The Wedding Crasher | By Mia Sosa





Book Review | Contemporary Romance

The Wedding Crasher
Just weeks away from ditching DC for greener pastures, Solange Pereira is roped into helping her wedding planner cousin on a random couple’s big day. It’s an easy gig... until she stumbles upon a situation that convinces her the pair isn’t meant to be. What’s a true-blue romantic to do? Crash the wedding, of course. And ensure the unsuspecting groom doesn’t make the biggest mistake of his life. Dean Chapman had his future all mapped out. He was about to check off “start a family” and on track to “make partner” when his modern day marriage of convenience went up in smoke. Then he learns he might not land an assignment that could be his ticket to a promotion unless he has a significant other and, in a moment of panic, Dean claims to be in love with the woman who crashed his wedding. Oops. Now Dean has a whole new item on his to-do list: beg Solange to be his pretend girlfriend. Solange feels a tiny bit bad about ruining Dean’s wedding, so she agrees to play along. Yet as they fake-date their way around town, what started as a performance for Dean’s colleagues turns into a connection that neither he nor Solange can deny. Their entire romance is a sham... there’s no way these polar opposites could fall in love for real, right? (Goodreads)




My thoughts





Narrative and Plot




Ever since I read and loved The Worst Best Man, I have been waiting to read this one. This being the second novel, there is a certain expectation that comes along. For the most part, the book didn’t disappoint. Solange and Dean capture your attention from the get-go and you are rooting for them since then. Also, I am glad they are calling out the fake dating trope itself.

Fake dating is kind of the most outlandish tropes in rom-com. However, if done right, it can get us into that suspend your disbelief state, and be a part of an enjoyable story. The Wedding Crasher brings the perfect recipe for the same.




Characters and Conflicts




Personally, I live in a country where the marriage of convenience is still the norm. Most arranged marriages start as a potential relationship between two agreeable families and if you’re lucky enough, love will find its way, too. All of this is to say that I get Dean’s pov. I can see where he is coming from and what his apprehensions are. His need for stability isn’t completely unfounded.

However, the same cannot be said for Solange. Sure, she has this arc that kind of begins with her being somewhat flighty. But it doesn’t land quite well because Solange is almost a flawless character. She didn’t have much to recover or redeem herself because her mistakes were barely an inconvenience.

It doesn’t make the overall plot any less interesting. But the ambition of second-generation immigrants and their fears were already addressed in the first book, which continues here by extension. Other than that it didn’t have any other wow factor that would make it surpass the first one.











The Wedding Crasher is a fun, contemporary rom-com with quite an engaging set of ensemble characters. I could see myself reading this one again and having a good old time. So, if you have read the first one and are curious about this one, I would say, pick it up. You won’t regret it. 











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