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Maddie and Theo have two things in common: 1. Alexa is their best friend 2. They hate each other After an “Oops, we made a mistake” kiss, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sh Maddie and Theo have two things in common: 1. Alexa is their best friend 2. They hate each other After an “Oops, we made a mistake” kiss, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won’t fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn’t looking. But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don’t fall in love.


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Maddie and Theo have two things in common: 1. Alexa is their best friend 2. They hate each other After an “Oops, we made a mistake” kiss, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sh Maddie and Theo have two things in common: 1. Alexa is their best friend 2. They hate each other After an “Oops, we made a mistake” kiss, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won’t fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn’t looking. But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don’t fall in love.

30 review for The Wedding Party

  1. 4 out of 5

    Roxane

    I love this world of characters and all the books in this series. The Wedding Party has a great premise. Overall, I wanted the writing to be stronger but Guillory is such a charming voice and these characters are fun and interesting and I was rooting for them the whole way. If you’re looking for a sexy story that will sink it’s hooks into you, this is a nice choice. One frustrating thing—the characters eat pizza obsessively. After like ten times I was like omg seriously? More pizza? I am not exa I love this world of characters and all the books in this series. The Wedding Party has a great premise. Overall, I wanted the writing to be stronger but Guillory is such a charming voice and these characters are fun and interesting and I was rooting for them the whole way. If you’re looking for a sexy story that will sink it’s hooks into you, this is a nice choice. One frustrating thing—the characters eat pizza obsessively. After like ten times I was like omg seriously? More pizza? I am not exaggerating. It’s totally wild.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This had the potential to be my favorite of the series because it was enemies-to-lovers but I didn't love it and I am SO SAD. I didn't really feel a ton of chemistry between the characters and the overall writing felt really.. stilted? Blah. This definitely wasn't a terrible book, but I think I set my expectations too high. Womp :(

