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Two people realize that it's no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory. 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 fe Two people realize that it's no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory. 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 lighthearted 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?


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Two people realize that it's no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory. 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 fe Two people realize that it's no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory. 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 lighthearted 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?

30 review for While We Were Dating

  1. 5 out of 5

    Roxane

    I love that Jasmine Guillory has created her own universe with these novels. This is one of my new favorites. It has all of Guillory’s signature style—lots of sexy things happening between sexy people, competent men who are willing to go to therapy to work on their shit, interesting families, beautiful food, and in this novel a love story between a talented ad exec and a movie star. I simply couldn’t put this book down. It was all so appealing and charming and easy to fall into this world. And t I love that Jasmine Guillory has created her own universe with these novels. This is one of my new favorites. It has all of Guillory’s signature style—lots of sexy things happening between sexy people, competent men who are willing to go to therapy to work on their shit, interesting families, beautiful food, and in this novel a love story between a talented ad exec and a movie star. I simply couldn’t put this book down. It was all so appealing and charming and easy to fall into this world. And to have Anna dealing with anxiety and the patience and grade she learns to give herself really has you rooting for her. A lovely novel all around.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine Guillory

    I love this book more than I can say. More than cookies, cake, pie, some of my family members, most cheeses (I love cheese a LOT, ok?). Writing it brought me so much joy. I can’t wait for you all to read it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I love to return back Guillory’s sweet-swoon-soft- cuddling-pampering-dreamy universe! I mostly enjoyed entire books of the series! This book is also an easy read makes you feel good, puts a big smile on your face with its lovely characters, high chemistry, smart banters, pretending relationship premise! Ben Stephens ( if you read previous books you may also know Theo from Wedding Party! Yes, Ben is his brother and he likes to consult with his brother about every aspect of his life) is our her I love to return back Guillory’s sweet-swoon-soft- cuddling-pampering-dreamy universe! I mostly enjoyed entire books of the series! This book is also an easy read makes you feel good, puts a big smile on your face with its lovely characters, high chemistry, smart banters, pretending relationship premise! Ben Stephens ( if you read previous books you may also know Theo from Wedding Party! Yes, Ben is his brother and he likes to consult with his brother about every aspect of his life) is our hero whose main focus is climbing the ladders of advertising universe, working hard, dealing with family drama ( a letter from a sister who never met! ), preferring casual one night stands! But when a client appears at their meeting unannounced and specifically demands to work with him, he may easily change his life decisions. Especially that client is hot, smart, successful, beautiful Hollywood star Anna Gardiner. Anna uses this ad campaign as a distraction from hearing of her next movie project she is dying to work in. This time she’s so adamant to win this golden statue! But she finally realizes the biggest distraction is the charming guy she’s working with ( actually very same guy she’s shamelessly flirting with! ) When Ben helps Anna with her family emergency, he learns more about her past. He finally realizes she’s suffering from her own anxiety issues behind her shiny Hollywood star image she’s created. They also agree to start with pretending relationship to solve both of their problems but you know the drill: a fake relationship never has a chance to survive at the romance universe! It’s doomed to fail and friendships always turn into intense love stories. So you may guess his their little game will result, won’t you? I enjoyed both of the characters and I had great time to read their entertaining, heartwarming love stories! Ms. Guillory’s books guaranteed to warm your heart, make you smile throughout your whole week! This is one of the great feel good reads you have to save for your rainy days! Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  4. 5 out of 5

    emma

    My first Jasmine Guilllory and… :( All I can say is :( I enjoy a pleasant surprise. When I actually like something I didn't expect to like - that rules. So the fact that I liked everything that was unexpected about this book - subplots about mental health, family, work/life balance, charity, what have you - that was good. But the fact that I didn't like every reason I was reading it...that, my friends, is an UNpleasant surprise. The characters were a no. The romance was a no. And so overall...this bo My first Jasmine Guilllory and… :( All I can say is :( I enjoy a pleasant surprise. When I actually like something I didn't expect to like - that rules. So the fact that I liked everything that was unexpected about this book - subplots about mental health, family, work/life balance, charity, what have you - that was good. But the fact that I didn't like every reason I was reading it...that, my friends, is an UNpleasant surprise. The characters were a no. The romance was a no. And so overall...this book wasn't a no. But it was a lot closer than my ideal. Bottom line: Bummer! --------------- pre-review this was like "what if men were psychic and genetically enhanced to be perfect boyfriends" fanfiction. review to come / 2.5 --------------- currently-reading updates only cool people start a series six books in --------------- challenging myself to read as many review copies as possible this month because i'm addicted to projects! ARC 1: spaceman of bohemia ARC 2: in search of us ARC 3: aerialists ARC 4: the sound of drowning ARC 5: unleaving ARC 6: the other side of luck ARC 7: romanov ARC 8: the storm keeper's island ARC 9: gut check ARC 10: when force meets fate ARC 11: sisters in hate ARC 12: before i disappear ARC 13: big time ARC 14: stolen science ARC 15: have a little faith in me ARC 16: invitation to a bonfire ARC 17: the splendor ARC 18: how to be luminous ARC 19: the little women cookbook ARC 20: while we were dating

