Happy Wednesday and boy is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! We have actual flurries in the forecast later this week and you know I love me some flurries! I have something a little different for you today, straight from the lovely elves at Berkley Romance.
We are excited to participate in the Berkley Bookmas event. Today we are hosting Jasmine Guillory and let me tell you why! A while back I received the prettiest bookmail package with info on a debut author that really tickles my fancy. First off, according to her bio, she has a cake recipe for every occasion and is the proud owner of at least 50 lipsticks, I mean for real ladies, she is our people! Then, I got a glimpse of the beautiful book cover and I was all in. Go ahead, scroll down and admire the pretty, and the blurb is just as enticing. Think movie rom-com fun back before Mr. Rom Com Matthew McConaughey stopped showering on the regular! Any hoots, when the opportunity presented itself to participate in Berkley’s big Bookmas event, I jumped all over the Jasmine Guillory fun!
So, let me tell you more about this big #BerkleyBookmas event. A bunch of us bloggers are hosting exclusive content from various Berkley authors with goodies coming out soon. The blogs listed below will have fun Julie James recipes so be sure to follow along. Not only do you get some fun, exclusive teaser content, you also get a chance to enter a fabulous giveaway. Berkley is giving away one $100 Visa Gift card and a book/galley/bound manuscript by each of the participating authors. How cool is that? You can win your own pretty bookmail package! Now, let’s take a look at the Jasmine Guillory goodness. Spoiler alert: I’ve read the bulk of THE WEDDING DATE and let me tell you, she is definitely an author to watch! THE WEDDING DATE releases January 30, 2018.
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.
On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…
After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other…
They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century–or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want…
THE WEDDING DATE by Jasmine Guillory
(At the rehearsal dinner)
Boy, was it nice when this guy touched her. The hand-holding was particularly great. She felt like she was back in high school, except instead of the nerdy girl that everyone liked in that generic way, she was the girl holding hands with the hot guy at the party. She’d always wondered how that had felt.
News flash: it felt awesome.
She fought back her smile before she remembered that she was supposed to be besotted with Drew, so she let it beam as they walked through the party and up to the bar.
“Full bar, thank God. What’s your drink of choice?” He gestured to the bottles of alcohol along the bar with a flourish.
“Tonight? Let’s start with a gin martini, please.”
Drew handed over her drink and clinked it with his bourbon. They each took long sips of their drinks without breaking eye contact. Alexa glanced at an empty table in the corner and rose her eyebrows to Drew; he nodded and took her arm to steer her over there. As Drew set his glass down, a tall blond guy came over and slapped him on the back before he turned to Alexa.
“So this is Alexa? So glad you’re here with Drew for the wedding,” he said, holding out his hand for her to shake.
Drew put his hand on the small of her back.
“Alexa, I’d like to introduce you to Josh Rogers, the groom. Josh, my girlfriend, Alexa Monroe,” Drew said, his hand stroking the small of her back in a way that made her whole body tingle. Or maybe that was the gin hitting her bloodstream. She ignored whatever it was and smiled at Josh as she shook his hand.
“A pleasure to meet you, Josh. Congratulations on the wedding! I’m honored to be here.”
A strawberry blonde with soft curls and a knee-length white eyelet dress walked up to them. Alexa had pegged her as the bride as soon as she’d walked into the room—who else would wear white to a rehearsal dinner? At her approach, Alexa moved closer to Drew. He picked up his drink and sipped it, but she knew he noticed, too, because he slid his arm around her waist. Damn, there was that tingle again.
“Drew, is this Alexa? Alexa, I’m Molly. It’s so nice to meet you.”
Molly gave her a huge smile that felt genuine, and not for the first time, Alexa wondered what the whole story was between the Molly and Drew breakup. Did Josh and Molly feel guilty for what they’d done to Drew? Did they ask him to be in the wedding to assuage their guilt?
She wasn’t going to get an answer to that question right now (if ever), so her job was just to stand here next to Drew and turn on the charm. Luckily, she worked in politics; charm was her middle name.
Alexa increased the wattage of her smile by at least fifty percent.
“Molly, thank you so much for having me. Everything is lovely. What a wonderful choice for a rehearsal dinner. I can only imagine that the wedding will be just as beautiful.”
Drew’s thumb traced circles around her hip as she and Molly exchanged bright pleasantries about the wedding, the perfect weather in the Bay Area this time of year, and Josh and Molly’s upcoming honeymoon in Hawaii. Between the sensuous feel of his touch and her now-finished martini, she was almost distracted enough not to wonder if he could detect the Spanx underneath her dress. Almost.
After a few minutes, Molly glanced to the corner of the room and sighed.
“My mom is signaling me; I think I have to go talk to one of my aunts. I hope to get to talk to you more later, Alexa. And you, too, Drew. Oh, and don’t forget! The hashtag is #jollymosh.” Molly smiled and glided away.
Giveaway Links and Deets!
The giveaway: one $100 Visa gift card, and a book/galley/bound manuscript by each of the authors participating. Click this link to enter! Just click anywhere that’s underlined to be taken to the magical giveaway portal!
Keep the Good Times Rolling!
Make sure you check out these blogs tomorrow for more fun, Julie James foodie style!
- Babs Book Bistro
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- A Southern Girl’s Bookshelf
- Harlequin Junkie
- Book Binge
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- The Blogger Girls
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Smooches,Tags: Berkley, excerpt, Giveaway, Jasmine Guillory, The Wedding Date