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    4 stars An enemies to lovers romance by Jasmine Guillory… I’m here for it! Maddie and Theo are Alexa’s (from The Wedding Date) two best friends and they don’t get along. From the moment they first met, they rubbed each other the wrong way. They’re just so different. Theo seems like the uptight pompous type of guy that Maddie can’t stand and Maddie is the type of girl Theo can’t take seriously. Whatever, he and Maddie would have never gotten along anyway. She was the cool, hot, party type, and 4 stars An enemies to lovers romance by Jasmine Guillory… I’m here for it! Maddie and Theo are Alexa’s (from The Wedding Date) two best friends and they don’t get along. From the moment they first met, they rubbed each other the wrong way. They’re just so different. Theo seems like the uptight pompous type of guy that Maddie can’t stand and Maddie is the type of girl Theo can’t take seriously. Whatever, he and Maddie would have never gotten along anyway. She was the cool, hot, party type, and he was the kind of guy everyone thought watched C-SPAN in his spare time. With the wedding quickly approaching, the bridesmaid and bridesman (I love this term!) end up spending more time together. And that includes a time in bed that’s more hot and intense then either one of them could imagine. 
They aren’t willing to admit they like each other, but the sex is too good between them to stop. So they have rules. It will be a secret, it will be over when the wedding is over, and the obvious- they won’t fall in love. But the thing about rules? They’re made to be broken. With time, Maddie and Theo really get to know each other and they like what they see. It’s like they are actually perfect for each other, opposites attract and all that. I enjoyed this book a lot, though it was a little slow to the start for me. Once it picked up, I was completely invested. I love these characters and I loved getting to see Alexa and Drew’s wedding, plus some cameos from the characters from The Proposal. If you’re looking for a steamy, fun, and enjoyable romance, this is one I would recommend!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    Jasmine Guillory’s third book The Wedding Party is (in my opinion) her best yet! In her signature style, this book is steamy, sweet, sassy, and has depth to it that will help us all learn a bit more about what it is like to be a minority in a majority industry. I thought the enemies-turned-lovers storyline worked so well, with the added element of their personal connection through their mutual friend Alexa. This is a perfect summer book! About the Book Professional style consultant Maddie doesn’t n Jasmine Guillory’s third book The Wedding Party is (in my opinion) her best yet! In her signature style, this book is steamy, sweet, sassy, and has depth to it that will help us all learn a bit more about what it is like to be a minority in a majority industry. I thought the enemies-turned-lovers storyline worked so well, with the added element of their personal connection through their mutual friend Alexa. This is a perfect summer book! About the Book Professional style consultant Maddie doesn’t need a man to feel fulfilled. Especially not a man like Theo. Theo is her best friend Alexa’s work bestie. Several years ago when they first met, Theo asked Maddie what she did for a living and it was clear from his reaction to her job that he found her shallow and beneath him. Maddie has never told Alexa the specifics, but suffice it to say Maddie isn’t interested in befriending Theo. When Alexa begs Maddie to go with her to Theo’s birthday party, Maddie begrudgingly agrees. Little did she know that despite her hate for Theo and his uptight beliefs, they would end up in bed together (total oops!). But no matter how good it was, Maddie and Theo remain enemies. It was a mistake, not to be repeated. Alexa’s engagement may through a wrench in the works, though, when she names them both as part of her bridal party. Forced to work together, they agree that some sleeping together on the side is only a way to alleviate the tension between them. And only when Alexa isn’t looking—there’s no way she can find out. Rules must be followed. Don’t tell Alexa. This ends when Alexa gets married. Only get together when they’ve already been with Alexa. No dates. Don’t fall in love. But they may find some of these rules are harder to keep than they realized… Reflection Maddie and Theo are both complex, well-developed characters that I absolutely loved! When I read this book, I couldn’t help but think how wonderful it is that Jasmine Guillory consistently pushes the boundary of the genre. This is part romance, part contemporary fiction, and a must-read books. I learned a lot from Maddie and Theo’s characters. As different as they are, they both are people who feel they have to put on a certain demeanor to be taken seriously in their careers—a feat that is made more difficult by the color of their skin. While I think a lot of us can relate to feeling pressure to be a certain way, Maddie and Theo brought to light an interesting and unfortunate societal truth that is important to discuss. When you’re the minority group in the industry you work in, you don’t have a chance for slip ups. There is more pressure to work harder, dress the right way, and be perfect than your majority counterparts. I don’t want to get preachy, nor does this book read that way at all! This book is fun, steamy, and touching. The chemistry between Theo and Maddie is HOT. I also loved their relationship with Alexa, and how they both put aside their differences to support her. And the ending is SO fun! I won’t spoil it but it left me with a huge smile on my face. This book should be next on your summer reading list! Thank you Berkley for my copy. Opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars. Jasmine Guillory has really become one of my go-to authors when I'm in the mood for a great rom-com. Her books are fun to read as well as well-written and steamy, and I find her characters so appealing that it feels like hanging out with friends, especially because the characters in all three of her books are linked in some way. Her newest book, The Wedding Party , follows that age-old story of two people who can't stand each other yet one crazy night something chang I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars. Jasmine Guillory has really become one of my go-to authors when I'm in the mood for a great rom-com. Her books are fun to read as well as well-written and steamy, and I find her characters so appealing that it feels like hanging out with friends, especially because the characters in all three of her books are linked in some way. Her newest book, The Wedding Party , follows that age-old story of two people who can't stand each other yet one crazy night something changes. Maddie and Theo have known each other for years through their mutual best friend, Alexa. There's no denying that they find each other physically attractive, but they're seriously turned off by their personalities. Maddie thinks Theo is pedantic and condescending, Theo thinks Maddie is superficial and a bit of a bitch. They do everything they can to avoid one another, or stick to mere pleasantries if they have to interact. When an emotionally vulnerable Alexa takes Maddie to Theo's birthday party, it's the last place she wants to be, and Theo isn't thrilled to see Maddie there. But why can't they take their eyes off each other? Why are they thinking of each other that way? It must be the alcohol. When Maddie agrees to drive Theo home and somehow she challenges him to show her his dance moves, one thing leads to another, and...an amazing night and morning ensue. But once the afterglow dissipates, Maddie realizes underneath the sexual skill and the hot body, it's still condescending Theo, and Maddie can't help but get an attitude, even when he tries to say the right thing. They acknowledge this was a mistake, and Alexa must never know about it. Until it happens again, and it's even better and hotter than the first time. When Alexa asks both Maddie and Theo to be in her wedding party (as bridesmaid and bridesman), the two realize they're going to be thrown together constantly, and suddenly, that seems like a good thing, since they can't stop thinking about each other. They agree that they can continue to spend time together as long as they still keep it a secret from Alexa, and they need to recognize that this is a time-limited deal: once the wedding is over, they can go their separate ways and go back to hating each other. It should come as no surprise that this situation turns out to be far more complicated than they imagined. How can you be so drawn to someone that makes you so angry half the time? Where is the line between love and hate? Does telling people about a relationship you've kept secret have the potential to change the dynamics? When an incident occurs that shakes both Maddie and Theo, they need to examine their feelings and decide whether their relationship has a future, or if they're just not right for each other. But first they have to survive the wedding... We've seen this story so many times before, but in Guillory's hands it still feels fresh and appealing, and you find yourself rooting for Theo and Maddie. I know I wanted to smack both of them at least a few times when they either misinterpreted something the other said, or said the wrong thing. I like the way Guillory kept the plot from getting too melodramatic or slapstick-y, so while elements of the story are certainly familiar, she didn't resort to clichés to advance the action. This may be the sexiest of all three of her books, and I'd really love to see an adaptation of this on television or in the movies, because it would be great to see what everyone looks like after forming pictures of them in my head. (You don't need to read Guillory's books in order, although characters from the first two books do appear.) If you're a fan of hate-you, love-you romances, this will definitely be up your alley. I for one can't wait for her next book now!! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Jasmine Guillory won my heart with this delightful romance! This is her third book and in my opinion the best one yet. And I defy you to read this entire book and not crave pizza ( I am even half tempted to try roasted garlic on my next Pizza). Theo and Maddie have never really liked each other, but they tolerate one another because they are both BFFs with Alexa. Then one night they accidentally uh oh kiss and then hoops they sleep together. What follows is Theo and Maddie trying to find any exc Jasmine Guillory won my heart with this delightful romance! This is her third book and in my opinion the best one yet. And I defy you to read this entire book and not crave pizza ( I am even half tempted to try roasted garlic on my next Pizza). Theo and Maddie have never really liked each other, but they tolerate one another because they are both BFFs with Alexa. Then one night they accidentally uh oh kiss and then hoops they sleep together. What follows is Theo and Maddie trying to find any excuse to be together and every reason not to fall in love. Enemies to lovers is one of my absolute favorite tropes, but I am not even sure I would classify this book as such. The banter between Theo and Maddie was almost too sweet too tame to be called enemies to lovers. This is irrelevant because I really loved both Theo and Maddie, something about them together just worked for me. I also really liked them as individuals and their friendship with Alexa. And can I just say Alexa towards the end👏🏻 this was just a Sweet straightforward romance that really made me smile. *** many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tucker

