Monday, July 18, 2016

To Have and To Hold ~ Lauren Layne ~ Coming Soon

Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles!

The Wedding Belles #1
Lauren Layne
Releasing July 26th, 2016
Pocket Books

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 fiancĂ© 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 fiancĂ© 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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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.

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Elizabeth's Review

My rating: 3 of 5 stars - Average Read

Review Copy Provided by Publisher by Net Galley

This book is a case of Ms. Layne's prior work setting a standard by which she will be judged - and the effort falling just a little short.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed To Have and to Hold, but I did not connect to the story or the characters in the same manor I have with previous Layne books.
I came close to connecting to Brooke, but Seth fell short for me. Part of it was his character, and part of it was that he just seemed very one dimensional.
The supporting cast didn't seem as robust as I have come to expect from Ms. Layne and there were blatant editing issues that I am really hoping were corrected prior to publication.
If I had never read Ms. Layne's work before, this probably would have gotten a slightly higher rating, but her history of excellent work made it harder to judge this impartially.

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