It's no secret that I love to read romance novels, but it's not often that I come across such a delightful one. This is one story that made me feel all warm and fuzzy, while being extremely sizzling hot at the same time, not to mention also managing to be kinda funny, and unrelentingly charming. Yeah, so basically The Wedding Date has everything one would look for in a romance novel - and more.
However I think (for me) the one thing that stood out more than anything else were the characters. Especially the male protagonist Drew. I guess I had kinda forgotten how stereotypical heroes in romance novels can get, all mostly fitting in the strong-silent-arrogant personality mold (which now that I think about it is more intimidating than attractive) before I "met" Drew in this novel. This guy, he was like a breath of fresh air, he was warm & friendly, and with a sense of humor that could single-handedly charm most of the female population.
And then there was Alexa, the female lead - smart, driven, successful, very admirable in her own way. But she too wasn't the picture perfect heroine that most romance novels go for either. In-fact she suffered from many of the same (real and imagined) insecurities most (if not all) women know intimately. And it was this that made her seem more real and relatable to me.
Moreover, I liked the fact that both Drew and Alexa were highly qualified, accomplished professionals in their own right, with very full lives outside of their relationship with each other. They were passionate about their work, had causes they believed in, and people they cared for.
Of-course none of this took away from them as a couple, it just made for an interesting, multi-faceted story, in which the romance outshone everything else anyway - which is just how it should be, 'cause afterall this is a romance novel.
And finally, I cannot write this review without mentioning how much the lead pair seemed to love their food, in-fact it almost seemed like they were eating all the time. It was odd and hilarious all at once (though I don't think it was meant to be). And just to be clear, this is not a complaint, I just found it funny how much food was involved, all the time, every time.
All in All: If you are looking for a good, swoony romance, which strikes the perfect balance between sweet, fun, and sexy, look no further, and pick up a copy of The Wedding Date. It will be a perfect read (or gift) for Valentines Day.
-Shantala (Book Blogger at Shanaya Tales)
Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of this book from Net Galley, in exchange of an honest review, but the opinions, as always, are completely my own.