    Many thanks to Berkely for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review Maddie and Theo have two things in common: 1. Alexa is their best friend 2. They hate each other. Before this, I hadn’t read any Jasmine Guillory books. But now, I feel on a cellular level that I absolutely must ingest every word, syllable and page that this woman puts into the world. So, what’s this book about? The Wedding Date follows Theo and Maddie who hate each other. Theo thinks Maddie is a selfish b*tch and Ma Many thanks to Berkely for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review Maddie and Theo have two things in common: 1. Alexa is their best friend 2. They hate each other. Before this, I hadn’t read any Jasmine Guillory books. But now, I feel on a cellular level that I absolutely must ingest every word, syllable and page that this woman puts into the world. So, what’s this book about? The Wedding Date follows Theo and Maddie who hate each other. Theo thinks Maddie is a selfish b*tch and Maddie thinks Theo is a stuck-up, mansplaining, asshole. Unfortunately, they are forced together when their mutual friend, Alexa is getting married. After a seemingly accidental one night stand, Maddie and Theo slowly begin to come closer together. Is it true love or just a fluke? ➵ Maddie - Maddie is, to be completely honest, kind of a b*tch but in the best possible way. She’s that girl you want to be friends with and also that girl you would avoid pissing off at all costs. ➵ Theo - Theo may seem intimidating but the more you get to know him, the more you love him. He’s kind, smart, funny and good looking. Everything you could ever want in a man. Definitely, a new edition to my fictional crush list! The story was brilliant and masterfully written. I loved the relationship between Maddie and Theo. Watching them banter and flirt with each other added years to my life. I also loved how hilarious this was. There were so many genuinely funny moments that I found myself laughing at. Overall, this book was such a joy to read. There is so much joy and sorrow, fights and forgiveness, hugs and kisses, stored within these pages. I guarantee you will not regret giving this a chance. Bottom Line: 5 Stars Age Rating: [ R ] Content Screening (Spoilers) - Educational Value: [None] ~ Positive Messages: [Be yourself even if other people don’t like it. Don’t fake it just to fit in.] ~ Violence: [A main character is hit over the head and suffers a concussion] ~ Sex: [The main characters have a lot of sex throughout the entire book. Details about both the male and female body are intimately discussed.] ~ Langauge: [F**k, sh*t, b*tch, d*mn, asshole] ~ Drinking/Drugs: [Consumption of Alcohol (all of legal age)] TW: [None] Reps: [Women of Color, People of Color] Cover: 4/5 ~ Characters: 5/5 ~ Plot: 4/5 ~ Audio: 4/5 Publisher: Berkley Publication Date: July 16th, 2019 Genre: Romance/Comedy | Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Buy this book

  8. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    The plot of The Wedding Party is pretty straightforward. Theo and Maddie have the same best friend Alexa. Unfortunately for Alexa, they themselves don't like each other at all. Maddie thinks Theo is pompous and boring, while Theo is convinced Maddie is as shallow as it gets. Despite all this, they suddenly find themselves madly attracted to each other to the point of starting a secret sexual relationship. They both agree to keep it secret from their best friend, but where will all this go? they The plot of The Wedding Party is pretty straightforward. Theo and Maddie have the same best friend Alexa. Unfortunately for Alexa, they themselves don't like each other at all. Maddie thinks Theo is pompous and boring, while Theo is convinced Maddie is as shallow as it gets. Despite all this, they suddenly find themselves madly attracted to each other to the point of starting a secret sexual relationship. They both agree to keep it secret from their best friend, but where will all this go? they are way too comfortable with each other especially since Theo is not pompous, but rather insecure and over-responsible, while Maddie really has a heart of gold. I must admit I didn't connect with the characters straightaway. Not until I read about Theo alphabetising Maddie's spice rack and Maddie shoving in a wardrobe her piles of clothes previously scattered all over her uber-messy home. The characters suddenly became more relatable, although I still felt a bit annoyed with them for not realising they should give up their pretense and just admit they need each other. What I liked the most about this book is Jasmine Guillory's impeccable writing style. Not a single false note in the whole book. I will definitely try to read and review the previous books in the series as well as the sequel. Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion. My reviews can also be found on: https://readingtonic.home.blog/

