While We Were Dating – A novel about love
In her new book, ’While We Were Dating,” Guillory brings back Ben Stephens, the fun-loving playboy brother of Theo, the central male character in her third book “The Wedding Party.” Ben’s landed his big break at work as an advertising executive where he’s tasked to lead an account featuring famous actress Anna Gardiner. A beautiful blonde who reminds Ben of his high-spirited younger sister, Anna seems to be just the thing for his type-A personality. She’s everything he could have ever hoped for and more. But as Ben’s life begins to take a turn in a new direction, so does Anna’s—and with blurring lines between reality and fantasy, the two will have to figure out if their love is real or imagined.
A flirty friendship develops but when Gardiner needed some good press, the pair began a relationship in front of the camera. Over time, they realize that there is more to this convenience than that, but is it enough to really make the relationship work?
This beach read has some merit as there are also themes of mental health struggles, body image, cultural and racial differences, present throughout the novel.