Published by: Forever Yours
Publication date: April 5th 2016
Genres: Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
A LITTLE FAKE RELATIONSHIP NEVER HURT ANYONE . . .
Kate Massie has big dreams-they just haven’t worked out. Yet. In the meantime, she spends her days clerking for a judge and her nights fantasizing about her tall, dark, and sexy gym crush. So when she runs into him one night, she’s shocked to realize he was her shy, nerdy junior-prom date. But that isn’t where the surprises end . . .
James Abell needs a date to his sister’s wedding. So when Kate agrees, he’s relieved . . . until one little lie turns their wedding date into a full-blown fake relationship. Only it doesn’t feel fake-not the toe-curling kisses and definitely not the electricity. Neither of them is looking for something real . . . but they just might fall for their own little white lie.
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☆➹⁀☆☆ 4 Stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
The Wedding Date by Kelly Eadon is a quick fun read. This relatively chaste contemporary romance may have a tried-and-true premise, but Eadon added some interesting and charming nuances that made it unique.
Eadon’s writing style is fun and flirty, and her story is engaging. Her characters are realistic and relatable. Kate and James both grew up in Belmont, but on opposite sides of town. Kate went to public school whereas James attended the posh, private Falston Prep School. What they do have in common is the desire to not become attached. They met in high school through a mutual friend, and their paths don’t cross again until Kate returns to Belmont after finishing law school.
The secondary characters are charming. Kate’s friends Ryan and Beth are funny. They, along with her sister, Rachel, are her lifelines. James’ extended family can be intimidating, but they take to Kate immediately and go along with James’ ruse that he and Kate are dating. I especially liked Margaret, James’ mom and Abell family matriarch. The old-money rivalries provided some awkward and funny moments. Eadon’s depiction of James’ ex-girlfriend’s anxiety disorder was tasteful and respectful.
The plot is fast paced, making The Wedding Date a very quick read. Between the pace and the engaging characters, I couldn’t put it down. While I enjoyed the chemistry between James and Kate, I didn’t quite buy the relationship conflict. The minimal angst was fine, but the conflict felt contrived. The story would have benefited from the conflict being drawn out and explored a bit further.
Overall, I found The Wedding Date to be charming and funny. I loved the character interaction and the big family wedding weekend. A tidy wrap-up provides a very satisfying HEA. Upbeat and lighthearted, The Wedding Date is a feel-good read.