|The Wedding Date|
by Jennifer Joyce
Genre: Chick Lit, Sweet Romance, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 28, 2016
|Description from Publisher: Delilah James, singleton and smoothie-addict, has six months to find a date for her oldest friend’s wedding. Oh, and to prove to her ex, best man Ben, that she has totally moved on since he dumped her out-of-the-blue nine months, eight days and seventeen hours ago…
So, with her two BFFs playing Cupid, Delilah launches herself into the high-tech, fast-paced and frankly terrifying world of dating. Luckily there’s the hot new guy at work, Adam Sinclair, to practice her flirting on – even if, as a colleague, he’s strictly off-limits!
Yet time’s running out and date after disastrous date forces Delilah to tell a little white lie – and invent a fake boyfriend! But will her secret crush on Adam ruin everything? Does she even care about Ben anymore? And is it too late to untangle her web of lies and take a real date to the wedding…?
|I received a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.com for an honest, unbiased review. My opinion is my own.|
This was a cute story that reminded me a lot of stories by Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk. Lighthearted and funny, with a relatable heroine that you can't help but like. The storytelling first-person perspective was quirky and felt like you were listening to a friend, which isn't your usual style for a romance and added something fun. As did the sprinkling of pop culture references (Westlife, McFly/McBusted, and Dawson's Creek all get mentions).
Delilah's many dates that go horribly, though amusingly, wrong are great. Almost unbelievable, but in that way that it's like hearing people talk about their worst dates and you think "Really?! I can't believe there are people out there like that," but there really are people that kooky. The way she gets herself into some of the various situations is comical in an "I Love Lucy" way that will make you smile.
It's a story not without some heart though, and I found myself appreciating Delilah's denial and rose-tinted glasses when it came to her ex-boyfriend. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that I have definitely been there. The arc of "moving on" was well-done.
The story had me wondering practically from the beginning, whether she would fall for Ryan or Adam. And it continued to keep me guessing throughout the bulk of the story. I won't tell you how things go though, you'll need to read to find out!
Overall, I thought this was a good fast read that you can read leisurely, even being interrupted by a kidlet, as I was a few times. :)