Book Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Book The Wedding Date
Publisher: Penguin Randomhouse
Published: January 30, 2018
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 310
Form: Paperback
Series: The Wedding Date #1
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I vow to take thee as my date, to pretend to have and to hold, from rehearsal dinner to reception end, till Sunday do us part.

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.

Drew has never found it hard to meet women–or to know just when to leave them. But now, on the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, he is minus a plus one…until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend.

From the best man’s toast to the bouquet toss, Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible. But before they know it, 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–and neither of them can 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…

MY THOUGHTS

While out perusing the shelves in the book store I was drawn to this book. I’d never read a romance story featuring a mixed-race couple before, but I was game so I picked up a copy of The Wedding Date from Amazon. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and managed to finish it in a couple of days. Once I got started it was hard to put down.

The meet-cute of Alexa and Drew is fun and their chemistry is immediate. I love the odd circumstances of their meeting and their easy banter. I was glad when Drew plucked up the courage to ask Alexa to be his ‘fake girlfriend’ because of their interactions with each other. Though they are both extremely attracted to one another, their conversation is an easy and fun volley. You can tell that there is a level of comfort and almost familiarity between them. Which, to me, only added to the chemistry.

THE CHARACTERS

I love Alexa. She is strong, intelligent, and passionate about every aspect of her life. Especially her work and relationships. The only thing that really bothered me sometimes about Alexa was her internal dialogue. She constantly thinks she’s not ‘good enough’ for Drew, and she compares herself to white women a lot. This shit irks the hell out of me. I understand having insecurities but I can’t say I’ve ever wondered if I was ‘good enough’ for any man, so I just can’t relate. And I feel Alexa, was doing this specifically because Drew is white and a Pediatric Surgeon. Never mind her own professional accomplishments. Also, the incessant comparisons to white women. His attraction is to her, period. If he wanted another, I’m sure he could find another but he chooses to spend his time with her. No one else should even exist in their relationship. She also has a tendency to overreact.

Drew is funny, sweet, smart but boy he could be obtuse and obnoxious at times. There were instances where Alexa wants and needs serious answers from him and he thinks it’s appropriate to respond with a joke. Also, I don’t know if it was meant to be funny, but he treats his so-called best friend, Carlos, poorly at times. My feelings hurt on his behalf, making me wonder if men really relate to each other like this? He wants to be the center of attention and can sometimes be immature in handling relationships with friends and lovers. Drew needs to grow up a bit and face his feelings head-on and stop running away from commitment.

OVERALL

Despite my grievances about the characters, overall I enjoyed this book. The Wedding Date was my first foray into romance featuring an interracial couple and it was a nice introduction. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more. This book was fun and flirty and its couple had great chemistry and conversation. It was a quick, fun read!

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February 2020 Book Haul!

February 2020 Book Haul

The Bibliophile Chronicles: February 2020 Book Haul!

I’m sharing my February 2020 Book Haul with you all. I’m thanking the stars that I picked up the love of reading from my Mother at a very young age. There is always a book that I’m in the middle of reading. I don’t complete as many books as I’d like to in a month, but I am still constantly reading. Since my focus is shifting to other things like spiritual growth and my journaling YouTube channel, my reading time is limited. But I am still grabbing and buying books that are of interest to me, fiction and non-fiction. Below are the books I bought in February and the summary of them.

Quantum Physics in Minutes by Gemma Lavender

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Quantum Physics is the most fundamental — but also the most baffling — branch of science. Allowing for dead-and-alive cats, teleportation, antimatter, and parallel universes, as well as underpinning all of our digital technology, it’s as important as it is mind-bending. This clear and compact book demystifies the strange and beautiful quantum world, and hence the nature of reality itself.

Contents include Schrodinger’s cat, inside the atom, the particle zoo, the Higgs boson, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, God playing dice, relativity, the Big Bang, dark energy and matter, black holes, the fate of the Universe, the Theory of Everything, quantum gravity, string theory, the multiverse, instant communication, quantum computing and cryptography, superconductivity, quantum biology, quantum consciousness, and much more.

Written as a series of mini-essays with 200 simple diagrams to help to understand, there can be no easier guide to this notoriously confusing subject. At last, it’s possible for non-specialists to understand the quantum theory and its central role in the birth of the universe and the very existence of life.

The Chosen by J.R. Ward

The Chosen In The Chosen, Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, is convicted of treason against the Blind King.  He is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate.  His sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear.  Even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge.  The bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.

As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.  Not even true love or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.

Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain

Creative Visualization

Introduced by Shakti Gawain to more to than seven million readers worldwide.   Creative visualization is the art of using mental imagery to produce positive changes in your life. Gawain’s clear writing style and vivid examples make Creative Visualization easy to read and apply to your personal needs and wants. This groundbreaking work has found enthusiastic followers in every country and language in which it has been published.  Gawain’s simple yet powerful techniques are now used successfully in many diverse fields.  Including health, education, business, sports, and creative arts. Whether you read it for general inspiration and empowerment or to achieve specific goals, Creative Visualization remains a profoundly powerful resource from a uniquely warm and wise teacher.

Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit by Queen Afua

The Sacred Woman

Queen Afua is a nationally renowned herbalist, natural health expert.  She is a dedicated healer of women’s bodies and women’s souls who practices a uniquely Afrocentric spirituality. Her classic bestseller, Heal Thyself, forever changed the way African Americans practice holistic health. Now, with Sacred Woman, she takes us on a transforming journey of physical and ancestral healing.  Written to restore the magnificence of our spirits through sacred initiation.

Queen Afua begins by helping us to discover our unique “womb-an-ness”–and to honor the womb as the center of our consciousness and creativity.  Giving us a twenty-one-day program for womb purification and spirit rejuvenation we are summoned to enter the Nine Gateways of Initiation. She blesses us with the exact tools we need to bring our beings into true harmony with the earth and the cosmos. Through extraordinary meditations, affirmations, and rituals rooted in ancient Egyptian temple teachings we learn how to love and rejoice in our bodies. By spiritualizing the words we speak; the foods we eat; the spaces we live and work in; the beauty we create in our lives; the healing energy we transmit to self and others; the relationships we nurture; the service we offer; and the transcendent woman spirit we manifest.

With love, wisdom, and passion, Queen Afua guides us to accept our mission and our mantle as Sacred Women.  To heal ourselves, the generations of women in our families, our communities, and our world.

 

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