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Party of Two Paperback – June 23, 2020
An Amazon Book with Buzz: "Sweet Sorrow" by David Nicholls
"With fully fleshed-out characters, terrific dialogue, bountiful humor, and genuinely affecting scenes, this is really the full package of a rewarding, romantic read."—Booklist Learn more
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“A rom-com queen.”—Refinery29
“No one writes rom-coms like Jasmine Guillory.”—PopSugar
“With sharp banter, a well-rounded cast of characters, and plenty of swoony scenes, Jasmine Guillory defends her position as one of the most exciting rom-com writers out there.”—BuzzFeed
“There is so much to relate to, and throughout the novel there is a sharp feminist edge. Loved this one, and you will too.”—New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay
“The real pleasure here is the little world Guillory has created . . . a Los Angeles populated with a diverse, devoted crowd of nice people who hold each other up, treat each other to cupcakes, have each other’s back, and occasionally fall in love.”—The Seattle Times
“Guillory’s debut is as enchanting as her characters—bright, bold, warm and wonderful. Even better, there’s a proposal to rival any commercial that Madison Avenue can deliver.”—The Washington Post
“This novel reads like a truly contemporary contemporary romance in that the hero and heroine grapple with issues anyone dating today will relate to.”—NPR
"No one does heart-fluttering romance with wit and insight like bestseller Jasmine Guillory."—Elle
"The queen of dishy romance needs no introduction. If you're all in on the Wedding Date series, you can't miss this next installment."—GoodHousekeeping.com
"No one writes a love story like Jasmine Guillory."—Essence.com
"Jasmine Guillory once again writes a light-hearted tale of fluttery romance that still maintains a feminist edge."—Shondaland
"Once again, Jasmine Guillory has written the perfect charming romance."—HelloGiggles
"[A] fun, swoon-worthy love story."—Woman's World
"With her trademark wit, Guillory has created another strong, smart woman whose struggle to balance her personal life with her potential public image is immensely sympathetic."—Shelf Awareness
"Effortlessly excellent at writing romances."—The Kit
"Much like a crisp glass of rose on a summer evening, Guillory's bestselling romance novels go down smooth."—E Online
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Normally, romance books revolve around the “will they/won’t they” dynamic, except we all know they will so it’s more of us just racing to get to that point. While there are a few seconds of that, the rest of this book is really about the characters deciding if the relationship is worth it, and fighting to keep their relationship strong despite the world. It was honestly, really refreshing to read a book dealing with the actual struggles of a relationship, and not just the struggles of trying to get in one. The plot also includes some political aspects, and some aspects you typically see in books dealing with fame, and I loved how they were included.
These two characters might be one of my favorite Jasmine Guillory couples. They are such well-developed characters on their own, and together they work together so beautifully. But let’s talk about them individually. Olivia is driven, dedicated, and private. She plans things in advance and is never one to make a quick decision. Max is equally driven and dedicated, but he’s fine with living a public life, and is just a hint impulsive. Okay, maybe a lot impulsive. Honestly, he reminds me of a golden retriever and I love him.
We also have a good set of side characters, with a couple of familiar faces if you’ve read previous books. I can definitely see one of the side characters being the lead in Jasmine’s next book, but that’s all I’ll say about that.
Do not miss this book. If you’re looking for a fun romance with all the drama and actual healthy relationships, please pick it up!
I really enjoyed watching Olivia's female friendships develop in her new home, and Max's friendship with Wes was wonderfully portrayed. I'm looking forward to Wes's future book and Jamila's (*fingers crossed*)!
Make sure you have plenty of snacks, preferably cake and/or pie, on hand when you start reading! Her characters talk about and eat SO MUCH FOOD, and it made me so hungry!
Meeting a bar and sending cake, isn't a very compelling meet cute, and the too-good-to-be-true Max, a rich, handsome Senator with a heart of gold, perfect political positions and dreams of monogamy, never feels like an actual human man. Their "conflict" in the final third of the story is eye-rolling. What is portrayed as a major sticking point in their relationship seems like, at best, worthy of a semi-tense conversation, particularly given that this exact same "big thing" has already been revealed willingly by the lead publicly in a situation very much like the one here in a previous book AND earlier in this story. Her reaction is just ridiculous, as is her constantly making Max prove himself, which he does over and over without complaint because, again, not believable as a human man. Her trust issues, or lack thereof, are never an issue.
I still feel like Guillory's books would make a great on-screen, rom-com series, but think I'm done reading them until she gets a new story. Not that I blame her one bit for continuing to go back to that well, as more-of-the-same is what most publishers want, once something is a hit.
I loved their relationship, I loved how the author realistically addressed their interracial relationship and the difficulty in having such a public relationship. At times Olivia’s cautious nature got on my nerves a little, she lacked spontaneity and overthought things. She really doubted Max’s feelings for her and doubted herself too. Glad they got their HEA, wish the story had continued a little further.