  5. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Yayee, yayee, yayeeeeee!!! ARC received!!! I'm so freaking stoked for this release. Thank you so much, Berkley Publishing!!! I am a happy girl. Original: Is Ben Theo's brother!? I can't remember. I didn't even know this was happening!?!? I'm freaking out... New Jasmine Guillory in July! I knew 2021 was going to be a great year!! Yayee, yayee, yayeeeeee!!! ARC received!!! I'm so freaking stoked for this release. Thank you so much, Berkley Publishing!!! I am a happy girl. Original: Is Ben Theo's brother!? I can't remember. I didn't even know this was happening!?!? I'm freaking out... New Jasmine Guillory in July! I knew 2021 was going to be a great year!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Terrie Robinson

    "While We Were Dating" is book #6 in Jasmine Guillory's Wedding Date Series - A Multicultural Romance series and so much more! Ben Stephens is stoked! His boss told him he's the lead on a major ad campaign featuring beautiful, sexy actress Anna Gardiner. Anna is stoked, too! She loves Ben's presentation and insists he be the lead during filming. Ben can't believe his luck! Flirting becomes the name of the game between these two. Ben didn't expect to be so attracted to Anna. Anna didn't expect to "While We Were Dating" is book #6 in Jasmine Guillory's Wedding Date Series - A Multicultural Romance series and so much more! Ben Stephens is stoked! His boss told him he's the lead on a major ad campaign featuring beautiful, sexy actress Anna Gardiner. Anna is stoked, too! She loves Ben's presentation and insists he be the lead during filming. Ben can't believe his luck! Flirting becomes the name of the game between these two. Ben didn't expect to be so attracted to Anna. Anna didn't expect to be so distracted by Ben. It's a good thing both believe it wise to keep it professional and mixing business with pleasure isn't always the best choice. Right!? Ben has never been interested in a serious relationship and Anna's main focus is building her exposure as an actress. Ben has plenty of family drama and an advertising career to focus on. Anna has an Oscar in mind, for goodness sake! Ben knows Anna is gorgeous but soon discovers she's kind and down to earth. Anna knows Ben is handsome but it takes her by surprise when he doesn't hesitate to help her through a family crisis. They begin telling each other secrets they've never told anyone. Ben's & Anna's relationship develops quickly and sparks begin to fly. Fireworks, baby! What starts as an attraction suddenly morphs into something very different. A commitment neither one of them expected. Will these two be happy with how it all plays out? This book focuses primarily on the two main characters. Yes, there are side stories but the bulk of this story concerns Ben & Anna and I love that! With lots of hot, sizzling sex! Oh yeah! It's very steamy multiple times in this book! There is so much more to this book that appeals to me. When you read a Romance, don't you want some tooth to it? Some socially relevant topics? Well, this book has that. Discussions about mental health issues specific to anxiety. Encouragement of counseling and benefits of therapy. A curvaceous woman who learns to love her body in spite of pressures to be something different. Love of family! Both Ben and Anna have strong family connections that sustain them! All important stuff, folks! Two benefits of this series: - There are reoccurring characters popping up intermittently in this series. - All books are stand-alone so you can read this series in any order you like. How great is that? Jasmine Guillory simply makes reading her books a fun experience. Now I know why this author has such a committed following! I'll be reading all of them. Yes, this was my first book and it won't be my last! I highly recommend this book to readers who love Romance and especially those who appreciate important topics within the story! Thank you to Elisha at Berkley for a widget of this ARC through NetGalley. It has been my pleasure to give my honest and voluntary review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Jenkins Reid

