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Party of Two

(The Wedding Date #5)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  27,014 ratings  ·  3,032 reviews
A chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns into a whirlwind affair that gets everyone talking. 

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. Ol
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published June 23rd 2020 by Berkley
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Kathy Stevenson i have read the other books. they do each stand on their own, you will only miss the backstory of the relationships of a few characters. the other boo…morei have read the other books. they do each stand on their own, you will only miss the backstory of the relationships of a few characters. the other books started feeling a bit formulaic--hot sex, pizza delivery lots of coffee and doughnuts/cupcakes. big fight, the realization of feelings, happily ever after. not bad, but after binging four books in a row it became predictable, albeit good reads.(less)

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May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jasmine Guillory never disappoints. This is as charming and romantic a novel as her previous works. It was fun to see Olivia and Max fall in love and then have to figure out if a relationship between them could be possible.

Also they ate CONSTANTLY. Like so much food. Cakes. Pies. Tacos. Pizza. Burgers. Charcuterie. Literally there is food in every scene. There is ten times more food than sex. I think half the fantasy here is eating without the realities of living in a body. Food is great. But n
Jasmine Guillory
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Jasmine Book Five! I love this book a whole lot and I hope you will too!!!
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read

Party of Two is my favorite Jasmine Guillory yet!!!

This installment follows Olivia Monroe, who has just moved back to California, from New York, to open a law firm with her long-time friend, Ellie.

Some of you may remember Olivia as Alexa's older sister; the one Alexa is going to visit at the hotel in the beginning of The Wedding DateThe Wedding Date.

Olivia had been in NYC since law school and when the opportunity presented itself for her to get out of the big firm game, and move c
Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is sweet, smart, entertaining, scandalous! ( the heroine is kickass lawyer and her name is Olivia, too but she doesn’t have any gladiator minions worshipping her and she’s not dating -thankfully- with first man Fitzgerald but privileged, wealthy senator and their chemistry is sizzling, hot as hell!) I may say this is one of the best books of the series and more realistic approach to the struggles having in a relationship when you’re dating with hotshot, rising star of political arena.

Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The little blurb below really sums up what I felt about this.

I've only read 3 of Jasmine's books and this one landed right in the middle. It wasn't my favorite of hers but it wasn't my least favorite.

I was a little annoyed at first by the "I'm not like other girls" vibe from Olivia but it wasn't that bad.

Other than that, I don't have much else to say. This book was sweet and enjoyable and I can't wait to see what else this author has coming.

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pleasantly pleasant! review to come

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Feb 20, 2021 rated it liked it
A chance meeting in a bar.... Olivia and Max each at the hotel bar for different reasons. Can a spark of love ignite out of this chance meeting. Or will they be two ships that sailed in different directions.

Olivia a lawyer who moved from NY City to California to start her own law firm with a close friend. She is single and not looking for a romantic entanglement.
She finds herself at the hotel bar just looking for a quick drink to unwind after a long cross country move.

Max is a California junior
3.5 stars


Party of Two is the fifth book in Jasmine Guillory’s ‘The Wedding Date’ series. I’ve enjoyed every book in this series and this one was no exception. I absolutely adored the hero and the romance was sweet and swoony.

Olivia Monroe is an attorney who’ just moved from NYC back to her home state of California. At a hotel bar, she meets a man and they’re both smitten with one another. Max Powell is that man. Max is a senator and when he sees Olivia a few weeks after their first meeting,
Taylor Reid
I just finished Royal Holiday, also by Jasmine Guillory, and I absolutely loved it. It is so nice to have an author like Jasmine Guillory out there—she delivers every time and it’s pure delight. Party of Two is also absolutely fantastic. It’s about a woman who starts dating a politician and it gave me some American President vibes.
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third Jasmine Guillory book & it might be my favorite. The romance was so sweet and the characters were so easy to like.
It's a great summer read for this year. The romance, the great characters, the talk of diversity and all the mention of cake. Max randomly surprises Olivia with cake & pies, SIGN ME UP!
myo (myonna reads)
i actually did enjoy the book but their relationship just wasn’t convincing, it seemed very dull and i was more bored than in awe. their relationship in general was boring like it wasn’t friends to lovers or anything, they just meet, immediately take interest in each other and date.

