- Gabby Womack
While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory
Rating: 4 stars
“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 light-hearted 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?”
In classic Guillory fashion, her characters pulled me in! While We We’re Waiting is another romantic hit and I’m so glad I got my hands on it. Anna and Ben have an electric connection and their natural playfulness made me giggle out loud multiple times. Anna’s struggles (outside of the celebrity aspect) were super relatable, especially over this past year. The fact that Ben jumps to her aid is a pleasant surprise as it’s not everyday that you meet a respectful, smart, good-looking, and sweet guy who is willing to drop everything to help you in a time of need. I love that both of them are in therapy and acknowledge that it’s a work-in-progress.
As always, it’s a joy to watch the new characters interact with the ones from past books. (Which made me want to read all of them over again!) This book may not have been profound but it was healing, comforting, and perfect for what I needed. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.
Guillory fans will be pleased! You’re gonna want this one.
Spicy factor: 🔥🔥
Could add more but was still delicious!