Two Books That Missed The Mark For Me





THE WEDDING PARTY

by Jasmine Guillory
Series: The Wedding Date #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: July 16th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷
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I was looking forward to reading The Wedding Party since I enjoy Jasmine Guillory's writing style. However, I was let down by the book. I managed to finish it, but it was mostly out of frustration, if that makes any sense. If you've read The Wedding Date or The Proposal, you've read The Wedding Party. Guillory offers nothing new in terms of tropes and content. Here again, we have a relationship that begins as a casual no-strings attached relationship between Theo and Maddie, just as the first two books. Personally, it's not one of my favorite tropes, so perhaps that's why I was so over it in this one. Speaking of tropes, I thought The Wedding Party was supposed to be an enemies-to-lovers story, but I would not call it that. Sure the two of them disliked each other initially, but there weren't any strong enemies-to-lovers vibes. It was sorely lacking in that intensity and chemistry. I generally had a hard time feeling anything for Maddie and Theo's relationship. I did not think they shared any chemistry and I found their relationship rather bland. All they do is have sex and eat pizza (seriously, so much freaking pizza it's actually repulsive). There was no build up to an emotional connection which made it very hard to care for this relationship. I don't think I liked the characters all that much either, if I'm being honest. I found Maddie to be quick to judge at times, and Theo was rather flat. It's a shame because I think these characters had potential, but they weren't for me. What I did enjoy The Wedding Party was the friendship between Maddie and Alexa. It was actually so good that I almost wish the book focused on their friendship instead of the lackluster romance. Ultimately, The Wedding Party was a bit of a disappointment. I unfortunately think Guillory's romances are too surface-level for me so I'm unlikely to pick up more books from her in the future.

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HUSBAND MATERIAL

by Emily Belden
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher:  Harlequin
Publication Date: December 30th 2019
Source: ARC Received for Review
Star Quotient: DNF

The premise of Husband Material sounded pure bonkers and soap-opera level drama, so of course I was intrigued by it. I mean a book that's about a woman whose ex-husband's ashes show up out of the blue at her door step and secrets being revealed in the process? I was so down for it! Unfortunately, this book was quite lackluster. It had all the ingredients for a good romance novel, but the execution felt flat for me. I think a major reason why I didn't click as much as I would have liked for Husband Material was my boredom towards the main character, Charlotte. I'm not sure what it was, but I felt like she was rather one-dimensional, as were the other characters in the book, including the potential love interest. As a result, I just did not care enough about this story to want to progress with it. I also could not care less for Charlotte's evil ex-mother-in-law, who seemed to be out to get Charlotte for some reason. I believe I got about halfway through this one before I decided to call it quits. It's sad, but Husband Material was just not my cup of tea. Others, however, might have better luck with it.

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