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To Have and To Hold by Lauren Layne

Monday, May 23, 2016

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 fiancé is an international con man 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 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 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?

Goodreads Summary

Finding out that your fiance is a criminal right before your wedding has to be one of the most devastating and shocking moments that someone can experience. This is what Brooke goes through and it tears her apart inside and forces her to reset her life, looking for something new to bring her into a better path in life. This all happens while she is trying to bolster her career as a very successful limelight stricken wedding planner. Along comes Tyler who is involved in another wedding. He wants to tear this wedding apart and wreck Brook's pay for this client, all while falling for Brook at the same time.

In many ways this book is typical of Layne's writing. Its a saucy romance, with a good story where a girl meets a guy, and then there is some problem that throws everything into shambles. It is the way that she carries this out every time in a new and creative way that makes her writing so spectacular. The characters have a lot of great personality and jump out of the page as real people that you could see as a friend or family member. Brook is the right combination of successful business woman combined with fun and playful in all the right ways. I thought Tyler was a very forward an almost arrogant to think that he could pull off his plans of cancelling the wedding and still getting Brook to be his at the same time. You'll have to see how all of it plays out by opening this book.

4.0 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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