book reviews

Book Review: While We Were Dating (The Wedding Date #6)

Release Date: 13 July 2021

Author: Jasmine Guillory

Genre: Romance, Adult, Fiction, Novel

Format: Audible

Narrated By: Janina Edwards

Length: ~10 hours 21 mins

Two people realize that it’s no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory.

Ben Stephens has never bothered with serious relationships. He has plenty of casual dates to keep him busy, family drama he’s trying to ignore and his advertising job to focus on. When Ben lands a huge ad campaign featuring movie star, Anna Gardiner, however, it’s hard to keep it purely professional. Anna is not just gorgeous and sexy, she’s also down to earth and considerate, and he can’t help flirting a little…

Anna Gardiner is on a mission: to make herself a household name, and this ad campaign will be a great distraction while she waits to hear if she’s booked her next movie. However, she didn’t expect Ben Stephens to be her biggest distraction. She knows mixing business with pleasure never works out, but why not indulge in a harmless flirtation?

But their light-hearted banter takes a turn for the serious when Ben helps Anna in a family emergency, and they reveal truths about themselves to each other, truths they’ve barely shared with those closest to them.

When the opportunity comes to turn their real-life fling into something more for the Hollywood spotlight, will Ben be content to play the background role in Anna’s life and leave when the cameras stop rolling? Or could he be the leading man she needs to craft their own Hollywood ending?

This is going to be a quick one. I’m glad I decided to listen to the audio instead of reading the actual book. I wasn’t a huge fan of the plot and found myself getting bored more often than not.

So this is about Anna Gardner. A woman with fam who is trying to get noticed more for a role that she wants. She ends up meeting Ben and eventually they end up being intimate. Eventually they decide to fake date so that it would be all over the media and hopefully help Anna get this role. But of course, they grow to have real feelings for each other & fall in love.

For me, the romance seemed more forced than real & maybe that’s why I just couldn’t connect or fall in love with this story line. It was almost as if Anna used him for publicity and then felt obligated to date him because of what he did for her. While that isn’t how the storyline played out, that’s how it came off to me.

If this is your first or second Jasmine Guillory book, you may really enjoy this. I don’t think this is a bad read, but since I have read all 6 books, it’s kind of redundant for me which may be why I found myself bored at times. This was the book that initially made me want to read the series to begin with and a part of the reason why I read all of them pretty much right after each other.

If you are just now bumping into this series, you can read these books in any order you choose. Even with the few crossovers between books, it doesn’t matter what order you read them. I actually appreciate that Guillory does the crossovers sometimes.

My Overall Rating:

Have you read this book or series? What were your thoughts?

Check out my reviews from other books within this series?

The Wedding Date

The Proposal

The wedding Party

Royal Holiday

Party for Two


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