Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles!
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD
The Wedding Belles #1
Releasing July 26th, 2016
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 fiancé is an international conman just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Burke’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 springs.
Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister’s fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiancé 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?
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I always enjoy the tone of Lauren Layne's books. They are fun and modern and basically have everything a contemporary romance junkie would want in a book. To Have and to Hold is the first book in her Wedding Belle series. There is also a prequel novella about another couple which I thought was cute enough. To Have and to Hold was for me, a good read, just not a great one like I expect from Lauren Layne.
Brooke is our heroine. Months ago, she discovered that her fiance was a con man. At the altar. Definitely not good, especially for a wedding planner who relies on her reputation. That is why she left LA and all the pity stares behind for New York where she starts working for The Wedding Belles. I liked Brooke. She was a sweet heart who was determined to believe in happy ever afters. She always saw the good in people and wanted to be the best wedding planner.
Seth Tyler is our hero. He is the owner of one of the biggest hotel chains in the country. He is still reeling from the loss of his father and trying to keep up with the load of being the company owner. When his sister decides to get married he can't help but be wary and cynical of the whirlwind romance. It doesn't do him any favours that he has a undeniable attraction to the wedding planner. Seth was an ass most of the times. He was a hard ass through and through and emotionally stunted but his heart was in the right place.
Seth and Brooke definitely have chemistry but they obviosuly have no time for romance or a relationship. Brooke thinks it wouldn't be professional and Seth clearly doesn't believe in happy endings. They both also have their own issues to deal with. They both have some healing to do. But LL makes it work. Seth and Brooke made for a cute couple and I could see the chemistry. I just wasn't head over heels for them.
I also loved how we got a glimpse into the other two wedding planners whose books are next. I can't wait for Heather's story which is next and I ESPECIALLY can't wait for Alexis' story which will conclude the series. I also really ended up liking Maya, Seth's sister and Grant, Seth's best friend. All in all, To Have and to Hold was a nice read, just not my favourite.
*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author/Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.
Lauren lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart--cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.
Five years ago, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan.
She writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush, and in her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.
When not bringing The Sexy, she likes to blog about her Instagram addiction, and why mean girls are the worst.