Review: PARTY OF TWO by Jasmine Guillory

Review:  PARTY OF TWO by Jasmine GuilloryParty of Two by Jasmine Guillory
Also by this author: Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date, #4), While We Were Dating
Series: The Wedding Date #5
Published by Berkley Books on June 23, 2020
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 320
Also in this series: Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date, #4), While We Were Dating
Source: Netgalley
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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.







I don’t know if it’s the stress of the pandemic or because it’s finally summer, but I have found myself craving romantic reads lately.  I seriously just can’t get enough of them.  I’ve been enjoying Jasmine Guillory’s series, The Wedding Date, so when I saw she had a new installment in the series coming out this month, Party of Two, I couldn’t resist requesting it.

Olivia Monroe is smart, sexy, and savvy, and she’s also a successful attorney who has recently moved to L.A. to start her own law firm with her best friend.  The last thing Olivia has time for in her life right now is romance, but a chance encounter in a hotel bar with a handsome man has her thinking a little romance might not be a bad thing.  That is, until she later learns that the handsome man is none other than Senator Max Powell.  Olivia has absolutely no interest in dating a politician or in the pressure of being in the spotlight.  She still can’t deny that Max is gorgeous though…

I wanted to cringe as much as Olivia did when I realized Max was a politician, but I’ll freely admit that he won me over right away.  Max is smart and handsome, but he’s also just flat out adorable.  He wears disguises so he can have privacy while he’s out and about, he’s very passionate about causes that are important to him, and perhaps the biggest selling point for me, he tries to woo Olivia with cake!  This is a guy after my own heart, haha.  He’s not perfect though and I think that’s actually what I liked most about him. Max tends to be a little impulsive, especially when it comes to matters of love and romance.  His heart is always in the right place, but he can sometimes make a mess of things because he acts first and thinks second.

I really adored both Max and Olivia from that first encounter in the hotel bar.  Their chemistry was off the charts and their flirty banter was truly giving me life!  Even though I’m not really a believer in love at first sight, I was immediately rooting for the two of them to give it a go.  I also thought the author did a wonderful job of making both characters and their evolving relationship feel so authentic. As with most relationships, there are lots of fun moments, but also some more dramatic and stressful moments.  I was completely invested in both Max and Olivia as if I actually knew them and found myself glued to the book, finishing it in just a couple of sittings, because I just had to know if they were going to get a happy ending together or not.

If you’re in the mood for a smart, sexy romance, I highly recommend giving Party of Two a try.  As much as I have enjoyed The Wedding Date series overall, I won’t hesitate to say that Party of Two is my new favorite book in the series.  To quote Mary Poppins, it’s “practically perfect in every way.”


About Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School. She is a Bay Area native who has towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks.

30 replies
    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I haven’t had any problems with the other books in the series, but something about this one just really appealed to me even more than the earlier books. It might be the politics since I’m kind of a political junkie, lol.

  1. Sam@wlabb
    Sam@wlabb says:

    I have been seeing a lot of people saying this is their new favorite in the series, so, YEAH! I liked Alexa’s sister, and am looking forward to reading her story

  2. Michele
    Michele says:

    I read the first two books in this series and while I enjoyed them, I wasn’t crazy about them. Hearing how much you enjoyed this one is making me want to pick the series back up again! Thanks!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      The romances have really been keeping me out of a reading slump during the pandemic. I had a lot of fun reading this one and meeting Max and Olivia.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I like it pretty well so far. I have some mixed feelings about the podcast but otherwise I think it’s a pretty compelling story.

  3. Lindsi
    Lindsi says:

    I don’t know where my first comment went, but now I’m wondering if previous comments haven’t been posting…

    I’ve been really curious about this book, so I’m happy to see you enjoyed it! <3 I hope you and yours are doing well. 🙂

  4. lisa thomson
    lisa thomson says:

    This sounds like a wonderful romance, Suzanne. I’m always up for a good romance, especially now, as you say. I love this author’s bio! LOL. Lipsticks and cake recipes….fist pump. Thanks for sharing your review. I’ll be adding this to my TBR.

  5. verushka
    verushka says:

    Oh, I need this in my life. I NEED this goodness, Suzanne — your review won me over!!

  6. Flora
    Flora says:

    I read for escapism, Suzanne, which is why I love fantasy so much. The majority of which are paranormal romance, so I can understand your recent reading preference. 😉
    I’m glad that you enjoyed this one and hope the next book is just as good.

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