  9. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    The first time Maddie Forest meets Theo Stephens, she thinks he is an uptight, over-organized, spreadsheet-creating jerk. When Theo Stephens first meets Maddie Forest, he thinks she is a shallow, image-obsessed prima donna with her head in the clouds and no real ambitions. After their mutual best friend, Alexa, becomes engaged, she asks them both to be in her wedding party. Chagrined that they will have to spend so much time together during the course of the wedding planning and event, they noneth The first time Maddie Forest meets Theo Stephens, she thinks he is an uptight, over-organized, spreadsheet-creating jerk. When Theo Stephens first meets Maddie Forest, he thinks she is a shallow, image-obsessed prima donna with her head in the clouds and no real ambitions. After their mutual best friend, Alexa, becomes engaged, she asks them both to be in her wedding party. Chagrined that they will have to spend so much time together during the course of the wedding planning and event, they nonetheless both agree with good grace and vow to get through it. As often happens, through their mutual distaste of one another comes a spark that soon grows into a full-blown FLAME! They know they have to keep their relationship a secret. They cannot give Alexa the satisfaction of knowing they actually like each other and so begins their secret affair. As you are probably aware, this is the third installment in Jasmine Guillory's The Wedding Date companion novels. I have read all of the books in this series and this one is actually my favorite. Although it has a similar structure to the previous novels, I enjoyed Maddie and Theo and their hidden romance the most out of all the plots. I felt I could personally relate more to this story than the others and that kept me invested. One thing I did notice was this one seemed less steamy than the others so if that is what you are looking for, you may be disappointed. We really focused here a lot on both Maddie and Theo's careers and self-growth. I enjoyed following along with them as they navigated difficult situations in their lives and grew to depend on one another for support and insight. I do enjoy this series a lot. I'll admit that it isn't perfect but it's addicting and it keeps me coming back. I will definitely continue to pick them up for as long as Ms. Guillory chooses to write them! Thank you so much to the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. Now...who do I speak to about an early copy of Royal Holiday???

  10. 4 out of 5

    Warda

    I wasn’t too convinced by this book. It stayed lukewarm the entire time and I couldn’t really get on board on the relationship. I don’t know whether that had to do with the writing or the characters themselves. Meh.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    I mean this was alright. This is my second book from Jasmine Guillory, and even though I liked this one more than The Proposal I still had some issues with it. I think this is way too mild for a book claiming to be a hate-to-love romance. These two characters didn't really "hate" each other, they just made fun of each other sometimes and there was not nearly enough banter. They would just pretend they disliked each other and then have sex a bunch of times. A pet peeve of mine in romance is when I mean this was alright. This is my second book from Jasmine Guillory, and even though I liked this one more than The Proposal I still had some issues with it. I think this is way too mild for a book claiming to be a hate-to-love romance. These two characters didn't really "hate" each other, they just made fun of each other sometimes and there was not nearly enough banter. They would just pretend they disliked each other and then have sex a bunch of times. A pet peeve of mine in romance is when the characters get together right away, and in this one they were having sex by page 30. The pacing in the beginning was strange too, because the first few chapters are like: six weeks later, ten months later, etc. and there's a lot of weird time jumps. So the two main characters hook up 30 pages in and then decide it'll never happen again, and then of course it happens again twice in the span of the first 60 pages. Then they decide that they will continue to hook up until the wedding is over (their shared best friend is getting married). I don't know why I just never really care for Jasmine Guillory's writing, it's always so meh to me. The romance scenes are either skipped entirely or glossed over so much, and I never felt any real chemistry between the characters. (Not to mention they eat pizza in this book like 50,000 times and I wish I was exaggerating but I'm not lol.) I just found myself feeling mostly bored by this story and never really caring about the romance, which is a bad sign to me. I liked these characters Maddie and Theo a lot more than the main characters in The Proposal though, and I found them a lot more interesting: probably because of their unique jobs and the whole wedding party thing. (I just really love books that revolve around weddings for some reason???) I mean this book was okay, but it's totally forgettable and probably the last time I'm gonna read a romance from this author. Thanks to Berkley Romance for the ARC, this goes on sale July 16th!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Aw, this is so much fun! I’ve read and loved Jasmine Guillory’s other two contemporary romances, and The Wedding Party is just as entertaining! Maddie and Theo don’t like each other; however, they have a best friend in common, Alexa. You can probably already sense where that tension may lead them… They had an “oops” night together, and ever since, they are each obsessed with each other. Alexa is about to get married, and both Maddie and Theo are in the bridal party. That attraction will not go aw Aw, this is so much fun! I’ve read and loved Jasmine Guillory’s other two contemporary romances, and The Wedding Party is just as entertaining! Maddie and Theo don’t like each other; however, they have a best friend in common, Alexa. You can probably already sense where that tension may lead them… They had an “oops” night together, and ever since, they are each obsessed with each other. Alexa is about to get married, and both Maddie and Theo are in the bridal party. That attraction will not go away. They make a pact that they will end their tryst once Alexa is married, but when Alexa’s wedding is suddenly moved up, the pair don’t know what to think of it. They are actively trying not to fall in love. The Wedding Party was such an engaging read with nice tension. I loved the witty banter between Maddie and Theo. They were so cute together! This is the perfect book to pack in your beach bag when you are craving an easy, sweet romance with a touch of edge. Jasmine Guillory only gets better and better! I see a new book on the horizon in the fall! Woo hoo! I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com