which i just find very boring, on top of that the smut scenes were fade to black which is fine but when the relationship is this boring the people need more. i do like the senator aspect and how they had to keep it a
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

2.5/5 Stars

Full review HERE

Even though there was nothing wrong with this story, I just didn't enjoy it as much as I was hoping to. I really liked Olivia as a character and I must say that Max had its moments, but their relationship didn't really convince me. It seemed a bit dull and also quite repetitive, especially in the first two thirds of the novel. They were always doing the same things and t
Larry H
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my go-to authors, Jasmine Guillory, is back with Party of Two , another fun, sexy, and timely rom-com!

Olivia has just moved back to California from NYC so she can open a law firm with her best friend. While staying at a hotel until her place is ready, she meets a handsome man at the bar. He looks vaguely familiar, but she figures he must be an actor or something. (It is LA, after all.)

They talk and joke and flirt all night, and she definitely feels the attraction to him, but they go ba
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss2020
This is my fourth by Jasmine Guillory and by now I know I can rely on her impeccable style and ability to create strong female characters.
Olivia Monroe leaves a big shot law firm in New York to start her own practice together with her friend Ellie back home in LA. Olivia is smart and hard-working, but moving across the country and starting a new life isn't easy. You need to find a house, buy a car, go to endless networking events to get new clients and so on. There is absolutely no time for dati
Cait (Caitsbooks)
Check out this review (and more) over on my blog!

Quick Stats:
5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Party of Two was the exact read I needed. It’s cute and fun, but has true depth.

”Sometimes the only way to get something good is to take a few risks.”

// Content Warning: Racism (Mention) //

Release Date: 6/23/2020
Publisher: Berkley Books
Page Count: 320

Party of Two follows Olivia Monroe, a lawyer who moved to
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Olivia Monroe has zero intentions of dating anyone, particularly not someone as high profile as a US senator. She's got a new firm to launch, a new city to get used to, and a car to (eventually) purchase. Yet there's something about Max Powell that makes her knees go weak, and soon the two are engaged in a clandestine relationship—that's about to go public.

This was super cute!

My twenty were exciting in New York, too, but then I reached that age where I got horrified when someone invited me to so
NB: I received a free copy of the ARC from Netgalley and Berkeley, but that has not affected the content of my review.

This was a perfectly fine romance. Certainly it was leaps and bounds better than her last book, which felt rushed and forced. But Party of Two was missing the spark for me that her earlier stuff had, particularly the second book in this series, The Proposal, which is my favorite of hers.

Our two main characters, Olivia and Max, are very cute together. They meet at a bar one night
A recently relocated lawyer meets cute with a generically handsome white guy at her hotel bar, gushing over there love of basic desserts. She regrets not having a one night stand with him, but soon discovers via the nightly news he's the famously hot new California junior Senator. After another run in at a local board meeting, Olivia and Max agree to start dating, agreeing to keep it on the down low. Olivia's reluctance to be thrust into the spotlight and Max's tendency to jump head first into a ...more
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
it talked about a lot of important issues from politics, black women in the workplace, feminism, sexism, while also focusing on the love story between a black female lawyer and a white governor/ political figure. I enjoyed it for the fluffy sweet bits but it lacked in steam factor. The scenes were fade to black or lacking in a lot of ways. The main conflict was unreasonable as it came out of nowhere. The action done by the character did not seem fitting as he's described as perfect and intellige ...more
An absolutely charming romance with lots of cake!

This is the sixteenth book in my #atozchallenge! I'm challenging myself to read a book from my shelves that starts with each letter of the alphabet. Let's clear those shelves and delve into that backlist!

