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The Wedding Crasher: 06/30/22
The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa opens with Solange helping her wedding planner cousin. She happens to overhear the bride and one of the groomsmen confessing their love. So when it comes to the question calling for objections to the union, she speaks up and the wedding is called off.
That should be the end of things except the groom, Dean, needs a date to help woo potential clients to the law firm. He's hoping if this goes well, he'll finally make partner. Who better to call to be a fake date than Solange?
At the initial set up, the book had a Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao (2020) vibe. The two have to learn about each other and pull it off for these high stakes potential clients. The initial situations are cute, believable, and full of sexual tension.
I started questioning the narrative cohesiveness of the novel during the sex party scene. Although Solange claims to have been to one before, while Dean has not, she doesn't recognize it for what it is until her understanding what it is serves to force a reaction out of Dean. The scene comes at nearly the halfway point and by then we should know what sort of intimacy the characters expect, want, and have experience with.
From the sex party onward, it's clear that the novel isn't going to be much more than just a string of situations. Instead of being a rom-com, it's more of a sit-com with some promised romance.