Wednesday, November 9, 2016

To Have and to Hold by Lauren Layne

Title: To Have and To Hold
Author: Lauren Layne
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Wedding Belles #1
Main Characters: Brooke and Seth
Release Date: July 2016
Publisher:  Pocket
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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?
My Review:
I've read all the rest of this series. I just got behind on my reading in July, so missed this one when it came out. So, I'm reading this series a bit out of order, but that's okay. These books truly work as stand-alone reads just fine. And I'll admit, even though I've read the other two after this, I was still surprised by the story line in this one...and I really liked the back story for the two MC's. 

Both Seth and Brooke have had horrific luck in love. Brooke's groom got arrested by the the altar. Seth's 3 year girlfriend turned him down flat when he asked her to marry him. Yeah, they both have a few war-wounds when it comes to love. But now they're planning a wedding together for Seth's sister...Brooke is the wedding planner. 

Seth has a bit of a jaded view of the processions. Brooke's is a bit rosier, despite her own bumpy road. As a result, they definitely don't agree on a lot of things. Brooke can see how Seth is sucking all the fun out of his sister's wedding. And Seth is just doing what he does best...looking at things coldly and logically. 

As with all of Lauren Layne's books, this was a fun read. Seth and Brooke start out very combative, but that's just covering some serious sexual attraction...something neither is ready for. They were fun characters to read about. And, OMG, I adored Grant, Seth's best friend...what a fantastic guy. Although I liked where his story went in the book, I'm kind of sad that he won't be getting his own book. 

This has been a great series. I can easily recommend all the books in it. (there are three full length novels plus a novella.) If you like smart, sassy, contemporary romance, Lauren Layne never disappoints.

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