This Bestselling Author's New Book Is the Hot Summer Romance You Need to Read

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Bestselling author Jasmine Guillory has written six steamy and sensational romance books, and her latest title, While We Were Dating, is her sexiest hit yet. The new novel, which came out in July, is already raking in rave reviews from countless book-lovers, proving that this story is sweet enough to make anyone swoon. The story follows Anna Gardiner, an actress looking to be Hollywood's next big star, and Ben Stephens, an advertising executive with a flirty side. As the pair's unexpected romance unfolds, this book tells a story that goes deeper than just physical attraction, to explore what it means to be emotionally intimate with another person.

At the beginning of the story, career-minded Anna knows what it takes to get an Oscar, and she's ready to put the rest of her life on hold while she strives for Hollywood's highest achievement. Ben has never been interested in serious relationships, and his new ad campaign is likely to keep him too busy at the office to even think about starting one. But after Ben and Anna meet when Anna is the star of the campaign, it's clear that the two of them have an instant spark that will be hard to extinguish.

Soon, these two commitment-phobes find themselves opening up to one another in ways they hadn't expected. When Ben helps Anna through a family emergency, their relationship becomes more than just a sexual one. From discussions about mental health and anxiety to intricate family relationships that shape Ben's views on commitment, While We Were Dating make its reader appreciate the memorable story.

"Are you always this good at fulfulling your promises?" she asked. He traced his finger from the hollow of her breasts to her collarbone to her cheek. "Always," he said.

Standout Quote

"Are you always this good at fulfilling your promises?" she asked. He traced his finger from the hollow of her breasts to her collarbone to her cheek. "Always," he said.


This romantic love story is charming and compelling, and it's much deeper than the typical rom-com. With topics that touch on mental health and body image, this book will open up your mind beyond just a flirty relationship. This book is also a quick read with fun characters and an alluring plot, so you can enjoy it whenever you're looking to let your mind escape.

Read This If You Like . . .

If you liked Bridgerton, add this book to your TBR pile ASAP! Both this book and the show share intricate characters, romantic love affairs, and steamy scenes that'll make you blush. Just like the first season of Bridgerton, the plot of While We Were Dating focuses on a duo who pretend to date, only to fall head over heels for each other. Complete with important conversations, alluring moments, and plot lines that might make your heart skip a beat, any rom-com fan is sure to love this new novel.

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Prompt(s)

This novel can check off more than one 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge prompt; just pick the one that fits best for you.

  • A book that's published in 2021
  • A book you think your best friend would like
  • A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads

How Long It Takes to Read

Since this book is really good, it won't take you longer than a couple of days to get through it (or just one weekend, if you're a binge reader!). It's 369 pages, but thanks to the sweet story and compelling writing, you'll breeze through it in no time.

Give This Book to . . .

It's a good book-club book if you want to read something romantic and tasteful, and it'll lead to some interesting discussions about relationships, family ties, and what it means to truly give your heart to someone. Additionally, if you know someone who's a sucker for rom-coms, be sure to recommend this read! They'll be enthralled by the rich plot and charming characters.

The Sweet Spot Summary

When a movie star and ad executive cross paths, there's no denying the strong connection between the two. When their relationship becomes deeper, chemistry, vulnerability, and love become one. While We Were Dating ($20, originally $26) is the love story of the summer that will captivate the heart of any reader.

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