The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party

Maddie and Theo have two things in common:1. Alexa is their best friend2. They hate each otherAfter 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...

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Title:The Wedding Party
Author:Jasmine Guillory
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The Wedding Party Reviews

  • 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 ***

  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    Jasmine Guillory’s third book

    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!

    Professional style consultant Maddie doesn’t n

    Jasmine Guillory’s third book

    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!

    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…

    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.

  • 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

    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

    ???

  • Christy

    An enemies to lovers romance by Jasmine Guillory… I’m here for it!

    Maddie and Theo are Alexa’s (from

    ) 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.

    An enemies to lovers romance by Jasmine Guillory… I’m here for it!

    Maddie and Theo are Alexa’s (from

    ) 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.

    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!!

  • 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.

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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    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

    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.

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  • 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,

    , 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,

    , 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

    ? 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!!

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  • 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 :(

  • 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.

  • Gabby

    This is my second book from Jasmine Guillory, and even though I liked this one more than

    I still had some issues with it. I think this is way too

    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

    This is my second book from Jasmine Guillory, and even though I liked this one more than

    I still had some issues with it. I think this is way too

    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

    to me.

    (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.

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