While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory
Series: The Wedding Date #6
Publisher: Berkley Books
Published July 13th 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Romance
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Two people realize that it’s no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Timesbestselling author Jasmine Guillory.
Ben Stephens has never bothered with serious relationships. He has plenty of casual dates to keep him busy, family drama he’s trying to ignore and his advertising job to focus on. When Ben lands a huge ad campaign featuring movie star Anna Gardiner, however, it’s hard to keep it purely professional. Anna is not just gorgeous and sexy, she’s also down to earth and considerate, and he can’t help flirting a little…
Anna Gardiner is on a mission: to make herself a household name, and this ad campaign will be a great distraction while she waits to hear if she’s booked her next movie. However, she didn’t expect Ben Stephens to be her biggest distraction. She knows mixing business with pleasure never works out, but why not indulge in a harmless flirtation?
But their lighthearted banter takes a turn for the serious when Ben helps Anna in a family emergency, and they reveal truths about themselves to each other, truths they’ve barely shared with those closest to them.
When the opportunity comes to turn their real-life fling into something more for the Hollywood spotlight, will Ben be content to play the background role in Anna’s life and leave when the cameras stop rolling? Or could he be the leading man she needs to craft their own Hollywood ending?
This was far from what I expected? No idea what I was thinking it was going to be, but it wasn’t this…
Anna Gardiner is a beautiful and successful Hollywood star on the verge of becoming the next big thing. She started working on an ad campaign with Ben, who is in the advertising universe and climbing! This is a huge opportunity for both, so of course neither wants to make it go downhill. But what’s the problem with just flirting a little, right? I mean, Ben is gorgeous, funny and a good listener and Anna, although a star, is very down-to-earth and gorgeous, so why not? Well, Hollywood life isn’t that easy!
When Ben helps Anna with a family emergency, he learns more about her and all the anxiety issues she is dealing with and sees her as she really is, and not how magazines portray her. She ends up trusting him with more than she imagined, especially when both agree to start with a pretending relationship to help them both with the ad campaign, but is it all really fake or are there all kinds of emotions behind it?
This is a sexy and funny novel but it really didn’t do much for me. I wasn’t particularly interested in any of the main characters and I much preferred reading about Ben’s brother and his wife over him and Anna. The book didn’t manage to quite make me interested or caring about anything happening.
There were some funny and relatable moments, which I appreciated, but overall this sadly wasn’t for me. I wish it dealt more with the important topics behind the romance than all the sexiness? I liked when they talked about their mental health, family, body image, work life vs personal life and all that comes with it. But overall it was just sex and more sex without much of a spark to explain it? I didn’t feel the tension or the chemistry between the characters…
Overall I think this book could have been a lot more than it ended up being. This was my first book from the author and hopefully the next one I read will be better? Wouldn’t mind reading about Ben’s brother at all!
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