(The Wedding Belles #2)
by Lauren Layne
Published: August 30th 2016
by Pocket Books
In For Better or Worse, the sexy second novel in USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne’s irresistible new series, an up-and-comer Wedding Belle butts heads with the literal guy next door. Will their brewing tension boil over into something more?
He’s driving her insane…
When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from elite Wedding Belles assistant to full-fledged planner, she’s determined to put her best foot forward. Unfortunately, her first celebrity client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in three months. Heather’s days 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. Heather vows to put this entitled man-child in his place, whether he likes it or not.
But a little crazy might be just what she needs.
Five years ago, Josh Tanner was a young rising star on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there’s more to life than the corner office. He kicked the cancer and dedicated his life to following his passions; now, if he could just convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. Once Heather begins to show him her softer side, 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.
For Better or Worse will have readers engaged from the start, and wedded to the idea of a summer and fall season filled with Wedding Belles!
I totally loved For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne!!! this second book in her The Wedding Bells series features Heather Fowler, Alexis’s assistant who is finally getting her shot at planning a wedding solo. She’s determined it will be spectacular despite the hurdles, the largest one being that the bride is disinterested and uncooperative. In the spirit of dressing for the job you want, Heather moves into this great new apartment which she quickly learns comes with a major drawback, her next-door neighbor belongs to a band and they love to practice through the middle of the night. After more sleepless nights then she can take she confronts her neighbor only to find he is one hot hunk, possibly the sexiest man she’s ever met. Not only is he gorgeous, he’s incredibly flirtatious and charming, and unapologetic. Josh Tanner thinks his new neighbor is adorable even if she is a bit uptight.
These two were hilarious together right from the start. The bickering, the banter, the lust. All good. I’ve yet to read the book by Lauren Layne that I didn’t love, but this one just may be my favorite so far. Heather has too much going on in her life to get involved with a man. She’s too busy building her career. After a battle with cancer completely changed his outlook on life, Josh is likewise too busy living his life in the moment, one day at a time, one woman at a time, with no thought to the future and no intention of settling down. His sweet new neighbor is a temptation he is surprised to find he thoroughly enjoys spending time with outside of the bedroom. They are great together as friends but can’t resist the sexual tension between them for long and soon become friends with benefits. Both doing their best to convince theirselves it’s just casual and convenient.
For Better or Worse was an incredible story with well-developed characters, a great storyline plenty of romance, witty dialogue, and lots of steam. There were great laugh out loud moments and a couple of scenes that brought me to tears. These two were a perfect match and I loved reading about them falling for each other despite how hard they both fought it. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year.
~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley for the purpose of a honest review.
“This engaging tale has a light, fun style…enough teases are given about the other “Wedding Belles” to create genuine interest in where their stories lead.” ~Publishers Weekly (To Have and to Hold)
“There are family and friends, coworkers, people that aren’t as they seem, wedding information galore, dinners, drinks, chocolate, fear, anger, hurt, sadness, secrets, lies, deceit, tears, laughter, happiness, romance, loving and love…I look forward to reading the next two books in the series, For Better or Worse and To Love and to Cherish…I look forward to seeing what the Wedding Belles will be up to next!” ~Romance Junkies (To Have and to Hold)
“Layne packs as much into this sexually charged and emotionally intense novella (an introduction to her upcoming Wedding Belles series) as most authors do in a full novel…The heat between [Leah & Jason] is enough to melt steel, and the emotional connection and psychological struggles will keep readers engaged.” ~Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW (From This Day Forward)
“[From This Day Forward] is trope-nip to me. Weddings/wedding planners, check. Second chances, check. Sassy heroine, check…As this book is the prequel to the forthcoming Wedding Belles, I cannot wait to get all of their stories!…From This Day Forward is 100% recommended for anyone who likes stories about weddings, stories about people who are a really good at their jobs, relationships that are a tad explosive both in and out of bed, and introductions to new tribes of characters to get to know over the next few books.” ~Fresh Fiction “Fresh Pick” (From This Day Forward)
“From This Day Forward is a delightful book. Now I can’t wait for the other ones in this series…Lauren Layne hit it right on the nose on what goes on behind the scenes…Can Jason and Leah see wedding bells in their future? We can only hope and wait for the next book in the “Wedding Belles” series. From This Day Forward was a great kick-off to the series.” ~Fresh Fiction (From This Day Forward)
LAUREN LAYNE is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Sex, Love, and Stiletto contemporary romances and the all-new Pocket Books series The Wedding Belles.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren’s gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.