  13. 4 out of 5

    etherealfire

    This book was received in a GoodReads ARC Giveaway. I'm love, love, loving Jasmine Guillory's Wedding Date series. The Wedding Party is the 3rd installment and the perfect contemporary romance summer read! I've been crushing on Theo since the first book and this pairing gave me the feel-good HEA I needed right about now. This book was the perfect antidote to some of my heavier reads this summer, light and delicious and leaving me hungering for the next one!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    Jasmine Guillory's The Wedding Party is her best book to date so far! I read The Proposal and was disappointed but am so glad I was able to get an advanced copy of her newest book because it was so much fun! Jasmine delivers a steamy, sweet, sassy, and oh so sexy romance novel. This isn't just a typical romance novel.. it definitely as depth to the characters and you just fall in love with the entire crew! Maddie and Theo have two things in common. 1. Alex is their best friend 2. They hate one a Jasmine Guillory's The Wedding Party is her best book to date so far! I read The Proposal and was disappointed but am so glad I was able to get an advanced copy of her newest book because it was so much fun! Jasmine delivers a steamy, sweet, sassy, and oh so sexy romance novel. This isn't just a typical romance novel.. it definitely as depth to the characters and you just fall in love with the entire crew! Maddie and Theo have two things in common. 1. Alex is their best friend 2. They hate one another Hahah what a combo right?! So, this sexy duo of Maddie and Theo land in bed with one another... one problem the sex is so good they can't stop. They put down some rules... and have a plan that it will be over once Alex's wedding is done. Of course... doesn't always work out like we planned right? This one was super fun and you can definitely see Guillory's talent in this novel. I am so looking forward to reading her next book in the series! 4/5 stars! Thank you so much to Berkley for the arc in exchange for an honest review. Publication date: 7/16/19 Published to GR: 7/16/19

  15. 4 out of 5

    Trina (Between Chapters)

    Enemies with benefits!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)

    The Wedding Party was so much fun! And so freaking cute! And so sexy and smart and so very, very quintessential Jasmine Guillory. I devoured this book in a day and enjoyed every delectable,  romantic morsel of it.  This enemies to lovers romance follows Theo and Maddie, mutual friends of Alexa from The Wedding Date! These characters can't decide if they want each other or want to throttle each other, but as members of Alexa's bridal party, they also can't avoid each other. And so a complicated dy The Wedding Party was so much fun! And so freaking cute! And so sexy and smart and so very, very quintessential Jasmine Guillory. I devoured this book in a day and enjoyed every delectable,  romantic morsel of it.  This enemies to lovers romance follows Theo and Maddie, mutual friends of Alexa from The Wedding Date! These characters can't decide if they want each other or want to throttle each other, but as members of Alexa's bridal party, they also can't avoid each other. And so a complicated dynamic evolves, and a story full of reluctant attraction, insecurity and complicated emotion ensues.  I really loved this storyline and I so enjoyed these characters. Jasmine Guillory is such a refreshing storyteller, such a sharp writer. I eagerly anticipate each new book and this one certainly did not disappoint. The push and pull, the relentless attraction, the secret romance, the wedding planning, the banter... it all culminates into such a great read and I enjoyed it completely. 

  17. 4 out of 5

    Navessa

    Thanks so much to Berkley for granting my ARC on NetGalley! Blog | FB | Twitter | IG | Pinterest | Tumblr | YouTube

