Monday, September 5, 2016

For Better or Worse ~ Lauren Layne ~ New Release and Review

Will a budding wedding planner and her bad boy neighbor 
stop banging heads and start hearing wedding bells?

The Wedding Belles #2
Lauren Layne
Releasing Aug 30th, 2016
Pocket Books

Will a budding wedding planner and her bad boy neighbor stop banging heads and start hearing wedding bells in the sexy second novel in USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne’s irresistible new series that marries Sex and the City with The Wedding Planner?

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.

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Don't Miss Any of the Wedding Belles Novels

Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart--cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.

In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!

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Elizabeth's Review

4 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

Review copy provided by publisher via Net Galley

I have to admit I had a sigh of relief with this book. I enjoyed the Wedding Belles prequel, but struggled a little bit with Brooke and Seth's story, so I was very glad when I liked both Josh and Heather fairly quickly in For Better or Worse.

An adversarial start turns into a friendship that blossoms into more than either Josh or Heather claim to want. They were fun, flirty, and a treat to watch. There were emotional undertones and secrets kept that cause there to be doubt about the viability of a long term relationship, but you can't help but root for them to get it figured out. Josh was funny, smart, and talented, but Heather stole the show for me. I appreciated her pluckiness and devotion to friends - even the way she said goodbye.

If you are a fan of Lauren Layne's work, then For Better or Worse will be a treat of emotion and humor. It is also a great set up for the next book in the series as we get to see more of Alexis and Logan. I am looking forward to seeing what happens in their story.


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