    Ben is working on climbing the ranks in the advertising world while also juggling some unexpected family news. Movie star Anna is on a mission to be a household name. When Ben and Anna’s worlds come together during a major ad campaign, their light and flirtatious banter turns into something more than either of them expects. Totally cute, per usual for Jasmine.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    Jasmine Guillory's newest book, While We Were Dating , is a fun yet weighty rom-com and another installment in this great world Guillory has built.⁣ ⁣ Ben (whose brother Theo was a main character in The Wedding Party ) is an ambitious ad executive. When he gets to present his firm’s idea for a major ad campaign featuring famous actress Anna Gardiner, he’s excited to get his break, especially when Anna shows up at the pitch meeting. (And it doesn’t hurt that Anna is beautiful, too.)⁣ ⁣ After on Jasmine Guillory's newest book, While We Were Dating , is a fun yet weighty rom-com and another installment in this great world Guillory has built.⁣ ⁣ Ben (whose brother Theo was a main character in The Wedding Party ) is an ambitious ad executive. When he gets to present his firm’s idea for a major ad campaign featuring famous actress Anna Gardiner, he’s excited to get his break, especially when Anna shows up at the pitch meeting. (And it doesn’t hurt that Anna is beautiful, too.)⁣ ⁣ After one Oscar nomination, Anna is ready for the next step in her career. She’s hoping this ad campaign helps put her in the public eye at the right time. She’s impressed with Ben—he’s smart, kind, funny, and sexy as hell—and it’s great to have a Black man in charge. The two build up a flirtatious relationship but both know moving beyond that would be disastrous.⁣ ⁣ When an emergency occurs in Anna’s family, Ben comes to her rescue, and the two start to let their guard down with one another. Both reveal secrets about themselves, and that vulnerability leads to passion and intimacy, even though they know it must be fleeting.⁣ ⁣ But when it’s suggested that a relationship (even a fake one) might help keep Anna in the public eye at the time she’s being considered for her dream role, Ben agrees to play along. Making it look like he has feelings for her is easy. Keeping it casual? Not so much.⁣ ⁣ Of course, this is a rom-com, so you know where things are headed. But along the way we get some frank discussions about anxiety and mental health, family loyalty, and the pressures of fame. As always, Guillory’s writing is so charming, accessible and appealing, and she gives you characters to root for. (Plus, I love the interconnectedness of her books.)⁣ ⁣ NetGalley and Berkley provided me with a complimentary advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available! While We Were Dating publishes 7/13.⁣ Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I was so excited for this book. I have loved Jasmine Guillory’s novels, have preordered each one since The Wedding Date, and typically start reading them the day they’re released. So I was surprised and sad to find myself not enjoying While We Were Dating, and basically forcing myself to finish the novel. The main issue, for me, is that everything feels so generic, which is particularly problematic here, because part of the joy of reading about famous characters is delving into their lifestyles. I was so excited for this book. I have loved Jasmine Guillory’s novels, have preordered each one since The Wedding Date, and typically start reading them the day they’re released. So I was surprised and sad to find myself not enjoying While We Were Dating, and basically forcing myself to finish the novel. The main issue, for me, is that everything feels so generic, which is particularly problematic here, because part of the joy of reading about famous characters is delving into their lifestyles. For example, Anna is worried she’s going to be cut from an Avengers-style movie, yet we never find out what her role was. The plot is moved ahead by her desire for a role in an Oscar-bait film, but we never find out what the movie is about, what the role is, why she wants to work with the director. This also happens with Ben. At first his job is extremely important, and he’s great at it, and then suddenly it’s never mentioned again. This lack of specificity is unlike Guillory’s best and makes it hard to root for the characters, because I honestly don’t know if they belong together. Even the banter and food choices, typically two of my favorite parts of Guillory’s novels, are really muted. Guillory does write incredible arguments for her characters, and those moments really shone here. And this novel isn’t terrible, it’s still enjoyable, but it’s disappointing after reading and loving Guillory’s earlier novels.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ezinwanyi Chinyere

    I can’t say that I enjoyed this one. I kept going to see how it would resolve but i rolled my eyes at Ben a lot. I liked Ben…but I didn’t believe him. This character was written in such a man unrealistic manner that I laughed a lot. No man says things like that or says it that way. His dialogue felt like something a woman would like to hear from a man. Ana was okay. She felt authentic to how I perceive actresses and entertainers, a bit self centered and not as cognizant to things outside their c I can’t say that I enjoyed this one. I kept going to see how it would resolve but i rolled my eyes at Ben a lot. I liked Ben…but I didn’t believe him. This character was written in such a man unrealistic manner that I laughed a lot. No man says things like that or says it that way. His dialogue felt like something a woman would like to hear from a man. Ana was okay. She felt authentic to how I perceive actresses and entertainers, a bit self centered and not as cognizant to things outside their current career aspirations. I will applaud this author for adding therapy because we need to normalize therapy. That was a job well done. This story was my least favorite in the series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    emily • emilybookedup

    another cute addition to THE WEDDING DATE series ❤️ thanks for Berkley for the gifted ARC. I’m conflicted with this one bc i LOVED the male main character but the female main character annoyed me and was very selfish… Ben was perfect 🥺 deff adding him to my list of book bfs! absolutely loved how much Jasmine Guillory talked about mental health and normalizing therapy and anxiety attacks. she wrote this during the pandemic so that was very prevalent and appreciated by me—and will be by so many! i another cute addition to THE WEDDING DATE series ❤️ thanks for Berkley for the gifted ARC. I’m conflicted with this one bc i LOVED the male main character but the female main character annoyed me and was very selfish… Ben was perfect 🥺 deff adding him to my list of book bfs! absolutely loved how much Jasmine Guillory talked about mental health and normalizing therapy and anxiety attacks. she wrote this during the pandemic so that was very prevalent and appreciated by me—and will be by so many! i never want this series to end 🙌🏼

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sheyenne Michelizzi

    Who gave this book a one star rating when it's not even published yet? I can't wait to read this book! I've read all of Jasmine Guillory's books and she has never disappointed me. Just waiting on my pre-order to arrive! Who gave this book a one star rating when it's not even published yet? I can't wait to read this book! I've read all of Jasmine Guillory's books and she has never disappointed me. Just waiting on my pre-order to arrive!

