- Gabby Womack
The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa
Pub Date: April 2022
Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Representation: Interracial Romance (main), Brazilian-American, Afro-Latina, Black Femme Love (secondary)
Themes: Fake-Dating, Life-Planning, Single Parent, Absent Parent
Spice Level: Medium (w/extra kinkiness)
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?
Thank you, Harper Collins Publishers, NetGalley, and Mia Sosa for this digital advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.
A magnetic, steamy, and entertaining read! I enjoyed The Worst Best Man but I devoured The Wedding Crasher. Solange and Dean are a hilarious and lovable duo. I loved their backstories and the way they each had to learn that their perceived strengths were also their actual weaknesses. This book seemed a lot kinkier than The Worst Best Man. You've been warned!!
I also noticed more Portuguese and food in this book, which I really appreciated because I feel like the Tia's store helped ground the story and connect Solange with her roots. Food and family dynamics are such a great way to connect with characters and learn about other people's lives. I hope that Brazilians and Brazilian-Americans can see themselves in this book and those who are not a part of those groups feel inspired to learn more about their culture. I'm also so happy that the Tias got the attention they deserved! I hope they get their own stories because I feel like Sosa really let us get a peek into their personalities, experiences, and interests in this book.
I recommend The Wedding Crasher to anyone who enjoys a good amount of spice with hilarious scenarios and banter.