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?
The characters of Ben and Anna are a bit less interesting than the cast of characters around them. Ben is considerate and sweet, Anna leans on him constantly, and any conflict between the two of them, even the larger conflict near the end of the story, is resolved quickly. While We Were Dating is a love story, through and through, but it’s a light one. An easy read where the stakes are low, While We Were Dating is recommended for veteran romance readers and those discovering the genre for the first time.
The 6th book in Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date series, Ben is the brother of Theo from the third book in the series, The Wedding Party. While the characters are connected and featured, all of the books in this series stand on their own and can be enjoyed in any order. Discover the rest of the series here.
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