the Author’s Site:
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.
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 is the 3rd book in the Wedding Date series, you potentially could read it as a standalone (or skip the first two and continue on the series), but you would be missing out on the background that brings us to the main event (the Wedding). All the characters from all three novels are linked to weave the larger picture together. This is my third novel for this author and I absolutely love Jasmine Guillory. I started reading the Wedding Date and have been hooked on her world of characters ever since. She is able to bring the rom-com to life with her well-written stories and true to life characters (they might have traits that you love/hate, but that’s what makes them more realistic).
The Wedding Party is a classic enemy to lover story where two characters who don’t like each other on the surface are together in different situations that force them to start learning more about the other to possibly lead to feelings. Alexa (our protagonist from the first novel, The Wedding Date) is the catalyst that brings both of these characters together as they are members of her wedding party (hence the title).
Our two main characters are Maddie and Theo. Maddie is an outgoing, honest, sassy, stylist while Theo is the more introverted co-worker at the Mayor of Berkeley’s office of Alexa. Maddie believes that Theo is a stuck-up jerk while Theo believes Maddie is selfish. The two end up having a seemingly one night stand that slowly begins to morph into more as they start to get to know the other. Even if they wanted to be apart, Alexa’s wedding keeps them running into each other and interacting the entire way through. Therefore, they are left to face their own feelings for each other to see if it was just a fluke or could they possibly have a lasting relationship?
This novel looks into the looking beyond initial impressions as neither Theo nor Maddie were what they seemed to the other person when they first met. It took time for them to reveal their true selves to the other and it’s only then that they discovered they possibly could be compatible with the other. It’s a good lesson for anyone to take away as you shouldn’t write someone off based on initial impressions or what you think about them without actually knowing.
As I’ve mentioned previously about this author is that she manages to have each character stay true to themselves even across multiple novels, especially as this one takes place simultaneously through part of the way of The Wedding Date. It is easy to have Alexa be one personality in the first novel, but then change when you read the third, but this author managed for Alexa to stay Alexa, Drew to stay Drew, etc.
Overall, the witty banter, the relatability of the characters, and the joy to read through the chapters are many of the reasons why this novel was great. I loved how each of the characters were both great, but individual friends to Alexa. It gave both relatability and believability to the story as someone can have multiple close friends, but you wouldn’t necessarily have the exact same relationship with each. Theo and Maddie were a great couple as they had their ups and downs as they try to discover their similarities and differences. It’s a fun story and a great continuation to the series. I can’t wait to now read number four!