When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from assistant to actual wedding planner, she’s determined to make it as one of Manhattan’s elite Wedding Belles. Unfortunately, her first client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in five months’ time. Heather’s days quickly become a flurry of cake tastings, dress-fittings, RSVP cards, and bridal tantrums. But what she’s really losing sleep over is the live music blaring from her playboy neighbor’s apartment all night.
Five years ago, Josh Tanner was an up-and-comer on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there is more to life than the corner office. If only he could convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. As Heather lets down her guard, Josh is surprised when he starts falling for the sweet, vulnerable woman hiding beneath those power suits. Soon, it’s Heather’s turn to convince Josh to take the biggest risk of all: love.
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Pocket Books
Series: The Wedding Belles #2
For Better or Worse is the second book in The Wedding Belles series but it can be read as a stand alone. Each book is about a different wedding planner that works at "The Wedding Belles" in New York City. Lauren Layne is one of my favourite authors of this genre so I did read the first instalment before this one although it wasn't necessary to follow along.
Normally I tend to like the first book in a series the most but that was not the case with this series. I really liked From This Day Forward but I loved For Better or Worse. I couldn't put it down and I gobbled it right up. I've said it a million times but Layne has a way of penning characters that makes me fall in love with them. They are real, relatable, likeable, quirky, witty and I adore the banter. Speaking of banter... there was some of her best work in this book. I adored the back and forth between 4A and 4C...oops...I mean Heather and Josh. On more than a few occasions I found myself smiling as I turned the pages. The way her characters communicate is something that I love and I often wonder if she speaks like that in every day life.
The women of "The Wedding Belles" are what make this series so great to read. It doesn't really matter which character the book is about because you just know it is going to be great. Once again Layne has given me everything that I have come to expect out of her and then some. Even though parts were somewhat predictable, her characters and the way they communicate more than make up for it. I can't wait for the next instalment!
About the Author
Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals.
Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).
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