Rom-Com Book Review: Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date Book 4) by Jasmine Guillory

Thank you to Berkley Books for providing me an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality.

Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour—until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling.

Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day. . .or are they?

So this book just was not for me.  I wish I had a different book to start out this series with, but sadly I don’t.   I love a rom-com, but this was not all that rom or com for me.  I do think the fact that the characters are basically the ages of my own parents, probably did not help things.  I honestly just didn’t care that much about either Malcolm or Vivian. I didn’t feel like there was a lot of chemistry between them, and in the end, I didn’t care if they ended up together or not.  

I did enjoy the writing though, it was a quick easy read which we all need, and as this was the first of Jasmine Guillory’s books I’ve read, I certainly plan on giving her another try just based on that fact. I really wish I had liked it, but I think I need to steer clear of books about the romantic lives of people my parents’ age. 

Overall: 2

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2 thoughts on “Rom-Com Book Review: Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date Book 4) by Jasmine Guillory

  1. OH bummer. I’ve heard good things about her other books…but I’ve also heard this author keeps on perpetuating that she is the “First” black author to write about black characters in romance…which is just not true and ignores all the people who have fought hard for diversity in front of her, so I’m very hesitant to read her books now.

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