Review: PARTY 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
Also in this series: Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date, #4), While We Were Dating
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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.”
Excellent review, Suzanne💜 I’m saving this series as a binge read. Like you, I’m finding myself gravitating towards more romance these days.
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This sounds adorable! And I know what you mean. I’m craving some lighter reading now too. I’m trying to get through an epic fantasy right now and it just isn’t working for me, lol.
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The lighter, fluffier reads are definitely the ones that are working best for me right now.
I need to check this one out. I didn’t have much luck with her past two books but I really liked The Wedding Date. I like the sound of Max!
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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.
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
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I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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!
I liked the others, but this one is definitely a standout for me. I had a lot of fun reading it. 🙂
I’ve also been reading a lot of romance lately! This sounds like a good one!
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.
I’m glad this one worked for you. I read the first in this series and didn’t get any further. But it’s more about me reading less romance than anything. Great review!
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I don’t usually read much romance either, but I’ve just been in the mood for it this spring and summer.
I just noticed you were reading I Killed Zoe Spanos! Me too! What do you think so far?
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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. 🙂
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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.
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Oh, I need this in my life. I NEED this goodness, Suzanne — your review won me over!!
Wooing with cake? Yes, please! I already like the sound of Max. LOL And I am such a sucker for good banter.
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I swear in some ways the cake was the star of the book for me, lol.
Like Nick, I had issues with her last two books, but you’ve convinced me to check it out at my library!
I hope this one is a winner for you!
I’m always in the mood for a smart and sexy romance! These characters sound wonderful and I love that they felt authentic. Great Review Suzanne ::)
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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Thanks, I hope so too. 🙂