When Olivia Monroe randomly chats with a handsome stranger at a hotel bar, she has no idea that they will wind up making a lasting connection. After her chance encounter, she learns that man was no other than Max Powell, a hotshot junior senator
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, chick-lit
2.5 stars, rounded down
Becca Freeman
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeps getting better and better. My favorite book from Jasmine Guillory yet!
Jun 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jasmine Guillory Fans, Romance
3.5 Discovering Differences Yet The Same Stars
* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-Congratulations
goodreads Choice Awards 2020 Best Romance, Nominee
A Quick Review

This had all the makings of the continuing series by Ms. Guillory. She has a deft hand with touching timely, so incredibly timely issues of the day.
She is able to bring them to life with a coupling of people we have met from the past books and have them discover their attraction to someone unexpected.

With the characters having massive amounts of yu
Party of Two is an opposites attract romance following Olivia, the sister of the MC in The Wedding Date, as she moves back to Los Angeles to start her own law firm. She unexpectedly meets Max, a junior senator who is charming and does well in the spotlight. This book feels very timely in terms of having a hero who is an elected official advocating for a criminal justice reform bill. And in fact, we get some great conversations about the unequal effects of the criminal justice system on those fro ...more
Natalia Allen
I love the Wedding Date series and can’t wait to read more about this wonderful universe Jasmine Guillory has created.
Olivia is my favorite protagonist so far, and I really resonated with a lot of the feelings and struggles that she faced. However, her chemistry with Max for me was just...not there. Their relationship issues did not seem resolved at the end and they were overall not my favorite couple from this series.
It was still a fun read and I still recommend it if you’re into the series.
Helen Dunn
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wordofmouth
This was cute! It reminded me a lot of the OG book The Wedding Date when so much of the romance centered around eating junk food together! I really like that first book by Guillory but was harder for me to warm up to the characters in the other book of hers that I've read (The Proposal) (I suspect that has more to do with me than her and is more about my mood when reading them than anything else.)

But like I said, I enjoyed this one even if it's a little bit of a crazy plot and I'm reading mostly
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.
I had same issues with this book as I did with Book #1 in this series. Guillory's main characters, a 39 years old US Senator and a 30 plus years old attorney enter into a relationship and eat a lot of food (diet centering on pizza, tacos, fries and baked goods galore). The issue is - that their banter and interactions are comparable to that of a teenager. I swear, my children, who are in their early twenties have more mature conversations, and most of the time, can address their rela
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: published-2020

This was my first Jasmine Guillory novel and I came to it with high expectations, which may partly explain why I finished it feeling disappointed. However, if I had to sum up succinctly why this book didn't work for me as much as I had hoped, it is because the Issues overwhelm the romance. I sympathize with and even share Guillory's social ideas but not far into the book, I began to feel as if the characters became mouthpieces for the issues Guillory is examining, and it felt awkwar
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, this one is definitely my favorite of the series.

I’ve been intrigued by Olivia since we met her in The Wedding Date. She’s smart and loyal and strong and seriously kickass. Max is charming and adorable and so impulsive. Together, they are opposites and it was delightful reading their meet cute and bonding over desserts.

Plot wise, it was good. Their relationship moved organically and even though they were often apart, it didn’t feel that way. There was a good amount of communication and t
Gilmore Girls A Thon: A complicated love interest

This is book #5 in The Wedding Date series so I can't really think of much to say that I haven't already said about the other books in the series.

Party of Two is probably the only book in the series that I would say can be read as a stand alone because only one character from another book makes an appearance in this book. Olivia has just moved from New York City to Los Angeles to open her own law firm with a close friend. One night at a hotel ba
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Of course I requested an ARC of this (and was approved) before realizing it was #5 in a series I haven't read any of the books in. 😂 OF COURSE I DID. Does anyone know if I need to read #1-4 first, or if I could start with this one and go back for the rest later? ...more
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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.

Other books in the series

The Wedding Date (6 books)
  • The Wedding Date (The Wedding Date, #1)
  • The Proposal (The Wedding Date, #2)
  • The Wedding Party (The Wedding Date, #3)
  • Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date, #4)
  • While We Were Dating (The Wedding Date, #6)

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