Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory
Dating is the last thing on Olivia Monroe’s mind when she moves to LA to start her own law firm. But when she meets a gorgeous man at a hotel bar and they spend the entire night flirting, she discovers too late that he is none other than hotshot junior senator Max Powell. Olivia has zero interest in dating a politician, but when a cake arrives at her office with the cutest message, she can’t resist—it is chocolate cake, after all.
Olivia is surprised to find that Max is sweet, funny, and noble—not just some privileged white politician, as she assumed him to be. Because of Max’s high-profile job, they start seeing each other secretly, which leads to clandestine dates and silly disguises. But when they finally go public, the intense media scrutiny means people are now digging up her rocky past and criticizing her job, even her suitability as a trophy girlfriend. Olivia knows what she has with Max is something special, but is it strong enough to survive the heat of the spotlight?
June 23rd, 2020
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I love Jasmine Guillory’s novels because are fun and engaging but also smart. I can’t do books that are too fluffy and this is a perfect balance. This is a romance that also has real-life issues intertwined and that is my kind of book. Maybe it is because I am in my mid-thirties with my feet firmly planted in the realities of a long term relationship but I love that her books have adults that actually, gasp, act like adults!! I love that she always features strong, smart women and body-positive language.
The best part is that this book isn’t just the whole falling in love and happily ever plotline. It actually involves the layered path of what it takes to work through both the highs and lows of relationships. Of course, this is still a lighter read but I appreciated the realness of the characters while still being a part of Guillory’s totally enjoyable writing style that she is known for.
The characters are well developed and the dialogue is witty. I haven’t loved one of her novels as much since her 2018 book The Wedding Date and highly recommend this! It is the perfect summer beach read that will leave you feeling super satisfied.
Thank you to Berkley Publishing for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.
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