  13. 4 out of 5

    BernLuvsBooks

    Fake dating turns into real romance with a side of Hollywood glitz and glamour⁣ ⁣ This was my first Jasmine Guillory book and I loved it! I listed to the audiobook which was fantastic. Initially, I was worried that I might feel lost because I hadn’t read the previous books in the series but this worked perfectly as a standalone. I know there were some cameos by characters from other books. While I’m sure fans of the series enjoyed them, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything not knowing them. Y Fake dating turns into real romance with a side of Hollywood glitz and glamour⁣ ⁣ This was my first Jasmine Guillory book and I loved it! I listed to the audiobook which was fantastic. Initially, I was worried that I might feel lost because I hadn’t read the previous books in the series but this worked perfectly as a standalone. I know there were some cameos by characters from other books. While I’m sure fans of the series enjoyed them, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything not knowing them. You don’t know what you don’t know, right. ⁣ ⁣ I loved the mental health aspect of the book, focusing on anxiety. It was done well with a positive stance on therapy. There was also a refreshing body positive message. Ben was an amazing leading man! He was smart, gentle and respectful. I liked his respect for Anna and the way Guillory showed a positive example of consent through him. ⁣ ⁣ If you’re looking for a satisfying romcom I definitely recommend 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘞𝘦 𝘞𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘋𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨. Anna and Ben have wonderful chemistry, there is flirtatious banter and this book has some good steam for my fellow steam lovers!⁣

  14. 4 out of 5

    Toya (the reading chemist)

    Even though I am a Jasmine Guillory fan, I was a bit apprehensive about While We Were Dating because I wasn’t such a fan of Theo’s story (Ben’s older brother). That being said, I ended up thoroughly enjoying this story and was surprised at the added layer of depth by focusing on mental health and counseling. The beginning of the story was a bit repetitive since Ben constantly would remark on Anna being "Anna freaking Gardiner" since Anna is a well known actress. However, once Ben and Anna settle Even though I am a Jasmine Guillory fan, I was a bit apprehensive about While We Were Dating because I wasn’t such a fan of Theo’s story (Ben’s older brother). That being said, I ended up thoroughly enjoying this story and was surprised at the added layer of depth by focusing on mental health and counseling. The beginning of the story was a bit repetitive since Ben constantly would remark on Anna being "Anna freaking Gardiner" since Anna is a well known actress. However, once Ben and Anna settled into a groove, he stopped saying this every other page, which I was grateful for. The physical attraction between Ben and Anna was palpable from the beginning, but what won me over was the deep moments where they would confide in each other about how they both were struggling with their respective mental health issues (anxiety and panic attacks for Anna and abandonment and avoidance for Ben), and the steps that they were taking in order to make progress since these things don’t go away. At no point did either one insinuate that they could be cured or that there was a quick fix. Both leaned into therapy, which was refreshing. I also loved that Anna is not your stereotypical skinny blonde actress. Anna is a sexy and confident Black woman who is plus sized by industry standards and is completely unapologetic about it. I enjoyed the insight into Anna struggles in Hollywood and how she was able to overcome them in order to succeed in an industry where women don’t look like her. Okay, while The Wedding Party is still my least favorite Guillory book since I wasn’t really sold on Theo and Maddie, their chemistry and interactions flow so much better in this book. There are few times when Theo and Maddie must come to the rescue, and the shenanigans that ensue were hilarious. Overall, this is another fantastic addition to Guillory’s Wedding Date series. Thank you to Penguin Random House Audio and Berkley Books for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5/ 5 stars While We Were Dating is book 6 in The Wedding Date series of interconnected standalones. It is a contemporary romance. I have read and enjoyed all of the books in this series. I absolutely love this cover and this author. And this was one of my most anticipated reads of the summer. The story is set in San Francisco. The narrators are Ben and Anna (3rd person POVs). Can this book be read as a standalone? This book is Ben's story. Ben is Theo's brother (Theo's story was told in The Weddin 4.5/ 5 stars While We Were Dating is book 6 in The Wedding Date series of interconnected standalones. It is a contemporary romance. I have read and enjoyed all of the books in this series. I absolutely love this cover and this author. And this was one of my most anticipated reads of the summer. The story is set in San Francisco. The narrators are Ben and Anna (3rd person POVs). Can this book be read as a standalone? This book is Ben's story. Ben is Theo's brother (Theo's story was told in The Wedding Party and he was also featured in The Wedding Date). Theo is in this book a fair amount. Maddie is also in this book a bit. And Nik and Carlos (from The Proposal) have a small part in this book. If that doesn't bother you then I think that this book can totally be read and enjoyed without having read the previous books. This was such a fun book. Ben works at an ad agency. I absolutely loved this job for him. He is charming and funny. And I loved watching him do his job. Anna (32 years old) is a very famous actress. And I loved how complex her character was. And I loved her best friend Penny and their friendship. I really enjoyed the flirty banter in this book. This book was quite sexy. Probably sexier than you might think from the cover. And I thought that the beginning of this book was fantastic. I also really enjoyed getting to see Theo and Maddie. They were such a great part of this book. I enjoyed the romance a lot. What a fun and flirty read! Thanks to edelweiss and Berkley for allowing me to read this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cookie

