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D'Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding: The Perfect Beach Read

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While the angst level was on the lower side, there was still plenty to drive the book forward and it never slowed down or got boring. In Instant I Do, strangers have six weeks to convince their families that they’re getting married, but falling in love isn’t mandatory. VERDICT In a romance featuring Black joy, plus-sized beauty, and Mexican pride, the conflicts are entirely believable, and not overly dramatic, and make for a thoroughly enjoyable read. D'Vaughn is closeted and hasn't been ready to be out, but she's going to use the show to tell her family, and mainly her mother that she is a lesbian.

D’Vaughn and Kris meet through the reality TV show Instant I Do, which pairs up contestants who’ve never met and gives them six weeks to convince their loved ones they’re getting married, all while actually planning a wedding. When she isn't hunkered down in her writing cave, Chencia can be found with her nose in a book, saving recipes on Pinterest for things she'll never make, and dreaming about travelling even further south for the winter. Selling their chemistry on camera is surprisingly easy, and it's still there when no one else is watching, which is an unexpected bonus. There’s also a really fantastic conversation that takes place between Kris and D’Vaughn’s mother in regards to Afro-Latinx folks being a part of the Black diaspora that needs to happen more often. That goes hand in hand with the very rapid progress of the relationship--instant lust followed by near-immediate trust and partnership.

They are the definition of joy and that type of family connection is so unheard of to me that I love reading about it. They'd accepted ,e in all of my cocoa-brown-skinned, plus-sized, and lesbian glory, so I suppose they were doing something different for season three. It follows the same formula and tropes that all romances follow; this trope in particular is the fake to real relationship arc. The premise of the show is to convince your closest friends and family that you’re getting married to the person you’re paired with — in six weeks. Reality show fake dating turns real with vulnerability, loving families, open honesty, genuine support, and really hot spicy scenes!

Because of this premise, the families of both characters are important in the book and I enjoyed getting to know them. To elevate her brand, a closeted social media influencer goes on a reality TV show where she must convince her family and friends she's getting married to the love of her life in six weeks. i’ve never went through the difficulty of hiding parts of myself out of fear of losing my family but i think chencia did a beautiful job with explaining d’vaughn’s story to the readers. However, I’m not sure if I would be as bold as her to come out to my family on national television on a reality tv show.I mean I would do this to my immediate family, because who cares about their opinion, not me, but both of these women had so close relationship with their family. While is touching on serious issues like coming out and body positivities it also has zero angst and that somehow takes the story on a too good to be true path for me. They have the type of love where you don’t even hesitate to root for a very real wedding at the end of them only knowing each other for 4 weeks.

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