While We Were Dating

Berkley. (The Wedding Date, Bk. 6). Jul. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9780593100851. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Ben Stephens is thrilled to be leading his first high-profile ad campaign. The fact that it involves working closely with the beautiful and charming Oscar-nominated actress Anna Gardiner doesn’t hurt. Anna is hoping that this ad campaign, combined with her role in an upcoming superhero movie, will raise her profile enough to land a prestige role she has her heart set on; the harmless flirtation she and Ben engage in doesn’t hurt either. Then a family emergency leads to an inpromptu road trip, and Anna and Ben act on their attraction, kicking off a full-fledged fling. To keep the good publicity coming, Anna suggests they pretend they’re in a relationship after the shoot wraps, but as they spend more time together and share their concerns and insecurities, everything starts feeling a little too real. Guillory’s latest “Wedding Date” series installment (after Party of Two) weaves serious issues, including mental health and parental abandonment, through a believable romance that features relatable, good-hearted protagonists.
VERDICT Recommend to the author’s many fans, and readers who enjoyed the film Notting Hill.
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