    While We Were Dating is the sixth book in The Wedding Date standalone series. I was excited to jump into this book because my interest in Ben was piqued in The Wedding Party, my other favorite book in this series. In this book, Ben gets to take lead on an ad campaign starring movie star Anna Gardiner. From the moment they meet, sparks fly. As they work on the campaign together, they engage in a flirtation that leads to a fling. When Anna's agent catches wind of the fling, he proposes that they u While We Were Dating is the sixth book in The Wedding Date standalone series. I was excited to jump into this book because my interest in Ben was piqued in The Wedding Party, my other favorite book in this series. In this book, Ben gets to take lead on an ad campaign starring movie star Anna Gardiner. From the moment they meet, sparks fly. As they work on the campaign together, they engage in a flirtation that leads to a fling. When Anna's agent catches wind of the fling, he proposes that they use her relationship with Ben to thrust her into the celebrity limelight. Anna and Ben have the challenge of parading their fake relationship to the public while trying not to catch feelings for one another. To be honest, I always think I don't like the fake dating trope. But then I read books like this and they prove me wrong! I think what made the fake dating scenario work for me in this book was the fact that it doesn't happen until a little later in the book. We get to see Anna and Ben's relationship develop and the heat turns up in the bedroom before they begin their fake relationship. I felt like it was more believable that they would agree to it because they already had a connection. I liked the pacing of the development of Ben and Anna's relationship. They had fireworks and tons of chemistry that catapulted them into a fling that was really fun and exciting. And then when they slowed things down to get to know each other, those parts were enjoyable too. They were perfect for one another, having an ease and familiarity with each other from the beginning. The focus on mental health in this book is important to highlight. Anna suffers from anxiety and Ben made her feel seen and safe. I loved that he was open to talking about it and knew what she needed. And at those points that he didn't know what he needed, he asked her instead of making assumptions. The glitz and glamour of Hollywood, movie making, and being a celebrity is always a fun backdrop for books. This book was an awesome mix of fun, steam, and all the feels. It's my favorite book in the series! Steam level: 🔥🔥🔥 ⚠️: anxiety, panic attacks Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for a free eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    (free review copy) Guillory just gets better with every book and I LOVED this one! So much healthy talk about therapy and anxiety ~ exactly the type of conversations that need to be normalized in our fiction AND society ❤️

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    4.25 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin While We Were Dating is a Hollywood fairytale romance with a good heart and a sense of humor to go along with the glamour. It’s easy to fall into Anna and Ben’s romance thanks to the likeable characters and Jasmine Guillory’s engaging style. One of my favorite things about The Wedding Date series is that it always features characters who are committed to their careers and a heroine and hero who support and respect their partner’s work. Anna is an Oscar 4.25 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin While We Were Dating is a Hollywood fairytale romance with a good heart and a sense of humor to go along with the glamour. It’s easy to fall into Anna and Ben’s romance thanks to the likeable characters and Jasmine Guillory’s engaging style. One of my favorite things about The Wedding Date series is that it always features characters who are committed to their careers and a heroine and hero who support and respect their partner’s work. Anna is an Oscar-nominated actress who is focused on getting a role she loves and knows will take her career to the next level. While she courts the director and tries to sway the studio’s opinion, she’s in an ad campaign that Ben is leading up. Ben is smart, funny, and the two of them click right away. Light flirtation becomes something more real when Anna has a family emergency and Ben is there for her. Ben may have easy charm and not want to commit but he’s a person you’re grateful to have in your corner in a crisis. He doesn’t think twice about going out of his way to help Anna even when they barely know each other. He’s kind, which sounds like a bland word but really isn’t; in fact, it’s what grabbed me the most about Ben. Anna is talented, funny, and though she’s a successful actress she’s totally relatable. She also has anxiety and after going through a year where she felt isolated and panicked before getting help, she’s managing better. I loved that Guillory focused on destigmatizing talking about mental health in While We Were Dating . Anna and Ben talk about mental health in an honest way. Ben is open about being in therapy and though Anna is more guarded (how could she not be as a famous actress?) when it’s just the two of them she’s also refreshingly vulnerable. This gave an emotional depth to what would otherwise be a fairly breezy fantasy of a love story. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed While We Were Dating . It’s flirty, sensual, and fast-paced with strong beats of emotional honesty. FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Keylie

