I read this this book through for better and for worse.
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory is the third book in The Wedding Date series, a set of companion novels by Jasmine Guillory. This book follows Maddie, the main character of the best friend from the first novel, as she helps her friend prepare for her wedding. Unfortunately for Maddie, she strongly dislikes Theo, her friend’s coworker and another member of the wedding party.
I was interested in The Wedding Party after I ranked The Proposal, the second book in the series, as one of my favorite contemporary books two years ago. I had never read, and still have never read, the first book in the series, but it never hindered my reading experience because The Proposal stood well on its own. Unfortunately for me, The Wedding Party did not meet my expectations, and after awhile, annoyed me as well.
I can’t count this against the Wedding Party, but unlike with The Proposal, I would recommend reading The Wedding Date before this one. While The Proposal seemed far enough away from the original story, The Wedding Date heavily relies on characters from the first book. Since I knowingly went into this book, which is open about including the wedding of the first two characters, I can’t list this as a negative, only as a precaution for others who may be interested in this book, but not the first of the series.
For me, a huge reason that I didn’t connect with this book were the characters. I liked Maddie and Theo for the most part, but their actions at the end seemed so vastly different from the characters I watched grow throughout the book. Their actions appeared to be more for the sake of drama rather than consistent with their characters. Also, Alexa, the main character from The Wedding Date, was extremely annoying. In fact, it makes me hesitant to ever read the first book in the series. Plus, Alexa’s sister only seemed added in to be able to extend the series later, which after I finished this book, I found that she would be in fact the titular character in the next book of the series.
Another reason I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I hoped was the relationship. To me, there wasn’t a good balance between the physical and emotional aspects of the relationship. While I understand that the arrangement that Maddie and Theo makes attempts to take any feelings out of the mix, I would have appreciated a little more emotional impact than just a couple events at the end of the book to buy more into their relationship.
Finally, the pacing of this book really dragged on for me. The same events and conversations happened over and over and over again. By the end of the book, I was just reading to finish. Whenever I find myself in that situation, I know it’s not a book that I really enjoyed.
Overall, I was disappointed with The Wedding Date because I didn’t connect with it like the other book that I read by Jasmine Guillory. In The Proposal, the relationship seemed so real and natural, but everything in this book felt extremely forced. I give The Wedding Party two out of five stars.