The Wedding Crasher by: Mia Sosa

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 Solange 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?

Content Warnings: Mention of cheating, parental abandonment, and child forced to be the emotional support/caretaker of a parent.

This is one of my most anticipated 2022 releases and it did not disappoint. Ever since I read THE BEST WORST MAN, last year, I knew I needed more of the cousins and Tias.

Growing up Solange realized it was better to be alone than to be with someone whose heart wasn’t all the way in so when she overhears a bizarre interaction while assisting her cousin at a wedding, she knows she can’t, in good conscience, let the couple continue this wedding. It wouldn’t be fair to the bride or groom to enter a wedding if they weren’t both in love and ready for a lifetime commitment. Fully knowing she’ll cause a spectacle, and might anger a lot of people, she determined to speak up in the name of love.

Dean grew up seeing his mother change her entire life, and uprooting them constantly, in the name of love only to be heartbroken and devastated when it didn’t end well. Determined to never let love have a hold on him he’s planned out his entire life. Dean wants a partner, someone with similar goals and aspirations, who will be able to fit perfectly into the life he’s created…which is why this marriage of convenience is so important for him. He thought he found someone he could be content with, a wife to help him hit partner at his law firm, and someone he could settle down with and start a family. All Dean wants is a relationship built on trust and mutual respect but not involving love.

Solange isn’t looking for a relationship, as she’s determined to leave DC at the end of summer, especially not with someone who doesn’t believe in love. But since she did stop his wedding she’s determined to help Dean make partner even if it means pretending to be his girlfriend.

Dean wants to find a partner whose goals align with his, and who is predictable, which makes a real relationship with Solange unrealistic. But the more he gets to know his fake girlfriend the more he struggles to remember why they couldn’t work.

Could two people, with very different views on love, ever be compatible?

I adored this book so much. After reading THE BEST WORST MAN I knew that I wanted to see what kind of woman Dean would fall for. One of my favorite things about this book was seeing Dean meet Solange’s family and instantly fall in love with their dynamic. Having grown up bouncing around a lot, and essentially being his mother’s emotional caretaker, he never got to experience what having a big loving family was like. Now all of a sudden he’s surrounded by this family that loves loudly and proudly and he just wants to experience more of it.

Fauxmance to romance is one of my favorite tropes and I love how Mia wrote this one. I look forward to seeing if Mia gives us more stories set within this incredible group of people!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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