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I really enjoyed this book. I love me a good haters-to-lovers trope and this was done so well! I think that Theo and Maddie showed a lot of chemistry on the page and that's probably what made me like them so much. I also liked how they showed their true selves to each other, layer after layer, by sharing their hopes and fears. Obviously it was also nice to see some of the characters from the previous two books. I really encourage you to read this one!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    So this pains me. I bought this today and ended up not really enjoying it. It was a fight to finish because in the end Maddie and Theo were not as intriguing as Alexa and Drew (The Wedding Date) and even Carlos and Nik (The Proposal). If you are going to do a hate to love romance you have to make me actually believe the two people don't like each other. We are finally shown what happened when Maddie and Theo first met and yeah, Theo sucked, but after that there was nothing there. We should have So this pains me. I bought this today and ended up not really enjoying it. It was a fight to finish because in the end Maddie and Theo were not as intriguing as Alexa and Drew (The Wedding Date) and even Carlos and Nik (The Proposal). If you are going to do a hate to love romance you have to make me actually believe the two people don't like each other. We are finally shown what happened when Maddie and Theo first met and yeah, Theo sucked, but after that there was nothing there. We should have been given more to work with. Also....Theo and Maddie were boring. I was bored from beginning to end and just wish that we were actually get more Alexa and Drew in this one. So "The Wedding Date" follows the timeline of Maddie and Theo's relationship. What actually did work for me in this one is that Guillory shows timelines. It drove me up the wall in the last book how quickly Carlos and Nik got together, but this one takes place over a course of about 10 months or so, possibly a year. We get to see Maddie and Theo's first meeting, Theo's birthday (which took place in book #1) and we get to see how Maddie and Theo first hooked up. From there we have the two deciding nothing like that will happen again and then of course it does once Alexa and Drew get back together (see book #1 again). So the whole book is just the two of them telling themselves that it's sex and that's it. They need to keep things from Alexa, because she's Pollyanna come to life and won't get that they are just hooking up and it's not a real relationship. Which btw was beyond stupid. Maddie we know is a stylist and I honestly wish that we got to focus more on scenes with her clients. Maddie is trying for a job on television in this one and it just felt really shoehorned in I thought. Theo is trying to get universal pre-K (I think..honestly I started to fall asleep at some point) via the Mayor's office and he's focused on that. That said though these two keep making plans to see each other and they eat a lot of pizza. To the point that even though I wasn't eating said pizza, I got tired of reading how much of it they ate. I think that's the biggest problem I have. This book was boring. I got zero sexual chemistry from Maddie and Theo because for some odd reason Guillory faded to black a few times on their sex scenes. I didn't get it especially since I liked how up front she was with that in the first two books in the series. The writing was okay, just repetitive. Reading the constant texts that Maddie and Theo were sending to each other while around other people got boring after a while. Also they are both rude as hell. I don't know why, this is fiction, but it started to irk me after we get to the scene of them trying to help Alexa pick a wedding dress that Theo is just focused on having sex with Maddie and texting her how hot she is. I mean what the hell. It doesn't get much better either when Maddie and Theo are both at Alexa's one day too. I get we are supposed to think that they are so sex crazed they can't help it, but I started rolling my eyes after a while. The flow hits a wall after a while though. I think it's because there's no real obstacle to these two being together and I was already ready for whatever crisis there was that was going to get them to that point. By the time it came, I just didn't care. I think this book takes place in Los Angeles..or was it San Francisco? I can't even tell you since these two just spend time at Theo's place. Seriously though I wish that Guillory had incorporated the city like she did in the last two books. The book's ending was pretty funny though I have to say. Other than that, I was disappointed with this one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I really love Jasmine Guillory and the Wedding Date series. I was so excited when this book was going to surround Drew and Alexa's wedding and their friends falling for one another. The moment Maddie met Theo, she's hated him. He may be her best friend's other best friend, but his infuriating and arrogant personality is not attractive to her. Until one night leads to a little more and Maddie doesn't know what to do. Maddie sets a deadline for Alexa's wedding and, after that, all ties are cut. Bu I really love Jasmine Guillory and the Wedding Date series. I was so excited when this book was going to surround Drew and Alexa's wedding and their friends falling for one another. The moment Maddie met Theo, she's hated him. He may be her best friend's other best friend, but his infuriating and arrogant personality is not attractive to her. Until one night leads to a little more and Maddie doesn't know what to do. Maddie sets a deadline for Alexa's wedding and, after that, all ties are cut. But the closer the wedding get, the more Maddie forgets why she doesn't like Theo... The last two books in this series both had relationships that started out as casual and the couple not wanting more, freaking out they were sending the wrong signals, and pulling away so that they didn't appear too serious. I was excited for something new and...got the same thing in this book. From the start, Maddie hated Theo and it seemed like it was a super rash and unsupported opinion. One misconstrued comment from Theo made Maddie hated him. Then, when they started their physical relationship, they both had to make sure it didn't seem like something more. Just like the other two books in this series. I'm kind of over that kind of relationship and wanted something different. If you love a good wedding romance, this is definitely the series to pick up. I loved the whole wedding premise and how Theo and Maddie were both involved in Alexa's wedding. Alexa and Drew were so adorable and I really loved Alexa's part in Maddie and Theo's relationship. Overall, while I love this series and this author, this one was just okay. I really can't wait for something different from Jasmine Guillory and am already itching to pick up Royal Holiday, the next installment in this series!