    I needed a cute romance to escape into. Ben is by far one of my favorite male leads in her series! I didn’t love Anna, but I understood her circling of reasonings. Fake dating is one of my favorite tropes, I’m learning!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    4 Learning There Is More Stars * * * * Spoiler Free-A Quick Review Jasmine Guillory has become an automatic read for me. I have been there from the beginning with The Wedding Date and this is the sixth entry. When you read Guillory expect smart people, lots of banter, and most importantly, people who learn about themselves and the one they fall for. This has a focused advertising ex who will be handling an up-and-coming movie star with her project. Both are looking for this project to further thei 4 Learning There Is More Stars * * * * Spoiler Free-A Quick Review Jasmine Guillory has become an automatic read for me. I have been there from the beginning with The Wedding Date and this is the sixth entry. When you read Guillory expect smart people, lots of banter, and most importantly, people who learn about themselves and the one they fall for. This has a focused advertising ex who will be handling an up-and-coming movie star with her project. Both are looking for this project to further their careers, yet the attraction between them is extremely tempting. When a situation happens involving our movie star, our fella comes to the rescue and they end up doing the standard pretend relationship...but for these two, nothing is standard. They start to see each other differently, seeing who the other person truly is. Be prepared for another delightful Guillory Read. The Wedding Date (The Wedding Date #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... The Proposal (The Wedding Date #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... The Wedding Party (The Wedding Date #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date #4) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Party of Two (The Wedding Date #5) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... While We Were Dating (The Wedding Date #6) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... A gifted copy was provided by Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  21. 5 out of 5

    Camryn

    I finally finished a book!!! It has taken me forever to be able to finish something because I either haven't meshed with a book or just wasn't liking what I was reading. It took me longer than usual to read this one, too, but it was such a breath of fresh air. Jasmine's books are so comforting, like a movie you've seen a thousand times, or a favorite blanket. I love that they're about Black people and almost everyone is Black without it really being mentioned. I love the way she describes food. I finally finished a book!!! It has taken me forever to be able to finish something because I either haven't meshed with a book or just wasn't liking what I was reading. It took me longer than usual to read this one, too, but it was such a breath of fresh air. Jasmine's books are so comforting, like a movie you've seen a thousand times, or a favorite blanket. I love that they're about Black people and almost everyone is Black without it really being mentioned. I love the way she describes food. Also, I think I get frustrated with romance novels a lot because of the way sex or attraction is written, like the guy is super possessive of the woman or has these really basic, almost sexist ideas, and the woman plays into them. There wasn't any of that here. It didn't make me roll my eyes and throw the book down. It felt like a real relationship between two adults. I also love that this book didn't feel like it was hitting plot points. I can usually tell when books are doing that and as a natural hater of plot, I love that this felt like I was just on a ride with the two characters. The conflict in the third act felt like it had been brewing the whole time and didn't feel like it came out of nowhere. More importantly, it really helped the characters grow and heal. It didn't feel like the author was like "yikes third act breakup rn gotta throw in something random!" It made it way more believable and I didn't come out of it hating either character. Anyway. I'm really glad Jasmine is writing books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Denver Public Library

    Jasmine Guillory is back with another fun and scintillating romantic comedy in The Wedding Date series. After a successful pitch, advertising exec Ben Stephens impresses, and consequently finds himself working alongside the dazzling Anna Gardiner, an actual movie star, on a new campaign. What starts out as playful flirtation becomes a full-blown, scorching romance after Ben helps Anna with a family emergency, and Anna convinces him to help her boost her publicity by being her “pretend” boyfriend Jasmine Guillory is back with another fun and scintillating romantic comedy in The Wedding Date series. After a successful pitch, advertising exec Ben Stephens impresses, and consequently finds himself working alongside the dazzling Anna Gardiner, an actual movie star, on a new campaign. What starts out as playful flirtation becomes a full-blown, scorching romance after Ben helps Anna with a family emergency, and Anna convinces him to help her boost her publicity by being her “pretend” boyfriend. Neither of them expected that their feelings for each other might become stronger, but as they spend more time together, and get more involved in each other’s lives, are they actually still pretending?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dallas Strawn

    An ad exec starts dating the star of his new ad campaign, a hot up and coming Hollywood actress......with lots of hilarious laugh out loud moments, Jasmine Guillory’s signature humor, and her incredibly steamy romance scenes, Jasmine never disappoints. Her books never let me down. They always make my heart happy. They’re great feel good books, and very entertaining. Love her. ❤️🥰

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Jeffers

    I love Jasmine Guillory but her latest was just okay for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    ABookNook

