After my last book, I was very excited to dive into this series. I was listening to the JAM Session podcast last week, and Amanda Dobbins recommended Royal Holiday, which she had just finished. I immediately pulled Jasmine Guillory up in Libby and realized that Amanda’s rec was the fourth book in this series. While Amanda can read novels as a one-off, that’s not my style. This is the first book in the series, so I put it on hold ASAP.
I really loved this story of a successful Black woman who meets a hot pediatric surgeon when the elevator stalls in the Fairmont San Francisco (oh, did I mention it’s half set in the Bay Area?) and agrees to be his plus-one for an awkward wedding that weekend. It goes on from there and is just delightful. There are the usual chick lit tropes (everyone can just jet off to LA or SF every weekend, they always eat out, no one has a budget, etc), but some very real moments of racism and dealing with being the only person of color in the room, at the party, etc, that I could relate to as well.
I stayed up way too late last night to read about half the book and finished the rest after work today. The main conflict in the book is actually relatable, even if it’s another miscommunication trope. This time when they don’t talk to each other like they should, it feels real instead of manufactured. I can’t wait to get the next book in the series (though I have a feeling it’s more of an anthology, using different characters from the same universe than a direct sequel). I’d love to see a movie made out of this someday.