  21. 4 out of 5

    FMABookReviews

    'The Wedding Party' was a feel-good book. And sometimes, you just need to feel good! Do you remember Alexa's best friend from 'The Wedding Date'? This is Maddie's story!! I was so excited to read her story and I wasn't disappointed! Maddie is funny, smart, and has a sharp tongue when feeling vulnerable. She's not opposed to relationships she just hasn't found anyone who accepts her for the "real" Maddie. She hasn't found anyone with whom she can be herself. That is until a moment of weakness has h 'The Wedding Party' was a feel-good book. And sometimes, you just need to feel good! Do you remember Alexa's best friend from 'The Wedding Date'? This is Maddie's story!! I was so excited to read her story and I wasn't disappointed! Maddie is funny, smart, and has a sharp tongue when feeling vulnerable. She's not opposed to relationships she just hasn't found anyone who accepts her for the "real" Maddie. She hasn't found anyone with whom she can be herself. That is until a moment of weakness has her in the arms of the one man she cannot stand. Theo is Alexa's other best friend; although their relationship is more like brother and sister than friends. He can be pompous and arrogant and use his intelligence as a weapon at times when he's feeling vulnerable. Relationships? He can take them or leave them. But the idea of leaving what just got started with Maddie has Theo on edge and out of sorts. The two have a deal. They will keep their tryst a secret from everyone, but especially Alexa, and once her wedding has ended, so will their tryst. Guillory's stories are about relationships and the struggles that come along with them, about trusting your gut and having faith in others. In every story, the struggle is about having faith in their love interest. It is about being able to be vulnerable and being willing to take the leap. Her characters seem so real, and genuine like they could be your sister, your best friend or your co-worker. They have real troubles, real fears, and genuine emotions. However, I felt like this book strayed a little from the first two, in that both characters continuously questioned the other's actions and feelings. Admittedly, this drove me a little crazy. Because while I understood both characters were a little new to and leery of serious relationships, their constant inner monologue that questioned the other person made each character come across as immature and not smart, which could not be further from the truth. Overall, I loved this story, it was a little sexy, a little funny and a whole lot of fun! I was provided a review copy by Berkley; this did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    4 stars Such a lovely and lighthearted story, I love this author writing so much her stories are addictive and fun to read!The Wedding Party was so enjoyable, I loved the storyline and I adored Theo and Maddie. Maddie is funny. Their relationship is sexy and I liked how things went for them! It felt realistic to me and I like it a lot for it! This series is getting better and better I can’t wait to read the next book!     

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    This was definitely my favorite of the series. I loved Maddie and Theo. They’re both perfectionists and maybe a little prickly, but their banter was fun. Even if I spent the entire book alternating between wanting to slap the stupid out of them and mashing their faces together. Of course it was fun to see Alexa and Drew and Nik and Carlos again. Plot wise, it was easy and comfortable and that may have been the best part. I loved how compatible Maddie and Theo were. It was great to see the beginn This was definitely my favorite of the series. I loved Maddie and Theo. They’re both perfectionists and maybe a little prickly, but their banter was fun. Even if I spent the entire book alternating between wanting to slap the stupid out of them and mashing their faces together. Of course it was fun to see Alexa and Drew and Nik and Carlos again. Plot wise, it was easy and comfortable and that may have been the best part. I loved how compatible Maddie and Theo were. It was great to see the beginning of this story overlap a bit with things that happened in the other books. As always, this sort of story would be easily fixed if they would sit down and have a conversation, but the fun in this one is how each of them recognize that and argue with themselves about actually doing it. Overall, it was a quick and fun read with an excellent ending {and maybe the best scene of being locked in a closet}. I would have loved an epilogue, but I think I’m just being greedy now. **Huge thanks to Berkley for providing the arc free of charge**

  24. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Kramer

    Before I get in to why this book didn’t work for me, I want to mention something that did: Alexa and Maddie’s friendship, particularly the way Maddie processed how Alexa’s engagement and marriage could change their friendship. It is a big adjustment when your best friend gets involved with someone, especially if you’re not also in a serious relationship, and I liked how the story delved into this. It reminded me of conversations I had with my closest friends before they got married and really ra Before I get in to why this book didn’t work for me, I want to mention something that did: Alexa and Maddie’s friendship, particularly the way Maddie processed how Alexa’s engagement and marriage could change their friendship. It is a big adjustment when your best friend gets involved with someone, especially if you’re not also in a serious relationship, and I liked how the story delved into this. It reminded me of conversations I had with my closest friends before they got married and really rang true. Plus, it’s just fun to see how Alexa and Maddie were there for one another, throughout the wedding preparations. Also, this book is going to make you want to eat all the pizza. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes but the reason the characters are enemies has to make sense. It has to be more than finding the other person annoying after a brief conversation. Theo and Maddie had a simple misunderstanding where neither of them came across well but I did not see how it added up to the vitriol between them. But we all react toward people in ways that don’t always make sense so I rolled with it. However, they both came across as incredibly immature as the book progressed. I did not understand their insistence on not telling Alexa what was happening, nor their willful belief that she’d never catch on. (COME ON.) They were incredibly mean to one another at various points, which did not do either any favor. More than anything, I simply became tired of their protests that they were just hooking up short-term when it was clear from the start something more was between them. Additionally, (view spoiler)[I did not believe a protest against universal healthcare would be violent, much less than that there wouldn’t be parameters in place to prevent it from happening in the East Bay. There are protests and marches happening all the time. Granted, the author has lived in the Bay Area much longer than I did so I’ll defer to her but it did not match my experience living there. Maddie’s behavior during the TV show interview didn’t match my understanding of her character either. And while supposedly “bitchy Maddie” is a part of her, I never saw it up until that point and so her reaction didn’t make sense, especially when she made a point early on to say how that kind of show could be handled poorly. (hide spoiler)] In short, there was too much for me to suspend disbelief. Other people seem to be enjoying this one. For me, The Wedding Date remains the most successful of her novels but it still is romance novel-lite to me. If you don’t read much romance, Jasmine Guillory’s books will be enjoyable enough. They're a good choice particularly for people who prefer closed door heat levels (it's not entirely closed door but the sex scenes shown are not explicit.) But if you are a romance reader, you can’t help but see the ways they fall short and this one much more than the others. CW: reference to racial microaggressions, fatshaming, (view spoiler)[protest violence, concussion, brief hospitalization (hide spoiler)] Disclosure: I received an advanced copy from Berkley in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jamise // Spines & Vines