    I was living out my Y/N celebrity romance dreams with this book 😏 Jasmine Guillory knew what she was doing when she wrote this book. Honestly, her books tend to be hit or meh with me. Luckily, this book was a hit. In middle school I went through a major fanfiction phase, and I mean maladaptive daydreaming scenarios with me and Harry Styles in my bedroom kinda phase. This book was giving me all the celebrity romance goodness I needed. (Though don't go in thinking this is a book about a regular gir I was living out my Y/N celebrity romance dreams with this book 😏 Jasmine Guillory knew what she was doing when she wrote this book. Honestly, her books tend to be hit or meh with me. Luckily, this book was a hit. In middle school I went through a major fanfiction phase, and I mean maladaptive daydreaming scenarios with me and Harry Styles in my bedroom kinda phase. This book was giving me all the celebrity romance goodness I needed. (Though don't go in thinking this is a book about a regular girl and a super hot celebrity, that's just my fantasy 😂 . This story doesn't have a shy, "how could you possibility want to be with plain old me, Y/N?" kind of character. And thank god, because I have definitely grown out of that phase 😂) Summary: Ben Stephens, who’s strictly against serious relationships, lands a huge ad campaign for the gorgeous, down-to-earth Anna. They start having frisky fun together, if you catch my drift 😏 When their flings catches the public’s eye, they must keep up appearances for the press. Soon, their fake relationship starts to seem too real. Tropes: Fake dating-ish Banter Secretly cinnamon roll hero Celebrity heroine While this was not my favorite in the series. I did enjoy this book. It had a fun, casual take on the fake-dating trope. This isn't the best fake dating book I have read, I will say that. If you are looking for a clear cut fake-dating book, this one may not be for you. That aspect of the book was pretty loose, and honestly a little confusing to me. But, what I didn’t get in fake dating clarity, I got in fantastic chemistry and great romance. I always love those kind of couple who need no one else but each other stay entertained and be happy. Ben and Anna had great banter and some adorable moments together. Normally, when I read books I highlight or tab quotes and moments that I want to remember. I can safely say, I highlighted so many wonderful moments. (Don't worry I didn't highlight a physical copy, it was on my ereader haha) I know rom-coms are hit or miss for some people, but the humor was very well written and definitely had me giggling. It was't immature or trying to hard in any way. The humor was well integrated with the story and helped move it forward. Ben defiantly had me swooning multiple times. He was caring, kind, sexy, vulnerable, and secretly a cinnamon roll. All things I love in a hero. He was so understanding and patient when it came to Anna and her struggles. I was floored. The moments he got vulnerable with her had me melting. Nothing makes me go soft quicker than a hero who thinks he won't find love and then slowly opens himself up to realize that he can find it 😍 I can be very apprehensive when it comes to celeb romances. Celebrity romances can get real annoying, real quick for me. Especially when they start dealing with the cliche "the paps are ruining my life" or "I don't really fit the kind of person everyone wants to see you with" or "you're a celebrity, this will never work. let's break up," tropes. Thank god this book did not fall into that pit! Anna's celebrity-ness, if you would say, was written very well and none of the plot devices in the book felt cliche or annoying. I was very happy to see that. Guillory’s books always make it a point to hit some important topic. This book helped normalized therapy, dealing with anxiety, body image, etc. It is wonderful when authors use their platform to discuss such topics, don’t you agree? Overall, I am really glad I picked up this book. I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a quick, chemistry filled, unique-without-being-crazy kinda read. This book comes out today! Go pick it up and let me know what you think! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5 stars | 🌶🌶.5/ 5 steam Thank you to NetGalley, Berkley Romance, and Jasmine Guillory for an eARC in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    Jasmine Guillory’s books are reliably romantic, intimate, and full of unusual characters, and While We Were Dating is no exception. Our two main characters are Ben, an up-and-coming advertising executive (who, BTW, used to be a backup dancer — hot!), and Anna, an Oscar-nominated actress who needs her next movie to be the big breakthrough that will take her back to the Oscars and send her home with the prize. When Anna agrees to star in the ad campaign Ben is leading, they’re immediately drawn to o Jasmine Guillory’s books are reliably romantic, intimate, and full of unusual characters, and While We Were Dating is no exception. Our two main characters are Ben, an up-and-coming advertising executive (who, BTW, used to be a backup dancer — hot!), and Anna, an Oscar-nominated actress who needs her next movie to be the big breakthrough that will take her back to the Oscars and send her home with the prize. When Anna agrees to star in the ad campaign Ben is leading, they’re immediately drawn to one another and develop an easy rapport. But it’s not until Ben offers to drive her all night to reach her family at a Southern California emergency room that they truly connect, spending the long car ride sharing secrets and dreams. Their intimacy becomes physical, and they’re both wildly attracted to one another — but neither imagines that this can be anything but a fling. Later, Anna’s manager comes up with a plan: In order for the studios to see Anna as a big enough box-office draw to land that next crucial movie contract, she needs to be more in the public eye. He convinces her to go public in a fake relationship with Ben, making sure the paparazzi are on hand to capture their every private-but-public flirtation. Soon, they’re featured in People magazine and are walking the red carpet together, but Ben knows that once the premieres have ended, so will this relationship. I enjoyed a lot about While We Were Dating. Anna and Ben are both well-developed, flawed people. Sure, they’re super hot, but they’re also vulnerable, each dealing with his or her memories and past painful experiences, cautious about who they trust and who they allow into their lives. They have an easy chemistry together, and their banter is adorable and flirtatious and very down-to-earth. This author also tends to go outside the societal norms of beauty when it comes to her heroines, and Anna is depicted as both stunningly gorgeous and plus-sized. And honestly, I love that about her. I’m not a huge fan of “Stars! They’re Just Like Us!” kind of stories, so the Hollywood magic is, if anything, a minus for me when it comes to books featuring glamorous stars and their love lives. Here, though, we see Anna’s family and her roots, her struggle to adjust to her new reality, the invasiveness of the paparazzi, the need to always be “on”, and it makes her feel relatable, even if the day-to-day of her life — with stylists and gowns and borrowed jewels — feels like something from another world. The books in The Wedding Date series are all loosely connected, but don’t worry if you haven’t read the others. Familiar characters show up, and you’ll be happy to see them if you know who they are, but it’s not at all crucial to know their backstories in order to enjoy While We Were Dating (or any of the other book in the series.) Each book focuses on a new romantic pairing and can stand on its own just fine. If you’re a fan of Jasmine Guillory’s books, you’ll definitely want to read this one as well. Even if you’re new to this author, this would make a great pick for beach or poolside reading. Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley. Full review at Bookshelf Fantasies.

