Tuesday, January 30, 2018


A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.

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.

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...

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...

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... 

Alexa and Drew have a hilarious and charming first meeting and, the book continues on like this...as if it was as light and fun as the champagne she has with her while they are trapped in the elevator.

There are some issues, and there are some moments of seriousness and moments that are definitely tense and heartbreaking, but overall the book has a light, fun, bubbly feel to it.

I think it is the style of the writing.  The author is a new voice and for someone writing her debut novel, Ms. Guillory has a strong style that is also well plotted with a believable story arc and dialogue that works for all of her characters.  I liked the supporting cast, her sister especially, and I enjoyed the people I met in the story.

I also liked the way the interracial aspects were handled.  As a reality in Alexa's life, and as something that she considers that Drew didn't, at least not at first.  But, there was no blame on either side...it was a fact of life, and a difference between them, but not one that caused issues for them in a way that didn't feel authentic.

I enjoyed this title and I recommend it.

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