Sunday, 30 October 2016

Review: To Have and To Hold by Lauren Layne

USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne is the “queen of witty dialogue and sexy scenes” (Rachel Van Dyken)! Now, Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true... but their own.

Discovering her fiance is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin's business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet—if slightly spoiled—hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse strings.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister Maya's fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiance is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning... is theirs?

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Pocket Books 
Series: The Wedding Belles #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Kristine's Thoughts:

It's no secret that I am a fan of pretty much everything that Lauren Layne writes. I can't tell you how excited I am that she has a brand new series for me to look forward to. To Have and To Hold is the first book in The Wedding Belles series about a group of wedding planners in New York City.

I loved the characters in this book. Every single one of the "Belles" were awesome and I can't wait for each of them to get their own book and story. The friendship and interactions between this group of women left me smiling on more than one occasion. Brooke and Seth had me in their corner from the very first page. The attraction between the two was undeniable and the chemistry was dripping off the pages. I enjoyed every minute from the initial denial to the inevitable between the sheets action.

The story flowed so smoothly that it did not feel like it was 384 pages long. I was able to get through it quickly and easily. I think it is because Layne writes with the perfect amount of humour, heat and a whole lot of relateable experiences. Her characters had typical flaws and spoke with the same kind of wit and slang that made it feel like they were sitting in your living room. In other words, she made the characters believable and likeable.

Lauren Layne continues to be a romance author who's books I will automatically read without reading the synopsis or knowing anything about the books. She has proven to me that she can fill my romance needs and deliver above average books in the genre. I can't wait to return to New York City and "The Wedding Belles."

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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