  27. 5 out of 5

    FMABookReviews

    'While We Were Dating' is a cute, fun, and sexy story. Anna is an actress whose star is about to rise. Her career is incredibly important to her.  She yearns to be recognized as the talent she knows she is. But will earning that Oscar fill the void she has inside? Ben is in advertising and yearns to be acknowledged for the talent he has and climb the ladder of success. One-night stands no longer fill the void he has inside but is a relationship with an actress the answer? Their two worlds collide w 'While We Were Dating' is a cute, fun, and sexy story. Anna is an actress whose star is about to rise. Her career is incredibly important to her.  She yearns to be recognized as the talent she knows she is. But will earning that Oscar fill the void she has inside? Ben is in advertising and yearns to be acknowledged for the talent he has and climb the ladder of success. One-night stands no longer fill the void he has inside but is a relationship with an actress the answer? Their two worlds collide when Anna is the actress in the ad campaign Ben is working on. Their relationship simmers when Anna's manager suggests a 'fake relationship' to the hunk of a man, Ben Stephens will help boost her image and get her in the news. Anna and Ben strike a deal; a couple of dates, a few photos, and a very public breakup.  What ensues is an entertaining and sexy story with characters you can't help but enjoy! I was provided a review copy, this did not influence my opinion of the book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anika | Chapters of May

    While We Were Dating is a Hollywood-inspired rom-com and a good summer read for fans of the fake dating trope. I like The Wedding Date series as a whole, but sadly this book is not the new favourite I predicted it to be. The story really struggled to hold my attention, and felt busy in one chapter but choppy or slow in the next. And while I loved Ben, I wasn’t all that keen on Anna and the secondary characters As expected, Jasmine Guillory’s writing is enjoyable and witty. I always adore the dial While We Were Dating is a Hollywood-inspired rom-com and a good summer read for fans of the fake dating trope. I like The Wedding Date series as a whole, but sadly this book is not the new favourite I predicted it to be. The story really struggled to hold my attention, and felt busy in one chapter but choppy or slow in the next. And while I loved Ben, I wasn’t all that keen on Anna and the secondary characters As expected, Jasmine Guillory’s writing is enjoyable and witty. I always adore the dialogue between the characters in her novels, and While We Were Dating is no different. This book feels much more character-driven than her previous stories, which I think gave it a lively edge despite the disjointed narrative. The personalities feel realistic, even in their mistakes, which contributes to their development and growth. The romance is a nice one, and lovely to read, but not overly memorable. Guillory didn’t hold back on the steam, which isn’t for me and felt too close to awkward, so I did skip the intimate moments. Still, I found myself rooting for the protagonists and their happily ever after. My favourite element of the story is the focus on mental health. I really appreciated the way the author used the character of Anna to highlight anxiety, racism and sexism. Guillory often tackles important issues into her books, but it really shines in While We Were Dating and earned the three stars above all else. As for the series, The Wedding Date and Party of Two are still favourites. The Monroe sisters are so brilliantly written! Although While We Were Dating isn’t in the top tier, it certainly won’t put me off Guillory’s future romance releases.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    While We Were Dating (The Wedding Date, #6) by Jasmine Guillory Published July 13, 2021 ❤💖💕 Two people realize that it’s no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory. 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, ho While We Were Dating (The Wedding Date, #6) by Jasmine Guillory Published July 13, 2021 ❤💖💕 Two people realize that it’s no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory. 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?

  30. 5 out of 5

    maggieandteddy

    Book 1 is still my favorite. I listened to the audio. Janina Edwards is great as always. 3rd person POV The heroine, Anna, is an actress. It took me a while to warm up to her. She seemed really preoccupied with herself- not really her- self, but her personal. That is a negative part of being in show biz. I really liked Ben from the start. He extremely good at his job, but seems humble and is a really nice guy. I love when the couple spends a lot of time on building their relationship- or starting Book 1 is still my favorite. I listened to the audio. Janina Edwards is great as always. 3rd person POV The heroine, Anna, is an actress. It took me a while to warm up to her. She seemed really preoccupied with herself- not really her- self, but her personal. That is a negative part of being in show biz. I really liked Ben from the start. He extremely good at his job, but seems humble and is a really nice guy. I love when the couple spends a lot of time on building their relationship- or starting one. I enjoy this author's writing. The story is set mostly in SF. I need to go back & read Theo's story (Ben's brother). I borrowed this through Libby/Overdrive

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