Book Review: The Wedding Crasher (ARC)

Expected publication: April 5th 2022

Author: Mia Sosa

The USA Today bestselling author of The Worst Best Man is back with another hilarious rom-com about two strangers who get trapped in a lie and have to fake date their way out of it…

Just weeks away from ditching DC for greener pastures, Solange Pereira is roped into helping her wedding planner cousin on a random couple’s big day. It’s an easy gig… until she stumbles upon a situation that convinces her the pair isn’t meant to be. What’s a true-blue romantic to do? Crash the wedding, of course. And ensure the unsuspecting groom doesn’t make the biggest mistake of his life.

Dean Chapman had his future all mapped out. He was about to check off “start a family” and on track to “make partner” when his modern day marriage of convenience went up in smoke. Then he learns he might not land an assignment that could be his ticket to a promotion unless he has a significant other and, in a moment of panic, Dean claims to be in love with the woman who crashed his wedding. Oops.

Now Dean has a whole new item on his to-do list: beg Solange to be his pretend girlfriend. Solange feels a tiny bit bad about ruining Dean’s wedding, so she agrees to play along. Yet as they fake-date their way around town, what started as a performance for Dean’s colleagues turns into a connection that neither he nor Solange can deny. Their entire romance is a sham… there’s no way these polar opposites could fall in love for real, right?

The Wedding Crasher was a fun and enjoyable story. While some characters from The Worst Best Man appear in this novel, each can be read as a standalone. Solange Perreira is filling as a make-up artist assistant at a wedding coordinated by her cousin, Lina (the main character from The Worst Best Man) in Washington DC. The groom, Dean Chapman, is Max’s friend (the other main from the other novel) and has his whole future mapped out. He paid off his student loans, just bought a house, is part of a power couple, wants to make partner at Olney & Henderson LLP before he’s 30 which is coming up soon at the end of the year, and eventually wants a family. He’s excited to be on track, but things are about to not go to plan. When Solange overhears Dean’s fiancé, Ella, say she’s in love with her friend, Tyler, she is unsure if she should step in to ruin the couple’s wedding. Ella ends up officially calling things off and Solange is upset that her involvement set forth the events that broke up the couple.

After not going through with the wedding, Dean is ready to move on and focus on making partner. When he learns that the ticket to this promotion might need the involvement of a significant other, Dean’s first thought thinks of Solange. As Solange objected to the wedding, Dean finds it the perfect transition to pretend that she only broke up the wedding as the two were in love with each other. The two share an insta-attraction to each other yet neither is in a place to begin a relationship, so it is a perfect fit to pretend to be together. The two begin to spend more time together which creates an interesting opposite attract dynamic. As expected, each of them begins to have some real feelings for each other, but both are afraid to move towards making their fake relationship a reality.

As this story features fake dating, I already went into it with high expectations as it is one of my favorite tropes. I am thrilled that this novel lived up to the hype I built up in my head as it was a joy to read from start to finish. Not only was the main couple, Dean and Solange, sweet, they had great chemistry where their attraction was apparent along with the emotional connection they shared.  The novel was a great update on Max and Lina while introducing the new couple of Dean and Solange. I love that Solange’s Brazilian culture was explored in the novel. It was well incorporated into the story, and I love Solange’s family was included. The relationship that develops between Dean and Solange is heartwarming as they each learn and grow from each other as well as developing on their own. I do wish that the feelings developed a little slower as I greatly enjoy a slow burn, but I enjoyed their journey to fully saying them out loud to each other. This novel was a very enjoyable read and I hope that Jaslene is able to get her own story soon!

**I give a special thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Avon and Harper Voyager, for the opportunity to read this enjoyable novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**

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