    OH MY GOODNESS, my cheeks are sore from smiling from ear to ear while reading THE WEDDING PARTY! I absolutely loved this book! It was sheer joy to turn the pages as I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation. I don’t think I can swoon, gush or squeal anymore than I have with this book. I had several glasses of rosé while reading this book & kicked my feet with excitement throughout. This story of love & friendship just made me giddy. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the story unfolded wi OH MY GOODNESS, my cheeks are sore from smiling from ear to ear while reading THE WEDDING PARTY! I absolutely loved this book! It was sheer joy to turn the pages as I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation. I don’t think I can swoon, gush or squeal anymore than I have with this book. I had several glasses of rosé while reading this book & kicked my feet with excitement throughout. This story of love & friendship just made me giddy. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the story unfolded with lighthearted pleasure, sexual tension, love and secrecy. ⁣ ⁣ It all began with Alexa and Drew (The Wedding Date), then Carlos and Nik (The Proposal) and now Maddie and Theo in The Wedding Party. Let me just say I freaking love Maddie and Theo. I was rooting for them the entire time. The evolution of their relationship was authentic and relatable. While you don’t necessarily have to read the books (The Wedding Date, The Proposal, The Wedding Party) in order of publication, I enjoyed reading them in order because it provided me a better frame of reference of how the characters were all connected.⁣ ⁣ Jasmine, you outdid yourself with this one! The Wedding Party hits shelves on July 16, 2019. Mark your calendars book friends, you are are in for a treat! ⁣

  26. 5 out of 5

    Princess

    I received a copy of this from Penguin and Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. This one was just so so for me, I kinda got tired of them constantly denying their feelings and being mean. It just didn’t even make sense part of the time. I enjoyed Alexa and was glad for the hea.

  27. 4 out of 5

    andrea

    I AM SO EXCITED

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Wedding Party is book three in the Wedding Date series. These books are sort of a cross between contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and Chick Lit. This book is Maddie and Theo's book (3rd person POVs). Maddie is Alexa from the Wedding Date's best friend. And Theo works with Alexa. This book is very connected to The Wedding Date as Alexa is in this book a lot. Maddie is a stylist. Theo works for the mayor of Berkeley, Calfornia. It took me a while to really get into this story. Even though I The Wedding Party is book three in the Wedding Date series. These books are sort of a cross between contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and Chick Lit. This book is Maddie and Theo's book (3rd person POVs). Maddie is Alexa from the Wedding Date's best friend. And Theo works with Alexa. This book is very connected to The Wedding Date as Alexa is in this book a lot. Maddie is a stylist. Theo works for the mayor of Berkeley, Calfornia. It took me a while to really get into this story. Even though I enjoyed the two previous books in this series I was uncertain what I thought about the timeline of this third book. There is a lot of overlap and repeat of scenes. I honestly think that it might have been better for the author to pick a different couple so that the story could start after The Wedding Date and The Proposal timelines. Instead we get a lot of scenes and scenarios that we have already seen. And Alexa is such a huge focus of this story. This almost feels like her book vs Maddie and Theo's book. Near the beginning of this book we get to see Theo's birthday party (which we had already seen). Yes, we now got to see things from his POV. But to me it was very weird to have Alexa there (having a fight with Drew) when her story was already mostly completed in The Wedding Date. I did prefer when the story went ahead weeks or months. I enjoyed seeing more of Maddie and Theo's careers. And there were some interesting twists and turns. Overall, this was an enjoyable book. It was definitely nice seeing the characters from the previous books. But I definitely think that Alexa's story completely overshadowed this book. I like Alexa a lot. So it was great getting to see the continuation of her story. Just realize going in that that is one of the main focuses of this book. Thanks to netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for allowing me to read this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kate ☀️ Olson

    (free review copy) I’m having a hard time deciding whether my “it was okay” feelings about this one are about the actual story or about the tropes within. I honestly just don’t love enemies-to-lovers or secret relationships in books and since those are the entire premise of this story, I couldn’t fall in love like I did with the first two books in the series. The thought of being physically intimate with someone I detest is so off-putting to me that the initial relationship between Maddie and Th (free review copy) I’m having a hard time deciding whether my “it was okay” feelings about this one are about the actual story or about the tropes within. I honestly just don’t love enemies-to-lovers or secret relationships in books and since those are the entire premise of this story, I couldn’t fall in love like I did with the first two books in the series. The thought of being physically intimate with someone I detest is so off-putting to me that the initial relationship between Maddie and Theo felt very inauthentic. And keeping a relationship secret past high school just seems.....WHY? But all that aside, I loved continuing with characters from The Wedding Date and The Proposal and spending time with all of these characters who just LOVE to eat. Seriously, the amount of pizza consumed in this book should win an award! There are current issues addressed and I loved Maddie’s professional evolution throughout the book. So, while this isn’t my favorite in the series due to the tropes, I’m still a massive Jasmine Guillory fan and can’t wait to read her holiday story coming out in October!! And I love that it’s a continuation of this world!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Strolle

    my fave of the three so far!

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